New Year’s Workout

Bench Press

I am going to try again to keep a better public blog of my workouts. For the past 8 months I have been doing Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 program. I think I did pretty well and was able to get some results, just not really what I was wanting. It did help me learn to really take my lifting back to the basics; bench press, squat, dead lift, and overhead (military) press. Starting this Saturday I started on an 8 week program that’s designed to basically just increase my bench press. My last max attempt was 2 x 200lbs. I don’t have a workout partner and there is rarely anyone at the gym for me to find a spotter so I didn’t want to press my luck. My goal at the end of this is to press 3-5x225lbs.

The training is a 3 day a week lifting schedule and I am going to try and add in a couple days of Yoga and / or cardio. The lower reps are so that I can use some fairly heavy weight. I’m not looking for hypertrophy at this point just some raw strength on the bench press.

Day 1
Bench Press 3×5
Close Grip Bench Press 5×3
Rolling Dumb Bell Extension 8×3
Dumb Bell Floor Press 8×3

Day 2
Sqaut 3×5
Alt Lunge 8×3
Romanian Deadlift 3×8

Day 3
Deadlift 3×5
Military Press 8×3
Pull Up 8×3
Hammer Curl 8×3

I began on Saturday and finished up with numbers:

Bench Press: 3×155, 3×175, 2×185, 1×185
Close grip bench press: 5×135, 5×145, 5×155
Rolling Dumbbell Extension: 8×35,8×30,8×30
Dumbbell Floor Press: 8×30,8×35,8×40
Hanging Leg Raises: 8,8,8
Swiss Ball Reverse Crunch: 10,10,10
Farmer’s Walk: 10×45, 5×45 (I walk back and forth across the gym carrying a 45lb plate in each hand)

I was going to try and get to the gym today, but the blizzard kept me home. I’ll do some dumbbell and body weight work and Yoga this evening.