Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Lifting Day

Another reminder of how far I have to go on my upper body!!

HexBar DLs

15 x 120
8 x 140
5 x 160
5 x 180

Overhead Press
15 x 50
50 x 5
60 x 3

Reverse Grip Pullups (Gravitron at 80)
2 x 10

Hammer Strength Crunches
15 x 30
8 x 50
5 x 60

Notes: I had to search on the 'net to even identify the hex bar. The last time I used a straight bar I felt I was losing form and putting my back in jeopardy (besides tearing up my shins). I've noticed this strange looking device and decided to give it a try. As you may be able to figure out from the numbers, I was trying to do a Devany-style hierarchal set, but I started too light and didn't add enough weight as I moved on. I'll have this one dialed in better next time. I still would like to learn how to deadlift properly with a straight bar, but that will have to wait until I can get in the gym with an instructor. This is more like a squat than a deadlift, but it meets my needs for now.

The presses were disappointing. I started five pound heavier than last time but I couldn't come close to hitting 8 reps on the second leg. I need a lot of work in this area.

I need to incorporate some more ab work. Eventually the layer of fat covering those muscles will be gone and they need to be ready for their coming out party!!

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