01 Sep Light Squats and Heavy Benching – 8.31/9.1.2015
I am currently training for the RPS Autumn Apocalypse on Nov. 14, 2015 in Newark, NJ. I’ll be competing at 220lbs with wraps and gunning for a +2000lbs total.
Monday went as well as I could have hoped given the circumstances. I have been dealing with some IT band pain, which causes me to shift slightly in the bottom of my squat. It is resolving itself with a steady diet of soft tissue work and hip/glute activation work. This is an issue I deal with every time I start to re-integrate wraps into my training and it gets better the more I get used to using them.
The goal for tonight was to work up to a good set of 6 (RPE ~9) and beat my previous top set from my last light day. Lucky for me, my last light day I didn’t work up to a top set and did 455x6x4sets instead. I didn’t push my RPE as high as I should, but I let my pain dictate my performance and I was left no worse for wear.
1. High Bar Squat – up to
495×6, RPE 7
2. Front Squat – up to
385×6, RPE 8
That was all she wrote for Monday.
Benching tonight was great. I had it in my mind that I was going to PR and I did just that.
1.Bench – up to
385×4, RPE 10 (previous best was 375×4)
2. Slingshot – up to
425×4, RPE 8
3. McGill Pullups – 2x10sets every 40s
4. Incline DB Chest Supported Row – 2×10
5. Close grip, feet up spoto press – 3×10*
6. Lateral raise – 3×12
* A quick note on these… I have been avoiding any type of tricep extension movement because it hurts, so I have to be bit creative when it comes to training my triceps. I stick with these, dips, tate presses and JM presses.
This is my first log entry, so I would love feedback regarding what you guys would like to see and what you would like me to elaborate on. I am an open book!
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