Competition prep: week 3, day 1

I went down to BGWLC last night to talk to my coach & decide if I should train or not. My back is still sore, but not as sore as Friday & Saturday’s tear-fest. Last night’s scheduled workout was 5 x 5 squats @ 80%, 5 x 5 bench @ 70% + accessory work. That basically was not going to happen. So we decided to do just the upper body portion of Thursday’s workout, and forget any leg/back work.

  • Bench press: worked up to 5 sets of 5 @ 40kg (80%), then singles at 45kg & 50kg (equal pb)
  • Bench press pullups: 5 sets of 3; and (for a change!) not bad sets!
  • Chin-ups: 3 sets of 5 with the largest assistance band (and a bit of a helping hand on the last 2 of each set!)
  • Lots & lots of sciatica stretching

I’m pretty pleased with how the workout went – my bench is feeling pretty strong at the moment. I’m only letting myself hope I’ll get an equal pb bench at my next competition, though, as benching seems to be where it all goes wrong for me on competition day!

I have an appointment with the physio at 3pm today to find out what exactly I’ve done to my back; fingers crossed it’s nothing too serious.