7.12.13 SWOD

First workout as part of the New Strength Cycle Template Bench Workoutz.

WarmupJump around and stuff

Strength

  • Flat Bench: 8 sets of 3 @~80% 1RM
    • First week of 4-week bench strength cycle, use the same weight for all working sets.
    • Rest should be 60-90 seconds between sets. Choose a weight that you know you can hit (with a little pushing) for all sets.
  • Weighted Pull-ups: 5 x 5, use heavy weight

Conditioning

  • 5 rounds: 8 chin-ups, 12 push-ups, Row 200 Meters*
  • Prescribed rest (b/t rounds): 30-60 seconds

*Sub 30 double unders or 10 burpees for the row if equipment is unavailable

Motivation- Use the forest as your weight room

7.11.13 SWOD

This workout is part of the new SwoleFIT Strength Cycle Template.

WarmupHey now, you can be an all star.

Dynamic + Lower Body Power Accessory

  1. EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) for 8 minutes, 3 explosive Pause Squats @ 50-60% 1RM
    • Pause Squat = set the pins such that the bar will rest on them when you are at parallel. Pause for a second at the bottom of each squat, then explode upwards.
  2. Barbell Step-ups: 2 sets, 8-10 reps (use a fairly heavy weight here, goal is to improve power)
  3. Romanian Deadlift: 3 sets, 8-12 reps (heavy weight here as well)

Volume (Shoulders + Traps, 3-0-3 tempo, 3 seconds up, 3 seconds down for each lift, use lighter weights to maintain form, 60-90 seconds rest between sets)

  1. Seated Dumbbell Military Press– 4 sets of 8-10 reps
  2. Barbell Shrugs– 4 sets of 8-10 reps
  3. Dumbbell Lateral Raises– 2 sets of 8-10 reps
  4. Dumbbell Reverse Fly’s– 2 sets of 8-10 reps

Ab Circuit- (2 rounds, 8-12 reps): Weighted Sit-Ups, Lying Leg Raise, Barbell Ab Rollers, Dumbbell Side Bends

Motivation- Donny Shankle from California Strength is strong like ox. You can be too.

7.8.13 SWOD + New SwoleFIT Strength Cycle Template

Attention everyone. I have an urgent, breaking news story. Starting this week will be a slightly modified SwoleFIT template so prepare yourself for MAX GAINZ. Emphasis will be placed on more consistent strength cycles for squat and bench press. Read about the dirty deets here.

WarmupUno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, cinco, seis

Strength

  • Back Squat: 8 sets of 3 @~80% 1RM
  • First week of 4-week squat strength cycle, use the same weight for all working sets.
  • Rest should be 60-90 seconds between sets. Choose a weight that you know you can hit (with a little pushing) for all sets.

Conditioning

  • 5 rounds: 10 hang power snatch* (95#), 20 sit-ups, 10 push press (95#), 20 reverse lunges (10 each leg- quick/explosive reps, alternate legs, use bodyweight)
  • *Sub hang power cleans for hang power snatches if you aren’t comfortable w/ form.
  • Prescribed rest (b/t rounds): 60-90 seconds

Motivation- Inspirational speech + yoked bros throwing up ridiculous weight = Motivation for today:

6.27.13 SWOD

Warmup

Dynamic

  • EMOM for 8 minutes (EMOM = Every Minute On the Minute)
    • 3 Explosive Box Squats @ ~50-60% Back Squat 1RM

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

Third week of this bodybuilding micro-cycle– you should be feeling both hot and big at this point. As Aristotle once said, “If you got it, flaunt it homie.” Ipso facto (that’s Latin), don’t let those muscle pythons sit in their cage wasting away. Head directly to the beach after this workout and proceed to BARK&FLEX at as many randos as possible. 

Motivation

  • A montage of Arnold flexing in front of thousands of screaming fans and training with the Terminator theme playing in the background? SIGN ME UP.

6.24.13 SWOD

Warmup

Strength

  • Power clean– 3-3-2-2-1-1 (perform a couple warmup sets, then successively increase weight for the working sets)

Conditioning- “Son of Prometheus”

This workout is very similar to the “Prometheus” GODSWOD done on 6.23.13; this time Kettlebell swings are subbed for the SDHP’s and DU’s. Push yourself to the max limitations here- never give up, never surrender.

Motivation

  • Here’s a pretty awesome training montage of two guys, Dan Green and Eric Spoto, who recently broke powerlifting world records for the raw total and raw bench categories respectively.

Weekend Posts (6.22.13 ARWOD + 6.23.13 MWOD)

Saturday (6/22/13) Recovery

Sunday (6/23/13) Mental Work

  • This is quite possibly one of the most inspirational speech/video montage combinations I’ve ever seen. I encourage you to ruminate on the ideas presented in this speech and apply them to your own thinking. Oftentimes, we proceed through life with our noses down, blindly following directions from arbitrary figures of authority. We should ultimately seek to find our own personal truth and discover what makes us truly happy.

6.18.13 SWOD

Warmup

Dynamic

  • EMOM for 8 minutes- Flat Bench– 3 reps @ 50-60% 1RM
    • This weight should be fairly easy. Slowly lowering the bar to your chest, pause briefly at the bottom, and explode with full force/velocity on the way back up. Add 5 lbs to the weight from last week.

Volume

Same swole song, different verse. Hit this bodybuilding workout hard on the second week of the ‘micro-cycle’, amp the weights up by 5-10 lbs each. Maintain your form, feel that deluge of blood in your muscleveins (one word, it’s a real word).

Motivation

  • Make some time to watch “Pumping Iron”– an hour and a half documentary chronicling bodybuilding in the glory days of the 1970’s. Arnold is the star of the show, providing entertainment, inspiration, and hilarity.

Weekend Posts (6.14.13 ARWOD + 6.15.13 MWOD)

Saturday (6/15/13) Recovery

Sunday (6/16/13) Mental Work

  • Watch this video that explains how myostatin levels are linked to muscular growth potential (aka how people are genetically predisposed to gaining muscle)

Also, Happy Father’s Day to all those #SwoleDADs out there in the world! Check out this father-son duo smashing iron together and competing for Mr. America title in their respective age classes. This will be me and my son one day.

6.7.13 SWOD

Warmup

Strength

Conditioning

Motivation

  • Mazetti preps you to hit the beach in optimal form: