15 weeks out, Day 1 high bar squats and touch and go bench press

As heavy as everything felt on Sunday, things were back to normal today, as they almost always are.  I guess I'm just in weekend mode on Sundays and the body doesn't want to work the same way unless it's at a meet.   I decided to work up to a heavy single in the high bar squats and then back off for my work sets.  Whereas my triples with 365 were slow and almost grindy on Sunday, tonight my last warmup triple with 365 was fast and easy.  I did a single with 405 and a single with 425 before back off triples with 385.  The 425 was a pretty tough single but it was only 10 lbs less than my high bar max and the technique today was much better.

I've been training without knee sleeves while my current high bar 1 RM was done while wearing Rehbands.  I don't know if I get much more than 10lbs out them but they do make a difference both in rebound and in comfort.  I've just been too lazy to want to deal with trying to keep sleeves clean and unsmelly during the summer.  I sweat enough in the winter when the gym is a little cooler and the air is drier, in these summer months, I'm just a dripping mess and if I was wearing sleeves, it would be worse, plus they would be drenched every session.  As warm as it is, my joints don't need any extra help staying warm.

I had planned to do 5 triples with 385 but my fourth triple was shaky, techinique-wise and I was out of gas so I moved on to my touch and go bench presses.  I'm really liking these because the constant tension seems to hit my triceps harder than paused reps.  When I do paused reps, I feel them more in the chest and shoulders so these are a good balance while also using lighter weights to save some wear and tear.

High bar squats:  135x5, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x5, 365x3, 405x1, 425x1, 385x3x4 sets

Bench Press:  all reps touch and go, 135x8, 185x8, 225x8, 265x7, 265x6, 265x5

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