5 weeks out, day 2, bench press

Deloaded bench press today to set myself up for the final 4 weeks.  I'm looking forward to changing my training from pushing volume to training singles.  My SI joints were really barking at me tonight so it's definitely time to give them a chance to heal up.  The lower half isn't strongly recruited in the bench press but my back pain is extension related and the bench press set-up tends to encourage whatever pain my squatting and deadlifting have caused.

To deload my bench press, I cut out the eccentric only bench presses and the back off volume work.  Instead I did 5 singles with 315 and then slightly increased my volume of close grip bench presses.  To lower the intensity somewhat, I did the close grips to a 2-board instead of doing them as dead bench presses.

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x5, 225x5, 255x3, 285x2, 315x1x5 sets  20 total work reps, avg intensity 75.1%

Close grip 2-board bench press:  all reps paused, 255x4x5 sets

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