Posts Tagged ‘Nick Bennigsdorf’

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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 65×5, 85×5, 100×3

Main 115×3, 135×3, 150×10

Joker 160×3, 165×3, 175×3

Boring But Big 85x5x10

SuperSet DB Front Raise/Lateral Raise 10x3x10

Bodyweight 218.4 lbs

Blood Pressure 107/64

Featured #dailyselfie wearing 22nd St Barbell hat, Totus Tuus cut-off (only an XL btw), SoxBox Strongman socks, SBD elbow sleeves and lever belt (video only)

Videos are the 3 Joker sets 160, 165, and 175

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: Tuesday 7/12/16

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym
         
Training Partner: Nick Bennigsdorf

Working Sets:

Wide Grip Bench Press – 215x3x1/fail, 12/12/12 reps, +1 rating

Underhand EZ Bar Row - 140x3x1/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Crunches - Bodyweightx2x1/fail, 35/35 reps

Accessories:

Hammer Curl/Tricep Ext. superset – 40x70x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Barbell Wrist Curl/Ext. - 65x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

Calf Raise - 325x4x25 - 25/25/25/25 reps

Daily "Selfie" - 

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This is my new 22nd Street Barbell T-shirt. It is a great shirt for lifting.  Stretchy and light weight.  Also pictured: SBD Elbow Sleeves, Strong(er) Lever Belt, Little People Farm, Nick's shoe, camera trip-pod.

Volume has still been too high for my legs.  Program cut out my Front Squats again for today.  Hopefully tomorrow they will go well.  Tried to do some benching with my belt on to see how that felt.  I actually kind of liked the extra pressure.  Maybe if I had a single pronged, 10mm belt it would feel a little better.  This 13mm lever is a  little thick for benching.


Here is the link to the video - 
Heavy Hammer Gym: Hypertrophy Mesocycle: Week 4: 7/12/16
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
Week: 2

Date: Monday 6/27/16

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym

Training Partner: Nick Bennigsdorf

Working Sets:

Wide Grip Bench Press - 205x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps, 1 rating

Front Squat – 210x1x3/fail, 12 reps, 0 rating

Underhand EZ Bar Row – 130x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

Crunches – bodyweightx3x3/fail, 20/20 reps

Accessories:

Hammer Curl/Tricep Ext. superset – 30/60x3x3/fail, 12/12/12 reps

BB Wrist Curl/Ext. – 50x3x3/fail

Calf Raises - Bodyweight+20x3x30

Daily "Selfie":

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Kicking Mass & Taking Names Cut-off.  This was our summer volleyball shirt from last year.  Our team is made up of parishioners from our Catholic church, hence the Kicking "Mass" part. Red, High Top, Converse shoes I've had since before high school.

Back felt much better.  I did a 10 min back stretching video before the workout and it really helped.  I might work that in a few times a week now.  Bench press is still feeling really easy while squats are getting harder.  I am finished with Week 1 now and I feel that my muscles have adapted (very slightly) to the new volume and rep scheme.  Hopefully that will get better and better.

Here is a link to the video of my training on my YouTube channel:
Heavy Hammer Gym - Hypertrophy Mesocycle: Week 1: 6/27/16
Week: 1

Date: Friday 6/24/16

Time: 12:30 pm

Location: Heavy Hammer Gym

Training Partner: Nick Bennigsdorf

Working Sets:

High Bar Squat - 355x3x3/fail, 6/6/6 reps, -1 (really hard today)

Wide Grip Bench Press – 155x2x1/2 Mondays reps, 6/6 reps, 1 rating

One Arm DB Row – 75x2x3/fail, 12/12 reps

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

Crunches – bodyweightx3x3/fail, 20/20 reps

Accessories:

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

DIY Wrist Roller – 45x3

Calf Raises - Bodyweightx9x10

Daily "Selfie":

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Crusaders: Bash at the Barefoot 2007 Cut-off.  The was a high school reunion type of party I went to almost 10 years ago. Flip-flops...

Back felt tight, but after a few sets of squats it started to loosen up.  It was a bit sore the whole time, but manageable. Some of the movements each day are starting to get hard while others are still really easy. I am not sure how the program will auto regulate this, but I trust it and the great staff at Renaissance Periodization. 

Here is a link to the video of my training on my YouTube channel:
Heavy Hammer Gym - Hypertrophy Mesocycle: Week 1: 6/24/16
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

After a long hiatus from blogging I have decided to return to the world of digital journaling. (thats basically what my blog is) I have begun a new training program supplied by Renaissance Periodization.  It will include a 15 week Hypertrophy Block, a 12-16 week Strength Block, and a 4 week Peaking Block before my next competition.  I just started week 1/workout 1 today.  Check out the blog entitled Hypertrophy Block 6/20/16 if you want to see what it included. I will try to do a better job next time discussing my feelings (like a social justice warrior/triggered person) next time on how I think that particular training session went.  I will also resume my book reviews and product reviews. I have started DIY (Do-It-Yourself) pre-workout and post-workout supplements and will review that process too, as well as give you an easy receipe you could follow. I will also post DIY projects that I have been working on in regards to equipment or gym accessories. Hopefully, I will also start posting videos again and I will introduce you to my new training partner Nick. This is just a heads up.  Look for more posts coming soon.

PS: Here is my daily selfie coming back. This is a shirt I got for helping carry the giant Warner Bros balloon during a parade a few years back.

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