Still dealing with some aches and pains. Right biceps perpetually sore
and something similar to what I got in the last three weeks leading up
to the Kumite (pressure at the right side base of my skull) is present.
Deep tissue massage is scheduled for the week before Nationals and
ibuprofen is able to alleviate some of it but I’m trying to not use it
if I can. Back to the quickest workout of the week. Everything the same
for last week but increased the working set weight a little bit. After
seeing a photo of the logs to be used at Nationals, I made sure I was
getting a deep lap on the log and trying to minimize forearm contact to
help with the clean. Judging by the photos, the cutout sections for the
handles are much larger and the placement may make the log top heavy.
Just got be ready for an awkward log and try to adjust accordingly. I
didn’t have to resort to the “pop clean” but more accurately, I maybe
wasn’t able to. I’m not sure which as I was more focused on the clean
start than the finish and I haven’t really tried for a max on the “pop
clean” method. Overall, the weight felt better this time but I wasn’t
able to get the jerk dip under and it was all push pressing. As long as
the weight keeps moving up. Bench work was up after that and it was
great. Honestly, this was best benching has felt in years but really
only felt good when I got to the working weight. None of the form issues
I felt on the first reps like last week. I asked for a spotter on the
other two sets just with how last week had felt and because I didn’t
want to assume it was going to be great. I had a slight cramp in my hip
on the right side during the second set but wouldn’t have stopped me. I
knew the last set for AMAP was going to be special. By the end, I wasn’t
completely dead but I knew I didn’t have the power for another rep.
Just one rep short of my PR with a wider grip so definitely a good
session. Standing tates with more reps and every one of those was felt.
This weight has been mastered by this point haha. Awful straight arm
pulldowns to end it all. My arms just won’t stay locked bringing the
weight down. Tears welling up to be sure but didn’t have to stop on any
of the sets this time to catch a mental breath. Only felt like I needed a
little bit of stretching to finish up the day. And the sun wasn’t gone
by the time I got out of the gym!
I’m a little taller than 6′7″ and I really like to lift weights. I’m a
competitor in amature strongman contests. Right now, I'm training for the Beast of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY on April 28, 2018. My hope is to become a competitive
professional strongman. I’m not a major competitor yet and I have a long way to go but I’m having fun.