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Warrior Challenge 34.1 - Beach Bods pt1


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Beach Bods

pt. 1

 

Hello Warriors! Welcome to the start of the Summer! In these next few challenges, we're going to take a look at how to level up your beach bod. How to get a good "pump" on some of your most noticeable muscles while you're out there styling and profiling on the beach circuit. 

 

Now normally, we don't like to boost our own egos here in the Warrior Hall. But here's the thing, we're the strong ones, the tanks of the party, we take bruising every once in a while for the sake of our teammates. So, every once in a while, we like to strip down and show off dem muscle groups which help us deal damage and make our saving throws against constitution.

 

Each week, we'll give you a new exercise or two that we'd like you to throw into your programming. Get your pump on and gain a point for both Strength and Constitution.

 

 

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First up, we're going to take a look at our shoulders and upper back. Why would you want one and how do you get one. 

 

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Feast your eyes upon Lü Xiaojun(Chinese Weightlifter) and Kali Muscle(mother trucking monster). These guys get these giant traps and rhomboid muscles from pulling super, silly weights. This muscle growth takes years of work, but we can get you started on how to build up the shoulders and upper back using two of these simple exercises. 

 

The Shrug

We can use either a barbell or a dumbbell for this exercise. The barbell will allow you to get more weight moving, which will stress the muscles more. The dumbbells will allow you to isolate the muscle groups and get a bit more of a squeeze into it. 

 

The movement remains the same. You grab your weight and let it settle down into your grip. Let it stretch out your shoulders and back. Keep your back tight the whole time, with a slight convex arch. Pull your shoulders back and then literally "shrug" them. You should be feeling the pull on the muscles right underneath your shoulders in your upper back(check the traps/rhomboids links for maps of the muscle groups). 

 

This movement should be slow and deliberate, nothing jerky about it. The more slowly you can bring the weight up and down, the more your muscles will tear, providing you with more stimulation for growth. Depending on the weights you use, you can either go for low weight x higher reps(8-10) or heavy weights x lower reps(3-5). Both work for different purposes, definition versus thickness respectively. 

 

 

The Push Press

There are a lot of different variations on the pressing movement. This week we're going to look at the push press because it allows you to move about 25-30% more weight than you can strict press. More weight equals more gains. That's science. 

 

If you know how to strict press, then the only addition you need to add is a little leg drive. Start from the front rack position and drop your hips straight down about 4" or so(dependent on your height) and then start your drive. Push through your heels, up through your hips, and finishing through your shoulders. When your knees and hips are locked out, that bar should already be on its way up; your only job now is to push that bar straight up with your shoulders. Be sure to move your head out of the way instead of moving the bar around your head, that's just not efficient. 

 

The movement finishes with everything tightened up: your abs, your glutes, your upper back, and your elbows locked above your head. After that, you want to just reverse the movement. Bring the bar back down into your front rack position and let your knees bend a bit to allow for some give when you catch it. 

 

This movement hits your traps and rhomboids again, but also the deltoids as well, which give you that wider taller shoulder musculature. Dem shoulders, yo. Look to get in a 5x5 workout with your max strict press. That should get you a good pump. 

 

 

Have at it, Warrior. You have until midnight EST next Saturday. 

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You ever see those guys who look like they totally used to be in shape?
I'm working to get back to that...

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I'm in for awesomeness.  Week 1 = yoked up.

May Br0din bless you with mighty gains, and may your shaker bottle always be full.

Wheymen

 

...and, if you die...  Walk it off - Captain America

 

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STR - 50 | DEX - 19 | STA - 19 | CON - 14 | WIS - 28 | CHA - 24

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Tomorrow is clean and press + upper body assistance work...

 

I'll just make that clean and push press and make sure my shrugs are heavier and more voluminous than usual.

 

Consider this one done!

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When the grandkids were here, Christi had me pose in the pool...sort of a reverse wet t-shirt contest.  Was going to use them in a flex-friday thread, but they seem appropriate here.

 
 
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Warriors don't count reps and sets. They count tons.

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Wet T-Shirt Contests, what is this, Spring Break? Keep it clean WildRoss! 

 

Ever since starting SL 5x5, I have been noticing how my shirts fit differently across my shoulders and me likey!  I am in, and that Kali Muscle is bananas!

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Doing Barbell Shrugs today. How much weight should I try? Here are my PRs to give you something to work with:

 

Squat 1RM: 385lbs

Bench Press 1RM: 265lbs

Deadlift 1RM: 365lbs

Overhead Press 5x5RM: 130lbs

Pendlay Row 5x5RM: 135lbs

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STR: 4 | DEX: 2 | STA: 2 | CON: 4 | WIS: 1 | CHA: 1

Powering Up Phase 1 - Shedding the Fat

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Wet T-Shirt Contests, what is this, Spring Break? Keep it clean WildRoss!

Ever since starting SL 5x5, I have been noticing how my shirts fit differently across my shoulders and me likey! I am in, and that Kali Muscle is bananas!

well I do live in Florida

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Warriors don't count reps and sets. They count tons.

My psychologist weighs 45 pounds, has an iron soul and sits on the end of a bar

Tally Sheet for 2019

Encouragement for older members: Chronologically Blessed Group;

Encouragement for newbie lifters: When we were weaker

 

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Got my shrug on! 135lbs was a comfortable "try it out" weight.

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Level 2. Saiyan Warrior - Training with the Adventurers

STR: 4 | DEX: 2 | STA: 2 | CON: 4 | WIS: 1 | CHA: 1

Powering Up Phase 1 - Shedding the Fat

Starting Weight: 250lbs | Current Weight: 215lbs | Goal Weight: 200lbs

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Got my shrug on! 135lbs was a comfortable "try it out" weight.

Let us know how you feel tomorrow. With a > 3 plate deadlift, I'd like to see you putting two plates on the bar at least.

Really drawing the shoulders back nice and slow to get that strain in. 

You ever see those guys who look like they totally used to be in shape?
I'm working to get back to that...

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Overall my upper back feels a little more worked than usual. I'll try 2 plates next time.

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STR: 4 | DEX: 2 | STA: 2 | CON: 4 | WIS: 1 | CHA: 1

Powering Up Phase 1 - Shedding the Fat

Starting Weight: 250lbs | Current Weight: 215lbs | Goal Weight: 200lbs

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Did my shrugs yesterday

225# 7,6, 3x5

Shot for 5x8, but grip was the limiting factor.

Did push press today

135# 4, 3, 3

I was surprised. My last strict press workout was 125# 3x5, but I have been doing a lot of clean and pressing lately including yesterday. Probably didn't recover. I will rest up and try these again.

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2020 Respawn Battle Log || Tarly's Ten Level Nutrition Plan

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Weight Loss Quest: Start 270 lbs., Goal 199 lbs., Current 270 lbs., Waist: ,45.0 in., Bodyfat%: 33%

 

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Did my push-press today, after 5x5x95 OHP, I did 2x8x95 of the Push-press.

After DL I did 2x8x185 Shrugs...my wife says I should be really good at the form since I constantly shrug at her!

 

Thinking I may try to keep those in there after I finish my SL 5x5 lifts for the day.

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Challenge History: Lvl 1 Rebel, PvP, Lvl 2 Warrior, Lvl 3 Warrior

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Did someone order some Traps with a side order of delts?  #notasgoodaswildross

 

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Shrugs:  10 @ 315lbs, 2x8 @ 365lbs, 12, 10 @ 275lbs

push/pull:  10 @ 95lbs, 8 @ 105lbs, 2x6 @ 115lbs

May Br0din bless you with mighty gains, and may your shaker bottle always be full.

Wheymen

 

...and, if you die...  Walk it off - Captain America

 

Level 13: 1/4 Giant Warrior

STR - 50 | DEX - 19 | STA - 19 | CON - 14 | WIS - 28 | CHA - 24

My food logging is here*: MFP: tyrsnbdr

 

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