16 weeks out, Day 2, bench press and sumo deadlifts

After last Thursday's touch and go bench press PR, I decided to work up to a heavy single one more time this week.  I'm finally in the process of cutting some bodyweight--that plan that I intended to do right after Nationals in April.  Well, 3 months later, I'm finally embarking on the process.  I was motivated because Vivian started the Whole 30 thing.  In order to support her, I am going along with it mostly.  I'm still having whey protein shakes and eating peas and corn for additional carb sources but I'm otherwise following the restrictions on the types of things that I typically eat in quantities of 1000-1500 calories per day.  Because I've cut out pasta, rice, donuts, fast food, french fries, etc, I'm dropping weight without much effort.  Since I don't expect to continue getting stronger while dropping 10-15 lbs or so, I figured I should get one last testing week in before the possibility of weight loss affecting my strength levels.

I had joked earlier on a Facebook post that I'm not blogging, I'm just writing down my workouts because I'm old and can't remember what I did yesterday.  Turns out I wasn't joking, either that or the joke was on me. I worked up to a paused single with 345 and thought it was a PR.  I then tried a TnG 365 but missed it.  The lift wasn't really close but it was the first time I had ever attempted 365 with an intention on actually completing the lift.  As for my "PR" with 345?  It wasn't.  When I got home and reviewed my training log, I realized that I had set a paused PR with 350 back on March 7, 2013.  So, I really can't remember what I did in the past, at least not with much accuracy.

After bench presses, I worked up to 5 triples with 455 in the sumo deadlift.  This was pretty tough but the reps were the best reps I've done so far.  Speed still needs work but I'm starting to feel my legs and hips working.

345x1 paused. Not a PR but I'm pretty happy with it anyways.


Bench Press:  all reps paused 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 255x3, add wrist wraps, 285x2, 315x1, 345x1, 365x0, 295x5, 295x4, 295x3, 295x3

Sumo Deadlift:  225x5, 315x5, 455x3x5 sets

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