Moving on From the Program

Busy day, so we worked out at 4pm instead of in the morning.

Conditioning

6 Sets

  • 30s BikeErg
  • 40s Rest

306-303-304-306-309-320m

Warm-up

Bench Press

  • 10×45
  • 6×95
  • 5×120

Chest

MAX Bench Press (140#)

Suffered through 40!

100 Push-ups

Went 14×5 and 10×3 for a time of 3:39, which is one of my best.

We were supposed to hit nine sets of max bench next, but decided we’re not feeling this program this time around. Twice a week for chest is limiting us from doing other areas of the body and it’s so much bench volume.

6 Sets

  • 12 Double DB Skull Crushers (25#)
  • 1:00 Rest

A Bit More

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 8 Bench Press (95#)
  • 6 Bench Press (115#)

Chest

MAX Bench Press (140/70#)

Was able to get 35 reps.

MAX Decline Push-ups (12”)

Did 42 here. Happy to be getting more reps than the first time we did this program.

3 Sets

  • 8 Seated DB Shoulder Press (50#)

100 DB Bench Press (30/15#)

Went with 10 sets of 10 for a time of 2:15.

Long Rest Break

B wasn’t feeling great so we didn’t workout for several days.

Warm-up

  • PVC Passes
  • 10 Bench Press (35#)
  • 10 Bench Press (95#)

MAX Bench Press (120/60#)

Got through 47, which beats the 41 from earlier in the week and the 45 from last time through the program.

100 Push-ups

Went 8×5 and 20×3 for a time of 4:03.

Incline Bench Press

Three sets to failure @ each of 3 weights

  • 16-12-11 @ 120#
  • 17-14-13 @ 100#
  • 20-20-20 @ 80#

Accessory

6 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pushdowns (49#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Sabbatical is Over

First day back to work after my three month sabbatical. The kitchen isn’t finished, but is looking pretty good! Warmed up with 10×45 and 10×95 bench.

Chest

MAX Bench Press (120/60#)

Got 41, which beats the first time through the program by 1 rep.

MAX Ring Push-ups

Did 28, which is 2 reps better.

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Shoulder Press (45#)

75 DB Bench Press (40/20#)

Went with all sets of five and tried resting the dumbbells on my chest most of the time instead of sitting up. Finished in 2:36 to beat my 2:48.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 50 alt Plank Knee-to-Elbows
  • 50 Jump Rope
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 50 Mountain Climbers
  • 25 alt Side Crunches
  • 25 Russian Kettlebell Swings (53#)

Got through 4+50.

Short Bench Rests

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (75#)

Chest

MAX Bench Press (100/50)

Wanted to get one more than the first time through the program so did 56.

100 Push-ups

Went 6×5, 22×3, 4 to finish in 4:25.

Bench Press

  • 3 sets to failure @ each (155/125/100#)

To speed things up and fatigue more we went right after each other all the way through instead of keeping to three minute rests. I did 15-10-9, 17-12-12, and 20-20-16. Still a ton of reps, but fewer than before.

6 Sets

  • 12 Double DB French Press (20#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Another Go at a TRAIN Chest Program

We took 3 days off for the holiday and my birthday.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Trunk Twist
  • 10×45
  • 10×75

We’re going to start the chest program again that we did late summer. We had good results and enjoyed it.

Chest

MAX Bench Press (100/50#)

I was getting pretty slow, so stopped at 50, which is the same number of reps I got before.

MAX Push-ups

Only 30 push-ups though, which is five fewer.

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Shoulder Press (40#)

These felt ok.

50 DB Bench Press (50/25#)

I went 10-8-7, 5×5 to finish in 2:05, which is 21 seconds faster because I was smarter about my sets, compared to 15-10-10-8-7.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 10 cal BikeErg
  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Box Jumps (24”)
  • 10 DB Hang Power Cleans (40#)
  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Box Jumps (24”)
  • 10 DB Hang Power Cleans (40#)

Good one! Took me 10:55.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 10/10 KB Side Bends (62#)

The flutter kicks got to be a challenge. Wasn’t really for time, but took me 9:46.

After a Week Off

Spent five nights in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We didn’t workout at all but did over 8.5 miles of walking each of the first two full days there! Today was our first workout in a week and I can’t remember the last time I took a full week off! Out in the garage just before 1pm. Warmed up with 20 PVC passes.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×200
  • 5×215
  • 5×225

Partner Arms

  • Plate OH Hold (45/25#)
  • 10->1 Plate Curl (45/25#)
  • 10->1 Plate OH Tricep Extension (45/25#)

This one came from Scott Panchik. One partner is doing the couplet while the other holds their plate overhead; you never put the plate down! Took us 5:08 to get through and my arms and shoulders were on fire!

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 15 Burpees
  • 20 Russian KBS (45#)
  • 20 Reverse Lunges

Wanted to just coast through something today. I did the first two rounds in 7:31 and then when I went for the third round of burpees I was feeling good so picked up the pace to finish in 14:09.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20 alt Side Crunches
  • 14 Leg Lifts
  • 20 Bicycles (slow)
  • 14 Overhead Crunches (50# DB)

Finished in 7:19.

Felt good to move today.

Finished the Chest Program

Super busy and productive day on Sunday with the heat, so skipped a workout. Yesterday my back was good enough to walk 18 holes and after a week away from the course. It wore me out for the day! I edged and mowed the lawn during lunch today.

Final day of the chest program and I’m over it!

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Bench Press
    • 10×45
    • 8×95
    • 6×135
    • 4×165
    • 3×185
    • 2×205

Chest

MAX Bench Press (225#)

Got nine reps, which is 1 more than Saturday and 1 short of tying my best ever.

100 HR Push-ups

I did 3s through 81 and then quick singles to finish in 5:34. Still now close to my PR, but almost 30 seconds faster than last week.

Seated Shoulder Press

  • 3 Sets @ 3 Weights
    • MAX Reps
    • 3:00 Rest between sets

I did 15-13-12 with 110, 15-14–15 with 90, and 22-20-20 with 70 pounds. Decided to increase 15# per set over the last time and ended up with 905 more total pounds lifted. 💪

6 Sets

  • 12 Double DB French Press
  • 1:00 Rest

I was smoked, but wanted to see if I could jump up to the 25s. I barely made it through two sets and then used 20s for the last four sets.

FIN!

We really liked this program and it seemed to work well. We both put on size and got more comfortable with all the volume. Probably should have drank more protein shakes because it was so many reps, especially the Tuesday workouts. I think we’re going to start an arm program next.

About an hour after the workout we went for a 2.62 mile walk in about 45 minutes.