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Hit some pretty good numbers this week on the dumbbell bench press, hip thrust, squat, and deadlift, and re-introduced military presses as well. Solid week overall.

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Breaking Muscle Shop

Bodyweight: 210.6 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 100 lbs x 10

Set 2: 110 lbs x 10

Set 3: 120 lbs x 10

Set 4: 145 lbs x 8

Set 5: 160 lbs x 8

Set 6: 190 lbs x 8

Set 7: 200 lbs x 9

 

BICEP CURL (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 60 lbs x 10

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 10

 

BARBELL HIP THRUST

Set 1: 225 lbs x 5

Set 2: 315 lbs x 5

Set 3: 365 lbs x 5

Set 4: 400 lbs x 3 (Video Below)

 

 

Friday, September 21, 2012, 12:00 PM

 

Bodyweight: 212 lbs

 

DEADLIFT

Set 1: 135 lbs x 3

Set 2: 135 lbs x 3

Set 3: 135 lbs x 3

Set 4: 135 lbs x 3

Set 5: 135 lbs x 3

Set 6: 185 lbs x 3

Set 7: 225 lbs x 3

Set 8: 275 lbs x 3

Set 9: 315 lbs x 1

Set 10: 345 lbs x 1

Set 11: 395 lbs x 1

Set 12: 445 lbs x 1

 

Notes: Solid but I wish the 445 felt lighter. Aiming for 465 next week.

 

MILITARY PRESS

Set 1: 45 lbs x 10

Set 2: 65 lbs x 10

Set 3: 85 lbs x 10

Set 4: 95 lbs x 6

Set 5: 95 lbs x 6

Set 6: 95 lbs x 6

 

Notes: Reinstating presses after having skipped them for a while. I think they may have been helping with my bench

 

CHINS

Set 1: 237 lbs x 5

Set 2: 237 lbs x 5

Set 3: 237 lbs x 5

 

Notes: Performed with a 25-pound plate. Easy.

 

HAMMER CURL

Set 1: 70 lbs x 10

Set 2: 80 lbs x 10

 

Noyes: These were unscheduled, but I had a few minutes waiting for Bret to finish so thought I’d do a few sets of curls.

 

Friday, September 21, 2012, 12:00 PM

 

Bodyweight: 212 lbs

 

SQUAT

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 5

Set 6: 185 lbs x 3

Set 7: 230 lbs x 1

Set 8: 280 lbs x 1

Set 9: 320 lbs x 1

Set 10: 370 lbs x 1 (Video Below)

 

Notes: Glad I made 370 today, but sure wish it felt easier. Shooting for 380-385 in a week.

 

 

SWINGS

Set 1: 62 lbs x 10

Set 2: 75 lbs x 10

Set 3: 100 lbs x 10

Set 4: 125 lbs x 6

 

First time doing “heavy” swings with Bret’s T-handle device. Not heavy, but balance is trick. I’ll hit 150 for sure next week on this.

 

BENCH PRESS (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 100 lbs x 10

Set 2: 100 lbs x 10

Set 3: 120 lbs x 10

Set 4: 145 lbs x 10

 

Notes: Just went light on these today.

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