WEEK 4 PRESS: A Painful PR

Axle PC still copyLET’S start with the stuff that sucked. I was supposed to bench 162.5 kgs for three doubles tonight. I managed one set, and there was a long and excruciating single after that… attempting more would have been stupid. And it was all due to my right elbow acting up. Luckily since I’m training at the Pit this weekend, Cliff has kindly offered to look at it for me.

But my OHP was better. Painful and slow, but nonetheless stronger than I’ve been before by a good margin. I don’t know for certain but I’m pretty sure my best axle strict press is 105 for 5… I know, pathetic right? My best overhead press on a good day – whether strict or cleaned first – would not exceed 120. In fact I’m pretty sure I haven’t even done that. But after tonight’s efforts, and considering the less than optimal state I was in, this really does bode well for the future. Now I just have to work on my cardio so I can give all four presses a decent shot on comp day, the last and heaviest being 130.

After this I canned the accessories, which would have only further aggravated the complaint.

Bench press:
20 kgs x 8
70 kgs x 5
100 kgs x 3
130 kgs x 2
150 kgs x 1
162.5 kgs x 2, 1 FAIL

OHP w/Axle (strict):
20 kgs x 8
65 kgs x 5
95 kgs x 1
110 kgs x 5 PR