So ever since I reconnected with my bench press buddy at Retro 2-3 years ago we had talked about getting our bench press back to 250lbs, something we both accomplished in our younger days. Despite the talk and good intentions the closest we ever got on a free standing barbell was 245 lbs doing decline bench at Retro.
Since Planet Fitness made the stupid decision to remove all bench presses from their gym our only option has been the using the Smith machine for the movement which admittedly, is not the same since you are pushing the weight in a locked travel path and not having to stabilize it otherwise. Since I started my CBD oil I have been making some slow and steady strength gains. Last week I actually got one rep with two 45’s and a 25 on each side which translated to 245 pounds, again on the precipice of that long standing goal.
Well this week I once again got the same amount of plates up but it actually hit that magical 250 pound mark since this smith actually has a 5 pound heavier empty bar weight. It’s also that machine that has the fatter bar and slightly angled upper path which sort of sucks. That angle actually was forcing me to slide on the bench as I pressed upward. Even so I managed to grind out the rep, barely, which was cool. I didn’t really realize I hit that number until I started doing the math afterward. We followed up with two heavy negatives with three 45’s on a side. I think the negatives definitely play a role in me finally hitting my goal number.
Smith bench press – 110lbs x 10, 160lbs x 8, 200lbs x 1, 250lbs x 1, 200lbs x 6, 200lbs x 5, 160lbs x 15, 160lbs x 10
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