As part of my strategy to break up the long, boring bit of off-season (i.e. the Winter months), I’ve taken it upon myself to visit different gyms, train with different people, and invite myself along to other people’s training sessions.
I’ve had the pleasure of training with Rich a few times now: at The Mill, and whilst we were all up at the UKDFBA’s Caledonian Classic show a couple of years ago. Rich knows what I’m capable of and we seem to get along well training together. So, when he heard that I’m doing a powerlifting comp, he invited me to join him for a Sunday deadlift session because he’s training for powerlifting at the moment too.
Bodybuilders powerlifting? Powerlifters bodybuilding? Dunno: we just both really love to train. 🙂
We started at 7:30am. I arranged to stay at my Mum’s for the weekend, but that still meant a 5am start for me. #yolo or something. I can have a nap later.
Here’s what we did:
Seated pin-loaded machine – sets of 15 + 1 double drop set (15/15) + 1 triple drop set (15/15/15)
Standing calves superset donkey calves – 5 sets 10-12
Standing single-leg ham ham curl (4 working sets)
Lying ham curl (4 working sets)
4 warm up sets
5 working sets (135kgs for me, possibly 280kgs for Rich? I lost count of the plates tbh) 3-5 reps per set
4 sets working on speed off the floor (100kgs for me, not a clue what Rich used) – 5 reps
Then I stayed and did some cardio because The Mill has a Stair Master and I’m weird.
Now I have to drive home. I am sending a prayer to the Gods of the M25: no stop-start traffic, please. I’m not sure my legs can take it.
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