Okay, so I didn’t get slivers in my bum….but I thought I might. Who knew that a bench work out could be such a life threatening experience? Speaking of bums, I have to share the most hilarious picture. It has nothing to do with lifting, but I just think the entire world deserves to see it. If you don’t have a good sense of humor, avert your eyes and accept my apology in advance.
I was forwarded this picture the other day and still can’t get over the uncanny resemblance of this poor girl to a ripped shoulder and pec. It’s just amazing.
Anywho, back to business. A three rep max with a pause was on the books today. I started out at 95 pounds and worked my way up 115 or 125. I know it’s lame, but I really wasn’t paying attention to the plates on the bar at that point because I didn’t want to psych myself out. Once it got hard, I switch to doing normal, touch-and-go reps. I did 3 at 135 pounds and then 1 rep at 145 pounds. I’m happy, very happy. Before my last meet, the most I could bench in the gym was 130 pounds for 1 rep. Today I tripled 135 and then hit a PR of 145 (2 pounds over what I did at the meet). Yay!
I was almost as excited as this little one. Almost.
Next up I had the privilege of doing some close grip incline bench, barbell rows, and floor bench. Now this is where the slivers come in. I’ve never done floor bench before. You lay under the bar on one of the lowest setting on the squat rack…which happens to be on a plywood platform…serious sliver hazard!!!
I managed to get out alive, but it was a tough move. You can only go down to a 90 degree bend so you have to push back up right from that sticking point half way up. I recommend giving it a shot.
I can’t lie. I’m anxious to see what my dead lift looks like tomorrow. My other two lifts are looking fairly promising. Deadlifting, however, has been a bit of a black hole for me in this training cycle since I missed the workouts a few times. Hopefully I’ll be able to get at least a few good reps.