Posts Tagged ‘Shawn Frankl’

Well, for the first time in a month or so I actually got down to Shawn Frankl’s Big Iron Gym.  My purpose for having an extra session was to see where my max sumo deadlift was.  I have recently switched from conventional pulling to sumo style just to shake things up a bit.  While in the last strength block I felt that I was getting tons of back work between conventional deadlift and lat accessories, but hardly any direct hamstring work. This hypertrophy cycle I have programed sumo deadlift and stiff leg deadlift to directly target my weak hamstrings.  Hopefully this will get me out of this deadlift “funk” I am in. After pulling 523 lbs at the meet last April I haven’t been able to even budge 495 lbs conventional style.  When I maxed on sumo style I stalled out at 495 lbs as well.  Some of the guys think it is just a mental obstacle now.  I am unsure.  All I know is that I can use 475-485 lbs as my training max and that I need to figure out whatever it is that is halting my deadlift progress and destroy it.

NEW PHASE: PEAKING!!!

Week #1

Day #1

Monday

6:00-7:00pm

Cardio Workout – Nothing

Strength Phase Training – Upper Body Focus (Chest, Tri)

Bench Press Warmups – 165×5, 205×5, 235×3

Bench Press Working Sets – 270×2, 285×2, 300×1, 320×1, 325×1

Bench Press Cool Downs – 250×5

Incline Bench Press – 135x2sx10r

Comments: New Phase – Peaking.  1st time trying a peaking phase.  Created with the help of Mike Israetel.  1st time benching this heavy in a few months.  Shoulder hurt on the lighter weights, but stopped once I got to 285 lbs.  Sets felt fairly easy, 300 was good, 320 was a little struggle, 325 my butt started to come up off the bench.  I need to get my legs back more so that won’t happen.  Had some good spotting from Josh and Heath and a little coaching from Shawn Frankl himself. Done at Big Iron Gym.