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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bench Press

Tonight it was time to test my pressing power.

Stretching.
Bench Press - 2 sets/12 reps/135lbs, 225lbs/8 reps, 315lbs/1 rep, 345lbs/1 rep, 4 sets/1 rep/365lbs, 375lbs/1 rep, 225lbs/12 reps.

I am extremely pleased with this result. My last heavy day I pressed 365lbs for two singles but there was no speed. Today there was dynamic power to my presses. Not as much as in the past and my left hand is still not as solid as it should be. I know this will come with time.

Snowdaddy

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Squats

Today I wanted to go heavy. Instead of gearing up with a belt, knee sleeves, and wrist wraps I decided to keep it classic to work on my core strength. My big round core.

Leg Swings and Stretching.
Squats - 2 sets/10 reps/bar, 135lbs/10 reps, 225lbs/6 reps, 315lbs/3 reps, 4 sets/1, 1, 2, 3 reps/405lbs.

405lbs for a tripple with no belt or knee sleeves is for sure a personal best. Even though I am very over weight right now my power is getting much better. As long as I stay healthy between now and Nationals big numbers should be coming my way.

Snowdaddy

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bench Press

Training during work today doesn't make me a professional athlete but it sure is cool.

Stretching.
Bench Press - 2 sets/12 reps/135lbs, 225lbs/12 reps, 3 sets/6, 10, 8 reps/275lbs, 3 sets/6, 6, 7 reps, 225lbs/8 reps.
Dumbbell Hammer Curls - 3 sets/12, 10, 6 reps/40, 45, 50lbs.
OH Plate Ext - 2 sets/12 reps/45lbs.

Power is getting greater.

Snowdaddy

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Driveway Deadlifts

I spent most of my day in the garage training with some friends in the morning. The afternoon into the evening I was training with my son. A beautiful day spent with great people doing what I love best.

Light Stretching.
Spotting and Plate loading with my friends.
Deadlifts - 225lbs/4 reps, 315lbs/4 reps, 405lbs/3 reps, 455lbs/1 rep, 500lbs/3 reps, 500lbs/1 rep.

I took a break and socialized with my friends for a while. When they left I called my son to Squat. I didn't Squat but I did beat up on a tire with a sledge hammer.

Sledge Hammer Swings - 4 sets/10 swings per side (20 reps).

The Sledge Hammer Swings are great cardio and burn off lots of frustration. All the Deadlifts were classic with no belt and no straps. I believe that was a PB.

Snowdaddy

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bench Press

Training Bench Press in the garage tonight. The weather is just perfect. Warm with a slightly cool breeze. My music of choice for training tonight, 70's disco. KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind & Fire, Barry White.

Light Stretching.
Bench Press - 4 sets/12 reps/135lbs, 6 sets/12 reps/225lbs.

Focusing on a slight pause on my chest then a dynamic press. Speed is getting better.

Snowdaddy

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Squats

I'm feeling good so I wanted to push myself a bit. Instead of taking the night off I hit some Squats.

Leg Swings and Stretching.
Squats - 3 sets/8 reps/bar, 3 sets/8 reps/135lbs, 2 sets/8 reps/225lbs, 5 sets/6, 6, 6, 8, 8 reps/315lbs, 225lbs/8 reps, 135lbs/12 reps.

No belt, no sleeves, no wraps. I am gonna sleep well tonight. My statement from a previous work out makes me push my limits. "Volume builds Champions".

Snowdaddy

Monday, August 07, 2017

Bench Press

Training in the garage tonight and listening to thrift store gold. To translate, secondhand vinyl records.

Light Stretching.
Bench Press - 3 sets/12 reps/135lbs, 3 sets/12 reps/225lbs, 3 sets/6, 8, 10 reps/275lbs.
Rev Grip Barbell Curls - 3 sets/12 reps/45, 65, 65lbs.
Barbell Curls - 2 sets/8, 12 reps/65lbs.

The Barbell Curls I found were difficult. Mobility of my wrists and forearms needs some work.

I am still getting stronger. I will train hard and surpass past bests. Count on that.

Snowdaddy

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Deadlifts

On Saturday morning I went fishing with my son and brother-in-law. We didn't catch much but I did manage to catch a 17lbs catfish. This is the largest fish I've ever caught. Very cool.
In the afternoon I took some time to hit Deadlifts. My hand has been feeling better since the surgery and I have been feeling stronger. Time to test my pulling power.

Deadlifts - 2 sets/12 reps/135lbs, 2 sets/12 reps/225lbs, 315lbs/3 reps, 405lbs/1 rep, 495lbs/1 rep, 550lbs/1 rep.

All reps were done without a belt or straps. I believe that 550lbs may be a PR for a beltless Deadlift.

This is a positive step in my training leading up towards Nationals in February.

Snowdaddy

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Bench Press

Training in my garage tonight before supper. It isn't as warm today so training in the garage was perfect.

Light Stretching.
Bench Press - 3 sets/12 reps/135lbs, 225lbs/12 reps, 315lbs/3 reps, 365lbs/1 rep, 365lbs/1 rep, 315lbs/3 reps, 2 sets/12 reps/225lbs.

Chicken for supper = gains. My Bench Press is coming back.

Snowdaddy