- Box Squats
- Chest Press
- Lateral Raises
- Bicep Curls
- Triceps Extensions
- Calf Presses
- Side Plank Twist Left
- Side Plank Twist Right
- Dorsal Raise
- Lying Leg Raise
- Side Crunch Right
- Side Crunch Left
See you at the finish line!
See you at the finish line!
Circuit (5 iterations):
Behind-the-Neck Shoulder Press 1×10;1×10;1×10;1×10;1×10
Ab Workout (5MHW):
See you at the finish line!
Here’s yesterday’s workout:
Behind the Neck Press 1×50; 1×40; 1×30; 1×20; 1×10
Upright Row 1×50; 1×40; 1×30; 1×20; 1×10
Arnold Shoulder Press 1×10; 1×20; 1×30; 1×40; 1×50
Shrugs 1×10; 1×20; 1×30; 1×40; 1×50
My shoulders were screaming at the end of this workout.
See you at the finish line!
I’ve been using a new routine since getting back to the gym in February. I work one body part per day. So far, so good. Today was a shoulder workout.
For each of the above, I do 8-12 reps and 4 sets. I’ll increase the intensity as I go forward, but not bad for week 4 back in the gym. For those of you who didn’t see my reasons, I avoid the gym between January and February. I’m not a big fan of the New Year’s Resolution crowds that pack the gym in these months. Now that they have moved on, the gym is at tolerable population levels.
I’ll continue this routine for another month to get back into gym shape, then adjust. I hit the gym 7 days a week, with one day being a straight cardio day.
That’s it for today folks!
Today’s workout tackled the upper body. I took a day off from Cardio and Legs since I’ve hit Cardio 5 days in a row and just finished 2 leg days. Today’s workout is below:
Lower Back Extensions: 210×10; 230×10; 250×10
Seated Rows: 100×10; 120×10; 140×10
Wide Grip Pulldowns: 100×10; 120×10; 140×10
Flat Bench: Warmup: 70×20; 90×15; 110×12; Work: 130×10; 160×10; 160×10
Incline Bench: 110×10; 130×10; 150×10
Military Press Machine: 110×10; 110×10; 110×10
Behind back cable Curls: 10×10; 20×10; 25×10
Curl machine: 45×10; 60×10; 75×10
Triceps machine: 50×10; 70×10; 90×10; 90×10; 70×10; 50×10; 50×10
That’s it for today folks!
Tomorrow I’m taking a day off to recover from the week and will be back at it on Monday!
See you then!
Happy Post Halloween!
I hope everyone had a great time passing out goodies to all the costumed little people last night–we sure did. There were some great costumes.
Ok, so here we go. Today’s workout involved targeting the back. The current workout I’m using was designed by me. It targets the three heads of the deltoids (front, lateral, and rear) and the trapezoids. As you can see in this workout I really enjoy moving up the weight with each set. What I did to mix things up today was to use drop sets and high reps at the end of the exercise to really burn the muscle. It was terrific! My shoulders were screaming afterward.
Military press: 70×6; 90×6; 110×6; 110×6; 120×6; 130×6
Dumbbell front raises: 15×6; 20×6; 25×6; 15×30
Lateral raises: 15×6; 20×6; 25×6; Drop Sets: 15×20; 10×10
Rear delt machine flys: 50×10; 70×10; 90×10; 110×10; Drop sets: 90×10; 70×15;
Shrugs: 55×10; 60×10; 65×10; 70×10; 75×10; Drop sets: 55×15; 50×10; 45×5
Ab crunch: 40×12; 50×12; 65×12; 80×12; 95×12; 40×50;
Cardio 20 minutes – Hill Program – Level 5
Have a great day folks!
See you tomorrow!
I hope everyone is having a great end of the work week.
Today my workout hit the shoulders. I added some exercises to last week’s exercises. Initially, hit the Military Press, then Lateral raises, and bent over rear delt raises. I added Dumbbell Shrugs and Face pulls. I used two strategies today—drop sets and no rest sets. It was a great workout.
I wrote an article a while back on what is called the instinctive principle. This principle allows us to alter our work out to take advantage of peaks and valleys in energy. Some days you’re going to be on fire and you’ll want to take advantage of this by adding sets, adding weight, doing whatever you need to, to achieve a good workout. On the low days, you may lighten weights, you may reduce the number of sets and all the rest. Get it?
I enjoy this because it keeps my workout fresh and it allows me some freedom to push myself beyond what I would normally do on good days in the gym. The whole key to progression in the gym is to increase reps, lower rest times, increase weights, or any combination of the above. You can also increase intensity by doing supersets, compound sets, giant sets, drop sets, or rest-pause sets. I also enjoy using pyramids, when I really want to blast a muscle group. These really kick your tail if you do them right.
Anyway, that’s it for today. My workout today is below:
Warm up: 70×12; 90×12; 110×12
Working sets: 130×6; 150×6; 160×5
Side lateral: 30×6; 35×6; 40×5
Bent over rear delt raise: 30×6; 35×6; 40×6
Dumbbell Shrugs: 65×10; 70×10; 75×7 (no rest between sets)
Face pulls: 50×10; 57.5×10; 65×10; 72.5×10; Drop-sets (no rest between sets) 65×10; 57.5×10; 50×10; 42.5×10
Ab-x: x12; x12; x12
Crunch machine: 110×12; 130×12; 150×12
Ab Coaster: 3 sets to failure (60; 50; 49)
Cardio Hill Level 4 20 minutes
Tomorrow is Leg Day!
See you then.
Today’s workout focused on Shoulders and Abs. As I’ve mentioned in previous postings, this new workout routine focuses on consistency and progressively heavier weights–this being the main focus. The premise is that with added strength comes more muscle, even though it may not be evident in the mirror.
Let’s talk about motivation. Motivation to work out has to come from within. You need to have a “why”. Why are you going to the gym? Are you looking to improve your body’s looks? Are you doing it for improved health? Find your true “why” and you will never miss a workout.
Obviously, this is easier said than done. Think about the various gyms out there. They make most of their profits from people who sign up and then never go. Interestingly, you will always see an upswing in attendance at the gym during the months of January – March. This is the time everyone’s New Year’s resolutions kick in. By March, these motivated lifters fizzle out and the gym’s population returns to normal. Why? Because the “why” they have internally is not strong enough to keep them going.
My “why” is simple. I want to have a good quality of life, for the rest of my life. I’m not concerned about aesthetics. I just want to feel good. This is my “why”. What is yours? If you are comfortable, reply to this posting with your “why”. I’d be interested in hearing it.
Warmup: 50×20; 70×15; 90×10
110×6; 130×6; 150×6
Side Lateral 25×6; 30×6; 35×6
Bent-over Rear Delt Raise 25×6; 30×6; 35×6
Crunch Machine: 130×12; 140×12; 150
Hanging leg raise x15; x15; x15
AB crunch bench x15; x15; x15
As you can see, I elevated weights in all areas, except the side lateral. That will increase next workout. I also changed my ab routine. I like variety with the abs because the same exercises get boring. I’m sticking to the format, however. One weight exercise followed by two non-weighted exercises. The circuit involves doing exercises 1-3 without rest, then taking a 1-2 minute rest between circuits. By the third round, I’m pretty well wiped.
That’s it for today folks. Tomorrow is Leg Day!
See you then…
Today I’m going to provide a few websites that may be helpful to you as you learn more about bodybuilding and fitness. Here they are:
Bodybuilding.com is an extensive library of articles, workout routines, a supplement store, and provides the ability to build a personal profile with pictures, supplements used, etc. to track all of your information in one easy-to-use spot. You can also download the Bodyspace app from iTunes or the Google Play store for free.
Jimstoppani.com is running and owned by Dr. Jim Stoppani. He is the creator of the JYM product line and the JYM Army (Facebook page). To use this site and get access to all of his articles you need to pay a 14.00/month fee. The main benefit of this site is the scientific information you gain access to, along with more than enough workouts to keep you busy for years. I currently use Jim’s PreJYM as a pre-workout drink.
Rippedbody.com was created by Andy Morgan. This website follows the theory of using lean body mass for the basis of your macro ratios. He also has a lot of articles that debunk most of the supplements that are offered on the market and are just hype. Access to most of his content is free. For one of his books, it was 37.00, but this is a one-time fee. There are no monthly memberships.
Muscleforlife.com is a website run by Mike Matthews, who has written a large number of books on nutrition and weightlifting, using a very simple strength building program. He simplifies the process of calculating your base macros to begin either a cutting, bulk, or maintenance diet. I just read one of his books, Bigger, Leaner, Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate male Body. He also has a book specifically for the female physique. I just started using his routine today and will run with this for about 8 weeks to gauge its effectiveness for me.
Kagedmuscle.com is running and owned by Kris Gethin, another professional trainer who I followed for a while. Although I believe this program is effective for some, I found it to be too sporadic workout to workout and gave it up after a few weeks. He has some good pre-, intra-, and post workouts called PreKaged, InKaged, and ReKaged. All of these were good tasting and worked, but I recently digressed back to Jim Stoppani’s pre-workout called PreJym. I’ve found this to be tasty, easy on my stomach, and effective for my early morning workouts.
I recommend visiting all of these sites to see which person’s philosophy aligns with your personal weightlifting philosophy. Bodybuilding.com is definitely worth your while because it does not promote anyone individually. There are a lot of really smart people on this site and the information is really helpful, particularly if you are a neophyte to lifting and are looking for some information on starting a nutrition, supplementation, and workout routine. Their app is pretty decent for tracking your workouts and will provide you a good history of your work in the gym.
Well, I hope this is helpful for you. Below was my first day using Mike Matthew’s workout routine.
Shoulders and Abs
Military Press 90×6; 100×6; 110×6
Side Lateral 25×6; 30×6; 35×5
Bent-over Rear Delt Raise 20×6; 25×6; 30×6
Crunch Machine 100×12; 110×12; 120×12
Lying Leg Raise x12; x12; x12
Decline Crunch x12; x12; x12
As you can see, this workout is not complicated or drawn out. I was in and out of the gym in under an hour. He recommends lifting heavy and staying within a 4-6 rep range with 3-4 minutes of rest between sets. Even though this program may seem a little light, it will get a lot more difficult as I ramp up the weights. The Circuit at the bottom is literally a compound set, working from one ab exercise to another. Mike recommends one weighted movement (Crunch Machine) followed by two non-weight workouts (hence x12). The non-weighted are to failure. I started at 12 reps but will continue to elevate weight and reps as I progress through the routine. There is no rest between these sets. Once your circuit is done, rest for 2 minutes and start again, running through the circuit three times.
This workout will run for 8 weeks. At the end of the routine, Mike Suggests a deload week where you either lift light or just take the week off to recover. Then you adjust the exercises and start another 8 weeks.
Another interesting aspect of this routine is the gauge by which you determine what program you use. In my case, I’m at 26% body fat. Way too high. Subsequently, he recommends cutting until you are in the 15% body fat range. Once you’ve hit this, he recommends either continued cutting or moving into a bulking routine. I’ll keep you posted on my body fat as I progress through the routine.
Matthew’s workout split is five days. Monday Chest & Abs, Tuesday Back & Calves, Wednesday Shoulders & Abs, Thursday Legs, and Friday Upper Body and Abs. Matthew also recommends 4 days of cardio. Since Saturday and Sunday are off days I’ve chosen to work cardio on these days. The other two days are on Back and Abs Days (Tuesday) and Leg Days (Thursday). Cardio during workout days will be in the afternoon on my home elliptical. Saturday and Sunday will be on a treadmill at the gym.
Well, that’s it for today folks. I hope you learned something and visit these websites. There is some really great information on these sites and a place you can go to begin learning what this is all about.
See you tomorrow!