Struggles and weaknesses

Today’s workout was a put-my-head-down-and-get-to-work-stravaganza. It’s been a while since I was this physically and emotionally tired after a lifting session. Ironically, I made a point to get really good sleep last night– so no idea how much of a mess it would’ve been if I’d shown up tired at the start.

Squat was good, weights still going up without too much fuss (but still a fair bit of effort). Bench, though– not so good. I added 5lb for 115lb and struggled to get to 4, then recruited a spotter so I could continue without worrying about getting pinned. Made another set of 5, then started failing, dropped some weight off, got 5, put a little bit back on, got 4– and called it a day. My spotter (one of the gym staff) called out a weakness on my right side; my left side was leading.

Once I got to the accessory work today it became obvious that the weakness was my right tricep– doing skullcrushers with a plate I realized that my left arm was doing most of the work. This is really useful information to have, so I can put a little extra work in and even it out. I also want to shift my bench away from heavy dependence on triceps, so need more chest work too.

Squat – 5x45lb, 2x5x95lb (warmup), 5x5x145lb
Bench – 2x4x45lb (warmup), 4x115lb, 5x115lb, 3x115lb, 5x105lb, 4x110lb
Row – 5x5x80lb
Bonus: biceps, triceps, b/o one arm row, lat PD, delt fly (wanted to do more, but I was exhausted and running short on time!)

My husband’s made a commitment to getting to bed an entire hour earlier. I can definitely use more sleep, and even if I go to bed first his flailing around getting ready for bed will wake me up. Yesterday I was in bed just after 9, but he was late and woke me up again at 10. It’ll get better if he sticks with it.

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