Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Chest and Triceps:

In summary, great workout with gains!! I am hoping the JN will help my chest size and thickness over time. We will see next spring.

Flat db press: 4 warms, 100/5,5,5,10
In db press: 2 warms, 85/8,7
Flat bench 1 warm, 145/11 155/10,19
Rack push ups: 2 x failure
Close pressdown: 2 warm, 65/8,8 drop set
Bar ext: 45/11,12,10,10
Ab work: 6 sets

25 min cardio


Hammy day!

Killed this workout and this combo is great for really digging deep into the hammies. Happy with the number on the JN with this one.

RSLDL: 5 warms, 295/5 315/5,5,5,10
Glute ham assisted: 4 x
Leg curl: 2 warms, 57/8,8 drop set
Stiff leg close feet: 1 warm, 205/10 225/15
Low back work: 3 sets of 3 movements.

20 min cardio

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Back and calve workout:

Nice progression today and made gains. Legs and lower back were sore from the previous workout, so I lead off with the db bench rows again. Higher volume and faster tempo led to a fantastic pump.

Db Bench row: 2 warms, 85/8 90/10,10,9 drop set
Lat pulldown wide: 2 warms, 125/8,8
Bent over row/chains: 2 warms, 225/11,10 drop set
Rope pulldown: 1 warms, 115/11 120/10
Chin ups: 3 sets to failure
Calf raises: high reps x 7 sets

25 min cardio

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Quads workout:

After two off days of training for preparation of my one show I promote I was ready to go. Yesterday was a long day and more so a challenge since we had to be finished before a certain time due the hurricane. All in all, the show was a hit and with great competitors and help, it was a fantastic time.
On to the workout, nailed it!!!
After I got going and banged out the front squat sets, I demolished my quads..

Front squat: 4 warms, 215/2 240/2 255/5,5,5,7
Leg press: 2 warms, 450/10,15
Step bar lunge: 1 warm, 145/6 155/8
Leg ext ss: 70 75 75
Sumo db squat: 85 x 3

20 min cardio

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Shoulder and bicep workout:

New round and I always dig that. The JN 5's were not hard as I got 12 reps on the last set. Pump and burn were on point.

Shoulder press: 3 warms, 150/5,5,5,5,5,12
Side lateral descent sets: 3x from 35
Steering wheels: 4 x with 35
Upright row cable: 2 warms, 60/12,11
Hammer curl: 2 warms, 60/8,9
Close grip curl ss
with 1 arm cable curls: 3 x

25 min cardio

Tomorrow is a scheduled off day and Saturday is a non training day also.
I have my show that I promote each August. The OCB Mid Atlantic Battle for the Belt.
If your in New Jersey check it out.

The only change to the show is that the evening portion will start earlier due
to the weather.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Hammie workout!!

Killa workout and was slow to start, but finished up strong the my hams were cooked. First round of the 5's with the adjusted weight, and now getting harder.
Added back in the assisted glute hamms and follow by curls did the trick.

RSLDL: 5 warms, 285/5,5,5,5,5,10
Glute ham raise assisted: 4 sets
Leg curl: 2 warms, 55/7,8 drop set
Stiff leg chains: 1 warms, 245/10, 255/14
Low back work: 6 sets

20 min cardio

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Back workout:

Solid workout for being first thing in the morning. Just was a busy day ahead so I banged it out early. Nice pump and burn to the first round of this routine with a faster tempo. The low back has been tight from the front squats, so this was also protective but effective!

Db bench row row: 2 warms, 75/10 85/10,9,9
Lat pulldown wide: 2 warms, 120/10 125/11 drop set
Bent over row w/chains: 2 warms, 205/10 225/9
Rope pulldown: 2 warms, 120/12,10 drop set

25 min cardio


Chest and tricep workout:

Another solid workout and first time using the beta version of the new pre workout powder. WOW, it set me on fire and I almost sprinted through the workout. Solid start this round and the 5's for the flat db press. Happy with the way things are going!!

Flat db press: 3 warms, 90/5,5,5,5,5,8
In db press: 2 warms, 80/9,10
Flat bench with chains: 2 warms, 175/9,10
Rack pu: 2 x failure
Close tri pressdown: 2 warms, 65/8,7
Bar ext: 45/10,11,9
KB: 15/18,16

25 min cardio

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Quads and calves:

First round of the new set of exercises and reps of 5 for the Juggernaut.
The first couple working sets were slow as its just takes me time to get warmed. Nailed what was called for and the workout was solid. I also brought back squating with chains. Always like hearing them! LOL

Front squat: 4 warms, 230/5,5,5,5,5,8
Leg ext: 2 warms, 90/10,11
Squat w/chains: 2 warms 215/8 235/10
Leg press: 1 warm, 315/15,20
Calf raises: 6 total sets

20 min cardio

Friday, August 19, 2011

Solid finish to the deload workouts for the past two days and feeling great.
Tomorrow will be a complete rest day and then on Sunday starts the next round of new workouts and doing reps of 5 for the Juggernaut.

In the diet news, I have been doing my carb wave for 2.5 weeks, and I have lost 3 pounds when I weighed in Thursday morning. That morning weigh in is after the 3 days of low carbs. I like where I am at and really dont want to go much further. So I will reassess, and either add carbs or cut cardio. Will decided after one more week.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A couple of deload workouts in the book. For these I tend to still keep the intensity up but change up the order or reps for a change. For the quad day, I just did reg squats but push it on all other movements to failure. And for back just a regular workout since there are no lifts on the JN.
Today will be a deload day for the chest and triceps and I expect more of the same!

I am though looking forward to the next round of newer routines and reps of 5 for the JN.!

Diet plan note. Since I started my new carb wave 2.5 weeks ago, I have dropped 2 pounds. Feel great and you can see those two less pounds off. Just another pound or so, and I will be at the range I want to hold for the nex few months.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Complete rest day.

Posing class, and then went back to my house with most of the people
who took class and they each got a free spray tan by my wife. Her new business


Shoulder and bicep workout:

Early morning workout, and test out for the seated bar press. Goal was 170 for 8's and got 12 good reps out. Mixed up the routine a bit since my kids were hanging in the gym, but all in all felt great and got a decent pump.

Seat bar press: 4 warms, 170/12
Db Shrug: 1 warms, 100/12,11,10 drop set
Front raise ss: 60 70 75
with side lateral: 25 25 20
Stand Db press: 40/12,14
Cable curl: 2 warm, 60/8 70/11 75/9
Db alt curl: 40/8 45/7 35/10
Con curl: 25/20

25 min cardio

Tomorrow starts deload. Just will back off the main lift a little bit but will hit the rest of the workouts hard.

Friday, August 12, 2011

A couple of solid workouts the past two days...


Chest and triceps workout:

To the point, made gains throughout and the test out with 8 reps on the JN program with 95 pounds. Able to bang out 14. Very happy with that since pressing is not my strong point.

Flat db press: 4 warms 95/14
Slight in bar: 2 warms, 195/6,6 drop set
In db fly: 1 warm, 55/10,11
Push ups: 2 sets to all out failure
Rope ext: 1 warm, 40/9 45/8 drop set
Tricep dips: 1 warm, 1 chain/11,10
Reverse pressdown: 45/13,12
Ab work: 4 set

25 min cardio

Video of the db pressing


Hammie day!!

On to the fun where I was most anticipating. Doing 295 test out for 8 reps, but I knew I was going to get more. The goal was 25, but I nailed 21. Still happy, and I can tell you my hams were pumped after this set. I will be adjusting this next round by a lot more weight to make the 5's more challenging.
Rest of the workout was nice.

RSLDL: 4 warms, 295/21
Single leg curl: 2 warms, 35/8 40/9
Db Split squat: 1 warm, 50/8,12
Leg curls: 2 warms, 50/9,8 drop set

20 min cardio

Video of the 295 x 21

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Shoulder and bicep workout:

Nothing less then productive, felt good through and changed out the bar shrugs for higher reps on the dbs. Did what was called for!! Side note, I really like doing the lighter higher rep set at the end of working a body part.

Seated bar press: 3 warms, 155/8,8,12
Db shrug: 2 warms 105/13,11
Front raise ss: 50 60 70
with side lateral: 25x3
Standing db press: 35/16,14
Alt db curl: 2 warms, 50/6 55/8
Cable curl: 1 warm, 55/10 60/11,9
Con curl: 25/16

25 min cardio


Quads and abs":

Test out time on the 8's with the front squat. Reach the goal but failed at hitting my personal goal of 10. It happens. The grip just wasnt there, I think next time I will chalk the bar up to get a better grip. The rest of the workout was on fire, as I used 5 Strike's spread out prior to the workout.
Really happy!

Front squat: 4 warms, 200/3 230/1 250/1 265/8
Leg ext: 2 warm, 90/10 burn set
Leg press: 2 warms, 350/15 405/15 drop set
Sumo bar squat: 2 warm, 185/8,15
Ab work: 6 sets

20 min cardio

Here is the link to the front squats

And if anyone who might be interested,
I am on twitter!!/TeamFranco

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Little catching up!!

Aug 5th

Chest and biceps workout:

Again, with the extra carbs the energy was way up!! LOL
Did what was needed to be done and made gains.

Flat db press: 4 warms, 85/8,8,12
Slight In press: 2 warm, 185/8 190/7 2 burn sets
In db fly: 1 warm, 50/10 55/10
Push ups: 3 sets to failure
Rope ext: 1 warm, 40/10 45/9 drop set
Dips: 1 warm, 1 chain/10,9
Rever pressdown: 40/12 45/11
Ab work: 6 set

25 min cardio

Aug 7th

Total rest day.
Worked then played with the kids as my wife had the night out.
Good times.

Aug 8th

Hammie day!!

First thing in the morning workout with good rest. Made big gains for this workout considering the larger jump for the stiff legs. Rest of the workout was fantastic, as I used both Strike and All Out!!

RSLDL: 3 warms, 225/3 250/3 265/8,8,12
Single leg curl: 2 warm, 35/11 37/11
Db Split squat: 1 warm, 45/8 50/8
Good mornings ss: 95 115 135
with leg curl: 40 x 3

20 min cardio

Friday, August 05, 2011


Back and cavles workout:

Fantastic workout today and the extra carbs sure did help!! Pump was really quick and held it most of the workout. Gains across the board so pleased. The one downer was straining my right calf muscle on my second working set. I literally felt a pop and then pain. I stopped and went right for the ice. Nothing too serious as these things happen.

Lat pulldown palms in: 3 warms, 150/10 160/9
Bent over row: 3 warms, 240/6,7 185/16
Close pulldown ss: 120 130 135
with Pullover: 55x3
Db bent over row: 65/13,14,12
Calf works: a few sets then muscle strain

25 min cardio

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Shoulder and biceps workout:

Solid finish to the first round of the 8's. Being the next day while typing this, shoulder are sore. Which is rare for me. Faster tempo workout and got a great pump. Trying out a tad more volume with higher reps.

Seated bar press: 3 warms, 140/8,8,8,8,12
Bar shrug: 2 warms, 225/12 235/11
Front raise ss: 45 55 65 70
with side lateral: 25 x 4
Stand db press: 40/13 35/15
Alt db curl: 2 warms, 45/6 50/8
Cable curl: 1 warms, 55/11,10
Con curl: 30/13 25/15

25 min cardio


Quads and abs workout:

Sometimes the best workouts are when we least expect it. Train just after one meal and being on the third day of lower carbs, it was a mental challenge. Normally train later in the day but for clients, needed to change it up. The front squats that were called for today was the 2nd round of 8's. 240 for three sets of 8! Long story short, I powered through them. Very happy and the rest of the workout, was a quad buster with the higher rep drop sets. Nailed it.

Front squats: 4 warms, 200/3 225/3 240/8,8,8
Leg ext: 1 warms, 80/10 85/11 no rest drop set 60/15
Hack squat: 2 warms, 225/8 no rest drop set 135/15
Sumo bar squat: 2 warms, 175/12 no rest drop set 135/15
ab work: 6 sets

20 min cardio

Monday, August 01, 2011


Hammy workout:

Energized today to the fullest even though its another hot one here in the NE.
For those who dont know, I do train out of my garage converted into a studio.
Point being, it can get hot. For the workout, nice start with the secondary movments and will move forward on them. The stiffs were adjusted from the test out set of 10's and this round felt about right.

SLRDL: 4 warms, 240/8,8,8,8,12
Stand single leg curl: 2 warms, 35/10,10
Db Split Squat: 1 warms, 45/8,10
Good mornings ss: 95 105x2
with leg curl: 40 x3
Ab work: 3 ss

20 min cardio