Current Stats

Total weight lifted 2015: 3.6 M lbs
('14-6.5M, '13-6.6M, '12-8M, '11-5.2M)
Total cardio logged 2015: 22.0 hours
Current body weight 301 lbs, Height 6'8

Here's my lifting progress!



Friday, August 30, 2013

I'm way behind!

I've had some neck issues lately, mainly due to being uber-tight.  I got a massage on Tuesday which helped a bit, and I'm not going to lie...I love Salonpas.  Those are helping me feel a lot better.  I was skeptical when I first saw the commercials, but the Japanese have nailed this one.  They work way better than Icy Hot or Bengay.  I'm a believer.

So over the past week, I'd basically been resting from weights and hitting cardio.  Sweating can help loosen you up, too, and few better ways than running in the summer.

Yesterday, I finally lifted again.  We trained at Brian's and focused on incline log press.  I worked up to 315 lbs, and here is a video of that.

Hoping to go hard on Saturday, so check back!  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Arms day

Personal Record - 203 on rolling thunder!!!!  This is my first time ever over 200!

The rest of the day was all about arms...curls, forearm stuff, triceps and some fun supersets that left us burning.  Good workout to break away from always hitting the core.

And here is today's lift:

Weight Reps
Bent bar curls 25 30
75 15
105 10
125 8
135 6
75 21
Pincher for time Various Various
Rolling Thunder Various Various
maxed out at 203 lbs!
Standing French Press 75 20
75 20
Skiers 60 30
60 30
Triceps supersets x 2 50 200
Hammer curls 35 40
52 30
Forearm curls 75 35
Rolling Thunder for time 120 40
10 min cardio

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Squat day...HEAVY!

It has been a few weeks since we've really squatted.  Brian and I went fairly heavy today with my top set at 550.  After that, I hit a back-off on 225 x 10 which really burned, to finish that off.

We're revamping our training right now to be more gym-lift-centric, with fewer strongman events.  Today, the closest we came to an event was incline pressing the log, and we stayed light there.

We finished off with some super-sets of band hip-thrusts, with C/J of the 50 lb. medicine ball for 15 reps on each...this is tough!

Here is a video of the top lift on squat:

And here is the workout:
Weight Reps
Squat (back) 135 10
135 3
225 3
275 3
325 3
385 3
435 3
495 3
550 1
225 10
Incline press (log) 65 8
115 6
165 6
165 15
Superset band/medicine ball 125 30
125 30

Friday, August 16, 2013

Deadlift, supersets

Today was about deadlift.  We got loose on zercher squat, then had an overhand axle deadlift competition...Dave got schooled! :)  Then we hit regular deadlift where I worked up to 550.  It came off the ground easily and was a smooth lockout which means I'm coming along.  Shout-out to Nate who hit 350, eclipsing Nathaniel's old high-schooler record of 305, and he beat Thayne, too, so I think there's some work to be done!

No video yesterday, but here is the workout:

Weight Reps
Zercher squat axle 25 10
115 8
115 8
Deadlift axle overhand 115 3
205 2
265 2
315 1
365 1
Deadlift barbell normal 225 2
335 2
395 2
495 1
530 1
550 1
Superset triceps 50 100
Superset shoulders 50 100
Superset tri/shoulder combo 50 100
10 min cardio

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Shoulder workout

I've had some nagging shoulders lately.  They aren't nearly as bad as two years ago, but they aren't 100%.  Yesterday was designed to put some pressure on them, but to also stretch them out.  The thing about impingement is that it really demands a lot of attention, and not just stretching.  I can feel the ball-in-socket wanting pressure to put it in the right place, but true overhead can hurt too much.  Incline bench is a nice balance between getting the pressure, and not putting the shoulder in too taxing of a position that is really going to make me sore.

I ended up working up to 310 on incline.  It felt pretty good given that I haven't performed this lift in quite a while.  Here is a real quick vid of that:

We hit some pretty tough supersets on back, shoulders and abs, as well.  I'm nice and sore today!

Here is the workout:

Weight Reps
Shoulder aux work (cord) 25 360
Incline bench 45 40
135 8
185 6
235 5
275 3
295 2
310 1
Shoulder superset 20 200
20 200
Bent row superset 35 100
Abs weighted 110 15
75 20
Abs regular 60 75
10 min cardio

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sandbag carry and load

Just to catch-up a bit, Tuesday was zercher squats along with deadlift with bands up to 300 for speed.

Today was "s".  We hit sandbag pretty hard.  I did about 7 reps on the 150 bag then another 7 on the 260 pounder.  After that, I did two sets of carry and load as shown below:

That is it for today.  I need to drink more in the summer as I was dehydrated today and flat ran out of juice after this set of carry and load!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Staying loose

Today was more about staying loose, than anything.  I hit some uncorrelated lifts, but it's what I felt like doing!  Here is the workout:

Weight Reps
Dips (simulated with bands) 100 25
100 25
100 25
100 35
Squat (back) 135 10
135 10
135 10
135 10
One-armed rows 60 30
60 30
60 30
Abs 60 90
COC (1) 140 36
60 min cardio

As you can tell, I did a fair amount of cardio, too.

I didn't post on Thursday but here's what we did:

Sandbags over 64 inch bar
160 x 7, 250 x 4, 250 x 4, 250 carry

Frame deadlift
150 x 6, 330 x 1, 430 x 1, 530 x 1, 610 x 1

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Catching up

After the show, I took about a week off...

Last Saturday we got together and had about 8 people working on the yoke.  I did 705 easier and faster than I did at the show, which makes me really mad - I should have done better at the competition!

6 sets of yoke, up to 705
2 sets of farmers on 135 per hand (hands still hurt!)
4 sets of log press, going for volume up to 150 lbs.

Tuesday was all about pressing:

6 sets of rack pressing using the log up to 200 lbs.
4 sets of seated rack pressing from the chin up to 235 lbs.
A burnout set of 80 lb. kettle bell presses, standing
Some minor shoulder auxiliary work

Today the plan is to hit sandbag hard.  We're going to load, carry, run and all that fun stuff, so I'll report on that later today or tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!