02 Feb Lab Rat Pre Contest Week 5 Day 1 & 2
I’m training for the XPC Finals at the Arnold Sports Festival® March, 7, 2015. I’ll be competing as a 242lb raw lifter looking to improve my best meet lifts of 575, 430 and 600.
This past Saturday started different than previous training sessions. After about three years of sitting I finally found some motivation to get my Vette running again, forgot how much fun the car was to drive! Brian, Byrd, Adam and I met at the usual spot for breakfast then it was off to Team Samson for squats and pulls. I walked into the gym with a bunch of motivation, unfortunately there are times when motivation isn’t enough. McGill Big 3 and goblet squats got some blood flowing then it was under an empty bar for a few sets.
- 150 2 x 3
- 260 x 3
- 350 x 2
- 460 x 1
- 510 x 2 (medium knee wrap)
- 560 x 2 (tight knee wrap)
- 600 x ZERO
560 x 2 was a PR double, in the 9ish RPE range. We decided to make a jump to 600 and it just wasn’t in the cards for the day. No need to speculate why the lift didn’t happen, I’ll be ready for it next time. I finished the day with some form pulls working up to 445 for a few singles.
I’ve been battling some elbow issues for the last couple weeks and thought they were a thing of the past after last Monday’s training session (405 x 2, 425 x 1, 445 off a 2 board) but I was mistaken. Halfway through the warm up sets I noticed a slight discomfort but nothing to prevent training.
- Bar for a few sets
- 135 2 x 5
- 245 x 3
- 295 x 2
- 365 x 1
- 405 x 1
- 425 – miss
Incline d/b – 3 x 12
Band fly – 100 reps
Band skull – 60 reps
Time for a deload then the final stretch leading into the Arnold.
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