Week 2 – Workout #1

So I’m working myself into the routine nicely (sticking to my periodization plan), I’m past the stage of being crippled by DOMS the day after working out, and I’m starting to push myself more each session.

Today didn’t go so well. I came back from staying at my girlfriends in Surrey over night, when I arrived home I was so tired, I had to have a nap. After about 3 hours sleep and getting my bag together it was 3:30pm before I was in the gym, and I started work at 6pm! In order to make sure I get all of the exercises done, I had to do half of my workout today, and I’ll do the other half + a small bit extra tomorrow.

Anyway, after starting the session with a 5 minute warm up, here is how it went:

Squats

squat1Warm up set: 12xbar
Set 1: 
6x65kg
Set 2: 6x70kg
Set 3: 6x75kg

Squats are going up nicely, I’m looking to hit 80kg next session.

 

  Bench Press:

Bench-Press

Warm up set: 15xbar
Set 1: 12×47.5kg
Set 2: 12×47.5kg
Set 3: 8×47.5kg
Set 4: 6×47.5kg

I’m not making as much progress as I would like on bench at the moment, its normally my fastest progress.

T bar row

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Set 1: 12x30kg
Set 2: 12x30kg (one pause)
Set 3: 12x30kg (four rests)

 

This exercise is another one that is not increasing so fast, although I have decreased the rest time from this exercise on-wards throughout the rest of the workout.

  Military Press

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Set 1: 12x25kg
Set 2: 12x30kg
Set 3: 8x30kg (one big rest)

Pushed the weight up for this exercise today, hopefully I will be able to get at least 2 sets of 12 next session.

Hamstring Curls

52_2Set 1: 12x40kg
Set 2: 12x45kg
Set 3: 12x45kg

 

 

 

 

Anyway its getting late now, so I have got to get to bed and get myself some sleep before part 2 of the workout tomorrow!

Song of the workout:

Thanks for reading guys!


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Week 1 – Workout #1

So today (actually yesterday now *yawn*) was my first day bag to blogging, but more importantly (controversial I know), my first day back in the gym!

Todays session introduced my new training routine.. A full body workout (FBW)! This particular FBW was one I put together myself, half asleep, during my last sports psychology lecture (oops).

Based on the principle of an increased rate of protein synthesis for up to 72 hours, alongside the fact that it’s a FBW, and that my body needs more recovery time than 48 hours, I will be doing this routine twice a week (if you want some help understanding scientific justification behind training frequency be sure to leave a comment and I’ll try to help you out).

Anyway to the workout:
As it was the first session, the weights used were estimated out using a % of my 1 rep max (1RM). This was the first session based on hypertrophy work I’ve done for a while, and my body was not keen!! To get things moving I smashed through a 5 minute run to get the heart rate (HR) up!

Squats
Today’s squats felt good, my technique has improved vastly over the past 6 months due to my Strength and Conditioning studies, all squats are now ass to grass (ATG)!!

Warm up set: 10xbarsquat1
Set 1: 6x60kg
Set 2: 6x65kg
Set 3: 6x70kg

I could have definitely added more weight for all of these sets, but its the first session, got to remember that periodization!

Bench Press
Now, I just mentioned taking it easy during the first session, but my bench press was so light and I still couldn’t reach the desired twelve reps for the third and fourth set, and I was too stubborn to drop the weight (this theme then actually continued for the rest of the session)

Bench-Press

Warm up set: 15xbar
Set 1: 12×57.5kg
Set 2: 12×57.5kg
Set 3: 7×57.5kg
Set 4: 8×57.5kg

I was particularly happy with this, but hey, lots of room for improvement!

 

T bar row
One of my favorite exercises, still felt pretty weak though

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Set 1: 12x30kg (one rest)
Set 2: 12x30kg (one rest)
Set 3: 12x30kg (three rests)

My goal for this exercise is definitely getting all the reps in each set out with now small rests, before putting the weight up further.

 

 

Military Press
This exercise is slowly becoming a favorite of mine, felt super strong doing this today.

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Set 1: 12x25kg
Set 2: 12x25kg
Set 3: 12x25kg (one big rest)

I really didn’t expect to get 3 sets of 12 for this exercise, was really happy.

Hamstring Curls
Hate the burn with this exercise, but I need to train those hamstrings badly.

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Set 1: 12x35kg
Set 2: 12x40kg
Set 3: 12x40kg

And at this point, my gym decided to let me know that its closing time has changed to half an hour earlier, so I had to call it a day there.

Missed exercises:

  • Hammer curls/Tricep dips superset
  • Calve raises

So today wasn’t such a bad first session! I’m thoroughly looking forward to getting back into the gym on Saturday or Sunday!

Song of the workout:

Thanks for reading guys!


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Week 2 – Workout #4 27/11/2013

Hey people!

Another workout results post from Wednesday! I have been pretty busy with uni work etc so I’m a bit late getting my post up! Sorry guys.

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The Squat

Warm up sets: 10xbar 5x45Kg 5x55Kg

Set 1: 5x65Kg

Set 2: 5x70Kg

Set 3: 5x70Kg

Good improvement from last session! I said I would squat 70 this session and I did, for two sets too! So I’m really happy with my progress!

overhead-press

Overhead Press

Warm up sets: 5x30Kg 3x40KG

Set 1: 5×42.5Kg

Set 2: 5×42.5Kg

Set 3: 5×42.5Kg

The same as last week, by the last set I was absolutely shattered! But I pushed myself and made sure I got those 5 reps. Going to push the wight up to 45Kg next week!

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Power Clean

Warm up sets: 5x40Kg x50Kg

Set 1: 3×52.5Kg

Set 2: 3×52.5Kg

Set 3: 3×52.5Kg

Set 4: 3×52.5Kg

Set 5: 3x55Kg

So, the second time doing power cleans in a while, and I was pleased to see that I felt able to put the weight up for the last set, I really had to push them out but managed it! I get the feeling I’m lifting lighter than I should be for this weight however, so I’m going to push it up pretty fast!

Anyway thanks for reading guys! And I hope your all having a quality day, feel free to leave any comments with any questions whether its to do with this post or not! Also check out the links below for more from SM simple fitness!

Cheers

Sam

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Bodybuilding.com workout journal – http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=158341993

Week 1 – Workout #2

Hey people!

Another workout results post! Today was the second workout, so as you may already know if you’ve read my previous posts, today was workout B! Here how I got on (from today I’m going to be including my warm up sets too)

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The Squat

Warm up sets: 10xbar 5x40Kg 3x50Kg

Set 1: 5x60Kg

Set 2: 5x65Kg

Set 3: 5×67.5Kg

So this is a pretty good improvement from last week. I felt a little bit of a strain in my left knee over the warm up sets so took it a little bit careful, 70Kg up next week!!

overhead-press

Overhead Press

Warm up sets: 10xBar 5x30Kg 3x35KG

Set 1: 5x40Kg

Set 2: 5×42.5Kg

Set 3: 3×42.5Kg

So by the third set I was really exhausted, this exercise really takes it out of me, and I could only manage 3 reps, but it isn’t the end of the world, I’m going to FORCE myself to get 5 next week!

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Power Clean

Warm up sets: 6xBar 5x40Kg

Set 1: 3x50Kg

Set 2: 3×52.5Kg

Set 3: 3×52.5Kg

Set 4: 3×52.5Kg

Set 5: 3×52.5Kg

Today was the first time I’ve done a power clean in a very long time. My form was a bit off so I felt slightly unsafe doing it. But none the less I got it done and the results weren’t terrible. Next week I think I might keep the weight the same to ensure I don’t injure myself, and to make sure I get that form down!

Anyway thanks for reading guys! And I hope your all having a quality day, feel free to leave any comments with any questions whether its to do with this post or not! Also check out the links below for more from SM simple fitness!

Cheers

Sam

Twitter – @SMsimplefitness

YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/SMsimplefitness

Bodybuilding.com workout journal – http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=158341993