I thought I’d let everyone know what I’m doing for my training over the next month. Initially I planned on moving straight into another 16 weeks of the Jugg Method but I found out yesterday the gym I train at is going to have a push/pull meet on January 7th. Since I left a lot on the platform during my deadlift at the last competition I’m going do the push/pull meet and skip the push portion. My right wrist has been bothering me the last month or two and the last week and a half has been the worst of it so far. I think it’s a combo of some tendonitis and an imbalance between flexor/extensor sleep in my wrist. To take care of this I’m doing a “No Push December”. I’m cutting out all pressing to give my wrists a break and bring my back size and strength up to par. Here is what my training template is looking like for the next 5 weeks.
Monday- Horizontal Pull/Tricep Ext/Unilateral Carry
Tuesday- Squat/Posterior Chain/Abs/Biceps
Thursday- Vertical Pull/Shoulders/Abs
Friday- Deadlift/Single Leg/Bilateral Carry/Abs
Here is what yesterday and todays training sessions ended up being.
Barbell Row- 135# x 5 x 10
Dumbbell Row- 80# x 3 x 5
Dumbbell Tricep Extension- 25# x 3 x 10
Face Pulls- 60# x 12, 70# x 12, 12
Suitcase Carry- 65# x 20 yards x 2 trips
Squat- 200# x 5 x 6
Deadstop RDL- 135 x 8, 185 x 8, 8, 8
Barbell Rollout- 3 x 10
Reverse BB Curl- 75 x 8, 8, 8
The squat and deadlift I have planned numbers I’m going to use but the Monday and Thursday workouts will be more by feel. I’m aiming for a 460# deadlift in January so I have to work on what I suck at. Namely that’s lower body and posterior chain strength so I’m going to hit those like a madman. I’ll let you know in January how it went.
The competition is coming up fast and I’m excited to see how this short training cycle and the Jugg Method I used over the summer will bring up my total. I don’t have any plans right now as to what my openers or anything will be but all my lifts are definitely up. After the meet is over I might post up the training cycle I’m using to peak for the meet. At the last meet I lifted in the 220 weight class (weighed in at 215) but I’m going to try and get down to the 181 weight class. I’m setting at 198 as of this morning as I still have plenty of fat to lose. Here is how my training and diet are currently set up.
Monday- AM Cardio/Abs, PM Lift
Tuesday- PM Lift
Wednesday- AM Cardio/Abs, PM Recovery/Restoration
Thursday- PM Lift
Friday- AM Cardio/Abs, PM Lift
I’ll add more cardio I go. The Recovery/Restoration could be anything from sled dragging, body weight training, or just some more cardio and stretching. I’m training the hell out of my abs and lower back both around my cardio as well as during my training sessions since that’s a major weakness for me.
I’m using a Modified Warrior Diet along with some Creatine Monohydrate. I’ll only train in the mornings if I have to and if that does happen I’ll backload 99% of my carbs so that I don’t wreck my hormone levels during the day.
I finished the Chad W. Smiths Juggernaut Method program last week so I thought I’d give a review.
My first impression was that it was very similar to Wendlers 5/3/1, which he openly states that Wendler is where he got a portion of his ideas, and I was little skeptical to be honest. Long story short though is that it’s a solid program. The first two waves are pretty high volume and very challenging. I was worried about my 1RM but the extra volume did nothing but help. I was feeling good this last week so instead of going for rep maxes I went ahead and tested out some singles on squat, bench, and deadlift. Military press I stuck with a rep max.
Bench Press- 235 x 1 (+10lbs from March)
Squat- 335 x 1 (+15lbs from March)
Both of these were about a 8-9/10 effort. Add some adrenaline, a belt for bench, and some knee wraps for the squat and I think I’ll have some great improvements at the meet.
I was a little beat up by Friday so I only went up to 385 for a single. It felt heavy and slow but my training partner said it looked like I pulled it easy which tells me I have way more in the tank. I’m going to continue training for the next two weeks instead of taking a deload week. My wife and I are going out of town for a week at the end of September/beginning of October and I probably won’t be lifting when we’re gone. I’m working on my new training cycle to get ready for my meet in November.
120 x 1
130 x 1
140 x 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
FG DS DB Row-
95 x 12, 8
Defranco Shoulder Tri-Set-
25# Lateral/Clean & Press, 35# Plate Front Raise x 10, 10, 8
BW x 36
Pause Wide Grip Machine Row-
120 x 15
Used just a touch of leg drive on my last 5 sets of military press. Kept my feet flat on the floor but got a little knee drive. Progressed in either weight or reps on all my other exercises too so I’m happy. Looking forward to some squats later today!
185 x 7 sets x 3 reps
55 x 8, 8, 8
30 x 8
35 x 8, 8
Flat DB Bench-
55 x 12, 12
50 x 10
60 x 10, 10
Good day. I’m day 1 of going caffeine free for a bit in order to get my fat loss back on track. I realized that I’ve become a little to dependent on my coffee and other stims throughout the day and I don’t like it. Aside from just the general drag that I’ve had my fat loss has ground to screeching halt. I’m pretty sure that my adrenals are really sensitive stims so I’m knocking them out for awhile. I’ll still have a little decaf coffee every now and then but in general my only “caffeine” source will be some green tea that’s not brewed very strong. I have a video of my last two sets on bench that I’ll get posted up later.
36 inch box x 3 sets x 2 jumps
225 x 7 sets x 3
BB Reverse Lunge- (clean grip)
95 x 5/leg
105 x 5/leg
115 x 5/leg
BB Hip Thrust- (bench supported)
135 x 3 sets x 3
EZ Bar Curl-
115 x 2, 2, 2, 2, 6
I’m going to be working the hip thrusts and try to get damn strong at those. It was a great glute/hamstring exercise that put zero pressure on my lower back. Didn’t get any video but I’ll try to get some benching and deadlifting later this week. Off to the gym for some sled dragging and cardio!
125 x 7 sets x 3 reps
FG Deadstop DB Row-
95 x 10, 7
Defranco Shoulder Tri-Set-
25# Lateral/Clean & Press, 35# Front Raise x 2 sets x 10 reps each
BW x 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 6 (30 total)
Felt a little run down but the training session turned out great. I’m trying to keep my military press as strict as possible since the past couple weeks it’s gotten a little sloppy.
Don’t have the details in front of me but I hit all my reps on bench and deads last week. My back, however, wasn’t really agreeing with the deads. I was sore then I helped move my grandmother in-law move on Saturday and I was crazy stiff all weekend. Got into the chiropractor Monday and got it put back in but I’m not going to be squatting or deadlifting this week. The military pressing went great Monday night (hit 140 for 8 reps) then did some machine work for back then some random stuff for shoulders. I attempted to squat yesterday but I was still feeling my back a bit so I called it am just taking it easy. I’ll be sled dragging today and Friday and possibly Saturday in order to make up for it. I will be benching tomorrow and hopefully get some video. I’ll also have some updated pictures and measurements to post Saturday morning.
Axle Military Press-
95 x 2
115 x 2
130 x 4 sets x 5
FG Deadstop DB Row-
95 x 8, 6
FG CG Incline Bench-
135 x 5
155 x 5
165 x 5
Rolling Tricep Ext-
35 x 12, 12
195 x 2
215 x 2
230 x 4 sets x 5
Yesterday I felt great. I trained with the Dino crew again Monday night which was great. Since they were heading out to Al’s tonight to train I decided to squat earlier in the day. I felt great while I was squatting but I have to get into the chiro tomorrow. Last week squats felt heavy as crap the entire time, today felt way better. I didn’t understand why at first but then I remember that out at work the squat bar is a virtually smooth barbell while the one I squatted with today had knurling all the way across and actually stayed where it was supposed to on my back.
Bench Press- Paused last rep on first 5 sets
170 x 5
170 x 5
170 x 5
170 x 5
170 x 5
170 x 5 (paused all reps)
Incline CG Pin Press-
135 x 8
155 x 8, 8
FG DB Row-
85 x 10
100 x 8 (deadstop each rep)
Felt slow today. I took my time and warmed up but the drive to bench just wasn’t there. I am looking forward to some deadlifting tomorrow though. My grip is definitely improving too. Last time I did fat grip dumbbell rows 85 pounds felt like 1000. Today I breezed right through that one so I went for the big jump.