Kinda have a new friend at the gym:the big girl, Holly, who appeared in the background of one of my videos. She’s like 5’8, 220, and is an athletic trainer at the local university. She sorta knows how to lift, she does power cleans (85 lbs), presses (50), benches (95), squats (85). Her form is passable, but considering her age (23?) and size, she’s not lifting very much weight. I suspect she’s a lesbian based solely on her appearance. The combination of her being qualified to understand how awesome I am; being in the weight class that I used to dominate when I was single; and being generally courteous has led to a relationship similar to that between me and bodybuilder John, i.e. upon first sighting at the gym we both take off our headphones and make conversation for 30-60 seconds, then resume our workouts.
Future State Champ was there for the first time in a while. Nothing new, he just reported that they sent back his check and that he doesn’t have any immediate plans to enter another powerlifting meet. He was front squatting 195-205 for a lot of reps. Looked pretty good.
Some grey haired guy who looks like someone’s dad who used to play soccer asked me about the bands I used on my deadlifts. He was squatting 135 and 185 halfway down and looking like an idiot. I hate when people are interested in my workout but don’t even bother to do an actual valid workout of their own and consequently look/are as weak as shit.
Max, the friendly high schooler also approached me. He wanted to know what I was doing (Floor press), and imparted the following information while I grunted, before leaving me the fuck alone:
- Floor press looks like a real beast.
- My back hurts
- That’s why I haven’t been to the gym in a few days
- It was my lower back, now it’s more my upper back
- I hurt my upper back in the gym. But hurt my lower back at home.
- Not really sure how.
- All right, see you later, I’m taking off.
Weight: 193.0 (unchanged)
Manta Ray Squat: 45×6, 135×4, 225×2, 315, 335, 355, 365; 270x10x3
Total Volume: 8100
Floor Press: 45×10, 95×6, 145×4, 195×3, 245×2, 295, 315, 330; 310x3x3
Sumo+Light band: 8 sets, all PRs, up to 330 off 1.5″ deficit
Neck Harness: 45×20
Time: 2 hours