Week 7, Day 1, squats and bench presses

After last week's hotel gym sessions on Monday and Tuesday, I ended up not getting into the gym the rest of the week.  I could've gotten in on Thursday but to be honest, I was tired and skipped it.  Since Vivian and I had a golf game on Sunday, I went to the driving range to hit a bucket of balls on Friday evening.  Saturday was spent at the Toronto Pro Supershow where I was volunteering at the Ontario Powerlifting Association's Toronto Supershow meet.  While I didn't have to do much loading or spotting, it was still a long day on my feet.  It's always great to watch other lifters giving it their all so I consider it a workout by osmosis.  Also, people watching the crowd that attends the Toronto Pro Supershow is great fun.

Part of the Day 1 loading and spotting crew
CT Fletcher 

Phil Heath

Shawn "Flexatron" Rhoden

Ronnie Coleman
Our golf game on Sunday was good fun.  Since the weather was nice for a change, the course was super busy and our round took about 5 hours and 45 minutes.  That is pretty close to an unbearably slow round but we've had so few good golf days this season that I wasn't about to let that ruin the day.  Spending that much time on the course combined with walking the course did take its toll on my back however.

Despite not doing anything yesterday, my back still felt pretty terrible but Team Toronto Rex is entered in a meet on June 21st (UTM 3-lift open) so I kinda have to get in some work before then.  As it was, I ended up shutting down the squats early because my back wasn't loosening up.  I'll try it again on Thursday.

Bench Presses went well however.  The experiment in widening my grip to the 81 cm mark is going well and I worked up to a smooth, paused single with 315.  That's the most I've handled with the new grip and everything felt good, no pain in the shoulders and speed off the chest is getting better.

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, low bar, add belt, 315x5, add wrist wraps, 365x3, 385x3

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 150x5, 200x5, 240x5, add wrist wraps, 275x3, 295x2, 315x1, 275x3, 275x3, 260x4

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