Toro Moving West(side)

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  1. Hmm . . . Sounds like you can really overload the movement doing it that way. Very interesting.


  2. ****, I've let this log slide. I've still been working out, have no fear. My laptop has had issues so I'm having it serviced. I might be able to make a post tonight, we'll see.
    Check your form: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/exercise-science/190675-proper-techniques.html
    Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/235436-tossing-weight-torobestia.html
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  3. Well, I had been sick for a while and out of the gym. This is my first week back besides 1 workout last Thursday.

    I had been doing box squats in place of free squats since July or August, whenever this log began. This was actually in large part a way to keep squatting/working out while addressing the severe pain I had developed while free squatting over the late Spring/Summer of 2012 in my hip. It's gone now. But anyways, before I tested my free squat max, I did some Safety Bar Squats with 325 for 3 brisk sets of 10 during a deload, which made me think I could handle a good amount of weight on the free squat. I was wrong - I only hit 405 for a really bad single. But the point of this is to say that I'm back to doing more free squatting.

    In terms of upper body updates, I've really started to develop a decent groove with pronated pullups. Still needs work, but my back feels great after them, and my shoulders don't hurt at all. I hit a bench of 325 last month, which made me happy. This was without having my ass come up.

    Last 2 workouts below:

    02/14/13

    ME LOWER

    SQUATS
    145-6
    235-5
    285-3
    325-1
    375-1
    395-3x3 <-- last rep on first two sets were cut short, but still counting for now

    CAMBERED BAR GM
    205-8
    245-4x8

    STANDING SL HAM CURL
    75-8
    90-8,8,8,8

    superset with NEUTRAL GRIP PULLUPS
    8,7,7,7,6

    ROPE AB CRUNCHES
    150-10,10 <-- got headache, so I stopped these

    I am glad I hit 395 for sets of 3. I cut the last rep of the first two sets short (high), but it was mostly due to poor form on the descent. My hips didn't go back like they should have, and instead I just dropped down. The first two reps were beautiful, and deep. My last squat set I nailed well.
    Check your form: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/exercise-science/190675-proper-techniques.html
    Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/235436-tossing-weight-torobestia.html

  4. I decided I should really do more repetitious work (not to be confused with volume) for my bench. I could use more work on my technique and explosiveness, which suck ass. I'll just be flipping around between RE and DE days, with DE devoted to either speed or ballistic bench.

    02/17/13

    DE UPPER

    BALLISTIC BENCH (index on rings)
    135-3
    165-7x3

    JM PRESS
    135-6
    146-4x6

    TRI PUSHDOWNS
    230-8,10,10

    BANDED PULLUPS
    4x8

    SEATED CABLE ROWS (2x D-handles)
    220-12,11+1,9+3 <-- cheating on last rep of 2nd set, last 3 reps of 3rd set

    BAND PULLAPARTS and stuff

    I had a most interesting session today. I was talking with a few of my buddies at the gym, and they started talking to me about ballistic benching. I remember reading some about it, but I never did have a great idea of perform or incorporate it. We all agreed it would be great for me to throw it in. Man, it was a bitch. I love it, though. I wish I had done this earlier. I'm glad I am doing something like this, because I really need more explosiveness off the bench. Anyways, the idea is to lower the bar as fast as possible and reverse it without touching your chest. It's pretty hard to do, actually. Everything else went well. Chest was fried after the bench, and triceps felt like tearing/exploding from the JM presses.
    Check your form: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/exercise-science/190675-proper-techniques.html
    Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/235436-tossing-weight-torobestia.html

  5. 02/18/13

    DE LOWER

    Super Squat Pre-workout, then rumble-rolled ITB, adductors, and hip flexors. Peanut for the meaty hamstring/adductor junction

    BOX JUMPS (heights unknown atm)
    short side-7x
    medium side-7x
    tall side-7x
    tall side + 25lb bumber + 1" mats-7x

    TALL BOX STEPUPS (hips well below knee)
    BW-8
    30lb-4x8 <--taxing, mostly on right leg
    40lb-8 <-- highly taxing, both legs but mostly on right

    CALF RAISES superset HANGING AB RIPPER
    35,30,25//12,11,12

    GHR
    15,15,10

    What an interesting session. In line with my upper body session, I did some box jumps to change things up a bit with my routine (which what a great time considering the many days off) and work on my neurological conditioning, especially for squats. Worked on bending legs, flaring knees out, and fully extending my body by lift-off. Really got the hang of it towards the end. However, the height of the box really pushed/taxed me. Everything in the upper thighs were lit up. The really deep step-ups were very humbling for a guy who has done upwards of 70-80lbs per hand for stepups off a similar-sized box for sets of 6. Did GHR to nail in the volume/work for my hamstrings. I didn't fail at 10, but I could feel I was going to be pushing too hard so I called it quits. Happy with this workout.
    Check your form: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/exercise-science/190675-proper-techniques.html
    Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/235436-tossing-weight-torobestia.html
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