4 weeks out, day 4, squats and bench press
I switched out the high bar squats for low bar squats to start prepping for the meet. The form improvements that started to kick in on Thursday were reinforced today. The bar moved well even though my SI joints were not feeling good.
While getting ready to bench press at a different rack with a different bar, I noticed the bar had dried blood and what looked like the residue of someone's shin. Although the gym has spray bottles of what is supposed to be disinfectant, since it neither smells like bleach or bubbles on contact like hydrogen peroxide, I'm pretty sure it's just water. Either way, I cleaned up the bar before I started benching.
To any internet gymbros that think bleeding on the bar is 'alpha', 'hardcore', 'beasting', or 'animal', it's not. It's stupid and I hope you lose a limb to the ravages of a rampant staph infection before you manage to infect someone else. If you are careless enough to bleed on the bar because you're one of those idiots that think banging up your shins while deadlifting is cool and refuse to wear long socks, clean your damn mess up.
Squats: 135x10, 225x5, switch to low bar, 295x3, add belt, 335x3, add wrist wraps, 375x3, 405x3, 405x3, 405x3 17 total work reps, 75.5% avg intensity
Bench Press: all reps paused, 135x10, 185x5, 225x5, add wrist wraps, 265x5, 265x5, 265x5, 265x5 30 total work reps, 74.2% avg intensity
Close grip dead bench press: 245x4, 225x4