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The 60 Day Revolution Blog: Weeks 7-8

M&F Editor Mark Barroso and personal trainer Jared Zuckerman conquered the #60DayRevolution. Check out their analysis and final results here.

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The 60 Day Revolution Blog: Weeks 7-8

After eight weeks of hard work and dedication, M&F Editor Mark Barroso and personal trainer Jared Zuckerman completed the 60 Day Revolution workout program. Both Revolutionaries didn’t skip a single workout and by the program’s end, they hit pushed each other to the absolute limit. This is the fourth blog in the series, so if you’re not caught up, take a look at Weeks 1-2, Weeks 3-4, and Weeks 5-6. Here are the training partners results for the last two weeks, week eight being the most important: shock week!

Thank you to GoPro for providing the GoPro Hero Session 4 for us to record our training footage. All video shot on location at Dumbbell’s Health and Fitness in North Bergen, NJ. All weight represented in pounds.

MARK’S  WEEK 7 (Deload Week) RESULTS

DAY 1: Upper Body
Triset 1
1A) Pullup
1B) Alternating DB Bench
Weight: 45, 60, 75, 90
1C) Cable Crunch
Weight: 40, 45, Sets 3-4: Decline, Situp, Hanging Leg Raise
Triset 2
2A) Seated Row
Weight: 85, 100, 120, 140
2B) DB Military Press
Weight: 30, 40, 50, 60
2C) Pallof Press
Weight: 20, 30, 40, 40
Triset 3
3A) Supinating DB Curl
Weight: 30, 40, 45, 50
3B) Pushup
3C) Face Pull: 30, 40, 50, 60

DAY 2: Lower Body
Superset 1
1A) Front Squat
Weight: 135, 205, 225
1B) Passive Hang
Superset 2
2A) Barbell Front Lunge
Weight: 115, 125, 145
2B) Primal Squat
Hip Hinge
Single Leg Deadlift
Weight: 30, 50, 50

DAY 3: Full Body Day
Superset 1
1A) Deadlift
Weight: 245, 335, 405 (1 rep, then 3 reps)
1B) Push Press
Weight: 135, 165, 195
Superset 2
2A) Barbell Lunge
Weight: 135, 145, 155
2B) Pullup

FINISHER A
Completed

DAY 4: DOUBLE SESSION
Steady State Cardio
Treadmill Run
Total Time: 25 minutes
Distance: 2.53 miles

CHALLENGE DAY
Pushup and Tuck Jumps
Reached 30 pushups and 10 tuck jumps, then pyramided down.

WEEK 8 RESULTS

DAY 1: Upper Body
Triset 1
1A) Weighted Pullup
1B) Barbell Bench
Weight: 185, 225, 250, 265, 285, 300, 315, 315
1C) Hanging Leg Raise
Triset 2
2A) Dumbbell Row
Weight: 90, 100, 120, 130, 140, 150
2B) Barbell Military Press
Weight: 135, 155, 175, 185, 195, 195, 200
2C) Superman
Triset 3
3A) Hammer Curl
Weight: 30, 35, 40, 45
3B) Tate Press
Weight: 30, 35, 40, 45
3C) Band Pull Apart

DAY 2: Lower Body
Superset 1
1A) Back Squat
Weight: 225, 265, 285, 305, 325, 335
1B) Passive Hang
Superset 2
2A) Step-up
Weight: 115, 125, 135, 155, 175
2B) Primal Squat
Hip Hinge
Romanian Deadlift: 175, 225, 245, 265
 

DAY 3: Full Body
Superset 1
1A) Deadlift
Weight: 225, 315, 385, 425, 445
1B) Push Press
Weight: 155, 175, 185, 205, 225
2A) Barbell Lunge
Weight: 115, 135, 155, 165, 175
2B) Pulllup
Finisher: Unable to complete: too sore!

DAY 4: Challenge Day
60 Rep Club: I performed 60 reps because I used a 25-pound kettlebell instead of a 16kg bell.
Total Time: 17 minutes, 20 seconds

WEEK 7-8 THOUGHTS

Week 7 was a deload week, so for me that meant not using the heaviest weight possible for each set. Basically, it was a week to mentally prepare for hit personal records in week 8, and that I did. In shock week (week 8), I decided to add an extra set of one rep, to test my absolute strength, and I hit a new PR of 435 pounds. I know this program works because I actually plateaued; I tried to deadlift 445 at two separate points and was unsuccessful I had to back off to 435. What caused the plateau was soreness in my glutes and I didn’t want to contract them anymore.

I also PR’d my push press, a lift I had never really tried to go fewer than five reps with. Last but not least, I PR’d my bench press: 315 pounds for 1 rep.

The 50-Rep Club Challenge Day is reminiscent of a CrossFit WOD, so “metcon” lovers should enjoy that workout.  In week 8, I totaled 1,085 pounds at 195 pounds bodyweight (raw).

OVERALL PROGRAM THOUGHTS

 A big part of the 60 Day Revolution experience was having a reliable training partner in Jared Zuckerman. We pushed each other to the limit in all of our lifts and conditioning days. Another less obvious benefit was that for the overhead presses and lunges, we would often clean the bar to our chests instead of taking off of a rack. We were essentially cleaning barbells nearly every workout, which definitely built my explosiveness. 

The 60 Day Revolution helped me P.R. all my lifts and I gained 4 pounds of muscle while doing so. I personally have enjoyed lifting using trisets, supersets, and giant sets so the structure of the 60 Day Revolution helped me diversify exercise choices for this this style of training.

Thank you to James Grage and BPI Sports for supplying us with the supplements that helped fuel our gains and fat loss, and for helping creating this great program. For all things 60 Day Revolution, check out the most motivated fitness community on the Internet: the 60 Day Revolution Facebook group. And shout out to Revolutionary Scott Lim on the Facebook Group, who James Grage and I got to meet at the Mr, Olympia Performance Weekend.

Starting Weight: 190 pounds, July 27

Ending Weight: 194 pounds, September 16

Jared Zuckerman's Final Results >>> [Page 2]

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