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Today was squat day at the Heavy Hammer Gym…but I had to do it without my trusty training partner Nick (@nick_benni on Instagram).  However, I did have the help of my 4 year old and my 2 year old constantly talking to me and asking me questions during my AMRAP…”Uff Da” (the proper Scandinavian spelling, lol). Here is what went down tonight:

Squats: 315x4x2, AMRAP 315×10 (no wraps or sleeves)

Incline Bench Reverse Hyperextensions: Just bodyweight for now (currently sitting around 220lbs after a couple weeks of higher carbs.  Getting back into low carb, high fat tomorrow)

Incline Bench Dumbbell Rows: 20x1x20, 25x2x20

Incline Bench Dumbbell Shrugs: 20x1x20, 25x2x20

Calf Raises (on Hack Squat Machine): 305x5x10

Sorry there is no #dailyselfie, but there is a video this time.  Hope you enjoy.  Comment if you would like to critique my form.  (I cut a lot of reps high on the AMRAP.  I guess I was nervous without my spotter there.)

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Warm Up 160×5, 205×5, 245×3

Main 285×3, 325×3, 365×6

Boring But Big 205x4x10, 205x1x8

Straight Arm Pulldown 55x3x10

Bodyweight 219.6

Blood Pressure 117/80

Videos show top Main sets.

Featured picture is my #dailyselfie: 22nd St Barbell hat, ‘Merica bro-tank, Nike shin savers, Hulkamania socks, and Strength Shop Deadlift Slippers.

Week: 4

Date: Sunday 7/17/16

Time: -

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym
         
Training Partner: -

Working Sets:

High Bar Squat – 390x3x2/fail, 6/6 reps, -1 rating

Wide Grip Bench Press- 195x2x6, 6/6, +1 rating

One Arm Dumbbell Row - 85x3x1/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Barbell Upright Row - 100x3x1/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Accessories:

Preacher Curl/French Press superset – 40/80x3x3/fail, 10/8/8 reps

Daily "Selfie" - No


No Video Again...
Week: 4

Date:Friday 7/15/16

Time: -

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym
         
Training Partner: -

Working Sets:

Block Pull – 400x3x1/fail, 8/8/8 reps, 0 rating

Low Bar Good Morning - 100x2x1/fail, 12/12 reps, 0 rating

Barbell Upright Row - 100x3x1/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Crunches - Bodyweightx2x1/fail, 34/34

Accessories:

Hammer Curl/Tricep Ext. superset – 40/70x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Daily "Selfie" - None

My video editing software wasn't working so there will be no videos for a couple weeks...Sorry.
Week: 4

Date: Wednesday 7/13/16

Time: 10:45 am

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym
         
Training Partner: None

Working Sets:

Front Squat – 220x2x1/fail, 10/10 reps, 0 rating

Block Pull - 400x2x1/fail, 8/8 reps, 0 rating

DB Lateral Raise - 2-x3x1/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Planks - Bodyweightx2x1/fail, 45/45 sec

Accessories:

Preacher Curl/French Press superset – 40x80x3x3/fail, 10/10/10 reps

Shrugs w/Straps - 255x3x3/fail - 12/12/12

Daily "Selfie" - 

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This is one of my Jesup Gym T-shirts I got while I was on my #liftingtour on vacation.  Jesup Gym in Jesup, IA only costs $1.00 to enter for the day.  I was able to workout here after purchasing some new equipment for Heavy Hammer Gym at the Jesup Gym Equipment store next door. Very friendly staff.  Basically a mom and pop store that has been in business for a little over 32 years. I will write more about them later.

Today's Front Squats weren't awful, but I could only do 10 reps with this weight. (thats ok as long as I am in the 6-10 rep range) Block Pulls felt good as well, even though I only got 8 there.  I feel like my deadlift setup is finally clicking.  Hopefully I can translate this to pulling from the floor in my next strength cycle.


Video Coming Soon!!!
Sorry it has been a little over a week since I have posted.  My wife and I took our daughter on a little vacation.  We went to Des Moines, IA (Polk City) and stayed with my in-laws.  While we were there we went to an Iowa Cubs game and visited the Blank Park Zoo and Living History Farms while spending a lot of time with my wife's family. It was a fun 10 day vacation.  The best part about it was not missing a day of training.  The owner of 22nd Street Barbell in Des Moines was kind enough to let me train at their gym while I was on vacation.  It was a great place and I will do a post about their gym later.  On to my Training Journal:

Week: 2

Date: Friday 7/2/16

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Jesup Gym Equipment, Jesup, IA
         
Training Partner: None

Working Sets:

High Bar Squat – 375x3x3/fail, 6/6/6 reps, -1 rating

Wide Grip Bench Press – 185x2x6, 6/6 reps, +1 rating

One Arm DB Row - 80x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

Barbell Upright Row - 95x2x3/fail, 12/12

Accessories:

Preacher Curl/French Press superset – 30/80x3x3/fail, 10/12/12 reps

Barbell Wrist Curl/Ext. - 50x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Calf Press - 300x3x3/fail - 30/30/30 reps

Daily "Selfie" - 

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This is a picture of me in my Jesup Gym Cut-off, however, I took this one day while training at 22nd Street Barbell, hence the 22BB hat.
Week: 3

Date: Monday 7/4/16

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: 22nd Street Barbell, Des Moines, IA
         
Training Partner: None

Working Sets:

Wide Grip Bench Press – 210x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps, +1 rating

Underhand EZ Bar Row - 135x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Accessories:

Hammer Curl/Tricep Ext. superset – 35x70x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Barbell Wrist Curl/Ext. - 60x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Calf Raise - 315x3x3/fail - 20/20/20 reps



Week: 3

Date: Wednesday 7/6/16

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 22nd Street Barbell, Des Moines, IA
Training Partner: None

Working Sets:

Front Squat – 215x3x2/fail, 9/10/10 reps, 0 rating

Block Pull – 390x2x2/fail, 8/10 reps, 0 rating

DB Lateral Raise - 20x3x2/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Accessories:

Preacher Curl/French Press superset – 35/85x3x3/fail, 12/12/10 reps

Shrugs w/Straps - 245x3x3/fail - 12/12/12 reps

Week: 3

Date: Thursday 7/7/16

Time: 6:45 pm

Location: 22nd Street Barbell, Des Moines, IA
Training Partner: Tank the Bulldog

Working Sets:

Overhead Press – 155x7x2/fail, 10,10,9,8,8,8,8 reps, 0 rating

Underhand EZ Bar Row – 335x2x2/fail, 12/12 reps, 0 rating

DB Lateral Raise - 20x3x2/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Accessories:

EZ Bar Curl/Overhead Machine Ext. superset – 85/65x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Barbell Wrist Curl/Ext. - 60x3x3/fail - 12/12/12 reps

Calf Raise - 315x3x3/fail - 20/20/20 reps

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Week: 3

Date: Friday 7/8/16

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: 22nd Street Barbell, Des Moines, IA
Training Partner: None

Working Sets:

Block Pull – 390x3x2/fail, 8/8/8 reps, 0 rating
Low Bar Good Morning - 95x2x2/fail - 12/12 reps
Barbell Upright Row - 95x3x2/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Accessories:

Hammer Curl/Tricep Ext. superset – 35/65x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Shrugs w/Straps - 245x3x3/fail - 12/12/12 reps

Week: 3

Date: Saturday 7/9/16

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: 22nd Street Barbell, Des Moines, IA
Training Partner: None

Working Sets:

High Bar Squat – 380x3x2/fail, 6/6/6 reps, -1 rating

Wide Grip Bench Press - 190x2x6 - 6/6 reps, +1 rating

One Arm DB Row – 80x3x2/fail, 12/12/12 reps, 0 rating

Barbell Upright Row - 95x3x2/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Accessories:

Preacher Curl/French Press superset – 35/85x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

This week of training seemed to go pretty well.  I am finding that the volume I have been doing for quads is too much.  The program is giving me less and less Front Squats to try to recover better.  I don't mind the extra rest. I really think it does help me.  I just have never really training with this much volume before.  It is interesting to note that the volume for my shoulders/chest has been going up.  Apparently my upper body is fine with more volume, but my lower body isn't.  At least I am learning to ready my body better.  My hips were very sore this week.  I had to stretch them out in between every set.  My back didn't bother me too much.  My biceps started hurting a bit due to the fact that I have never really trained my biceps much.  Now I am doing them 5 days a week.  I have noticed huge gains in size in just 3 weeks or so.  Oh those Noob Gainz.  No videos this week...sorry.
Week: 2

Date: Tuesday 6/28/16

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym

Training Partner: Nick Bennigsdorf

Working Sets:

Front Squat – 210x4x3/fail, 9/9/9/9 reps, 0 rating

Block Pull – 385x2x3/fail, 7/10 reps, 0 rating

DB Lateral Raise - 20x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

Planks – bodyweightx3x35sec

Accessories:

Preacher Curl/French Press superset – 30/80x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Shrugs w/ Straps – 230x3x3/fail (used Pro-Versa Wraps)

Daily "Selfie":

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Mt. Avengers. Mt.Rushmore of Avengers T-Shirt. It has Avengers superheroes instead of the presidents on Mt.Rushmore. I hope you have that clearly now. I am pretty sure I got this shirt at Wal-Mart. Flip-Flops...

I watched out for my back on Front squats and especially on Block Pulls.  I used a belt on Block Pulls and I only tightened it enough so that I could still fit my hand through it.  This allowed me to get into a good position while still giving me enough back protection.  (I know that the belt, especially being loose, doesn't help much with actual back support, but is more for intra-abdominal pressure. It is a psychological thing for me.)

Here is a link to the video of my training on my YouTube channel:
Heavy Hammer Gym - Hypertrophy Mesocycle: Week 2: 6/28/16

DELOAD

Quads / Back / Calves

AM Cardio – None

PM Hypertrophy – @H.H.G.

Front Squats – 115x3x8

Straight Arm Pulldown – 40x3x8

Dumbbell Shrug – 25x3x20

Standing Calf Raise – 205x3x20

DELOAD

Quads / Back / Calves

AM Cardio – None

PM Hypertrophy – @WITCC

Sumo Deadlift – 225x3x8

Stiff Leg Deadlift – 225x3x8

Seated Row – 100x3x8

Barbell Shrug (Back) – 185x3x8

Calf Raise – 400x3x20

DELOAD

Tuesday – Quads / Back / Calves

AM Cardio – None

PM Hypertrophy – @ WITCC

Front Squat – 205x3x8

Dumbbell Shrug – 100x3x20

Seated Calf Raise – 400x3x20