Front squat form check and pre-meet Bench Press workout

After seeing this recent video posted by elite level Canadian lifter, Jon Stewart, I was motivated to try to put extra effort into my front squat workout today.
Sets of 4 w/160 kgs looking very easy.  

I managed to find someone to video one of my sets with 255 lbs and wasn't totally horrified with what I saw.  Compared to Jon Stewart above, I have alot of work to do but I can already tell I'm getting some useful carryover to my power back squat.  I'm still using the 'zombie carry' to force myself to keep my torso upright and the stress on my quads.  If I were to use the 'california carry', not only does it irritate my left shoulder but it allows me to cheat a bit by getting some forward lean.  With the 'zombie carry' there's no hands to try to keep the bar in the shoulder groove.
A much weaker front squat video

Front Squats:  135x10, 135x10, 185x5, 245x3, 255x3, 255x3, 245x3

After front squats it was time for my final bench press workout before next weekend's competition.   I planned to go as heavy as possible for some practice singles.  My shoulder didn't feel excellent but it also didn't seem to hold me back from going through my planned progression.  I was very happy to get two singles with 295 and then three good doubles with 265.  The shoulder still isn't great but at least the regression seems to have stopped for now.

Bench Press:  45x10, 95x10, 135x5, 185x5, 225x3, 255x3, 275x1, 285x1, 295x1x2 sets, 265x2x3 sets

After three sets of face pulls, I am looking forward to one last squat workout and then starting the water cutting process to make the 100kg class for friday evening's weigh-in.

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