So today for chest day I got on the one Smith machine that is a Hammer Strength model.  In addition to having it’s guide bar at a slight angle it also uses a fatter barbell, more like an axle bar.  As a result the bare weight of the bar is 20 pounds instead of the 15 pounds of the bars on the other two Smith machines.  I was able to once again snag the ab slant board to lock my body in for the pressing which helps me a lot.  The end result of all of this was a top end, smith adjusted 1RM of 260 pounds, five more than last week.  It took pretty much everything I had in the tank to get it locked out but I was successful.

I had less rest in between sets because my bench press buddy wasn’t there today.  Usually we are blabbing about something in between sets that allows some additional recovery time.

I ran 5K for the first time in about 5 weeks on Saturday.  My right IT band is not very happy with that decision today.

Today’s Workout

15 pull ups

Smith decline chest press – 110lbs x 12, 160lbs x 8, 200lbs x 5, 220lbs x 2, 240lbs x 1, 260lbs x 1, 240lbs x 2, 220lbs x 4, 200lbs x 7, 160lbs x 12

Pec dec – 110lbs x 10, 150lbs x 10, 170lbs x 10