18 Sep Dan Dalenberg- Bench 8 weeks out
Bench training from September 17th. I will be competing in Relentless Detroit on November 8th in Flat Rock, Michigan at Kirby Church. Lifting at 242 raw with wraps.
Another really good training night. After last week’s not so great bench session I got some work done by my chiro/soft tissue specialist, Vince of Chiropractic Unlimited.
Turns out my right elbow was still slightly out of alignment. He got me adjusted and did some ART on my forearms, triceps and bicep. Much less painful than getting my pec worked on. He found several trigger points and really broke up a lot of stuff, especially on the back side of my forearm. Feels much better now and I will be using a trigger wheel massage tool on it regularly to keep it in good shape.
Bench- Opener (ish) x 2 and 2nd attempt with reverse band x 1
Worked up through 405 and then 455 for a triple. I will probably open at about 455, maybe a little heavier. Went to 485 for a single after.
The Good- 455×3 was a rep PR. So that was pretty cool. Another good thing was actually grinding the third rep. I tend to be a very explosive lifter, rarely grind. Either crush it or miss. It was good to gut out a lift and hit a PR.
The Bad- I brought 485 down really slow. I’m not getting good leg drive. Thankfully, two easily fixed problems that will lead to even better benching.
Close Grip Floor Press- 4 x 4
225, 275 x 3
Machine Chest Press- 4 x 12
135 x 4
Skullcrushers- 4 x 25
45 pound plate
Hammer curls and band flyes
I can’t freaking wait for this meet. I feel very strong and everything is right on point, heck even ahead of where I expected to be right now. Can’t get cocky though, my focus needs to be injury avoidance/management and continuous progress. I am optimistic that a couple significant goals will be hit in November as long as I stay healthy and compete smart.
The next few weeks are going to be very busy but training will be a lot of fun. Really looking forward to the Saturday training session at the Michigan Barbell Seminar. [share title=”Share this Article” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”][author title=”About the Author”]