Meet prep starts, 12 weeks out, day 1

I've been taking the past few weeks a little easy with only two workouts a week.  The day when I'd usually get in session #3 has been replaced with 18 holes of golf with Vivian.  Strangely, walking 18 holes and swinging a golf club 85-95 times (including putts) ends up making my back and knees more sore than the normally scheduled squat and bench press session.   In any case, I love playing golf and spending time with Vivian so I don't miss that extra workout for a second.

I'll probably have to start getting in 3 sessions a week soon though so that means, during golf season, that I'll have to fight the Monday crowds on a M/W/F schedule.  I'll think about that schedule change in a few weeks.  For now, I'm on a 2x/wk schedule until I go back to Hawaii for Grandma's funeral service.

Tonight was a squat and bench press session.  My back felt pretty good, not much tingling down the back of my glutes and legs and I was able to put in a decent effort.  Added a couple reps of volume to my work sets with 405 and, most importantly, the last set moved nice and fast.  Adding back in the knee sleeves seems to have corrected any issues with my right knee so I can once again descend into the hole with confidence.

Benches were the same protocol I've been following, 6 sets of 3 with about 72% of my 1 RM and then 4 sets of 2-board presses.  Last week I felt like I was starting to turn the corner on the 2-board press and the groove was feeling much less foreign.  Tonight, I increased the weight on my top sets but there wasn't enough speed so I just did two sets of 2 instead 3's or more.  All in all a good session for being so far out from the next meet.

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x5, add wrist wraps, 365x5, 405x5, 405x3, 405x3

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x5, 245x3x6 sets

2 board bench press: all reps paused, add wrist wraps, 275x5, 295x5, 315x2, 315x2


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