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Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Bodyweight: 210.8 lbs

 

Breaking Muscle Shop

BENCH PRESS

Set 1: 45 lbs x 5

Set 2: 45 lbs x 5

Set 3: 95 lbs x 5

Set 4: 95 lbs x 5

Set 5: 135 lbs x 1

Set 6: 185 lbs x 1

Set 7: 210 lbs x 1

Set 8: 230 lbs x 1

 

Notes: This lift is feeling flat lately, not sure what the issue is, but I opted to cap it at 230 today rather than having an unpleasant surprise.

 

BENCH PRESS (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 120 lbs x 8

Set 2: 145 lbs x 8

Set 3: 160 lbs x 8

 

CHINS

Set 1: 210.8 lbs x 1

Set 2: 210.8 lbs x 1

Set 3: 255.8 lbs x 5 (Video Below)

 

Notes: This +45x5 at least equals my all time best - I’m going to try to coax a few more reps out of this over coming workouts.

 

 

BICEP CURL (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 60 lbs x 8

Set 2: 70 lbs x 8

Set 3: 80 lbs x 5

Set 4: 80 lbs x 5

Set 5: 80 lbs x 5

Set 6: 70 lbs x 8

 

Notes: This is officially the most curls I’ve ever done in a single workout, I think. I’m softening my stance about these as of late - they’re quick to do and don’t require a lot of energy.

 

Friday, September 14, 2012, 11:30 AM

 

Bodyweight: 210.6 lbs

 

DEADLIFT

Set 1: 135 lbs x 3

Set 2: 135 lbs x 3

Set 3: 135 lbs x 3

Set 4: 185 lbs x 3

Set 5: 225 lbs x 1

Set 6: 275 lbs x 1

Set 7: 315 lbs x 1

Set 8: 345 lbs x 1

Set 9: 395 lbs x 1

Set 10: 415 lbs x 1

 

Notes: felt completely safe but I didn’t want to push it too much since my low back still isn’t 100%. I’m happy with this today

 

CHINS

Set 1: 210.6 lbs x 1

Set 2: 210.6 lbs x 1

Set 3: 235.6 lbs x 1 (25 pounds additional weight)

Set 4: 255.6 lbs x 1 (45 pounds additional weight)

Set 5: 280.6 lbs x 1 (70 pounds additional weight)

Set 6: 290.6 lbs x 1 (80 pounds additional weight)

Set 7: 210.6 lbs x 15

 

Notes: I don’t really know what my all-time PR is for chins so I’ll say this is it. Surprised I hit BWx15 again too.

 

BARBELL HIP THRUST

Set 1: 315 lbs x 10

 

Monday, September 17, 2012, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

Bodyweight: 210 lbs

 

SQUAT

Set 1: 45 lbs x 5

Set 2: 45 lbs x 5

Set 3: 45 lbs x 5

Set 4: 95 lbs x 5

Set 5: 95 lbs x 5

Set 6: 135 lbs x 5

Set 7: 185 lbs x 1

Set 8: 225 lbs x 1

Set 9: 275 lbs x 1

Set 10: 315 lbs x 1

Set 11: 365 lbs x 1

Set 12: 275 lbs x 6

 

Notes: That was a hard 365, was on my toes a bit again - gotta work on that.

 

BENCH PRESS

Set 1: 45 lbs x 5

Set 2: 95 lbs x 5

Set 3: 135 lbs x 3

Set 4: 185 lbs x 1

Set 5: 205 lbs x 1

Set 6: 225 lbs x 1

Set 7: 225 lbs x 1

Set 8: 225 lbs x 1

Set 9: 225 lbs x 1

 

Notes: Bench feeling blah lately. Maybe I need to add presses back into the schedule

 

HAMMER CURL

Set 1: 60 lbs x 10

Set 2: 70 lbs x 10

Set 3: 70 lbs x 10

Set 4: 70 lbs x 10

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