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As I mentioned in my last entry, I’m now switching to a cycle where I’ll be doing some type of squat, bench, and pull 3 days a week, with “odds ‘n ends” on day 4. The key to this strategy is to keep volume at a minimum, and also to aggressively attempt to better my 1, 3, and 5RM PRs on the main lifts whenever possible.

 

I’m also initiating a new (for me) exercise – band resisted deadlifts. The bands I’m using provide about 225 pounds worth of resistance at the top. You can see how this is set up in one of the videos below.

 

Breaking Muscle Shop

Lastly, I’m mainly sticking with high bar squats for the foreseeable future due to shoulder issues on low bar squats.

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10:00 AM

 

Bodyweight: 198 lbs

 

HIGH BAR SQUAT

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 95 lbs × 5

Set 3: 135 lbs × 3

Set 4: 185 lbs × 1

Set 5: 225 lbs × 1

Set 6: 275 lbs × 1

Set 7: 315 lbs × 1

Set 8: 335 lbs × 0

Set 9: 275 lbs × 5

 

BENCH PRESS (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 120 lbs × 10

Set 2: 160 lbs × 5

Set 3: 209 lbs × 6 (Video Below)

 

 

KETTLEBELL STIFF-LEG DEADLIFT

Set 1: 202 lbs × 10

Set 2: 202 lbs × 10 (Video Below)

 

 

KROC ROWS

Set 1: 105 lbs × 10

Set 2: 105 lbs × 10

 

HAMMER CURL

Set 1: 70 lbs × 10

Set 2: 70 lbs × 10

Set 3: 70 lbs × 10

 

Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:00 AM

 

Bodyweight: 199 lbs

 

HIGH BAR SQUAT

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 95 lbs × 5

Set 3: 135 lbs × 3

Set 4: 185 lbs × 1

Set 5: 225 lbs × 1

Set 6: 275 lbs × 1

Set 7: 295 lbs × 3 (Video Below)

 

 

BENCH PRESS

Set 1: 135 lbs × 5

Set 2: 185 lbs × 1

Set 3: 205 lbs × 1

Set 4: 225 lbs × 1

Set 5: 245 lbs × 1

 

BAND-RESISTED SPEED PULLS

Set 1: 135 lbs × 3

Set 2: 225 lbs × 3

Set 3: 275 lbs × 3

Set 4: 275 lbs × 3

Set 5: 275 lbs × 3 (Video Below)

 

 

TRICEP EXTENSION

Set 1: 70 lbs × 10

 

Sunday, June 16, 2013, 10:00 AM

 

Bodyweight: 199.6 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 120 lbs × 10

Set 2: 160 lbs × 10

Set 3: 209 lbs × 7

 

KROC ROWS

Set 1: 95 lbs × 10

Set 2: 95 lbs × 10

 

BACK EXTENSIONS

Set 1: 95 lbs × 10

Set 2: 95 lbs × 10

 

BICEP CURL (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 40 lbs × 10

Set 2: 40 lbs × 10

 

STANDING CALF RAISE

Set 1: 199.6 lbs × 6

Set 2: 199.6 lbs × 6

Set 3: 199.6 lbs × 6

Set 4: 199.6 lbs × 6

 

Monday, June 17, 2013, 10:00 AM

 

Bodyweight: 199.2 lbs

 

HIGH BAR SQUAT

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 95 lbs × 5

Set 3: 135 lbs × 5

Set 4: 185 lbs × 1

Set 5: 225 lbs × 1

Set 6: 275 lbs × 1

Set 7: 315 lbs × 1

Set 8: 330 lbs × 1 (Video Below)

Set 9: 315 lbs × 2

 

 

BAND-RESISTED PULLS

Set 1: 135 lbs × 3

Set 2: 225 lbs × 3

Set 3: 275 lbs × 3

Set 4: 275 lbs × 3

Set 5: 275 lbs × 3

 

BENCH PRESS

Set 1: 135 lbs × 5

Set 2: 185 lbs × 5

Set 3: 205 lbs × 5

Set 4: 215 lbs × 5

Set 5: 225 lbs × 3

 

TRICEP PUSHDOWN

Set 1: 90 lbs × 6

Set 2: 90 lbs × 6

 

HAMMER CURL

Set 1: 80 lbs × 10

Set 2: 80 lbs × 10

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