tl;dr/BLUF: Bench is going up, life is good.
Thanks to more work junk, I got to the gym late so my time there was significantly compressed. Today was squat/bench/row day, but after my warmup squat sets I decided that my hips were not quite ready for 165lbs and deferred that workout to tomorrow. (Jen Thompson, I blame you and your one heavy squat workout every 8 days for that decision… jkjk I love you) But this did give me time to get the other two lifts done.
Squat – 2x5x45lb, 5x135lb (warmup)
Bench – 10x45lb, 10x95lb (warmup), 5x5x115lb, 1x120lb, 1x125lb, 1x130lb
Row – 5x5x90lb (heavyyyyyy)
Last week I was struggling hard with bench@115lb, missing reps, dropping weight off the bar and just feeling terrible. This week all 5 sets went up without a problem, I didn’t even feel like I needed a spot for the 5th. Since it went so well, I was feeling super confident and asked J to spot me for some singles. Those all went up easy too, even 130lb! So now I’m feeling much better about bench. (Might have done a happy dance in the weight room…)
My mind was in a tough place the past couple weeks; I was comparing my 1RM at 50lb heavier to what I was trying to rep recently and 115lb felt a long way away from my old 160lb 1RM. But the singles today were just what I needed to start feeling like I was making progress on bench again. I’ve got my form dialed in, I’m building strength in my chest to support the adjustments, and I’m ready to get to work.
And tomorrow, time to hit those 165lb squats! Plus all the accessory work I haven’t been able to fit in this week.