First, Porter told me that the big benchers would be training here on Wednesday. They live in some other town. One of the guys is like 19 and benches 390? raw @165. That’s pretty good, but I kind of hate bench specialists unless they’re crippled or something. They enter the meets raw and equipped, so get 3 attempts w/out shirt, and 3 with. The last time this kid was here, he took like 3 hours to work up to 405 with a shirt, missed it and then left, complaining that he was up too late the night before.
“Wow,” I said, “Sounds pretty exciting!”
Porter then said that they’d be using the rack, because they were going to be working up to some big weights, like 400 for one guy and 430 for another; and that was the only “safe place”. I mean it’s not like I’ve pressed 405 with a slingshot and 370 raw on the regular benches.
“Totally, man,” I said, “it’s all about the safety. It’s fine. I can squat in one of the other racks.”
Then he said, “Good, glad you’ll be here, we can use some side spotters.”
Looks like I’ll be coming in Wednesday evening instead.
Which, actually, might be exactly what he wants.
Porter = 90% alpha (75 yrs old, benches 275 raw @ 165, on TRT, has 49 yr old wife, hs football coach, retired navy)
5% gamma (passive-agressive, has pretty angry temper)
5% beta (into powerlifting)
So I’d just quarter-squatted 570 and there are these 2 high schoolers lurking nearby and gawking. “Can I help you?” I ask. “No, thanks,” they say, looking maybe a little timid. Then I tried again: “Do you guys want to use the rack? I only have one more set.” They agreed, and even stripped my weights for me as I was spotting Emilio on bench.
Four of them started squatting, doing 135-205, with pretty bad form, though not as bad as adult “crossfitters” and some were coming close to parallel. One guy kept stumbling which was a little funny/sad They were all wearing football shirts from the school Porter coaches at, but he doesn’t actually train all the kids in the off-season, only about a dozen or so.
What was crazy was that because I was squatting facing away from the mirror, and they wanted to face the mirror, instead of moving the racks, they were backing the bar in after each set. Also they changed the rack height for a few of the guys. And would do this during a set, but wouldn’t be done by the time the guy needed to rack. Finally, I was getting my water bottle that I’d left over there, and one side of the rack was set to 6, the other side to 5, two guys were yelling at each other, and the squatter was trying desperately to rack the bar backwards on the lopsided, being-adjusted racks. I waited until it was certain that no one was going to be killed. Then:
Me: Listen, if you guys want to squat facing the mirror, that’s fine. But at least move the racks so that you rerack by going forward and can see what you’re doing. Don’t back into the racks. That’s crazy. That’s how this shit [indicating crooked bar] happens.
The next set and subsequently, they turned around to face away from the mirror.
Love yelling at kids. Not really yelling actually, but whatever.
BTW, there’s an old fat guy who squats 115 (to depth, not bad) and backs into the racks, but I just ignore him.
Weight: 192.4 (-2.0)
Manta Ray Squat: 45×5, 135×3, 225×2, 275, 295, 315, 335, 355, 365, 370; 355×1,1,2,1,3,2,2,2,1,2,1,2,2,1,1p
oh yeah. legs were sore & 370 is hideous – but the volume, wo! tell your russian coach how awesome i am.
Partial Squat #10: 405, 455, 495, 535, 570, 590
Dumbbell Bench: 30×30, 35×35, 40×25,15, 45×30
Mil Press: 45×8, 95×3, 135×2, 160, 180,
No excuses this week. It’s fine.
Sumo Deficit (1.5″) 135×3, 205×2, 275, 345, 370
Sumo Deficit (0.5″): 395
Sumo Box (-1.5″): 405
Sumo + Avg band: 135, 175