Woke up sore and decided to go to the gym in the evening instead. Made time to tell my son stories and put the baby to bed so I wouldn’t be the worst father ever again.
The Enemy was at the gym again. (new readers: not the gray guy, nor the prohormone maniac I haven’t told you about yet, yeah I have a lot of enemies) The other day when I went to squat, he was just getting done doing some abomination in the power rack, and he said “hey man, it’s all warmed up for you.” I mean, this is just idle banter, but I decided maybe he doesn’t hate me as much as I hate him. So today, I made an effort to at least be trivially polite, instead of glaring at him and thinking aggressive thoughts, I waved, nodded and gave a small grin. He seemed somewhat surprised, but nodded back.
As a reward for my civility I got a splitting headache that lasted the remainder of my workout. It didn’t affect my lifting, just served as a reminder that I’d made the wrong choice. You should never be friendly to a male who is bench pressing 125 lbs at 175 BW after multiple years of training. I’m kind of joking. But just seeing him there with that bag of chalk and 35s and 5s on the bar made my brain hurt, I guess.
Weight: 196.4 (-1.0)
Manta Ray Squat: 45×4, 135×3, 225×6, 315, 335, 355, 375, 390, 400, 410; 325,330x1p, 335×1, 340×2
Medium Grip Bench: 45×10, 95×4, 135×3, 175×2, 215, 255, 285; 305×2,3,6
No spotter. Why 6? because I didn’t feel like doing 3 or 4 more sets to get the volume I wanted. This should give me a max bench of 455×1.
Snatch Grip Deadlift: 135×3, 205, 275, 345, 415, 445
Front Squat: 135×2, 225, 275, 305,
Yes one rep of volume. And you know what? I quit front squats. At least until my comp in April. Now that I have the manta ray, I feel that my special exercise time is better served doing partials, bottom position squats and box squats. Sorry Wo & Celiacxxx.