Monday, September 3

A new start for Labor Day

After neglecting this blog for so long I’ve decided to be more diligent about keeping it updated with my gym training results.  Since the last update in late June I’ve made reasonable progress with some exercises.  My bench press is now at the point where reps at 225 are unremarkable. To give you an idea, at my most recent session on Saturday, after some warmup sets I did 4 x 225, 3 x 235, 2 x 245, 1 x 255, 2 x 4 x 225, 2 x 3 x 225. Looking at it another way, my top set of 255 is just 45 pounds away from the Holy Grail of 300. Next session I’ll go for 265.

Back work is also going well, in addition to neutral grip pull-ups I’m up to doing one-arm dumbbell rows with a 90 pound dumbbell. I came across a tip for making this exercise more strict, namely keeping my feet parallel. Another exercise that I’ve taken to doing are dumbbell pullovers, I’m up to sets of ten with a 65-pounder.  About the only major exercise where I’m not making much of an effort are deadlifts. Just can’t get into them.

As for today’s session, it was leg work. I did some light squats using the safety squat bar, 6 x 155, 6 x 175, 3 x 4 x 225. Next I used a squat press machine I’ve gotten to like, 10 x 450, 4 x 10 x 500 … if only I had those numbers on real squats! I ended with straight-legged deadlifts (SLDL’s), 8 x 145, 8 x 165, 3 x 8 x 185.

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