Day 2 Back and Biceps

Posted by on August 28, 2011 under Exercise

Here’s a brief introduction into my workout for back and biceps.

 

1st exercise 5 sets of dead-lifts

Dead-lifts are an absolute must in every workout program and is an exercise directly related to strength. If you can do heavy dead lift then you are most likely very strong. They are however a high risk exercise and if not conducted correctly can result in injury, therefore technique is essential and the first set on this exercise must be conducted at very light weight just to get the correct posture and technique. Once comfortable with the lifting action I tend to pile the weight on and finish off on 190Kg for 2 reps.

Remember to reduce reps as you increase weight, for example.

  • 1st set @ 15 reps of 60kg
  • 2nd set @ 12 reps of 100kg
  • 3rd set @ 10 reps of 130kg
  • 4th set @ 6 reps of 160kg
  • 5th set @ 2 reps of 190kg

The above formula should be followed for the BIG 3 EXERCISES if the goal is size and strength. These are:

  • Bench Press
  • Dead-lifts
  • Squats

Obviously the weight will vary on each depending on someone’s specialization or people who are naturally good at certain exercises. In my case squats are my heaviest at 220kg for 2 reps.

 

2nd exercise4 sets of bent over rows (overhand grip)

The trick with this exercise is to keep the bar as close to your legs as possible and make sure you lower the weight as far down as it takes to straighten your arms fully so the pressure is on your back instead of your biceps.

Again start light with high reps and finish heavy on low reps.

 

3rd Exercise 4 sets of seated cable rows

The key to this exercise to to keep the elbows tucked in as close as possible to your body. Same concept as before regarding weight and reps.

 

That concludes the back thickness section of this workout. Now on to wideness (lats) and biceps.

4th Exercise 4 sets of wide grip pull ups

If you are not strong enough yet to lift your own bobywieght you can always do 4 sets of Lateral pull downs as shown below.

 

5th exercise 4 sets of Concentrated bicep curls

This is by far the best biceps growing exercise. Try not to let the weight rest on bench. Keep that strain on the muscle. Also remember full movement in order to gain full mass and strength.

 

6th Exercise 4 sets of wide grip barbell curls


7th Exercise 4 sets of hammer bicep curls

Make sure the movement is controlled. Do no bend your back and knees in order to throw the weights up.

 

That concludes my back and biceps workout. It usally takes just under 2hours to complete.

Make sure you stretch before and after the workout.

 

Day one: Chest And Triceps

Posted by on August 27, 2011 under Exercise

Okay, guys, let’s get down to business.

I will try and give you a brief look into my chest and triceps workout.

1st exercise

5 sets of flat bench press

I always start off very light on my first set, which I class as warm up, it usually consists of 15 reps of 60Kg.

I then start piling on the weight and lowering the reps on each set I do. By the 5th set I usually finish off doing 2 reps at 170Kg. My personal best is 200Kg.

Technique is very important at the start of this exercise in order minimize injury. So I tend to do more of a body-builders bench press on the first 4 sets. On the 5th I aim to shift as much weight as possible so I adopt more of a power-lifters press which is slightly different in posture and positioning.

 

Second Exercise

4 Sets of Incline bench/dumbbell press

Okay, so here I follow the same concept as before but I tend to skip the warm up set and usually start at 80kg on my 1st set and end up on 140kg on the last set.

Please note the bench should be placed at a 30 degree angle for maximum target on the upper chest.

 

3rd exercise

4 sets of decline bench/dumbbell press

Following same concept as incline bench press. The Bench should be set at -30 degree angle for maximum impact on lower chest.

 

4th exercise

3 sets of flat bench dumbbell flyes

I usually start off very light with 12 reps and finish off on 6reps in a heavy weight.

 

5th exercise

3 set of incline dumbbell flyes

I increase the bench to 30 degrees and repeat the same as flat flyes.

 

6th Exercise

5set of Flat bench skull-crushers with ez bar.


Technique is very important as this exercise requires a lot of balance, so I always start of very light, usually at 20kg 15 reps and finish off on 50-60 kg on 6 reps.

 

7th exercise

4 Sets of standing Tricep press down

Yet again following same concept of starting light on high reps and finishing heavy on low reps.

 

8th exercise

4 sets of weighted dips

I start of with just my own body weight and finish off with a 30kg weight between my legs on the last set.

 

And that concludes my chest and triceps workout. It usually lasts around 1hour 30 minutes. Rest between sets is between 1 to 3 minutes.

I always make sure I stretch both before and after my workout.

 

 

 

 

Introduction to the Staff

Posted by on August 25, 2011 under Social

We are in the process of getting our efforts together and making a decision regarding the services we will offer. Today we’ve updated the page about Fabio, who is very powerful (and naturally so) owing to a particular training regimen and diet. Fabio works as a security professional and more recently he also became an occasional blogger.

Fabio Front

Fabio Side

Needless to say, this site is still under construction and we intend to make it ready for launch, hopefully within weeks. To say a little bit about myself, I can probably reference my older blog posts about health and exercise, starting with recent and older photos of times when I was in top shape and before I turned to more running (I could run long distances well) and cycling. Back in the days I competed in Mr. Fitness contests (see 2008 victory and photos also from prior years as I had won several times since 2004). I did well at strength events of all kinds. My main competitor was Mike Coogan, who won previous contests (here are some highlights and awards).

I participated in mini triathlons and won rowing competitions too, several times in fact, until recent years.

As a scientist, I strongly reject sport quacks and embrace solid, credible research instead. Although I did not pursue sports professionally as a child (I preferred it being a hobby/game), I do maintain a high degree of knowledge and skill in the area and I spent most of my life (over 15 years) doing regular exercise without ever taking a long break, even when time management seemed hard.

Photos From Yesterday’s Bike Trip

Posted by on under Social

Mike Coogan in Manchester
Mike Coogan in Manchester
Roy Schestowitz and bike
Roy Schestowitz and the bike
Roy Schestowitz and Manchester City Stadium
Roy Schestowitz and Manchester City Stadium

FIFTY miles along the river/canal assure some exercise. Well, yesterday was a nice day with good weather for the journey. Today I got my bike fixed (a screw had been loosening), so there is likely to be another 8-hour bike ride next Monday (Bank Holiday). It’s very different from riding on the roadside. It is also a lot safer.

My First Ever Blog

Posted by on August 18, 2011 under Commentary

Well here I go into the blogging world.
I was once told I should share my knowledge with the world, so here I am sharing.
Personally I dont think I know much but what I do know I value.
My main subjects will be fitness, bodybuilding, powerlifting, married life, raising children, gaming, and general life experiences. I know its a bit of a crazy mixtures but then again I have a crazy life.
So where should I start? Maybe with a little bit of info about myself.

I live in the UK but am originally from Portugal.
Im in my mid twenties and have recently become a farther which I may add is very hard work.
I have played a variety of sports growing up but mostly I’m into power lifting and have done it for nearly 10 years on and off. Its a very rewarding sport as it gives you a lot of self confidence and belief.
I work in the security industry and have done so for over 5 years.

Ok guys I will try to keep this blogging malarkey up and see what I come up with.