I’ve spent more Sunday posts making fun of people and their terrible technique, ideas, genetics, and parenting on this blog that I decided to throw some stones at my own glass house.
Last week, I did a whole post on my ridiculous lean back on my shoulder presses when I get fatigued on volume days.
This week, we’ll see how craptacular I look with just heavy weights.
Nary four days after the volume day was my maximum effort day. A day to test myself against myself and achieve something worthy of writing on a whiteboard then bragging about on the internet so that all of eternity will know how much of a tool I am.
I went into the day with a 3RM press of 120lbs set four months prior. Once again, I started a linear progression for squat and press to regain all of the strength I felt I lost (really just about 2.5-5% per slow lift) during the Open and Regionals where I focused solely on metcons.
Here’s the first set
Not too bad. This was at 115lbs, so it was pretty heavy. It did not turn into a standing bench press and I didn’t try to cheat it by making it a push press. So those were all positive points.
Now you can see my final set which is a 5lb PR
I have a tendency to talk to myself a lot. I guess this was more audible than others. AKA I’m a tool.
I start off pretty well and only slow down on my last repetition.
My biggest issues is that I still have an absolute garbage back position where I look like I should be in a Parisian bell tower.
Watching the video from the volume day helped a lot. I was less of a scared child moving at a old person’s humping pace with my head under the barbell. Which is a positive. That and I kept cuing myself to keep my glutes active. Both combined to make a successful PR day.