Zane Geeting, Sunday afternoon shirted bench training. Making solid progress

I’m currently training to make my comeback to the platform for the XPC finals at the Arnold Classic, this March. After losing most of my right pec in late 2011, I haven’t done any heavy benching. Over the last few weeks I’ve been getting back into a bench shirt and adding weight in each session. Things are progressing better than I had hoped thus far.


Sunday we got to the gym in the early afternoon and I was feeling pretty good. The goal was to take something down to 1 board, and then add a little weight and go back up to a 2 board. I have to be very careful when benching as I’m missing a lot of my right pec, and some of the tendon. Here’s what I did:

Warm up

Fat man rows and push ups

Side laterals



Warm up to 290×1 raw

Add bench shirt, 2 sizes up from what I should wear

380×2- 3 board/2 board

440×2- 2 board

480×1- 1 board

500×1- 2 board

– This is the most weight I’ve handled and it was still moving very fast, even in the oversized bench shirt. The reason I’m wearing such a loose shirt is so that I can groove these lighter weights properly. I’m hoping to find a shirt one size smaller to try out before the meet, but will just roll with this one if its what I’m more comfortable in.

Shoulder saver bench




Standing DB OHP

3 sets up to 90’s x12

Band pushdowns

100 total reps w/average band

Band pull aparts

100 total reps w/light band


-That was the end of it. Good session here. The way the 500 moved was very promising. I wish I would have gotten video but there were only three of us at the gym and I needed a lift off and someone to hold the boards. I’ll have to see if I can dig out my little tripod to get some video when possible, since we’re always short handed these days. Regardless of that, it feels great to be handling a little bit of weight again. Next week if I feel good, I’ll try to take an opener to my chest.

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Zane Geeting

Zane Geeting is a pro multi-ply powerlifter with best lifts of a 935 squat, 625 bench, and 765 deadlift. He is coming back to competitive PL after a year and a half layoff that was a result of several serious injuries including a severe rupture of the right pec that could not be repaired. Zane has an extremely busy schedule that would make most people quit before Friday. He works 55+ hours a week as a finance manager. As a renaissance man, he is also currently restoring a 140 year-old farmhouse and maintaining a hobby farm. Despite all this, Zane still finds time to train 2-3 times per week, as well as coach other lifters.  
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