Rodja's Redemption and Return
- 01-19-2007, 05:36 PM
Rodja's Redemption and Return
In the aftermath of New Years and my atrocity, training has been a difficult task, both emotionally and physically. I have paid for my mistake and I am ready to refocus my energy into training and dieting. My endeavor into MMA is still my primary concern, so lifting is only a portion of my concerns. I am about 8 weeks into a 5x5 program and I have tinkered with it several times, but I found a routine that fits my goals and allows for enough recovery. Basically I have two routines:
1A. Incline BP, Squats, BB Rows, Biceps, Core
1B. Flat DB Press, Front Squats, One-Arm Rows, Biceps, Core
2A. Deads, Military Press, Cleans, Triceps, Core
2B. SLDL, Hammer Strength Shoulder Press, Cleans, Triceps, Core
I lift Mon, Wed, Fri and it follows this order: 1A, 2A, 1B, 2B, lather, rinse, repeat. I do it like this so I stagger which muscle groups get more volume each week.
My overall regimen is:
Mon - Lift, cardio
Tues - BJJ, Muay Thai
Wed - Lift, cardio
Thur - BJJ, Muay Thai
Fri - Lift, cardio
Sat - BJJ
Sun - off
I also do about 15-20 minutes of flexibility exercises on each day that I lift, which I feel helps my recovery and maintains my elasticity for pulling off submissions.
- 01-19-2007, 08:08 PM
Today was the 1B workout and it did not go as well as I had hoped. My strength was down across the board, but I still did my sets.
Flat DB Press - 75x5
DB Rows - 100x5
Front Squats - 205x5
Hammer Curls - 50x5 (3 sets)
Core - trunk rotations, crunches, hanging leg raises
I am trying to get back to my pre-Thanksgiving strength level, which is the point where I felt my strongest ever.
01-19-2007, 09:19 PM
01-19-2007, 11:04 PM
I am taking SesaThin and protein right now. I will add Na-R-ALA, BCAA's, Anagen, Fenotest, and TTA in the next few weeks. I will post when I start taking these and the amounts.
01-19-2007, 11:21 PM
01-20-2007, 03:11 AM
01-22-2007, 09:56 PM
Today was 2B and I also started taking Anagen, Fenotest, Clen, and Burn3D. Dosing is 4 caps, 4 caps, 100mcg, and 6 caps, respectively.
My lifts for today were:
SLDL - 245x5
HS Press - 105x5
Cleans - 165x6 (3 sets)
Overhead DB Extension - 35x5 (2 sets)
Core - Hyperextensions, crunches, planks
Strength was only slightly down from my best numbers and my cardio today was great (considering the lackluster weather conditions). I ran 3.5 miles in 28 minutes and half was hills or into a 25 mph wind. Soreness has been lingering longer than usual and I am waiting for my BCAA's and AP to arrive in the mail. I will start these on Monday at 25g/day and 3 caps.
01-25-2007, 02:10 PM
Forgot to update last night, but I did my cardio in the morning, but my time was slightly worse than on Monday (30 minutes). Lifts were pretty good, but nothing spectacular.
Squats - 275x5
BB Rows - 245x5
Incline BP - 150x5
BB Curls - 95x5 (3 sets)
Core - trunk rotations, weighted crunches
I am gaining my strength and size back at a consistent rate and I hope to be back to my old numbers within the next month. I am recomping at a slightly faster rate than I expected, but I am certainly not *****ing about that. I have BJJ and conditioning today and then it will be time to watch UFN.
01-29-2007, 01:02 AM
Friday was 2A.
Deads- 350x5; I could only do 4 sets b/c my back was way too tight
Military Press - 145x5
Side Laterals - 35x6 (3sets)
Overhead DB Ex - 35 (3sets)
Core - Trunk rotations, Hypers, Weighted Crunches
I had to scratch cleans because my lower back was fried. I have been staying at GF's apt lately and her bed has a divot in it and my back has been very cranky because of it. Not debilitating, but annoying.
BJJ on Saturday was awesome; easily the best session that I have ever had. I tapped 6 opponents and was only tapped once, which was to a purple belt with 8 years of experience (compared to my 6 months of training). I am finally learning to pull of armbars with good technique and from positions other than Vale Tudo mount. I caught one guy from guard, one from North/South, and one from the back (similar to Herman on Price the other day).
01-30-2007, 03:15 PM
Monday was 2B
HS Flat Pres - 90x5
DB Rows - 105x5
Ballistic Lunges - 155x5
Hammer Curls - 50x5 (2 sets)
Core - Weighted Crunches, Woodchoppers.
I started to feel really sick last night and I think that I getting tonsillitis; slept horribly, bloated, fever, but I am feeling a little better now. I doubt that I will go to BJJ, but who knows?
02-08-2007, 04:59 PM
Finally feeling healthy, I have a little congestion, but I feel good otherwise. I have switched up my training to my previous split. I like doing 5x5, but my recovery is compromised because of other training.
Wednesday, I did Chest/Back
Incline BP - 155x6, 155x5
BB Rows - 245x6, 245x6
Hammer Strength BP - 2 Plates x 6, 4
Lat Pulldowns - 140x8, 155x6
Dip Machine - 240x8, 240x8
One-Arm Rows - 100x8, 100x8
02-09-2007, 11:51 PM
Today was Bis/Tris/Delts
Hammer Strength Presses - 2 plates+5x8, 6
BB Curls - 105x7, 5
Overhead Extensions - 30x8, 8
Side Laterals - 30x10, 10
Hammer Curls - 50x5, 5
Pushdowns - 90x10, 9
Core - Weighted hypers, Trunk Twists, Weighted Crunches
I have BJJ tomorrow morning, but I will take the weekend off otherwise. I started taking AP on Monday and I have noticed good vascularity. I have only had 2 workouts with it so far, so I am hesitant to make any judgments.
02-13-2007, 02:04 AM
HS Flat Press 2 platesx8, 7
BB Rows 245x10, 10
HS Incline 2 platesx8, 6
Pulldowns 140x12, 150x8
Dip Machine 240x10, 255x7
HS Rows 3 platesx8, 8
I felt great during this workout: awesome intensity, great focus, and a great pump. After I was done, however, it all went downhill. I picked up my GF and we went to her apt and found her dog dead. It was not a big dog, she was a pug, but I had to dig a grave for her, which took about an hour. I have spent most of the night consoling her even though I hated the dog.
02-15-2007, 12:51 PM
It should be noted that this is the one area where I do NOT need to add more size. I have been systemically shrinking my thighs since last June and have gone from 30" to 27". It is just not possible to have thighs that large and weigh 170.
Squats - 225x12, 12
SLDL - 185x12, 12
Unilateral Leg Press - 2 platesx10, 10
Walking Lunges - 50 lbs in each hand x 12 steps, 12
Core - Trunk Rotations, Weighted Crunches
I have been leaning up at an extremely fast rate, especially since I added AP into my stack. I have not lost any muscle and my strength is close to its previous level. I usually use around 25g of BCAAs everyday, but I have not been able to afford my entire stack so I had to cut those.
02-21-2007, 02:09 PM
Friday was Arms/Delts
Close-Grip BP - 185x8, 8
HS Shoulder Press - 2 Platesx8, 8
BB Curls - 105x6, 5
Overhead Ex - 30x10, 10
Side Lat - 30x10, 10
Hammer Curls - 45x8, 8
Pushdowns - 80x10, 90x8
Core - Hypers
Monday was Chest/Back
Incline DB Press - 75x10, 10
Cable Rows - 180x8, 8
HS Press - 2 platesx8, 7
Lat Pulldowns - 150x8, 8
Dip Machine - 240x12, 270x10
HS Rows - 3 platesx8, 8
Core - Hypers
I strained my lower back on Thursday during BJJ and I have walking like a cripple for the past few days. I have not been able to do much except lift so the cutting is kinda stagnant right now. I feel a lot better, but still not 100%.
02-27-2007, 02:41 PM
Unilateral Leg Press/Leg Curl Superset - 2 plates/50 lbs 10 reps, 3 sets
BB Lunges - 135lbs 8 per leg, 3 sets
Front Squats - 185 lbs 10 reps, 3 sets
I was short on time this day which is why I did the supersets. Lower back was feeling better, but still a little cranky.
Close-Grip - 185x10, 10, 9
HS Press - 2 platesx10, 10
Campered Curls - 35 per side x 8, 7
Overhead Ex - 30x12, 35x8
Side Laterals - 30x12, 35x6
Hammer Curls - 45x8, 8
Pushdowns - 120x12, 130x10
Rear Delt Fly - 120x10, 8
Woodchoppers, Weighted crunches
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