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» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)10-07-2018 @ 17:21 
Another attempted comeback.

Yesterday

Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
110 for 1
120 for 1.

Today

Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
90 for 2
100 for 1
110 for 1
115 for 1
105 for 2
100 for 3.

It's a start. In other news, golf handicap down to single figures after a very successful golfing June.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)23-05-2018 @ 00:57 
Had a really disappointing session.

Bar for 10 x 4 sets
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
110 for 1
120 for 1
130 for 1
Shirt on
140 for 1 to 4 inches
160 to 2 inches, couldn't move it. arm, shoulder, everything hurt.
Finish.

Took the difficult decision to withdraw from the Scottish Bench this Sunday. Arm and shoulder really sore, lost 10 - 15 kilos bench strength, and there's a good chance I'll bomb. Plus I can't use a floss band in competition, and without it I couldn't train at all. I can't justify spending 350 to compete when I'm in this shape. Hopefully I'll be in better shape for the Masters in August. Gutted, was really looking forward to get back on the platform, but not this time.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)21-05-2018 @ 17:28 
Just bench today. I did try some shoulder horns afterwards but they hurt the shoulder a bit. Daft to push it so close to the comp.

Bar for 10 x 4 sets - shoulder grumbling away
Thick blue band on
Bar for 8
40 for 6
60 for 4
80 for 2
100 for 1
90 for 3
85 for 3
80 for 4
75 for 4
70 for 5
65 for 5
60 for 5
Finish.

Once again, 100 was my limit, so definitely lost 10Kg since my best a few weeks ago. Oh well...

Two more training days and my prep is done, and I go to the comp with what I have, not with what I expected two months ago. What I have will have to do.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)20-05-2018 @ 21:03 
Post Edited: 20.05.2018 @ 21:08 PM by Martin1956
After a lazy day, which I think I needed, I managed to train after 6. All low reps now until Wednesday, then time to rest up.

Bench

Bar for 10 x 4 sets
Red band on
Bar for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
110 for 1
115 for 1
100 for 3
95 for 3
90 for 4
85 for 4
80 for 5 x 2 sets

Shoulder Horn - LDB for 20 x 3 sets

Light Dumbell Curls - 100 on each arm, continuous, changing every 20.

Finish.

Feeling a bit frustrated. I'm 10 Kg down on my comeback 1RM with both thick blue and red bands, but in fairness the 115 today was without breathing out and with no spotter, so maybe it's nearer to 5 down.

Also the shoulder is grumbling away and the forearm was so sore today I had to use the floss band on the empty banded bar. Everything seemed so good about 5 weeks ago, but the trip to Czech Rep and the sore shoulder have both knocked me back.

My plans have had to change from attacking records to just getting something respectable lifted. I really haven't got a clue what I can do in a shirt, and I guess I won't find out until the warm up.

In other news, I won the golf competition yesterday. Shot 77 in strong winds and on bumpy greens, pleased with that. Happy
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)18-05-2018 @ 15:39 
I planned to train with others today and maybe try a shirt on, but ended up training alone and less motivated than I would like. Oh well, let's get something done...

Bench

Bar for 10 x 4 sets
Thick blue band on
Bar for 6
40 for 3
60 for 3
70 for 3
80 for 3
85 for 3
90 for 3
95 for 2
100 for 1
85 for 3
80 for 3
75 for 4
70 for 4
65 for 5
60 for 5

Shoulder Horn - LDB for 20 x 3 sets.

Meh, my 1RM seems to have gone down by 10 Kg, I've done 110 during the comeback (and 125 during the halcyon days) but 100 was close enough to my limit when training alone today. Plus the right shoulder hurt doing shoulder horns, not had that for a long time. Maybe time for another jab, but let's get this comp out of the way first.

Now for golf and more active weight loss...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)17-05-2018 @ 15:01 
After a long dog walk and a bite of lunch.

Bench

Bar for 10 x 4 sets (shoulder really stiff)
Red band on
Bar for 8
40 for 6
60 for 4
80 for 2
90 for 1
70 for 10
70 for 9
70 for 8
Finish.

Still feel weak and weary, but that was another progression set completed. Amazing! Taking a break from volume training for a wee while now. It's done it's job, but I will do it again. A few days of heavy triples before I rest up for the Scottish Bench on the 27th.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)16-05-2018 @ 18:47 
A busy day. Trained late morning, just bench again.

Bar for 10 x 4 sets (right shoulder really stiff and sore)
Red band on
Bar for 8
40 for 6
60 for 4
85 for 2
105 for 1
85 for 10
85 for 9
85 for 8
Finish.

Never expected to get these in a million years! Felt weak, but the progress continues. Shoulder sorest off the chest, so no more bandless pressing until after the comp. I'll let band work take the pressure off the chest drive and strengthen the lock out.

Then 18 holes of golf, too many bad shots (stiff and rusty) but still managed to get it round in 82. Must have taken a few grams off today. Was 95.8 this morning, need to be 93 at 9.00 on Sunday 27th.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)15-05-2018 @ 20:59 
Back home after two days travelling and lots of missed sleep.

Not a lot of work today, absolutely exhausted but need to know where my strength is at. Just bench.

Bar for 10 x 2 sets
Red band on
Bar for 10
40 for 6
60 for 3
80 for 2
100 for 1
110 for 1
85 for 6
Finish.

Didn't go mad. Did 110 and there was more there (125 is my absolute best) and did an easy 6 reps with 85 but had no more energy to give, but it wasn't a strength thing. Arm hurt throughout though, from shoulder to wrist, nerve pain worse than ever. I'll do it again tomorrow when well rested, and I'll do it better. Shattered, think I'll be in bed for 10.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)09-05-2018 @ 21:07 
Post Edited: 09.05.2018 @ 21:09 PM by Martin1956
Actually managed a proper training session today, albeit tired after a long day's work, Shared the bench with a couple of world and European champions in Hille Heidi Arnessen and Tetania Melniuk, and a very helpful German coach spotted and encouraged. I can't remember my early warm ups, but I did sets with the bar, 40 and 50, and then
70 for 6
90 for 3 (should have been 4 but kept hitting the rack)
110 for 2
130 for 1
105 for 10
105 for 9
105 for 8
Finish.

Bloody hard work, right on my limit on each set.

A proper workout and I got my numbers. Maybe all is not lost? Quite. Still feel weak but it's been a very long and interesting day and I still got the numbers. I should train with a band tomorrow according to the plan, but not sure that will be possible if I'm sharing a bench.

It may be a Eleiko bench and bar, but give me my own garage and bench any day lol.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)08-05-2018 @ 07:10 
Finally managed to get some training done last night, but didn't start until after 11 and didn't get the numbers I wanted. Strange gym, no spotters, tired, who knows, but something is better than nothing.

Bar for 10 x 4 sets
40 for 8
50 for 8
70 for 6
90 for 4
110 for 2
125 for 1
105 for 9
105 for 7
105 for 6
Finish.

Wanted 10, 9, 8 but just not there. I would have tried forcing more reps if I hadn't been on my own late at night. I guessed it wouldn't be great when the 125 felt like 140...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)07-05-2018 @ 20:44 
For completeness, last Wednesday morning's training before I dashed to the ferry.

Bar for 10 x 4 sets
Thick blue band on
27.5 for 6
47.5 for 4
67.5 for 2
87.5 for 1
67.5 for 10
67.5 for 9
67.5 for 8
Finish.

No training since then by design, but I planned to train tonight and so far haven't been able to do so because the warm up room is apparently out of bounds and the hotel gym has been taken over by a dozen squatting Ukrainians.

Currently watching the snooker and hoping to train later, before I get too sleepy. At times like this you appreciate the benefits of having your own gym. Please don't let 6 months hard work preparing for the Scottish Bench be for nothing...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)02-05-2018 @ 00:09 
Wayne_Cowdrey said:I enjoyed reading that you'd dead lifted 150 Happy


Thanks, I enjoyed doing it, will try to get back into light deadlifts when I get back from Pilsen.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)01-05-2018 @ 18:25 
Bench

Bar for 10 x 4 sets
Red band on
22.5 for 8
42.5 for 6
62.5 for 4
82.5 for 2
102.5 for 1
82.5 for 10
82.5 for 9
82,5 for 8

Seated Row, Close Hammer Grip - 80 for 10 x 3 sets

Curls - MDB for 20 s/s with LDB for 20 x 3 sets

Finish.

No fire in the belly today, and everything felt heavy. But in spite of that, everything moved easily enough. Not a lot more to be said, really, progress continues.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)30-04-2018 @ 16:29 
I just wasn't up for it today. Niggling shoulder, morning dog walk, not enough to eat, a million things to sort out before I leave. Let's give it a go and if things go pear shaped just take a week off. The weight goes down today, but the reps go up.

Just bench again today. I have a golf match this evening.

Bar for 10 x 4 sets
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
122.5 for 1
102.5 for 10
102.5 for 9
102.5 for 8
Finish.

Hard work, but got it done, should have been easy though. Feel like a nap, but off to golf...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)29-04-2018 @ 13:52 
Speed bench day today, but before that...

Deadlift

70 for 10
100 for 1
120 for 1
140 for 1
150 for 1

Blimey, that was a pleasant surprise!

Speed Bench

Bar for 10 x 4 sets
Thin blue band on
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 3
85 for 3
90 for 3
95 for 3
100 for 3
95 for 3
90 for 3
85 for 3
80 for 3
Finish.

Sadly, very little speed today. Forearm hurting throughout, and probably fatigued. Pain is golf related, by the way, so please don't tell me to stop lifting (and for my three uber sarcy friends, don't tell me to give up golf either). Anyway, enforced rest imminent...

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