Today’s session was almost entirely bench pressing with my gym buddy. I was a bit disappointed, having my left arm lock up while trying to set a 2015 PR of 230 lbs after getting 225lbs without huge struggle. On the meat reps at 185 lbs I did slightly better than the week before.
The bench we used today was not our normal one and has a couple warts. First of all the hooks on it are not adjustable. The welded position appears to be ideal for somebody much shorter than we are. You literally are doing almost a half rep just getting the bar off the hooks and into the starting position.
Second, the bench surface is super slick. When I am getting ready to press heavier weight I retract my scalpula and try to press myself into the bench. I always had the sensation I was sliding a small amount when doing that on this bench. I am hoping next week our preferred bench is free so I can take down 230 without any human contact.
5 minutes cardio/stretching
Barbell bench press – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 5, 205lbs x 1, 225lbs x 1, 230lbs x 1 (spotted), 185lbs x 9, 185lbs x 8, 185lbs x 6, 135lbs x 15, 135lbs x 13
Pec deck – 105lbs x 10, 150lbs x 5, 150lbs x 5, 105lbs x 10