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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Unbearable Soreness of Squatting

20 April 2015

First squat workout after a layover always results in a lot of pain, and today was no different. I also realized that I planned poorly and would have to bench press on a Monday, which is something I try to avoid as much as possible. The gym was a veritable jungle tonight.

Bench press 135x5, 185x3, 225x3, 275x3, 325 x 5 singles

Bench press w. SlingShot (R) 345 lbs. x 3

My setup on the SlingShot set was terrible (legs all over the place, upper back not set properly) but the weight still came up. Overall everything felt very strong, but technique was pretty bad - I lowered the bar to the wrong spot a few times, pressed unevenly out of the bottom, was slow and non-explosive in general. The fact that it felt easy in spite of all that is encouraging.

Back-off sets (no SlingShot) 295 lbs. x 2, x 3

Completed the whole bench press part of the workout in less than 20 minutes. Usually it takes me more than double that. Good times.

Seated cable row 2s x 8, 1s x 6

Used a machine with separate handles for each arm, didn't like it.

Seated DB press 4s x 6 (60s) - this was surprisingly easy.

Dips 3s x 10

Hammer curl 50 reps total, some with FatGripz, some without.

Tricep pushdown 50 reps total


Unknown said...

It can be hard to find the groove after a sweet vacation.

Fatman said...

Yeah, the whole vacation thing made me realize I don't miss lifting weights at all.

In the past it's always been "can't wait to get back to the gym". Now it's more of a "why do I even bother" sort of thing.