Time for another workout diary. I’ll keep adding these as and when to give a flavour of how my workouts come together and switch up a gear.
- Close grip chin ups
- Cable front raise (performed one arm at a time)
- Cable lateral raise (performed one arm at a time)
- Seated row close grip
- A sequence of –
- Side-plank knee-to-chest (feet elevated on a bosu, 2 sets of 10 for each side, alternating after each set)
- Chest fly machine
- Wide grip lateral pulldowns
– a bodyweight move to focus the mind and mobilize the back ready for…
– this week’s BIG compound exercise. I’ll generally switch between deadlifts and power cleans; picking one of these exercises to concentrate on each week. Update – those deadlifts really bite 24 hours after the event. Without a doubt, you can initiate a ton of muscle growth with nothing more than a barbell and some plates –
“A barbell can and will transform a human body dramatically, radically, and quickly if the right exercises are performed using the proper techniques and protocols,” Marty Gallagher of The Iron Bible
– shoulders, front
– shoulders, side
– and more shoulders, rear, with some back and biceps, which leads nicely to…
#1. Reverse (pronated) grip bicep curls using a cable and straight bar attachment
– Why the reverse grip? I’ll let Mike Robertson of Bodybuilding.com’s Built by Science – Daily Trainer explain,
“As soon as you go into a pronated grip, you lose the mechanical advantage of your biceps. In this position, your brachioradialis has a very strong line of pull.”
In other words, it’s a neat way to emphasise the forearm (the Built by Science series does a great job of running through the anatomy on this and much more, and is well worth checking out for free on YouTube).
#2. Normal (supinated) grip bicep curls using a cable and straight bar attachment
– now it’s time to fully power up the biceps, which I pair with some tricep work, namely –
#3. Single arm cable tricep extensions
Next up is core, which I’m now trying to hit at least once in every workout (towards the end of the session, when the heavy lifting is ticked off the list).
This a tough exercise and will soon highlight any strength imbalances between left and right sides, which is an area I need to work on.
– I jumped on this for a couple of sets just to fill in some gaps from last Thursday’s press-focused workout, and to give my core a few minutes rest after those side-plank moves.
– Getting to the end of the strength session now. As in the last workout diary, I’m keeping the weight lighter rather than heavier for these pulldowns. Adding enough kg’s to stretch out the back after the deadlifts earlier in the session.
20 min of 2 min easy / 2 min easy-moderate
– my slow build up towards this year’s 10k race series (starting May)
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