Monday, 14 March 2011


Rack bench press (7 holes, high bench) 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
115, 120, 125, 130 (2), 135 (1)


Flat db press:
40s (10), 45s (8), 50s (4), 50s (3), 40s (10)


5 RFT:
3 x db bench press @ 50s
6 x barbell push press @ 100

Time = 18:07


Today's training sucked quite badly. I had planned to do either a leg session or Olympic lifting but when I woke up my back was really painful. I'd spent half of Sunday ripping up the carpet from our damp basement, so that was probably the reason why. Anyway, my back wouldn't have coped with my original plans, so I switched to a pushing day instead. I decided to train a little bit later so that my back could loosen up a bit.

All that being said, I don't know why my scores today were so poor. The first routine - rack barbell bench presses - were a little different than usual because I had to use the taller bench, not the smaller (lower) one. With the large bench the bar comes closer to my chest so that I have a greater range of motion. Because of that the weights tend to be lighter.

I did quite well with the db bench press. The first two rounds were PRs, and the only round that was lower than before was the second one with 50s (3 reps, not 4). The third and fifth rounds were the same as before.

Where I really stank was the last routine. The last time I did this was with 45s, not 50s, and it made a big difference to my score. The first round was unbroken; in the second I failed twice, so wasted some energy and had to redo the reps anyway. After that I had to take long rests between single reps, which used up lots of time. The push presses were broken down into rounds of 3 + 3 or 3 + 2 + 1. I was almost too embarrassed to post my time because it was so bad, but everything goes on this blog.

Oh, well - just one of those days. I don't think I can blame it on the clocks going forward or having to train a couple of hours later than usual!

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