So today as I was stretching I heard one guy come over to one of the PF employees, “What happened to the preacher curl bench and bar?” The PF employee says he has no idea but he came in the other day and they had disappeared. I suspect he knows exactly what happened to them and I suspect I can make a pretty accurate guess as well.
The preacher curl bar was the last bar in the gym that could be loaded up with plate weights. Since I returned I have seen people using that bar for movements like shoulder press, squats and even deadlifts. Sure the bar is not at all designed for that but it was the ONLY way to do those movements free from the restrictions of the smith and weight machines. I am guessing somebody did something really stupid with the bar and the gym management knee jerk reaction was to pull it too, making PF more of a fake gym than it already is. Even if that is the case, it makes less sense that they would pull the preacher bench as that could still be used with the preset weight barbells and dumbbells.
I’m not that bent out of shape about it but because my expectations for the gym are already so low. I just remind myself I am biding my time until another legitimate alternative becomes available.
5 minutes cardio/stretching
Strict pulls ups x 15 x 10 x 10
Seated overhead shoulder press – 120lbs x 12, 160lbs x 10, 200lbs x 8
Plate loaded low row – 120lbs x 12, 160lbs x 8, 200lbs x 6
Standing behind the back barbell Smith shoulder shrug – 200lbs x 10, 250lbs x 8, 295lbs x 5