Just got this thing in the mail today. Squatting with it is fun. A super high bar squat!
Manta Ray Squat: 45×5, 135×3, 225×2, 275, 315, 335, 355, 365, 375, 380
Floor Press: 45×10, 95×6, 135×3, 175×2, 215, 255, 280, 300, 310; 235,240,245,250×5
Front Squat: 135×2, 225, 275, 295, 315, 325; 285×1,2
Should have been partial squats but I was strapped for time.
Snatch Grip Deadlift: 135×3, 205, 275, 345, 415, 425
Manta Ray Squat: 285x3p
Eighty-five minutes. This was my best workout yet when divided by time. I.e. efficiency or work output, or prs per minute, or Staleys, whichever unit you want to use.
Gym was pretty empty, though I did help SS/Rugby with his squats (solicited advice), and he told me about a girl he saw the other day doing med ball throws while standing on a bosu ball. Result: she slipped off and fell into a tire. Wish I could have been there.
Another second hand story from Chad and another guy: There’s this big fat butch chick who works out and clearly is on some college strength program. Not sure what sport (softball? men’s rugby? walrus?). She is not that strong though, even for a woman. Anyway, she was doing stability ball dumbbell presses, the ball burst, and she fell off. And they laughed at her out loud. She gave them a dirty look and then carried on. (Though this wasn’t really her fault, since the ball should have been able to support a 200 lb woman lifting 30? lb dumbbells.)
Oh yeah, I did see one funny thing tonight. There was an old guy, 50s or so, pretty good shape (jogger? tennis?) though probably had not been to a gym in a while (sampling out different exercises, roaming around a lot). He went into the half rack, took 135 and did a tiny tiny lunge with it. Then he went a little deeper and it was clearly too much – he almost lost it. Next time I looked over, he was doing half squats with 135 instead. Now I’m not a fan of lunges at all (neither is Broz) but I mean, he could have gone down in weight and just used the bar.