8 weeks out, day 4, high bar squats and bench press

High bar squat volume work went pretty well. I'm still recovering well from my training sessions and able to add volume so that's a good sign since I'm still about 3 weeks out from the pre-competition taper.  I added a work rep to my high bar sets with 385 and the reps themselves are getting better.  I'm slowly but surely bending over and squat-morning my reps less and less.  Getting my glutes and quads into the squat will really help my low-bar competition squat.

When I got into my bench press work, a couple kids (by kids, they were probably college age) started working on the bench next to me.  Vivian was deadlifting on the platform on my other side.  When Vivian's lifting next to me I turn my earphones off so I can hear her but the chatter coming from the platform on the other side was brutal. It was a couple curlbros and a girl that one of them was trying to coach the bench press. It seemed pretty evident that the head curlbro was either trying to hook up with the girl or already had.  The girl was one of those people that doesn't understand the difference between paying attention and being the center of attention.  Actually I'm pretty sure she must've had enough success at the latter that she's never had to do the former.  Anyways, to make a "get off my lawn" rant shorter, I turned up the volume and tried to ignore the pre-spring mating ritual.

I shaved off a couple work sets of paused bench presses to add in the close grip dead bench presses I tried out last week.  I think the bench press assistance work fits better on this training day than on my heavy bench overload day.

High bar squats:  135x10, 225x5, 295x3, add belt, 335x3, 385x5, 385x5, 385x5, 385x4, 385x3, 385x3  31 total work reps, 76% avg intensity

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x5, 225x5, add wrist wraps, 265x5, 265x5, 265x4  24 total work reps, 73% avg intensity

Close grip dead bench press:  235x5, 235x5, 235x4

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