Saturday, June 30, 2007

Entry #438

ME upper-body

Heavy bag warm-up

Floor press:
5 X 3
135, 185, 225, 275, 305 lbs.
This was surprisingly easy after some precarious form adjustment. At 305, I took off my hooded sweatshirt to gain more traction on the floor. It was also a less automatic set. I made more of a conscious effort to will my arms to explode up faster, and 305 felt as easy as 275. I need to stay sharp throughout training, despite the monotony of long rests between sets. The bar level has also been set too low in the power rack. I nearly did a half rep just at lift-off, which wasn't that big a deal, but especially problematic was reracking the load; at full extension, the barbell would clip the top of the handle edges, causing hesitation upon that portion that would carry-over to much of my final set, killing all possibility of complete force-output without worry of where the bar is in relation to the handles. I raised the height and it made all the difference.

Military press:
1 X 15
45 lbs.
2 X 6
145 lbs.

T-bar rows:
5 X 10
90, 130, 185, 185, 185 lbs.
This was done old-school with a barbell, not a T-bar station, so I began the movement cautiously.

Lateral raises:
2 X 8
35 lb. dumbbells

Abdominal circuit:
chop-crunches, v-ups, leg raises

Heavy bag session


  1. I found the old school manner to be much better than the station for t-bar rows.

  2. One of these days I'm gonna start doing T-bar rows too. Needless to say, I plan on going old-school instead of the station as well.Does it feel like it works better than normal barbell rows? Or is it just something different to do?

  3. Just a variation, no more or less superior. They all have their value.