5 weeks out, Day 1, bench press

After 8 sessions in 5 days, it felt good to take 2 full days to recover for this week's lifting.  The only 'exercise' type stuff I did all weekend was yesterday when Vivian and I took a 5 km hike on the Red Hill Trail in Hamilton, Ontario.  It was a good walk and although my back doesn't like walking much, it felt good in the legs.
nice scenery on the walk

We walked from Queenston Road to Mud Street

This morning's workout was bench press only so I didn't worry about having a stiff back.  I was curious to see how things felt after last week's 6 bench press sessions.  Fortunately, everything felt good and I was able to do everything I had planned to do and maybe a little more.

My work sets with 295 all moved well and I was able to increase the weight on weighted dips without any extra strain in the shoulders.  The only change I made was substituting parallel grip chins for hammer curls in order to take some direct stress off my elbow flexors.  Overall it was a good session and I'm looking forward to heavy bench press day Wednesday morning.

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x5, 135x5, 225x5, 265x3, add wrist wraps, 295x3x6 sets

Weighted dips:  BWT x 10, 45x8, 80x5, 80x5, 45x6

Parallel grip chins:  6, 6, 5

Lateral raises:  35x6x3 sets

Rear delt raises:  45x10x3 sets

Rope pushdowns:  60x10, 60x10

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