Delts, Back, Arms (crack of thunder)

Nothing like a good thunderstorm to wake you up at a ridiculous hour. The first crack of thunder was at 3:00 a.m. this morning, and that was the last time I felt the joy of sleep. By 3:45 I figured I might as well get up and be productive. Sure enough, I actually had a great workout, too… [Read more…]

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Delts, Midback, Arms (growth day)

For those following along closely, yes, I did miss yesterday. Oops! That’s the problem with trying to get a work project completed in the morning – the next thing you know it’s afternoon already. Counted it as a bonus growth day, however, and back with the program today… [Read more…]

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Delts, Midback, Arms (thunderstruck)

Pretty outstanding workout considering the lack of sleep last night from being thunderstruck. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good thunderstorm – just not when it rolls in at 3 a.m. The thunder itself wasn’t so bad, but the volume of rain and wind was almost deafening…

Delts: DB upright rows (3×15,12,8 + X Reps); Seated laterals (1×12 + X Reps) ss Wide DB upright rows (1×12 + X Reps); Standing DB presses (1×10 + X Reps); Seated DB presses (1×12 + X Reps); Incline one-arm laterals (1×12 + X Reps) ss Leaning one-arm laterals (1×12 + X Reps); Bent-over laterals–drop set (1×10(7) + X top)
Midback: Chest-supported DB rows (2×12,10 + X Reps); Bent-arm bent-over laterals–drop set (1×10(8) + X Reps); Forward-lean shrugs (1×15 + X Reps) ss Shrugs (1×15 + X Fade)
Biceps: Standing DB curls (2×12,10 + X Reps); Concentration curls–drop set (1×12(8) + X Reps); One-arm spider curls (1×10 + X Fade)
Forearms: Incline hammer curls (1×12 + X Reps) ss Standing close-grip hammer curls (1×8 + X Reps); Wrist curls (2×12,10 + X Reps) ss Reverse wrist curls (2×10,10 + X Reps); Forearm rockers (1×15 + X Reps)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the X-Rep Mass-Detail Workout in the Ultimate Mass Workout e-book.

Summary: A slightly late and slow start to the workout, but it was surprisingly good all things considered. Just as good as Monday, really. The only change today was the sequence on forearms: I did supersets of wrist curls with reverse wrist curls rather than drop sets on each, and changed it up to have flexor work first. Also went to a slightly different angle on the Incline hammer curls before that. Made for a monstrous forearm pump and a difficult time opening the door to get out of the gym. LOL!
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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Delts, Midback, Biceps, Forearms

Friday morning was our tax-day appointment, so I got so wound up with that that I forgot to post a blog. No forgetting to write about today’s workout, though. Swole patrol was on duty. LOL…

Delts: DB upright rows (3×15,12,8 + X Reps); Seated laterals (1×12 + X Reps) ss Wide DB upright rows (1×12 + X Reps); Standing DB presses (1×12 + X Reps); Seated DB presses (1×10 + X Reps); Incline one-arm laterals (1×12 + X Reps) ss Leaning one-arm laterals (1×8 + X Reps); Bent-over laterals–drop set (1×10(7) + X top)
Midback: Chest-supported DB rows (2×12,10 + X Reps); Bent-arm bent-over laterals–drop set (1×12(8) + X Reps); Forward-lean shrugs (1×15 + X Reps) ss Shrugs (1×15 + X Fade)
Biceps: Standing DB curls (2×12,10 + X Reps); Concentration curls–drop set (1×12(8) + X Reps); One-arm spider curls (1×12 + X Fade)
Forearms: Incline hammer curls (1×10 + X Reps) ss Standing close-grip hammer curls (1×8 + X Reps); Reverse wrist curls–drop set (1×12(8) + X Reps); Wrist curls–drop set (1×12(8) + X Reps); Forearm rockers (1×15 + X Reps)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the X-Rep Mass-Detail Workout in the Ultimate Mass Workout e-book.

Summary: Lots of blood flow and plenty of pump. This is probalby the longest day of the three on this split, but that doesn’t mean it’s long. Still no problem getting it all out in under an hour with time to spare. Delts are getting a much needed extended blast, and biceps are responding surprisingly well to relatively low volume. Forearms have been underworked for a while – strength is fine, but the burn is almost unbearable, and the pump is so intense that it almost hurts. In a good way, of course.
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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Back, Delts, Biceps, Abs (great one!)

Another great one! Plus, our internet was down for a bit this morning, so it “forced” me to go back to my old, earlier training time. It actually works better this way anyway, so it was a welcome problem…

Back: Undergrip chins (3×12 + X Reps); Pullovers (2×15,10); Behind-the-neck chins (3×10 + X Reps); One-arm DB rows (2×14,12); Bent-over bent-arm laterals (2×14,12 + X Reps); Forward-lean shrugs (1×20 + X Reps)
Delts: DB upright rows (3×30,20,15 + X Reps); Incline one-arm laterals (2×12,10 + X Reps); Lateral raises (2×15,12 + X Reps)
Biceps: DB curls (3×30,20,15); Incline DB curls (1×12 + X Reps); Concentration curls (2×15,12 + X Reps)
Forearms: DB wrist curls (2×15,10); Reverse DB wrist curls (2×15,12)
Abs: Full-range crunches (3×30,20,15)—last set ss with Planks (1×60 seconds)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the Phase 2 workout in the Size Surge Workout e-book plus TORQ sequences from the 4X Mass Workout 2.0 e-book.

Summary: Outstanding weather and an outstanding workout. The only thing that would’ve made it better is if I had been able to open the gym window for some fresh air. No, there was nothing wrong with the window, but our dog has decided that his new bathroom is right outside of that window. I’ll take stale basement air over that any day. LOL! Strength was great, and so was the pump. I’ll probably start using some rep-speed variations from SSCC to add to the variety. Despite the back work, forearms have felt a bit ignored, so I added direct work back into the mix. Felt great, and added to the lower-arm vascularity, which always helps with the pre-summer motivation.
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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Back, Delts, Biceps, Abs (time to eat)

Great workout! Everything felt perfect, but I had the sudden realization that it’s time to eat! I’m lucky to still have good strength and to still be getting an impressive pump. One of the joys of working at home is that you have easy access to your kitchen at all times. One of the drawbacks, however, is that it’s depressingly easy to forget meals. Time to get back to using an alarm clock as a reminder to eat…

Back: Undergrip chins (3×12 + X Reps); Pullovers (2×15,10); Behind-the-neck chins (3×10 + X Reps); One-arm DB rows (2×12,8); Bent-over bent-arm laterals (2×14,12 + X Reps); Forward-lean shrugs (1×20 + X Reps)
Delts: DB upright rows (3×30,20,15 + X Reps); Incline one-arm laterals (2×12,10 + X Reps); Lateral raises (1×20 + X Reps)
Biceps: DB curls (3×30,20,15); Incline DB curls (1×12 + X Reps); Concentration curls (2×15,10 + X Reps)
Abs: Full-range crunches (3×30,20,15)—last set ss with Planks (1×60 seconds)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the Phase 2 workout in the Size Surge Workout e-book plus TORQ sequences from the 4X Mass Workout 2.0 e-book.

Summary: This incredibly nice weather means that we’ve been shedding the layers of clothing, and yesterday was the first time I’ve worn a T-shirt since September. Aside from just being pasty white from not having been in the sun for so long, I noticed that, despite my workouts being great, I’m looking like a reduced-size version of myself. Sure, being sick for 1.5 weeks wouldn’t have helped, but I wasn’t sick to my stomach at all… I saw myself in the mirror and realized that I’m simply not eating enough. I have a feeling that getting myself back up to my normal macronutrient levels will blast me into decent shape in no time. Just funny to realize how easy it’s been to miss meals when there’s a stocked kitchen right below me, but I’ll blame the multiple shirts I’ve been wearing every day for the illusion of size. LOL
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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Back, Delts, Biceps, Abs (fight through it)

This is getting ridiculous. Still feeling a bit under the weather, but I’ve decided to fight through it rather than take it easy. What started off as a seemingly 24-hour bug last week has lingered and turned into a sinus and lung infection as far as I can tell. I probably should’ve taken a day off, but I simply didn’t want to, and I figured the worst thing that could happen is I can feel worse tomorrow, but it’s a non-training day anyway: Challenge accepted…

Back: Chins (3×12); Pullovers (1×15); Behind-the-neck chins (3×10); One-arm DB rows (1×15); Bent-over bent-arm laterals (1×20); Forward-lean shrugs (1×20)
Delts: DB upright rows (3×30,20,15); Incline one-arm laterals (1×15 + X Reps); Lateral raises (1×18 + X Reps)
Biceps: DB curls (3×30,20,15); Incline DB curls (1×15 + X Reps); Concentration curls (1×15 + X Reps)
Abs: Full-range crunches (3×30,20,15)—last set ss with Planks (1×60 seconds)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the Phase 2 workout in the Size Surge Workout e-book plus TORQ sequences from the 4X Mass Workout 2.0 e-book.

Summary: While I did decide to train through whatever I have, I am (barely) smart enough to know that I was better off not going to absolute failure. Plus, my lungs were struggling to keep up a bit, as they seem to have a nice dose of nasties they wanted to try to cough up relentlessly. Overall it was a good workout, and much better than wishing I would’ve trained. Hopefully just enough to work with my immune system rather than against it, though I won’t really know for another 18-24 hours. LOL
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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Back, Delts, Biceps, Abs (post germ-fest)

You may have noticed that I missed a training day yesterday. It was because of a kid’s birthday party. No, not because I had to go to an early-morning birthday party, but because we went to one a few days before. Nothing hits your stressed adult immune system like a dozen kids running around at a germ-fest and coughing on you…

Back: Chins (3×12); Pullovers (1×15); Behind-the-neck chins (3×10); One-arm DB rows (1×15); Bent-over bent-arm laterals (2×18,15); Forward-lean shrugs (1×20)
Delts: DB upright rows (3×30,20,15); Incline one-arm laterals (1×15 + X Reps); Lateral raises (1×18 + X Reps)
Biceps: DB curls (3×30,20,15); Incline DB curls (1×15 + X Reps); Concentration curls (1×15 + X Reps)
Abs: Full-range crunches (3×30,20,15)—last set ss with Planks (1×60 seconds)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the Phase 2 workout in the Size Surge Workout e-book plus TORQ sequences from the 4X Mass Workout 2.0 e-book.

Summary: I probably need to boost my vitamin intake when I know there are kid parties for us to attend, as it seems inevitable that I’ll get sick otherwise. I thought I was fine, but my son got sick, then I was bound to be next… And I was. Took me out for a day and a half. Today was a good one, though, so I didn’t feel too terrible about missing. I went with 4X (3X, really) on midrange exercises for back, but only because I didn’t think I could get 30 reps on Chins. LOL! TORQ felt particular good on the delts and biceps, and I was really just happy to wake up feeling healthy again. Kids! ha!
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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Back, Delts, Biceps, Abs (P2 + higher reps)

Shockingly great Saturday workout considering I woke up at 3 a.m. for no good reason. Although, it sure makes for a productive weekend when you’ve managed 4 hours of work and half a pot of coffee by 7 a.m. Workout might’ve been great because of the higher reps, or maybe because I was delirious (or maybe both?)…

Back: Chins (2×15,10); Pullovers (1×15); Behind-the-neck chins (2×10,8); One-arm DB rows (1×15); Bent-over bent-arm laterals (2×15,12); Forward-lean shrugs (1×18)
Delts: DB upright rows (2×15,12); Incline one-arm laterals (1×15); Lateral raises (2×14,12)
Biceps: DB curls (2×15,10); Incline DB curls (1×12); Concentration curls (2×15,10)
Abs: Full-range crunches (2×20)—last set ss with Planks (1×60 seconds)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the Phase 2 workout in the 20 Pounds of Muscle in 10 Weeks e-book.

Summary: I guess I can’t say that I woke early for no reason, as my son was up with a cough most of the night, so once my brain got rolling around 3 a.m. there was no hope of going back to sleep. By 4 a.m. I gave up and got out of bed. It was rough to get started with the workout, but all was good after the first 30 seconds. Back, delts and biceps all responded really well to the slight increase in reps, and the short rest periods kept things moving along quickly, so no increase in time spent in the gym. Not a bad way to start the weekend – aside from the sick boy who won’t get much play time today.
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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Back, Delts, Biceps, Abs (Phase 2)

We had to get to Saturday-morning Judo for my son, so this was a low-rest, all-out training session. I liked it! I had to condense 45 minutes of work into 30 minutes, and I didn’t want to skip anything at all. That meant very little rest between anything…

Back: Chins (2×12,10); Pullovers (1×10); Behind-the-neck chins (2×10,8); One-arm DB rows (1×12); Bent-over bent-arm laterals (2×10,8); Forward-lean shrugs (1×18)
Delts: DB upright rows (2×14,12); Incline one-arm laterals (1×10); Lateral raises (2×10,9)
Biceps: DB curls (2×10,8); Incline DB curls (1×10); Concentration curls (2×10,9)
Abs: Leg raises (1×18); Full-range crunches (2×15); Planks (1×60 seconds)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the Phase 2 workout in the 20 Pounds of Muscle in 10 Weeks e-book.

Summary: Great pump, and the lungs got a nice blasting, too. I thought for sure I’d have to at least skip abs, but all the huffing and puffing meant that I was able to jam everything into my limited amount of gym time. I could’ve rested more and skipped a shower, but who are we kidding… No body wants that. LOL
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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