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Old 09-23-2013, 06:40 PM   #5
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9/23/13 Chest/triceps
I have been communicating, via email, with a member of the SC USAPL. At his urging, I did a max bench day today just to see where I am. He said it is common practice to check every 12 weeks or so. I have been training for about 4 1/2 months and didn't plan on doing a max attempt until I hit 6 months. I did this for squats two weeks ago to try and rebuild my confidence after a pitiful leg day the previous week. I actually did much better than I expected, so I figured, "Why not?", I'll just see where I am. And here it is. I don't really know how to do a "max effort" day. I just cut my reps and see how far I can go. If there is a better method, please suggest it so that I may try it the next time. I also had to cut it down to 10 sets per bodypart due to time constraints.

Bench press
135x8
205x5
225x3
250x3
275x1
285x1
295x1
305x1
315x0- 305 was much easier than I expected. (even easier than 295 for some reason) I even hit the bar stops on the way up and still re-adjusted and got it up pretty easy. I thought I would get 315, but it BURIED me. Not even close.
225x10 - I wasn't fatigued at all after these attempts, so I did a quick set before moving on to the rest of my workout.

Incline Bench Press
225x5,5,5,5,5

Close grip bench press
185x5
195x5
205x5
215x5
215x5

Cable pressdowns
150x20
170x10
175x6
175x5
175x5

Overall I was pretty happy with today's results. I really wish I could have gotten 315, but it will come in time.
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