18 weeks out, Day 3, high bar squats, bench press, sumo deadlift

Left elbow is pretty fired up and my back is sore (from golf yesterday) so today's session was a bit of a work-around.  Normally I would've just skipped the session and let everything rest up but I figured I'd try to get through another week before I dial things down and let the achy parts stop aching a little.

To lessen the strain on the left elbow, I did high bar squats.  Because my back was sore, I also lowered the weight.  I'll have to high bar squat again on Tuesday so I'll use higher work weights during that session.  I tried to make sure each repetition was identical and as fast as possible so the lower intensity work was actually still pretty challenging.

Bench presses were pretty normal, of all the bodyparts involved in my training, my shoulders feel the best by far.

Sumo deadlifts were cut short from my intended 3 sets of 5 with 405.  My first set of 5 turned into a difficult set of 3 because of a sore back that was also migrating into my hips.  I figured it was best to nip that one in the bud since the last thing I need is for sumo deadlifts to cause pain when the intention is to reduce it.

High bar squats:  135x5, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x8, 315x8, 315x8

Bench Press: all reps paused, 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 255x5, add wrist wraps, 280x6, 280x5, 280x4

Sumo Deadlift:  225x5, 315x5, 405x3

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