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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 63

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Joseph

I did bench presses last week; the workout was pretty much lackluster. Here are the results:

 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
 
barbel flat bench press
 
135 lb x 5 x 1
205 lb x 0
185 lb x 0
155 lb x 5 x 1
165 lb x  5 x 6 <-----   lying flat on bench i.e. feet not on floor toes pointed to ceiling
170 lb x 3 x 3
 
standing triceps pulldown (alternating sets with bench press)
 
70 lb x 5 x 8
 
I did not do very well at all; I had a cold but I wanted to exercise anyway. I could not press the weights the way I wanted; I had a spotter who helped me get the bar racked (I always lift the bar myself, spotters only help me rack the bar if I am unable to rack it). I don't like what happened; 205 pounds is not heavy.
 
Well, I've added deadlifting to my exercise regimen so I'll do 175 pounds as a return to posterior chain compound lifts. I'll also do what I planned to do last week: bench press 205 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 62

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Joseph

 

I devoted my workout to flat bench presses last week. Here are the results of the workout:

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
 
barbell flat bench press
 
135 lb x 5 reps x 1 set
155 lb x 5 x 4
175 lb x 2 x 1
175 lb x 5 x 2
185 lb x 2 x 1
 
lateral pulldown neutral grip
 
150 lb x 6 x 1
 
 
The exercises were good; thinking back on it, though, I should have done fewer sets at 155 pounds because it took away steam that I could have used to go for 200-pound presses. I enjoyed the workout immensely, I'm remembering the feel of the Olympic bar in my hands, the medium spaced grip and the placement of my feet on the floor. 
 
When I return to the gym, I'll do one warm-up set, then go for 200-pound presses incrementally increasing the weight to 225 pounds. I've got the strength for it. Last week, I did lat pulldowns as a filler, and I'll do some lat pulldowns next time. 
 
I'll also be adding deadlifts into my workout regimen; it has been a long long time since I've deadlifted, and I miss this exercise very much.
 
When I get back to the gym this week, 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
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 60

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Joseph

 

I made it to the gym last Saturday, and the place was more crowded than during the week. Here are the results of the workout:

 

Saturday, July 13, 2019
 
machine iso-lateral high row
 
320 lb (or 160 in each hand separately x5x4, right, 160 lb each hand x5x4 left, 
standing fixed barbell overhead press and hold
 
110 x 5x25s
 
dumbbell row
 
70 lb x10x4
 
All of the Olympic bars were in use, so I made best use of the equipment available. Hopefully, I can get access to one of the Olympic bars when I get back to the gym this week. 
 
When I exercise again, I'll be lifting heavy weights.
 
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 59

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Joseph

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

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

lateral pulldown neutral grip
150x5x5
 
standing fixed barbell overhead press and hold
 
110 x 5x25s
 
inclined pushups
 
20x1

 

It was a crowded, busy day at the gym, and several of the machines, as well as the Olympic bars, were being used by other members. Not to be deterred, I made do with what was available. 

It has been some time since I did a barbell press and hold; 110 pounds is lightweight for me, but it did provide for some pressing exercises. I started out with neutral grip lateral pulldowns because that station was the only one open at the time, and I needed to be doing something. I should have done more sets, but I wanted to d some overhead presses, so I stopped with five. I rounded the day out with twenty inclined pushups.

When I get back to the gym, I'll be doing more overhead presses - hopefully with the Olympic bar.

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 Cardio Before Weights

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Joseph

I should be able to fit some time into my schedule to return to the gym this weekend. It has been more than one month since I worked out with heavy weights. I need to get back to what I enjoy doing; cardio is fine, but it is no substitute for heavy weight training. 

I've written and published numerous articles about the benefits of cardiovascular exercise and strength training with heavy weights. You also know that I have a strong preference for intense strength training. 

But whichever you choose, both are healthier than sitting around doing nothing.

I look forward to when I will be pressing heavy weights overhead, and rowing heavy, too. 

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 Cardio Exercise Workout Before Weightlifting

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Joseph

I will be returning to the gym very soon. In the meantime, I set aside time for stair climbing. Aerobics is no substitute for heavy weight training, but it is still exercise. I will be putting in a lot of strength training workouts, so the cardio is a decent prep in and of itself. 

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 Aerobic Exercises

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Joseph

I did not go to the gym last week. I performed cardiovascular exercises throughout the week, it kept me from becoming sedentary. I hope to get back to the gym by the second week of June and I'll be lifting heavy weights.

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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