Planned to go to Judo on Saturday, instead looked at the beautiful day outside and at the pleading face of the 8yo, and took him to the pool for ~3 hours. Mostly sat on my ass there, but did spend an hour or so throwing him around, and splashing around & diving. Nice. I missed Judo, but it felt like I did the right thing.
Family stuff Sunday, work stuff Monday. But then!
Front squat – 45#, 95#, 95# 5+5+5
Leg Raises – 5+5
Power Cleans – 65# 3x5
Bench – 115# 3x5
Incl DB Row – [email protected]
Adduct/Abduct – 130# 2x5
Ankle Invert/Evert – 2x5 (bands: red invert, orange evert)
Went to the motherfucking gym! Holy shit. It had been six weeks! At least six weeks. They had done some remodeling. Some changes in the weight room. The dip station (where I do leg raises) is at the exact opposite pole of the room from the squat racks now, for some reason. And do they have one less bench? Tough to be sure.
Felt weird to be there.
Kept it light on all the lifts. Finished everything. Posture felt good on the squats, though my elbows still dip. Timing felt good on the cleans. (Though of course they're very light.)
On the bench, I put my fists basically shoulder-width, plus maybe half a thumb-length (might have been closer to a full thumb length). Gave me a new appreciation for __'s "thumb from smooth" description of his bench presses. This hand placement kept my elbows tighter to my body then they usually are, and I think I felt this lift in a whole different place.
I think I've been doing bench presses wrong from Day One. I think that's why I plateaued so early, and didn't break thru. I think my elbows have been flared too wide. The whole groove felt different. Facepalm.
Oh, there was a dude there deadlifting over 400, might have been 445. And he was impressive, because he was NOT huge. He was this lean guy. And BANG that bar just went right up. (Bending.) I think he did 3 reps. He had on those finger-shoes. Vibrams? Initially looked weird; but when that big lift went up, those shoes suddenly looked like the ideal gear. I want to be him.