6.3.13 SWOD

Warmup

Strength

  • Back Squat
    • 2-3 warmup sets @ 50-60% 1RM
    • 5 sets of 5 @ ~80% 1RM

Conditioning

Choose weights appropriate to your strength level. Again, you should not be going to failure until the last round or two (if that), on any of these movements. Substitute lying leg raises for TTB if necessary.

Motivation

  •  Get pumped up this Monday with CJ Fletcher. Unchain yo mind!

5.28.13 SWOD

Warmup

Dynamic

  • EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute) Flat Bench– 8 sets of 3 @ 50-60% 1RM
    • This weight should feel fairly light. Focus on slowly lowering the bar to your chest and subsequently exploding with full force/velocity on the way back up.
    • Bump the weight up 5 lbs from last week’s dynamic weight.

Volume (Rest periods should be 60-90 seconds b/t supersets)

This is the third week of this combination of movements for the volume workout. Increase all weights 5-10 lbs and lower the reps as outlined above. If you still have some extra gas in the tank on your last set, continue repping out the weight until you are at near failure.

Motivation

  • Australian rules football is a pretty crazy sport— clearly these guys have phenomenal strength and endurance. Check out the highlights clip below:

5.27.13 SWOD

Warmup

Strength

  • Work up to 3 rep max in hang clean
    • Here’s how I “work up” to my 3 rep max (on a good day):
      • 3×3 @ 135 lbs (warmup sets)
      • 1×3 @ 165 lbs
      • 1×3 @ 185 lbs
      • 1×3 @ 205 lbs
      • 1×3 @ 225 lbs
    • Take at least 3 minutes rest b/t heavy sets

Conditioning

Motivation

  • Check out this video of one of powerlifting’s greats: Ed Coan. Note his fluidity and near perfect biomechanics completing these super heavy lifts. Also note, the inspiring 80’s montage music. Beast mode.

5.24.13 SWOD

Warmup

Strength

  • Bench Press
    • 2-3 warmup sets of 3 @ 50-60% 1RM
    • Working sets:  5-5-3-2-1, work up in each weight successively each set
  • Pendlay Rows
    • 3-3-3-3-3 (aka 5 sets of 3- go heavy)
  • Standing Barbell Curls
    • 3-3-3-3-3 (go heavy on this one too, make sure to maintain form and keep a static back)

Conditioning

  • “10 down- Pullups, Burpees
    • 10 Pullups, 10 burpees, 9 pullups, 9 burpees, 8 pullups, 8 burpees, etc. …. 1 pullup, 1 burpee
  • Prescribed rest (b/t sets): 30-60 seconds

Push yourself through this conditioning workout; it may sound easy but trust me it’s pretty challenging. This Friday’s workout will push you to the limit, get you in gear to take on the weekend. Use bands/assistance on the pullups as needed to maintain form and prevent flailing.

Motivation

  • If you need a spot for your workout, look no further for advice than good ol Dom.

5.23.13 SWOD

Warmup

Dynamic

  • EMOM for 7 minutes (EMOM = Every Minute On the Minute)

Volume (Rest periods should be 60-90 seconds b/t supersets)

Same volume workout as last week, yo. Increase all weights 5-10 lbs. Maintain perfect form, feel that pump, get awesomed out. If you are feeling extra confident, practice your bodybuilding poses. These are great to whip out while in the classroom, at a meeting, or if you just need to brighten someone else’s day in general.

Motivation

  • This video is great– these bros are just trying to get their workout on in public, and for some reason, people are scared, grossed out, and generally have adverse reactions. What a society we live in, huh?

5.20.13 SWOD

Warmup

Strength

  • Thrusters
    • 2 warmup sets @ ~50% 1RM
    • Workings sets: 5-5-3-3-2-1 (work up in weight each set)

Conditioning

Work up to heavy weight during the strength portion on the thrusters. If you are new to the movement, focus on technique and work up to a weight you feel comfortable using.

The conditioning workout should help you sweat out that hangover from the three day bender you decided to go on for no apparent reason. Choose weights appropriate to your strength level.

Motivation

  • Watch this riveting short documentary about a man, from extremely humble beginnings, whose life’s course was altered by his physical training.

5.17.13 SWOD

Warmup

Strength

  • Floor Press
    • 3 warmup sets @ 50-60% 1RM (flat bench
    • 5 working sets of 5 @ 70-80% 1RM (flat bench)
    • Rest at least 3 minutes between working sets
  • Weighted Pullups
    • 5 sets of 5, choose a fairly heavy weight, but do not go to failure
    • If you don’t have a weighted belt, just hold a dumbbell between your feet.

If floor press is a new movement to you, work on form and don’t go up too high in weight. Take the barbell down until your elbows initiate contact with the ground. Due to the reduced range of motion, floor press is a much easier exercise on your shoulder joint than flat bench. If you ever find yourself w/ shoulder pain or more limited range of motion, try switching up to this.

Conditioning BROADSWOD- “Aniston”

Conditioning workout should get you that quintessential pump to get your Friday GOIN’. Push yourself and get your heart rate going. More importantly, choose weights and take enough rest between circuits such that you aren’t failing mid-set on any of these exercises.

Today’s conditioning BROADSWOAD is named for one of the icons of the 90’s: Jennifer Aniston. With her irrestisible smile and perky… personality, whose heart doesn’t leap every time they see her on screen? Besides being a regular on the defining 90’s sitcom, Friends, she has been in a score of movies. Two classics are Office Space, the tale of a man who decides to transcend his mediocre existence by making Jennifer Aniston his girlfriend (among other things) and most recently Horrible Bosses where she plays a nympho dentist hellbent on screwing “It’s Always Sunny’s” Charlie Day.

Motivation

  • Calves too small? Take a nice prescription sized dose of some Dom Mazetti

5.16.13 SWOD

Warmup

Dynamic

  • EMOM for 7 minutes (EMOM = Every Minute On the Minute)

Volume (Rest periods should be 60-90 seconds b/t supersets)

This week marks the start of a new series of movements for the shoulders/traps/legs/abs volume workout. Just like Tuesday’s workout, choose lighter weights for this week. Focus on stressing the muscle and maintaining perfect form! We’ll continue to work up in weight over the coming three weeks; no need to get ahead of yourself.

Motivation

  • SwoleFIT brother, Glenn from Kansas City sent me this link. It is perhaps one of the greatest, most underappreciated feats of strength of all time. 
  • Today we salute you, Mr. Steve Schmidt. Sure no one knows what in God’s good name this lift is, nor what purpose it serves. But you still nailed your attempt, just like you did the hordes of fangirls that I’m assuming started pursuing you after this accomplishment.

5.14.13 SWOD

Warmup

Dynamic

  • EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute) Flat Bench– 8 sets of 3 @ 50-60% 1RM
    • This weight should feel fairly light. Focus on slowly lowering the bar to your chest and subsequently exploding with full force/velocity on the way back up.

Volume (Rest periods should be 60-90 seconds b/t supersets)

Today’s volume workout marks the start of another 4-week cycle on a slightly different set of movements. However, the main principles and movement juxtapositions are the same. VERY IMPORTANT– choose lower, easier weights this week and we’ll continue to work up to heavier weights over the next three weeks.

Motivation

  • CT Fletcher at it again— classic quote: “Before you go, can I ask you a question? *pauses* What the FUCK IS YOU WAITIN’ FOR?!??”
  • There should be an app that just plays CJ Fletcher quotes on repeat. It could integrate with your bröötal death metal music and would serve to pump you up like nothing else.