WOD #5 (1/8/2017)

WORKOUT

4X20 50 kg back squats (max 2 minute recovery)

4X20 50kg bench press (max 3 minute recovery)

4X8 50kg military press (max 3 minute recovery)

Bicep barbell curl declining pyramid from 50kg (each set to failure, decrease each set by 10kg, 2 minute recovery)

COMMENTS

One thing I always do if I fail to complete a set is drop the weight or the amount of reps per set immediately. Rather than see it as a failure, i try to see it as a success as it shows i’m working at my max. Rather than risk real damage or throw in the towel, drop the weight or reps (not both) and stay at max work rate.

WOD #4 – (30/7/2017) #PCP (Pull up, chin up, pump)

WORKOUT

3 X 12 pull ups followed by 3 X 10 chin ups (1 minute 30 recovery)

6 X 3 dragon flags (1 minute 30 recovery)

4 X 10 pistol squats (both legs) (1 minute 30 recovery)

COMMENTS

The pull up, chin up routine (#PCP) is good for a bicep pump. When properly working out in the gym, I usually start my full arm day with this routine.

I’m now up to doing 18 dragon flags per session. When I move up to 20 reps, I will switch to 5 X 4 per set.

NUTRITION – MEAL #1

Tomato and prawn linguine with green beans and broccoli

Ingredients

King prawns, Italian tomato pasata, cherry tomatoes, linguine pasta, green beans, broccoli (oregano / basil / salt / pepper / garlic for garnish)

Comments

All of the ingredients can be used to personal taste. Personally, I add loads of the main attraction – prawns – but hold back a lil on the pasata.

WOD #3 (21/7/2017) Impress with the m-press!

WORKOUT

4 X 20 back squats (45kg) (1-2 minute recovery)

4 X 20 bench press (45kg) (1-2 minute recovery)

4 X 20 Romanian deadlifts (1-2 minute recovery)

4 x 10 military press (2-3 minute recovery)

COMMENTS

The focus of this workout is endurance. I’ve struggled to crank up the weight with my squats, so I’ve recently taken it back to basics, switching to lower weight, higher reps, and closer attention to squat form.

For the military press on the other hand, the focus remains strength (lower reps, higher weight, longer recovery). The m-press is my fave shoulder exercise as it’s a total body exercise. Form is very important as it’s a higher injury risk movement. #impresswithyourmpress

 

WOD #2 (20/7/2017)

WORKOUT

4 X 12 pull ups (1 minute 20 recovery)

4  X 8 pistol squats (both left and right legs) (2 minute recovery)

4  X (5 basket hangs, straight into 5 hanging leg raises) (2 minute recovery)

4  X 20 raised leg bench tricep dips (1 minute 30 recovery)

COMMENTS

I really rate pistol squats. When you don’t have access to a gym or a barbell, they’re my next best alternative. I’ve had surprisingly bad DOMS after sets of these. If you struggle with balance like I do, gently hold onto something for support, but watch your form! https://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/main/popup/name/pistol-squat

I’ve just started working on basket hangs and they’re tough! Ross Edgely rates them as a hard-hitting ab exercise. At the moment, I’m finding the form difficult to master, so I add in leg raises on top to make sure my abs are still getting fully worked. 

Without access to a gym, triceps can be hard to work. Bench dips are the answer. Rather than countless reps, I raised my legs by sitting my feet on a second bench, forcing me to go lower into the dip.