I going to start posting here at GUS too. I'll start by copying my last few week's entries.
Originally posted 2/09/09:
I’m going to take another shot at keeping my Journal up to date. I just haven’t been on the computer too much lately and I need to get back into the habit of my online interests.
I’ve been training all along, but without too much structure. Trying things out, but with a focus on getting stronger and Powerlifting. I found that I was more disciplined with programming when I knew you guys were reading.
If you recall, I had some old nagging injuries a while back, right shoulder impingement and a left hip thing that hurt when Squatting and also doing regular daily movements that involved moving my knee toward my chest. Both are completely gone by doing a combination of physical therapy and the mentality of maintaining instead of progressing. The shoulder has been good for a while now, the hip has been pain free for about 6 months now.
But now I have a right elbow problem. I jammed it shoveling snow about a month ago and it hasn’t gotten too much better (or worse).
I’m entering a Bench Press competition on 2/21. I’ve been training a few times a month with a friend who is a powerlifter, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ll be in the 181 lb weight class and 50 – 54 age class. Hopefully I’ll be the only competitor in that division so I can take first.
My opener will be 225 lb. Next will be 250 lb. And play the third attempt by ear. I can rep 225, so no problem there. 250 is a challenge, but I do it consistently. My max “following commands” (start, lift, rack) is 255. My elbow is not much of a problem while benching, but I do feel it at the heavy weights.
At Mike’s Garage
1x1x250 fail – red light, didn’t wait for the lift command (I kinda did like a sprinter anticipating the gun)
2 board press 1x2x250
Bulgarian Split Squat
Cable Pull Through