Sunday, November 19, 2017

52 and 68 kg One Arm Swings, barbell deadlift ( 275#), Weighted pushups (78 #) side delts

So it looks like I will be going through the StrongFirst lifter course as a student, a new requirement for all the Master Instructors ( StrongFirst bodyweight will be after that) and although I can opt out of actually testing the lifts due to my competitive  and injury history I am interested to see exactly what I can do that doesn't hurt me.

I still plan on keeping this current training schedule going as is, just substituting some of the barbell lifts in. AND the 200 lbs Military press goal for March still takes precedence. The military press is one of the tested lifts

The heaviest requirement is a double bodyweight deadlift, which should be no more than 340 for me so I decided to DL today so see how things felt. Could not have gone better

But first ,the swings

One arm Swings
16 kg x 5/5 x 2
20 kg x 5/5
24 kg x 5/5
28 kg x 5/5
32 kg x 5/5
36 kg x 5/5
40 kg x 5/5
44 kg x 5/5
48 kg x 5/5 ( weighed this and weighs out at 49.54 kg! 109 lbs)
52 kg x 5/5 x 5 ( weighs out at 54 kg! 119 lbs)
68 kg x 5/5 x 5 ( this weighed out perfectly)

this was HARD especially since it was a  crisp 40 deg in the gym!! so hard to get actually warmed up for these heavy weights but they were stronger than ever. Realized I REALLY have to set the grip DEEP in the hand especially for the left, really helps


started off easy
135 x 3
185 x 2
225 x 2
255 x 2
275 x 1
 strong and fast! double overgrip( hook) which is how I want to pull and no belt. I think it will be safer without a belt for my back. we will see. I have no doubt I can pull 315 right now as fast as the 275. Plan is to do just what I did today. work up to a semi heavy single and back off. Let the swings do the job. Next workout do 275 then 285.

Weighted Pushups
bw x 12
53 x 10
78 x 8 x 3 sets

no problem

side delts
3 sets of 12 with 15's

the interesting part of this will be getting UNDER a squat bar ( more than the squat itself) and if I can barbell bench with a thumbed grip ( thumbless is not allowed) but if not I will opt out of that lift

BW 168.6
BF 11.5 ( post bath)
W 57.1

time to ruck. was raining too hard on thursday


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

24 kg speed swings 16 min, walking lunges, arm casts, rear delts

This was a strong one. I can really settle into a rhythm now right away and the power stays high the whole time. Cardio is no issue at all and I can't remember when I had to double breath in a set

24 kg speed swings
15:15 8 RPA
16 min
256 reps
13,568 lbs

nice tonnage
RPE = 6

Walking lunges
 4 sets of 40 steps

easy here too not bad at all

25lb CB arm casts

3 sets of 8/8

just wanted to get the feel for monday with the 35

rear delts
3 sets of 12 with 20

this is the right weight, 15 is too ligh

BW 169
BF 11.7
W 57.1

ruck up tomorrow


Monday, November 13, 2017

160 lb Military press 5x3, 3x 2, 40 kg belt squats, floor pushups, crawls, side delts

This was a very nice surprise. Honestly I would have been happy with one or two sets of three. Five was spectacular and the extra three sets of two ( which I could have done one more) was perfect. I finally warmed up

I also realized on set four that my stance was too narrow and that widening my left foot and inch or so more made my base much more stable and my arch easier to maintain. Just another piece of the puzzle.

Again, it's maintaining tightness and strength in the support position that is the most challenging and that gives out first.

I was still pushing the bar a bit forwards occasionally even with the false grip; not enough arch.

Military press
stick x 5
bar x 4
65 x 3
85 x 3
105 x 2
120 x 2
135 x 2
150 x 1 ( hard!)
160 x 3 x 5 sets
       x 2 x 3 sets

not bad!!

40 kg Belt squats
12, 14, 16, 18 reps


Floor pushups
3 sets of 35

going to switch these to wednesday and add in two hand cb arm casts as an assistance for the arch in the press
twice a week pushups will be plenty. I'll alternate parallel and horiz weighted on Saturday

3 sets of 70 ft

side delts
3 sets of 15
strong again

BW 168.2
BF 12.2
W 56.8

I'll take it, now to keep it

Oh, some new and VERY cool VIKN chalk! love this

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Back to ruck

 This was not easy. One hour isn't two and two after 48 kg one arm swings ain't easy either. But it got done. Not terrible just slow with heavy legs.
Nice and cool and crisp though and that helped a lot. Love that fresh cool air
And it was good to be back on track. Love being able to do this that's for sure

50 lb ruck
1 hr 50 min
12 laps
11 iso squats

nice steady pace, no timed laps

BW 168
BF 12.2
W 56.6

big press tomorrow 160 and well see how many triples I can do


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Back to the grind 48 kg One arm swings 10x6/6,double 24 kg front squat,wt pushups, side delts

Was definitely just a bit worried about how this would go today after not swinging heavy for the last two weeks AND having to dig some wet mud yesterday to help out our plumber but things were fine. Not freezing yet and that helped too
 Very interesting to feel just how much work my abs had to do with these heavy one arms! I  mean, I know it, but man I felt it!

One arm swings
16  kg x 5/5 x 2
20 kg x 5/5
24 kg x 5/5
28 kg x 4/4
32 kg x 4/4
36 kg x 4/4
40 kg x 3/3
48 kg x 6/6 x 10

definitely going to take this workout back up to 10 x 10/10. It's just a "thing" to do. It's so hard but it gives me a strength and conditioning that I haven't had since I stopped. Now, I don't need to do it every week like I was in prep for the Sinister test but once a month should be fine

wk1 32 kg x 10 x 10/10
wk2 40 kg x 10 x 10/10
wk3 44 kg x 10 x 5/5
wk 4 48 kg x 10 x 10/10
wk 5 52/68 kg x 10 x 5/5

I like the look of this on paper :)

24 kg front squats

Deepest yet. I think I should just stay with these bells for the next month and work depth. this felt strong

Wt Pushups
bw x 10
53 x 10
     x 8

these were a bit weak

rear delts
3 x 10 with 15's

almost too light but getting tired now

BW 168.4
BF 11.2 ( post bath)
W 58.3

ruck up tomorrow. this will be interesting


Thursday, November 09, 2017

Basic ruck

Just getting back on the horse . 48 lbs, 60 min, steady state ruck. No problem . In this I actually feel rested and looser instead of weaker . pace was solid and very steady. pack felt light and no issues from yesterday.

Saturdays Beast swings should be interesting

BW 167.4
BF  12.9
W 55.7

20 pm post ruck
bw 166.4
bf 11.4
w 57.1


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Back to work: 24 kg speed swings 14 min, walking lunges, barbell press,parallel pushups wt, side delt

Back from Montreal BodyMaintenance workshop and this is my first workout in a week. No problem with that, as these unplanned layoffs are good for me. Without travel I pretty much never take any time off.
Lost four pounds down to 166 but that will be back fast it seems. Less training equals less appetite too it seems. I ate out a lot but I guess I didn't eat that much.

Seems like I've never trained though and I was worried about today's 224 swings but it was strong. So glad to be back on the horse. Not training never feels good.

24 kg speed swings
14 min
224 reps
11,872 lbs

walking lunges
3 laps

taking it slow

barbell press
45 x 5
65 x 5
85 x 5
105 x 5
115 x 5
125 x 5

very strong. glad I took the time to do these. I think they will help on Monday

parallel pushups
bw x 20
32 lbs x 20

side delts
15 lbs x 3 x 10

BW 167.4
BF 13.4
W 55

when I got home yesterday it was
BW 166
BF 11.4
W 58.3 !!


ruck up tomorrow


Wednesday, November 01, 2017

24 kg speed swings 20 min, walking lunges, parallel pushups, rear delts

Today is the five year anniversary of the inception of StrongFirst. I was lucky enough to be the Master SFG and Deputy Chief for the first ever SFG Level 1 cert in Woodlands Tx, March 13, 2013. It was a very special day. Although I left for awhile,  I am now truly realize how special and unique this group is as is the mission.

It's something I've been apart of since 2005,had the honor of helping to craft and grow it over many years with many very special people, not the least of which is Pavel.
After my TKR I truly have felt re born and coming back to StrongFirst and being part of this amazing school and group is a big part of it.

I felt like I sat on the bench for so many years because of my knee; trapped in perpetual rehab mode. And while I learned oh so many things during those years, being able to practice my strength training again, for real, is just an amazing gift. A miracle. really.  And it's just the beginning

24 kg speed swings
15:15 x 8 RPA
20 min
320 reps
16,960 lbs

strongest ever, really. No big deal at all, just another session but power output was very consistent throughout!

Walking lunges
4 laps of 40 steps
stronger actually. really worked on stretching out the lead leg and dorsiflexion

Parallel pushups
3 sets of 35 !
finally feeling some strength on this day again

rear delts
3 sets of 12 with 20

BW 169.2
BF 12.7
W 56.5
2645 cals

Off to Montreal tomorrow to teach a BodyMaintenance course. Love doing these and really showing people how easy it is to unlock themselves. Very empowering skill