Zane Geeting, Taking bench opener for the last time before the Arnold

I’m currently training to make my comeback to the platform for the XPC finals at the Arnold Classic in 12 days. Its been nearly 2 years since I’ve posted a total, and I’m looking forward to changing that.

Unfortunately I partially tore my left biceps a few weeks ago and am trying to get that healed up as much as possible for the meet. I’m still in it, but only God knows what may happen on meet day.

One of the best things about this training cycle has been the fact that my bench is finally moving again. After losing most of my right pec, I figured I’d never have enough of a bench to post a decent total again. Over the last 8-9 weeks I’ve reintroduced a loose bench shirt, and had very good luck grooving weights that I didn’t think I’d be able to handle. There’s been no doubt in my mind that I’d bench at least mid 500’s this meet, and then be able to start working a tighter shirt in the off-season. Everything has gone amazingly well, until this session…

Warm up

Fat man rows and push ups


Side laterals


Warm up to 290×1 raw

Add loose shirt

380×3 -3 board

420×1 -2 board

470×1 -1 board

510×1 (opener)

– This is where it was supposed to end, and everything had gone perfect. I decided to throw on a shirt that was one size smaller and take a weight off a 2 board, just to see how it felt.

560×1- 2 board

– It went, and so did my good pec. I strained my left pec and heard some light snapping sounds. I told myself it was nothing, just a little bit of creakiness. Today (Monday) I know it was definitely not nothing. My left pec is tight, swollen, and painful. After all this, a perfect bench cycle, I’m now injured AGAIN, and have no idea what’s going to happen at the meet. I say at the meet because I’m still doing it, fuck it, this has been my life story for several years now. If it blows off, it blows off, my body is a brittle piece of shit and I’m so sick of it, I can’t even express my disgust. After fighting for well over a year to do nothing but get healthy, I finally got there.  Since I started training for a meet again I’ve partially torn my left lat, my left biceps, and now badly strained (hopefully not torn) my left pec. I’d like to say its been from beating myself up, going too heavy too often, or any other reason to justify what’s happened, but the fact of the matter is, I’ve done everything I could to stay healthy and not push things too much.

– Anyways, I finished up with some high rep side laterals, rear delt raises, and rope pushdowns, then hit the road. I’ll be going in for e-stim and ultrasound on the pec and biceps this Wednesday night.

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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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