Front squats, blah, bench press, no pain!

Even though I deadlifted heavy two days ago, I have almost no DOMS in the back and traps.  This is not typical and makes me wonder if it'll show up tomorrow.  The only evidence of Friday's workout is some fairly persistent pain in the SI joint area.  Or, at least it feels like that area since the pain when standing or bending over radiates right from both sides of my sacrum.

Anyways, today was Front Squat and Bench Press day so SI joint pain or not, Vivian and I hit the gym.  I could tell from my first set of front squats that these were going to suck.  Not only did my SI joint area feel less than happy to carry a load, I had no pop at all.  I was only able to work up to two top sets at 255 lbs and even a back-off set with 225 felt like a ton.  Hopefully things are recovered for back squat day on Tueday.

Front Squats:  135x10, 185x5, 225x5, 255x3, 255x2, 225x5

After feeling like my back had no power at all, I was actually looking forward to lying down for the next exercise.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that my left shoulder was almost pain free from the first warmup set.  Even as the bar got heavier, the pain stayed away.  Though I was weak and unable to press any decent weights, the fact my shoulder didn't hurt and felt stable meant I could actually get in some work and strain a little on the final reps of some sets.  This was the first workout in a long time where it felt like I was able to finish a workout that was more than just a "treading water" type of effort.  I hope this lasts because it means I'll finally be able to get my bench back up to pre-injury levels.  I would love to hit a 319 lb bench press in June and then work back up to my previous top weight of 341 lbs.

Bench Press:  45x10, 95x10, 135x10, 185x5, 225x3, 255x3, 275x2x3 sets, 255x4, 255x3, 225x6, 225x5

I actually had a bit of pump in the pecs and triceps.  Felt almost like a curl/bench bro as I left the gym but I didn't do any curls.  Vivian and I took a short bike ride after the workout and I guess the front squats did something because the easy ride left me with a pretty good cramp in my left vastus lateralis.


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