6 weeks out, day 4, high bar squats and bench press volume

I cut myself with a kitchen knife again.  Last time it happened while I was cleaning one, the time before that I cut my thumb slicing celery.  This time I cut my index finger while slicing up chicken breasts.  I need to do two things:  stop using knives when close to a competition and learn how to chop up stuff using correct technique.

If I had taken the time to learn how to chop this way, I would've avoided the picture below:

the fingernail did not end up in my chicken
Luckily the cut hasn't affected my ability to squat or bench press so I was able to stay on schedule.  I deloaded the intensity for my high bar squats this week but upped the volume a bit.  I also squatted without my knee sleeves.  I did that because I wanted to make sure I had no temptations to go heavier and also because it would be hard to put them on without use of my index finger on one hand.

The close grip dead bench presses are starting to kick in and my bench press volume work was much better.  I was able to get 4 sets of 5 with 265.  The last time I got 20 reps with 265 on bench press volume day, it took 5 sets.

high bar squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x8x5 sets 45 total work reps, 63.4% avg intensity

bench press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x5, 225x5, add wrist wraps, 265x5x4 sets 30 total work reps, 74.2% avg intensity

close grip dead bench press: from 2 board height:  225x8, 225x7, 225x6

back extensions:  15, 15

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