I should start with the caveat that I didn’t bike into work today. I was up off and on most of the night with a sick toddler, and I think I’m starting to come down with whatever the kids have myself. That, combined with the cold and rain this morning, and I just didn’t feel up to 12 km of getting cold and wet.
I figured I needed to get into the gym before whatever I may be coming down with got the better of me. Work out while I can. I really don’t want to have to deload again while I feel I’m making progress.
On the plus side, not biking in meant my legs were fresher for squats. I’m back up to 200 lbs, which I managed with little to no problems. Just a matter of enough wait time between sets (between 2:30 and 2:45 today).
I was a bit nervous again about bench press, since I was going for an entirely new weight (140 lbs), outside of the rack. Very pleased with the result, though. I managed to do the first four sets all on my own, but the last rep of the fourth set was a bit tough, so for the fifth set I got one of my coworkers to spot me. I managed it all on my own (at least that’s what he tells me) so I can count this as a new personal best!
As a side note, he also mentioned that my grip on the bar during bench press is pretty narrow, and that I might want to widen it out. Not sure if that’ll make things harder or easier, but he probably knows what he’s talking about. I’ll recheck the Stronglifts 5×5 website for his take on grip, and go from there. Maybe I am doing it wrong.
Barbell row is starting to feel tough again. I decided at this weight I need to be doing a warmup set again, so I did one just to get loose. I managed all five sets just fine, with wait times between ninety seconds and two minutes after each set.
Hopefully I’m still well enough to get back to the gym on Wednesday. If so, see you then.