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» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)29-05-2024 @ 16:39 
Curls in the garden

1 to 15, 15 to 1 pyramid with 12.5 dumbbells. I make that 330 reps.

Alternate arms on the way up, double arm on the way down.

Volume...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)29-05-2024 @ 00:16 
Billwest said:10kg comeback PB Martin. WoW! Soon be back to 2023 pb, 🤞


Thanks Bill. Hope so. Don't know where this is coming from, but long may it continue. Twice a week, one volume session, one low rep session seems to be working for me. 120 wasn't even hard!
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)29-05-2024 @ 00:14 
Wayne_Cowdrey said:Excellent! Happy

Thanks Wayne. Happy
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)28-05-2024 @ 17:22 
Amazing session. Can't believe the strength gains in under two months.

Bench
Bar for 10 x 3 sets
40 for 6
50 for 4
60 for 2
70 for 1
80 for 1
90 for 1
100 for 1
110 for 1
120 for 1 - wow!!!
110 for 2
100 for 5
90 for 8
80 for 13
Finish

Comeback pb on top single, and on all down sets. Wanted 14 with 80, but not to be. Wasn't so long ago I couldn't do 90.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)26-05-2024 @ 12:04 
jt said:I have a fear of Generals....possibly stemming from my Army days.

Hope all is well.

Good work on the comeback.


Thanks Jay. Just the inevitability of aging. I'll be here a while longer. 120 here I come...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)25-05-2024 @ 16:29 
Saturday - Volume Bench

Bar for 10 x 3 sets
40 for 6
50 for 4
60 for 2
70 for 1
80 for 1
90 for 1
100 for 1
110 for 1 - easy
70 for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Finish

110 was silly easy, but the plan was to go no higher after having a general anaesthetic earlier in the week. The volume weight went up to 70, so the top reps came down to 10. Easy on the way up, but the extra weight began to figure a bit on the down sets. Happy not to have lost strength after the op. Onwards and upwards...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)20-05-2024 @ 15:19 
After the nice gentle little workout on Saturday, my biceps ached all day Sunday and into today. Shows how much it was/is needed.

Benching a day early, as I fly to Inverness tomorrow for a small operation.

Bench

Bar for 10 x 3 sets
40 for 6
50 for 4
60 for 2
70 for 1
80 for 1
90 for 1
100 for 1
110 for 1 - easiest yet, so
115 for 1 - pause, no out breath, amazed in a good way
100 for 4
90 for 6
80 for 12
Finish

Comeback rep pbs with 100, 90 and 80. Good times. Can't believe how quickly strength is returning. And there was me worried I might never see 100 again.

A strange one in the respect that everything felt really heavy in the hands, but went up fine. Hope I can train again Friday/Saturday and keep this going...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)18-05-2024 @ 16:32 
Nice simple little workout in the garden. Curls with 12.5 dumbbells.

Pyramid 1 to 14, 14 to 1. Double arms on way up, alternate arms on way down.

Feel it tomorrow.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)18-05-2024 @ 12:56 
Post Edited: 18.05.2024 @ 12:58 PM by Martin1956
Billwest said:Nice lifting there Martin, but how long do all those down sets take? That, in itself, looks exhausting


Thanks Bill. It's a two hour session, including the warm up, the top single, and all the rests. It's fun though, especially with company. And co-incidentally, since I've started doing it I've got a lot stronger. Happy

The two I was training with managed to hit the 11 on the way up, didn't quite manage the 12, but then the pre-exhaustion hit them hard on the way down.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)17-05-2024 @ 16:55 
Volume Bench

A day early, as I have a hospital procedure on Tuesday, so want to train bench Monday and factor in recovery for that.

Bar for 10 x 3 sets
40 for 6
50 for 4
60 for 2
70 for 1
80 for 1
90 for 1
100 for 1
110 for 1 - easiest 110 yet
65 for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Finish.

Great session. 110 felt good, added a 12 (and therefore a down 11) to last week's pyramid, and if anything it felt easier. Next time, pyramid up to 10 with 70 (5 Kg more), procedure permitting.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)15-05-2024 @ 20:50 
b15ape1 said:
Wonderful news and another good session MartinWink


Thanks Andy. Happy
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)14-05-2024 @ 20:26 
Bench

Bar for 10 x 3 sets
40 for 6
50 for 4
60 for 2
70 for 1
80 for 1
90 for 1
100 for 1
110 for 1 - smashed it
100 for 3
100 for 3
90 for 5
90 for 5
80 for 8
80 for 10
Finish.

Huge improvement. The 110 was paused, smooth, no out breath. Not done 100 for 3 this year, did two sets. Not done 90 for 5 this year, did it two times. The 80 x 8 seemed surprisingly easy, so I did 10 reps second set. Not only stronger, but more energy too. Can't believe I've made all this progress since 30th March, when my limit was a ropey 80 x 2. Like a beginner, progress every session. Happy
» The BIGapes Quest (Go to post)14-05-2024 @ 20:19 
b15ape1 said:Update sports fans...

My back is fubarred and its looking like a slipped disc, pins and needles in the hands the works, timing is fooking excellent with going away Sunday... Rest and no training for the forseeable Angry


Really sorry to read this, mate, hope it's not as bad as it seems.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)11-05-2024 @ 17:55 
Good session. Company helped, certainly reduced rest times.

Volume Bench
Bar for 10 x 3 sets
40 for 6
50 for 4
60 for 2
70 for 1
80 for 1
90 for 1
100 for 1
110 for 1 - better than last two, so
112.5 for 1 - just, but just is good enough
65 for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Finish

Wrecked, but happy wrecked. More progress. Another comeback PB. Pyramid was hard, but nothing right on my limit, so it goes up to 12 next week.
» The BIGapes Quest (Go to post)11-05-2024 @ 17:48 
Nice work, young man.

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