Saturday, February 12, 2011

Training - Back/Biceps

Weight - 238 pounds

Db Rows - 110 x 15, 150 x 20 ( no straps),  150 x 15 (added straps)

V-Bar Chins - body x 5 sets of 7

Db Curls - 30's x 30

Notes - Was pretty tired.  Pleased with the db rows on the second set as my grip isn't too far off what I'd get fresh with straps more than likely, but it still needs a lot of work.


  1. Paul, do you only go body weight on your V-Bar Chins because you've already spent your energy on the rows?

    The weight on your rows is mighty impressive, but it seems at that weight, you'd be adding weight to your chins.

    For example, I can hardly row the 125s for a set of 5, but I'd add 45-50 pounds to my own body weight when doing pull-ups/chin-ups of various methods (I weigh 210).

    Not trying to compare or anything. I guess I'm just thinking that a high weight vertical pull = hight weight horizontal pull. Thanks in advance for your input. Cheers.

  2. I don't always chin with weight, but just a few weeks ago after not chinning very often for months I still managed 100 extra pounds for a single (my best with 100 is a triple) at 245-250 pounds. So essentially my bodyweight chins aren't far off from your weighted chins, so keep that in mind as well too.

    So what I'm saying is, I do both weighted and bodyweight only. When I go bodyweight only I just do 4-6 sets of 5-8 usually. When I do weighted it's either something like 5x3 or 5x5 or to a top triple. Sometimes I also just go all out and shoot for 20-25 with bodyweight only.

    There's no real correlation to row vs chin weight. Lots of smaller guys can do a buttload of chins and not row much, and big fat guys that can't shit worth a shit but can row a lot.

  3. Do you do any specific grip work? And if not what would you prescribe for a weak grip? That's the weak point in my Deads.

  4. I don't do any specific grip work. I just don't use straps for anything except shrugs, or after I've done all my work without them.

    One good thing you can do is after your top set of deads, hold the weight at the top for as long as you can. This is an easy, practical way to get some grip work in and has great transfer effect to the lift itself.