Did some Rolling Thunder work yesterday while doing a bit of maintenance on my vehicles. The air compressor is in the garage and so is my workout equipment. Match made in heaven.
Skipped the warmup since I just don’t need one these days. I can pull 200lbs with or without a warmup. So I figure I might as well skip the grip foreplay and get right down to business.
-188×1-both hands *Notes: Rested about 30 seconds and then…
-188×1-both hands *Notes: Rested about 30 seconds again – and then…
-188×1-both hands *Notes: I did some work after this last set and came back to the Rolling Thunder about 5 minutes later.
-188×2-both hands *Notes: Just some touch and go reps. Could’ve done a few more with both hands but didn’t care to test it. Just wanted to get a little work in today.
-188×2-both hands *Notes: Got 2 reps with both hands again but this time I might’ve only been able to get one more rep if I had really tried.
-188×1-both hands *Notes: Just getting a little more volume in.
-188×1-both hands *Notes: Seems like I could’ve pulled this weight all day long.
-188×1-both hands *Notes: Maybe I’ll be sore tomorrow even though the volume wasn’t high.
*Overall Notes: Sometimes Rolling Thunder gives me a soreness deep in the forearm muscle belly. I like it when it does that. Doesn’t happen all the time. Seems to be more on the days when I pull closer to my max vs. lower weight for more reps.
Today my forearms aren’t sore at all. But my hands themselves are slightly sore like I’ve done a heavy gripper workout. This feeling has never happened to me after a moderate Rolling Thunder workout. Actually, even though 220lbs is my max with both hands currently – my “training max” or “everyday max” is much closer to 200lbs. As in – 200lbs. So pulling 188 isn’t necessarily just messing around in other words.
I remember 7 years ago when my max was 180lbs on the Rolling Thunder. That was with my right hand. Lefty was 170lbs. And that was not a training max. That was a one-time deal at that point. I think I was good for 160lbs most of the time lefty and 170lbs righty. It’s nice to be pulling more weight – with no warmup – for reps – with ease. I like it. Admittedly 7 years is a long time to only go up 40lbs but it sure hasn’t been an uninterrupted amount of time spent training the Rolling Thunder during those years.