Yesterday afternoon I pulled my singlet out of the drawer and put it on to make sure it still fit. It fit just as I expected it to. My little weight cut is going well. There is just nothing flattering about a singlet. Still, I chose to wear the singlet at the gym this morning. I knew I’d be doing some heavy squat singles, so the singlet would make it easier for my coach to judge my depth. Next week my coach will be away, so I will have my few pre-competition training sessions in a strange gym surrounded by strangers. Since I like to wear the singlet at the gym at least once before a competition in order to re-familiarize myself with it, I would much rather wear it at my coach’s private gym than out in public.
1a. squats-low bar, with sleeves, in a singlet, almost pausing
45 lbs x 6, 95 x 5
with belt: 135 x 3, 165 x 2, 185 x 1, 205 x 1, 215 x 1, 215 x 1
I don’t know what it was, but I felt strong today. I’m losing weight and feeling hungry fairly often, but the bar felt light this morning and moved fast and smoothly. And all to legal depth! Maybe it was the singlet! Maybe I’m finally getting my groove back. Maybe by the time I get to Provincials I will be close to where I was last competition…
1b. bench press-competition grip
with feet on bench: 43 lbs x 8, 63 x 6, 83 x 5, 103 x 5…paused last reps
with legs and arch: 110 lbs x 4, 110 x 3, 110 x 3…paused each rep for last two sets
2. hanging leg raises
I kept these quite strict with no back swing, so I couldn’t lift the legs too high, but that is also due in part to the back issues. Mostly this was about decompressing the spine a bit without aggravating the back problems.
3a. rope face pulls
20 lbs x 15, 30 lbs x 15
3b. dumbbell curls
20 lbs x 10 x 2 sets
3c. TRX rows
2 sets of 20