Back on the bench

After sticking to safe cardio the last two days at the gym due to back pain, I awoke today feeling better.  The lower back pain was gone and I only felt some mild discomfort in my upper back where I pulled it originally.  I kept the workout on the safe side although I did start it with testing my max bench press reps at my current body weight of 185lbs.  The most I have done since my return to bench pressing has been 10 reps although I felt like I could do more.  I proved that hunch was accurate today as I barely squeezed out a 12th rep.  I was happy with the effort.  I don’t think I ever benched 185 more than 15 times so I am in the ballpark.

The rest of the workout was pull ups, push ups and wall handstand holds, all with conservative numbers to protect the back.  With the pull ups I was very conscious of keeping my chin pointed forward instead of craned up, which is poor form anyway.

Today’s Workout

5 minutes cardio/stretching

Barbell bench press – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 12

10 pull ups

60 second wall handstand

25 push ups

10 pull ups

60 second wall handstand

25 push ups

10 pull ups

60 second wall handstand

25 push ups

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