Cardiovascular Health

Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 74

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Joseph

 

I followed up my deadlifting workout with bench presses, dumbbell holds and t-bar rows. Here are the results of that workout:

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
 
barbell flat bench press
 
135 lb x 1 set x 4 reps
225 lb x 1 x 1 
155 lb x 1 x 5
165 lb x 1 x 4
185 lb x 2 x 3
 
dumbbell stand and hold
 
110 lb x 30 s x 3 
 
t-bar row
 
180 lb x 1 x 8
215 lb x 2 x 3
 
The flat bench press sets were underwhelming, so there's nothing to say about them; the standing dumbbell hold and t-bar rows were just a way to keep the workout focused on heavy weight lifting.
 
I did more deadlifting the following week. In my October 26, 2019 article, I said that I would deadlift multiple sets at 345 pounds; I'll have an update about that workout next time. In other words...
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
 
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
 
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 73

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Joseph

I did not publish the results of my last couple of workouts because I have been busy with work. I did get in a good deadlift workout during the October 20, 2019 weekend. Here it is: 

 

Sunday, October 20, 2019
 
deadlifts 
325 lb x 1 x 8
 
no warm up set
 
I had to switch Olympic bars because the first one that I was using was wobbly on the lift, so I set it down; if I counted this one, it would be 9 sets.
 
I did not realize that I had taken an entire month off deadlifting, but I was glad that my lifts were unaffected by it. I had approximately 45 minutes to exercise, so I made the best use that I could of that time. I had to get another Olympic bar because the one I had loaded with weights plates was wobbly on the lift. To be perfectly honest, most of the Olympic bars are old and need to be swapped out for new ones. 
 
I also went to the gym and got in heavy lifts on the following Tuesday, and I'll be publishing them very soon.
 
When I get to the gym next week, I'll be deadlifting multiple sets at 345 pounds.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
 
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 72

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Joseph

I have been busy so I did not go to the gym to exercise; I spent the time doing light cardio workouts but this is no substitute for weight lifting.

When I return to the gym this week, I'll be deadlifting multiple reps and sets at 325 pounds.

 

I'll keep you posted.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 71

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Joseph

 

I set aside time to go to the gym for deadlift exercises. Here are the results of the workout: 

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
 
deadlifts 
380 lb x 1 rep x 1 set
315 lb x 1 x 3
 
no warm-up set
 
I decided to lift 380 pounds just for the fun of it and it was fun. I know that I'll again be lifting 425 pounds soon enough.  After completing that lift, I spent the rest of the time deadlifting at a lower weight just so that my muscles could have some rest.
 
I'm going to be very busy and will not be going to the gym this week, but when I get back a couple of weeks from now, I will be lifting heavy.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 70

 

by

Joseph

 

I set aside time to get to the gym and do deadlifts. Here are the results of the workout:

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
 
deadlifts 
 
325 lb  x 2 reps  x 4 sets 
325 lb x 1 rep x 2 sets 
 
no warm-up set
 
I prefer to do the exercises without a warm-up set; in my opinion, my body is ready for the lifts or I just won't be able to lift the weight from the floor. I rested 2 - 4 minutes between sets, taking time to drink plenty of water before I went back to do more.
 
I know that I have the physical strength to do heavier lifting; several weeks ago after my many years' absence from deadlifting, I deadlifted at 365 pounds. With my steady progress, I'm getting back to my 425 1 rep max, and I will then go beyond even that. Next week, I'll post about going heavier than 365 pounds.
 
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 69

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Joseph

 

I had a very good deadlift workout. Here are the results:

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2019
 
320 lb x 3 reps x 3 sets
320 lb x 1 x 2
 
no warm-up set
 
I increased the number of reps per set and added 6 extra pounds to the bar. After I finished 3 sets, I wanted to do more, so I completed two more sets. Deadlifting is fun.
 
When I return to the gym, I'll increase them again.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
 
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 68

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Joseph

I had a good workout last week. Here are the results: 

 

Friday, September 6, 2019
 
deadlifts
315 lb x 2 x 5 
315 lb x 1 x 2
 
no warm-up set
 
I was busy on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, so I fit deadlifting into my schedule last Friday. I decided to skip the warm-up set and went straight to heavy lifting. I did two reps of 315 pounds for five sets and took a 2 - 3 minute break between sets. After completing ten reps, I wanted to do more but individually so two more deadlifts were performed at 315 pounds.
 
I am really enjoying deadlifts! I had forgotten how much fun they are. Deadlifts are one of the supreme full-body compound exercises. I feel all of my major muscles getting a workout - pecs, biceps, deltoids, traps, glues, abdominals, calves, back! 
 
When I return to the gym, I'll increase the reps and amount lifted by 5 pounds.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 67

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Joseph

 

Deadlifts were the plan for the day. Here are the results of the workout:

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
 
deadlifts
135 lb x 4 x 1
315 lb x 1 x 5 + hold 15 secs
 
I did multiple sets of deadlifts, restricting myself to one rep per set. The exercise is good, yet I'm still getting reacclimated to lifting this way. I'm happy to have the physical strength to lift hundreds of pounds from the floor and hold that position before setting the massive load down again. 
 
When I return to the gym, I'll increase the reps per set at 315 pounds. 
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 66

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Joseph

I had another good workout last week. Here are the results: 

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
 
deadlifts
135 lb x 4 x 1
365 lb x 1 x 1 + hold 15 secs
365 x 0
315 lb x 1 x 2 + hold 15 secs per set
 
I lifted once at 365 pounds but my muscles and nerves need to remember what it feels like to deadlift heavy weights. I will be devoting the next several weeks to deadlifting at 315 pounds and steadily increasing the weight; then I will deadlift at 375 pounds, then deadlift at the weight just prior to 375 pounds and gradually increase the amount lifted.
 
Deadlifting is the most effective way to burn extra calories and boost my overall strength for the barbell floor press and t-bar row.
 
When I return to the gym, I'll perform multiple sets of four reps of the deadlift exercise at 315 pounds.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 65

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Joseph

Last week was a good week for exercise. Here are the results of the workout:

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2019
 
deadlifts 
 
135 lb x 4 reps x 1 set
325 lb x 6 x 1
 
I had about 40 minutes available to exercise, so I devoted the entire workout to deadlifts. It seems like a continuation of my deadlifts challenge from years ago, but what I'm focusing on now is heavy lifting for the sake of heavy lifting. I'm enjoying every minute of it. The thrill of lifting heavy weights off the floor and setting them back down again. Working against gravity is an amazing feeling; I know that my bones and muscles are strengthening and my metabolism is speeding up again. My body is burning more fat when I do heavy lifting and I like the way the weight feels. 
 
Deadlifting 325 pounds is nowhere near my 1 rep max of 425 pounds; for now, I want to lift and hold for 15 seconds before setting the weight down. I'm doing this force myself to remain in good form while holding several hundred pounds in my hands; my right hand continues to have better grip strength than my left; this exercise will improve my left hand grip strength.
 
When I return to the gym, I'm going to deadlift 365 pounds.
 
I'll keep you posted. 
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
 
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