3 weeks out, bench press and squat accessory

Felt a little creaky in the shoulders so decided to skip the negative reps today.  Worked up to a top, paused single with 330 and it felt good.  Based on my single with 315 and 330 done paused and without a lift-off, I should be good for a 142.5 kg opener and a 150 kg second attempt on the 16th.  If I were planning on cutting weight I'd probably have to be a little more conservative but since I'm not, I'm confident that the meet attempts with a lift-off, on a competition bench, and with an IPF-spec bar will be easier than my gym lifts.  Depending on how the 150 kg attempt goes, my third will be either 152.5 kg or 155 kgs.  155 kgs would be an all-time PR so naturally I'm focused on that number unless I'm feeling terrible on meet day.

Squat accessory work today included more sumo deadlift reps.  I was tempted again to go heavier but that would defeat the purpose of doing them for squat accessory work.  I'm definitely going to spend some quality time with the sumo deadlift after the meet now that the movement is feeling much more natural.

Bench Press:  135x10, 185x10, 225x5, 255x3, add wrist wraps, 275x2, 295x2, 315x1, add belt, 330x1, just wrist wraps, 285x3, 285x3, 285x3, 285x3, 285x2 (ran out of gas, couldn't finish last paused rep of a set of 3).

High bar squat:  135x10, 225x10, 225x10

Sumo Deadlift:  315x5, 405x5, 455x3

Dips, 12, 12

And I'm going to get out-squatted by one of my buddies who's going to be lifting in the 74 kg weight class:



Benjamin and his brother Frank are both super-strong.  It will be very fun to watch the numbers they put up.

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