Friday, July 24, 2009

New killer exercises

I've added two new exercises to my repertoire. They were much harder than I originally anticipated. I guess everything looks easy. The reality was that the exercises were far from easy.

Offset barbell side bends (or lateral flexion as this vid calls it):



I actually held the barbell closer to the end. Three sets of six (each side) destroyed my obliques. I'm still feeling it two days later. Add the fact that I did deadlifts just before this exercise, and my entire midsection is sore.

Burpee pull-ups:



I don't know why I thought this exercise wouldn't be too bad. I could only do 20 reps my first set before getting gassed. Subsequent sets were down in the 10-15 rep range, and I was definitely breathing hard at that point.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

back to deadlifts

After taking about two months off from deadlifts to give my wrists a rest, I tried them again today. I'm not back to where I was, but I'm also not that far off from my prior progress. I got up to a solid 4x5 at 165lbs. My grip still gets pretty tired from deadlifts, which is to be expected. I felt like I could have gone up to 185 without too much trouble. I'll stay at 165 for another week or two and then start slowly ramping up.