A day in the gym with Layne Norton
Layne and I planned to hit some legs. He loves to squat, I love to squat, I figured it could be a fun day that just might get ugly! I walked into the gym to meet Layne and he was already there warming up with some calve training. For those of you that don't know Layne, hes a young guy, very passionate, very intelligent, just a plain old balls-out, kind of guy. The guy just straight gets fired up.
His suggestion was that we start leg training with deadlifts.
Sounded good to me, I figured he meant stiff leg, hamstring deads…nope! Good ole powerlifting style deadlifts. I attribute a lot of my lower body development, especially glutes to heavy deads in my younger years. Truth be told, I haven't done them regularly for years and I want to get back to my old school hardcore badass style training (atleast more often than I have been. A balance of heavy stuff and meticulous execution stuff)!
We ended up doing around 5 working sets, each progressively heavier. We did what is called a reverse band deadlift. This is where you use rubber bands to assist you at the bottom of the rep (its probably assisting by 50-70lbs at the bottom, and nothing at the top), but about halfway up youre taking the entire weight. This will really overload and isolate the glutes and low back.
MAN I forgot how well those things hit your low back and glutes. I was destroyed!
We followed deadlifts with front squats, leg press, then leg extensions. I was pretty blown up after those deads and would have been happy to go home and crawl under a table somewhere, squats and leg press were tough.
Its days like that that I seriously contemplate buying Velcro shoes. Socks and shoe laces become the enemy when you cant touch your toes for 5 days.
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