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Athlete Journal, Entry 36 - Hook Grip Improvement

 

I made more progress on the hook grip while also battling cold and throat infection this week.

 

MONDAY

Warmup/Mobility 10min

 

Bench

45x10

45+100chain x5

135+100chain x5

225+100chain x5

315+100chain x4

365+100chain x1

315+100chain x5

 

Dips

Bodyweightx12

Bodyweight+100x10,10,10

 

Grappler Shoulder Press

x10,10,10

 

Front Delt Raises

3 sets

 

Hook Grip Hold

315x30

495x30

605x10

700x15, 15

 

WEDNESDAY

Medium Stand Squat w/Buffalo Bar

Barx10

135x5

225x5

315x5

405x3

495x2 - I didn’t set up square when I walked this out and caused a minor tweak in right IT band/TFL. I decided to continue with some light wraps and no walkout, which was probably not the best idea.

495x12 - Fatigue from my cold kicked in.

 

Band Dumbbell Good Morning

#5 band +150’s x10,10

#5,#5, +150’s x 4

 

Bulgarian Split Squat

140x8 left; none on the right due to the tweak sustained in squatting.

 

AFS leg press 1-leg

190x16,16 per side

 

Glute Ham Raise – Height 3

Bodyweight x 50,30,30

 

THURSDAY & FRIDAY

Took these days completely off to try and recover.

 

SATURDAY

Still sick but powered down the pre-workouts and waited for them to kick in.

 

Deadlifts off 4-5” blocks w/Hook Grip

135x5

225x5

315x3

405x1 -20sec

495x1 -20sec

585x1 -10sec

675x1 -10sec

725x1 -17sec

765x1 -10sec 

 

Dumbbell Bent Over Row

150x20/side – Bicep felt great on these!

 

Chins

3x8  - Felt it strain my bicep.

 

Sled work

Finished with some sled work on lats.

 

SUNDAY

Finally feeling better!

 

Turkish Getup 53x10/side

Lots of heat and massage on bicep all day long as it was definitely strained from the previous day.

 

I want to throw out a big thanks to my friend John Pinder. He has spent the last couple years pushing me to convert to hook grip, and never backed down whenever I told him I didn’t think I could do it. Without him I simply never would have gotten to where I am. I feel this will pay big dividends in the future and I owe him for his unwavering support and being a pain in the ass about it. John is an exceptional trainer of all types from Powerlifting, MMA, Bodybuilding, and general strength and conditioning. I am a moderator on his forum, Iron Addicts, which is my favorite strength and conditioning forum, and I highly encourage people to check it out.

 

 

 

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