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    Quick light day today. Kept bench even lighter than usual in anticipation of a PR bench attempt (and possibly that 225x5x5 press, if I have the gas for it), on Friday or Saturday. Though I pressed 3 PRs on Monday, none absolutely maxed me out and the total volume and tonnage was low. I don't feel that fatigued from them and 180 was OK today for being only two days later. So wanted to keep the possibility open for either Friday, or maybe taking one extra day off then going for them, and then taking next week a bit lighter.

    In other news, my back may be showing small first signs of actually getting better (as opposed to "just less painful enough that I think maybe I can get away with squatting again, even though it'll still hurt, but maybe hurt at a low enough level that I can stand it"), as there have been parts of the last 3 days where I didn't notice it at all. Not consistently, as I definitely still noticed at at other times of the day, but this is basically the first time since it happened that there has been any time at all where I wasn't aware of any pain in my left lumbar area. Even though it was just for brief periods before it returned. So maybe.

    Press - dead stop, strict
    95x5, 145x5, 165x5, 180x5x3

    CGBP
    135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 255x5x3

    Ring Rows
    BWx8x5
    Last edited by Michael Wolf; 03-08-2017 at 11:03 PM.

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    Went out to LI to get my back looked at by Doctors Petrizzo and Alter today, and we got to train together afterwards, which is always a treat. How could I not PR under such conditions?

    Bench Press - belt
    405x2 @8.5 - PR double
    435x1 @9.5 - PR single
    445x1 @10 - PR single
    Notes: FINALLY YES. My oldest 1RM in a major lift was the 420 bench I did, now nearly 3.5 years ago, in November, 2013. At that time, my best double was 375. I subsequently PRd my double with 382.5 in 2014 but never got a chance to hit a max single before coming down with an infected cyst that knocked me back for months; I did the same again in 2015, with an even higher new max double at 387.5, but got hurt before I could surpass my old max single. Then I tore my shoulder in November, 2015, couldn't bench for 5 months, and hit a hard but solid 402 bench a couple days before surgery after only three weeks being able to bench again and no right labrum.

    Then the surgery, rehab, tried to bench but couldn't yet, and finally was able to start training the bench again in August after a false start in July. Though I had to start very low, this is the longest consecutive stretch of time I've been able train my upper body lifts without an injury or set-back, in over 4 years. Hitting these PRs now is super fun and nice but is really the culmination of work I did in 2014 and 2015, and then the last 7 months uninterrupted by injury (excepting about 3 weeks totally off when I had that horrible flu in December).

    SO. This was a long time coming. And it feels really fucking good.

    405x2, 435x1, 445x1 bench press:


    Press - belt + wraps
    225x5x5 @9.5, then 9s across for the rest
    Notes: After going heavy on bench, and the first of these sets being a grind, I was worried I'd have to drop back to 205-210 to finish them out. But the first set was harder because I was distracted by the mirror at Siege (I'm used to pressing with no mirrors at Solace). John suggested a cue to get my gaze out of the mirror and it worked like a charm. The rest of the sets were hard, but doable.

    225x5x5 is a pretty cool milestone. It again is built on hard work done before my shoulder injury: 215x5x5 + 185x10 back off about two years ago, and then right before my shoulder injury, a heavy 6x5 press workout where one of the sets was 225x5 @9 (the other sets, IIRC, were at 195, 205, 205, 215, 215). Could I have gotten here sooner if not for all the setbacks? Sure. But later is better than never, and still very sweet.

    Chins
    BWx4x7 - still cautiously ramping up

    Alt DB Curls
    50x10x2
    Notes: Oddly, this is the only lift where I'm not yet caught up to where I've been before. Maybe because I went without DBs for so long, but I was doing 55x8-10x2 curls in 2014, before Solace opened and then I went without DBs for 2.5 years till Solace got them for the CF Open this year. Regardless, still catching that sweet pump. #neverskiparmday
    Last edited by Michael Wolf; 03-10-2017 at 10:18 PM.

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    Wow, congrats! This is awesome, Wolf.

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    beast mode

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    Congrats. Watching that, I get the feeling I'm looking at a guy who will eventually bench 500.

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    Great to see you yesterday, Wolf. Congrats again on the PRs!

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    That's awesome man.You fucked up Feillihaum.Congrats!!

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    Dude...
    Dude....
    Dude.....

    Monstrous.

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    Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Narvaez View Post
    Wow, congrats! This is awesome, Wolf.
    Quote Originally Posted by cole205 View Post
    beast mode
    Quote Originally Posted by risepmj View Post
    That's awesome man.You fucked up Feillihaum.Congrats!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Derf123 View Post
    Dude...
    Dude....
    Dude.....

    Monstrous.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris McCarthy View Post
    Well done!
    Thanks, everyone. I was pretty stoked about this workout, for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Petrizzo View Post
    Great to see you yesterday, Wolf. Congrats again on the PRs!
    Some credit has to go to the man, the best DPT in the Milky Way Galaxy, who gave me three great hand-offs and a cue to not be distracted by the mirror of doom.

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