I fully expected to complete my fifth set of 3 with 245 lbs but I ran into a minor form issue. Apparently I had set the bar back on my shoulders a little farther than before and there was more pressure on the front of my neck than in previous sets. Upon rising out of the hole on repetition 2, I felt that "right before the lights go out" feeling--tunnel vision, tingles, and a general feeling of weightlessness. Luckily I didn't have too much pressure on blood flow because I was able to complete the rep and rack the bar before getting any closer to unconsciousness. Still, it was close enough and I had gotten in some good work so I decided to move to bench presses.
Front Squats: 135x10, 185x5, 225x3, 225x3, 245x3x4 sets, 245x2
Although it was the middle of the day on a Saturday and the weather didn't justify any huge rush on outdoor activities, the Oakville YMCA's weight room was virtually empty. Strength training blogger John Phung wrote a great pair of articles about home training versus commercial gym training. Suffice it to say, virtually none of the 'missable' commercial gym items are present at my current home gym.
|there are actually 5 unattended, lonely workstations|
Bench presses went pretty well. The left shoulder still barked but I pushed it a bit and managed a decent top single with 290 lbs. I probably could've taken a good shot at 295 but without a spotter, I didn't want to push my luck. Since I had already grabbed the 2.5 lb plates for my 290 attempt, I loaded 260 lbs for my 5 work sets of 2 reps. I fiddled around with grip width a bit to see if an adjustment might ease up on the left shoulder and I think I found something. I'll use it in my last pre-competition bench press workout next Saturday.
Bench Press: 45x10, 95x10, 135x5, 185x5, 225x3, 255x3, 275x1, 285x1, 290x1, 260x2x5 sets
Finished up with 3 sets of dumbbell rows and was able to add repetitions. Overall, I increased my workload in all three exercises so it was an excellent day.