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Old 06-13-2012, 08:29 AM   #4871
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Summary of today's session:

I still can't touch in my bench shirt.
My forearms hurt.
Hazzard is a legend for helping with only minimal complaining.
The shirt bruised me up pretty nicely.
Shirted benching is hard.

Full write-up and video with my own comedy commentary to follow later tonight. First have to take Mini LtL to the docs to check if she has hand, foot and mouth

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Old 06-13-2012, 11:18 AM   #4873
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:14 PM   #4874
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Thanks J. I'll get there. It's just taking a while.

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Old 06-13-2012, 12:55 PM   #4875
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Hope the little lady is ok.

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Summary of today's session:

I still can't touch in my bench shirt.
My forearms hurt.
Hazzard is a legend for helping with only minimal complaining.
The shirt bruised me up pretty nicely.
Shirted benching is hard.
Do a little raw work for a while Al. Been a lot of geared stuff lately and you increased frequency as well.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:05 PM   #4876
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@Faz - She's fine. Just a bit spotty and grumpy.

I'm benching in the shirt once every three sessions and squatting in gear one in four. This way I get plenty of raw work in and don't get too beat up.

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Bar x lots for 3 sets
60kgs for 2 sets of 5
80kgs x 3
100kgs x 3
115kgs x 2
125kgs x 1
Add slingshot
140kgs x 3
Add shirt, pulled down but no belt
160kgs x 2 got down to about a 2 board
170kgs x 1 not much lower, maybe 1.5board
180kgs x 1 no touch, 1 board, maybe slightly lower
185kgs x 0 took ages hovering at the bottom trying to touch, couldn't and then lost it on the way back up
Shirt slightly higher, still no belt
180kgs x 1 slightly lower than one board
187.5kgs x 1 around same height and soft lockout as I threw it back into the rack
Wet shirt and still leaving collar high
180kgs x 1 about the closest I got but still at least an inch to go
More water, more weight, shirt high
187.5kgs x 0 forearms were blown up at this point and had spotters take it halfway down as, I quote myself, I was too weak

FIN

Whole session took around 2 hours and although my aim was to touch and I failed, I still feel like I learnt a huge amount. I learnt more about how to set the shirt, I learnt about pulling the bar down and pressing fast which makes it a lot easier to get the bar through the sticking point. I learnt that I need to wet the shirt earlier in the session and most importantly I learnt that to get the most out of this shirt, I just need to be flat out stronger. This shirt will give me a 200kgs press BUT I need stronger stabilising muscles and stronger triceps to make the most out of it.

Massive thanks to Hazzard for setting my shirt and not complaining too much about it. He even encouraged me inbetween constantly taking the pi$$

Video is uploading now but it's quite long so it'll take a while. Will also be doing some band assistance shortly to make up for missing it earlier to go and see Avengers. HULK SMASH PUNY HUMANS

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Old 06-13-2012, 03:10 PM   #4877
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Good stuff Al, sounds like progress to me.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:26 PM   #4878
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:51 PM   #4879
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Thanks guys. Here's the video. Listen out for my own commentary on the last set:


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Old 06-13-2012, 04:01 PM   #4880
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Great vid! You're progressing wonderfully. Really great work, Al.
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