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Today was deadlift day at the Heavy Hammer Gym. I actually broke this session into 2 parts because I did my main movement (deadlifts) with the Comet Strength Club team at the community college where I teach. I am also the strength coach and the advisor to the choir club and Dungeon’s and Dragons club. Here is what my full training session looked like:

Deadlift: 320x5x3, 405x2x1

Rack Pulls: 320x3x3

Hip Thrust: 140x3x15

Chin-Ups: bodyweight(220)x2,3(pronated); BWx4,3,3(supinated)

Hammer Curls: 25x2x15

Sorry there is no #dailyselfie and no video due to the deadlift two-parter. You will have to suffice with the deadlift meme I hope I can find.

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Sorry it has been a busy week.  Here is my training for this week:

Day 1: Bench

Warm Up: 120×5, 155×5, 185×3

Main: 230×5, 260×3, 390×2

Joker: 305×1

Boring But Big: 155x5x10

Incline DB Bench: 30x3x10

Day 2: Deadlift

Warm Up: 160×5, 205×5, 245×3

Main: 305×5, 345×3, 385×7

Joker: 405×1, 425×1

Boring But Big: 205x5x10

Straight Arm Pull Down: 50×10, 60x2x10

Day 3: Overhead Press (done at Shawn Frankl’s Big Iron Gym)

Warm Up: 65×5, 85×5, 100×3

Main: 125×5, 140×3, 160×5

Joker: 170×1

Boring But Big: 85x3x10

DB Front Raise/Lateral Raise: 10x2x10

Walked home from the gym: about 20 min.

Day 5: Squat

Warm Up: 170×5, 215×5, 255×3

Main: 320×5, 365×3, 405×2

Joker: 425×1 (failed to hit depth)

Boring But Big: 215x5x10

Leg Extension: 85x3x10

#dailyselfies:

OBGYM hat, “Less Talky, More Lifty” bro tank, WITCC hat, Science Nutrition bro tank, APF powerlifting t-shirt (that is too big on me now), SBD knee sleeves, and rolled up, ripped sweatpants (lol)

Sorry No videos this week.  I tried to use an actual video camera and movie editing software but it kept crashing so I couldn’t upload those videos from Day 1.  Didn’t have my phone with me on Day 2.  Didn’t have anywhere to set my phone at B.I.G. to get a good angle for Day 3. And the Day 5 videos uploaded upside down…ugh.

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: 1

Date: 7/25-29/16

Time: Various

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym
         
Training Partner: Nick Bennigsdorf

7/25/16

Working Sets:

Incline Bench Press - 195x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps, 0 rating

High Bar Squat - 300x2x3/fail, 10/10 reps, 0 rating

Barbell Bent Row - 130x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

Crunches - Bodyweightx2x3/fail, 35/35 reps

Accessories: 

Seated DB Curl/DB Kickback Superset - 45/15x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Face Pulls - 55x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

7/26/16

Working Sets:

High Bar Squat - 300x5x3/fail, 12/12/10/10/10 reps, 0 rating

Stiff Legged Deadlift - 225x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps, 0 rating

DB Upright Row - 30x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

Planks - Bodyweightx2x45sec

Accessories:

EZ Bar Reverse Curl/Leaning Skull Crusher Superset - 65/0x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Wrist Roller - 50x2

Calf Raises - 35x2x3/fail, 30/30 reps

7/27/16

Working Sets:

DB Flyes - 20x5x3/fail, 12/12/12/12/12 reps, +1 rating

Barbell Bent Rows - 130x2x3/fail, 12/12reps, 0 rating

DB Upright Row - 30x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

Accessories:

Incline DB Curl/Incline DB Face Crusher - 25/25x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Face Pulls - 60x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

7/28/16 - My 31st Birthday!!!

Working Sets:

Stiff Legged Deadlift - 225x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps, 0 rating

Lying Leg Curl- 70x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps +1 rating

DB Lateral Raise- 25x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

Crunches - Bodyweightx2x3/fail, 35/35

Accessories:

Seated Barbell Curl/DB Kickbacks Superset - 45/15x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Bar Wrist Curl/Ext - 65x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Calf Raises - 35x3x3/fail, 30/30/30 reps

7/29/16

Working Sets:

Front Squat - 210x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps, 0 rating

Incline Bench Press - 175x2x6, +1 rating

Straight Arm Lat Pulldown - 70x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

DB Lateral Raise - 25x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

Accessories:

EZ Bar Reverse Curl/Leaning Skull Crusher - 65/0x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Face Pulls - 55x2x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Daily "Selfie" - None


This was the first week of my 2nd run through of the Renaissance Periodization Hypertrophy program.  It was actually quite a difficult first week after having such a "nice" deload week.  The weights just seemed really heavy for some reason.

No Video of this week...sorry.
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.
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

I have become a HUGE fan of the Do-It-Yourself stuff lately.  I have taken it upon myself to try to upgrade and outfit the Heavy Hammer Gym with as many DIY projects that I can.  My latest endeavor resulted in a pretty nice product.  I made Deadlift Blocks.  Here is what you need to know:

  1. Here is a great article from EliteFTS explaining some benefits of partial range of motion deadlifting: Partial Movement Training For The Deadlift / Elite FTS
  2. You can make this a DIY project, but if you don’t think you are up to it there are a lot of choices out there for purchasing deadlift blocks such as: Rogue 15 Wood Jerk Block PairRogue Medium Metal Pulling Blocks, or DC Blocks – Set of 18.
  3. List of materials used. (you can make them to whatever dimensions you think will work for you and your space/needs; this list will make 2 blocks(because you need 2 blocks to do it right))
    1. 8 – 4×4 cut to 15″ lengths (I actually used 2×4’s because I couldn’t cut the thicker wood)
    2. 2 – 3/4″ plywood cut to 15″ squares
    3. 2 – 1/2″ rubber matting cut to 15″ squares ( I used a very nice welcome mat for mine, just flipped it upside down; people tend to use horse stall mats)
    4. 4 – 1×2 cut to 15″ length (so weights don’t roll off the top of the block)
    5. 2 1/2 ” or 3″ screws
    6. EXTRA: Wood Glue (I actually used industrial strength so it will hold up longer)

Pretty easy to put together.  Used 4-4×4’s on the bottom, screw them together (use wood glue too, maybe, I did), screw (wood glue) plywood to top of 4×4’s, screw (wood glue) rubber mat to top of plywood, screw (wood glue) 2- 1×2’s to top of mat on either side.  Be generous with screws (wood glue) to make sure it can handle the HUGE weights you will be using on it.

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Hope you like this DIY project as much as I have.  I have used them multiple times now with 400+ lbs and they haven’t moved/given out at all. Check back from time to time for more DIY Gym Projects.

Week: 1

Date: Thursday 6/23/16

Time: 1:30 pm

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym

Training Partner: Nick Bennigsdorf

Working Sets:

Block Pull – 365x3x3/fail, 8/7/6 reps, 0 rating ( I totally strained my back between 2nd and 3rd sets, i.e. the belt being put on)

Low Bar Good Morning – 90x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps, 1 rating

BB Upright Row – 90x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

Crunches – bodyweightx3x3/fail, 20/20 reps

Accessories:

Hammer Curl/Tri Ext superset – 25/55x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Shrugs w/Straps – 225x3x3/fail

Daily "Selfie":

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My Pudzianowski Poland T-shirt.  POLISH POWER!!! Maruisz Pudzianowski is one of my favorite professional strongmen.  Nike elbow sleeves used to protect my shins during deadlifts. And, apparently at the time, no shoes.

Back felt terrible after 2nd set on Block Pulls.  I pushed my way through the rest of the workout, but I don't know if that was a good idea.  I will be hitting the chiropractor tomorrow and maybe a massage next week.  

Here is a link to the video of my training on my YouTube channel:
Heavy Hammer Gym - Hypertrophy Mesocycle: Week 1: 6/23/16
Week: 1

Date: Tuesday 6/21/16

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym

Training Partner: Nick Bennigsdorf

Working Sets:

Front Squat – 200x5x3/fail, 8/8/7/7/7 reps, 0 rating

Block Pull – 365x2x3/fail, 7/8 reps, 0 rating

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

Planks – bodyweightx2, 30sec/30sec

Accessories:

Preacher Curl/French Press superset – 25/75x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Shrugs w/straps (used new Ludus Magnus straps from www.wenningstrength.com ) – 225x3x3/fail, 12/12/12

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Daily "Selfie":

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Tough As Nails T-shirt.  Flip-Flops...

I feel that this new style of full-body hypertrophy training is going to kill me.  I have never trained this way before.  I hate reps higher than 5 (I am a powerlifter you know). This is going to take some getting used to.  That being said, I have been having fun with some new exercises and have actually been hitting most of my reps.  I feel that this training will really help with my muscular endurance (not a lot of endurance, but better than what I currently have) and give me some GAINZ in the muscle size department.  My quads are sore after two days of front squats, but not as bad as I thought they would be.  Maybe they will be worse tomorrow.

Here is a link to the video of my training on my YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu__D3O2-lc