finding-your-perfect-bench-press-with-eric-spoto-graphics-find-your-grip[1]So despite my years of observations of what I classify as weird or annoying behavior of gym goers, I have no doubt that some of what I have done at the gym would also be viewed as weird by others.  Quite often when I did things like floor wipers, handstands, skin the cat, muscle ups or lever progressions I got a lot of “what the fck is he doing” looks.

Well there is a young asian guy that has been coming to PF for a few months that seems even odder although I think what he does is good overall. He socializes with no one and does not speak a word the entire workout.  The one day he took over the spot I normally use for my warm up stretching for no less than a half hour, doing nothing but stretches, some of them looking almost contortionist in appearance.  He gets on some machines and uses them in ways other than they are intended to work his muscles at odd angles.  Today he was doing reverse grip bench pressing with a big rubber mat rolled up and placed under his lower back, forcing his body into an upside down U shape.  At times I wonder about what exactly is the idea behind some the odd movements, like today, but don’t care enough to try to ask.  All I know is I can still do more pull ups than him which is all that matters.

Today was my last bench pressing session for a couple weeks since we will be on the road next week starting off our western road trip.  I wanted to have something in the session to hang my hat on.  It was getting 7 reps at 205 pounds on the way down from a 1RM of 235.

Today’s Workout 

Barbell bench press – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 5, 225lbs x 1, 235lbs x 1, 225lbs x 3, 205lbs x 7, 205lbs x 5, 185lbs x 8, 185lbs x 7, 185lbs x 6, 135lbs x 12 (mix of dead stops and regular), 135lbs x 8 (mix of dead stops and regular)