I want arms like CT Fletcher

Overall, a good session today.  I increased total work repetitions and total poundage on overhead presses as well as added a second work set of high bar pause squats.  I also increased the training weight on my bench presses.  One thing I've finally started to address is my very weak biceps.  Back in 2008 I strained my left bicep using poor technique flipping a tire.  Ever since then, I've generally avoided bicep work to the point where it also affected pulling exercises like barbell rows and especially pull ups.  For purposes of powerlifting competition, it hadn't to this point affected my performance in the squat, bench press, or deadlift but I can tell now that it's becoming a limiting factor on my bench press.

Despite recently hitting an all time PR in the touch and go gym bench press, I can tell my general neglect of both bicep and back work is an obstacle to my future goals.  In my experience and observation, I've seen very few good bench pressers (extreme arch pressers not included) that didn't have big, strong arms--both biceps and triceps and meaty forearms too.  The clincher was C.T. Fletcher.  He was around back when I was lifting and competing in Southern California back in the early 90's but I never met him.  I moved to Toronto before I had a chance to see him lift.  He was always a name brought up by others whenever they saw a big bencher at one of the local Venice Beach powerlifting meets.  Onlookers would comment, "CT is the best" or "CT could do that easy".  At the time he was one of those phantoms, a gym champion but not yet exposed by the light of the platform.

Which was not to say anyone was skeptical.  There were enough lifters in SoCal gyms that routinely threw around national championship level weights.  One guy that I did watch train quite frequently was a monster named Victor Richards.  It was nothing for him to shoulder a pair of 130 lb dumbbells (no spotter, no hand off) and do sets of 8 in the seated dumbell military press.  
Victor Richards was as strong as he looked
I had seen Tom Platz at his peak and even his legs didn't amaze me like Victor Richard's did.  Platz was not a huge man in person.  Huge muscles yes but he didn't take up a lot of space.  Victor Richards was so big, it was like he had his own gravitational pull.  His legs looked as big from the side as they did from the front.  In the gym, he made Matt Mendenhall look not small but not nearly as impressive in comparison.

Anyways, back to CT Fletcher, he's recently made a comeback of sorts with a series of extremely entertaining videos.  Aside from my weak biceps starting to affect progress towards an ever increasing powerlifting total, I want some CT arms.  I'm pretty sure just watching the new CT Fletcher videos has been proven to raise both serum testosterone levels and cause intense secretion of growth hormone.

warning:  NSFW language

I have fat, weak 18.5" arms so there's a lot of opportunity there.  I don't need 22" arms but some strong, not so fat 18.5" arms would probably go along way towards getting my bench press to 365 and beyond.  I did some curls and my left arm hurt but hopefully that goes away soon.  

I got a ways to go Mr. Fletcher...
Overhead Press:  45x10, 95x10, 135x5, 185x3, 205x3, 205x3, 185x4, 185x3, 185x3

High bar squats:  no belt, all reps paused in the hole, 135x10, 225x5, 275x5, 315x5, 315x5

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x10, 235x5, 235x5, 235x5

Pull Ups:  5, 5, 5

EZ bar curls:  75x8, 95x6, 105x6  Project Bicep started...

Comments

  1. the vascularity on his bicep is unreal!

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  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4jfUYTk9_Q

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  3. AnonymousJuly 30, 2013

    get off the couch u fat bon bon eating swamp donkey! its ur set!

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