Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 86 – Massive Volume

I’ve been coming off a cold this last week, but nevertheless I hit some epic lifts on my squat and deadlift, as well as some awesome volume on benching.

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Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 86 – Massive Volume

I’ve been coming off a cold this last week. I was feeling better, but still lacking in endurance, with fatigue setting in early in my workouts. Despite the fatigue, I hit some epic lifts on my squat and deadlift, as well as some awesome volume on benching.

MONDAY

Warm up circuit x 4 Times

Mace swings x 20 reps

Curls 30×10

Bench Press

300×2

365×2

415×2 – These were slower than I wanted so I stayed here.

415×5,5,5,5,5,4

Dips

120×12,12,12,12

Front delt kettlebell twist raise

18×20,20,20,20

I left this workout just drained.

WEDNESDAY

Glute activation warm up

Safety Squat Bar Squats w/Chain

135×5

135+300×5

225+300×5

315+300×5

405+300×5

505+300×4

605+300×1

Deadlift

405×25

Glute ham

Bodyweight x15,15,15

I was drained after this workout, so I didn’t get in the level of assistance work I wanted, but the SSB lift was huge!

THURSDAY

On lunch break:

CIRCUIT

Mace swings x 20,20,20

Bodyweight dips x50,40,40,40

Leg extension stack x20,20,20,20

Front delt kettlebell twist x20,20,20,20

This left me drained again, and it was a struggle to complete the circuit.

SATURDAY

Glute activation warm up

Sumo Pulls

405×3

505×3

605×3

705×2

805×0 – I was too drained on setup, so I bagged it and dropped down.

725×10

Bent Over Rows

405×20

That’s all I could get in. I went home, ate, rested, played with my kids, and spent some time in the hot tub that afternoon. I’m ready for the remnants of this cold in my chest to move on.