It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, although I’m working the entire long weekend. Since I had an open shift this morning and closing shifts the next three nights, I hadn’t planned on having a big turkey dinner. Of course, the kids complained, so a last minute decision was made to cobble together a nice meal. My youngest son took care of getting the turkey into the oven, although I had to do all the prep yesterday and leave him detailed instructions. My boys peeled and chopped potatoes, but the bulk of the cooking will fall on my shoulders. Right about now my shoulders are feeling figuratively tired and sore. I had a good work day, then I came home to change before heading to the gym. I had a good training session, too, but now fatigue is settling across my body like a heavy blanket. I even put my pajama pants on once I got home from the gym. I just realized that I have only had the equivalent of 2 espresso shots today, so I could definitely use some coffee. It’s not too late to have a cup, right?
1. competition bench (2-1×0) 3 reps
warm up: 45 lbs x 8, 65 x 5, 85 x 3, 100 x 2, 110 x 2
main event: 120 lbs x 3, 120 x 3, 120 x 3, 120 x 3, 120 x 3
My warm up sets prior to 100 pounds were done with my feet on the bench and no arch…just because.
Pretty certain that I’ve never done so many reps and/or sets at 120 pounds before! That knowledge made me feel slightly apprehensive about today’s plan, but I was successful.
2. competition squats (3-0x0) 3 reps
warm up: 45 lbs x 8, 95 x 5, 135 x 3, 155 x 3
main event, with belt: 175 lbs x 3, 175 x 3, 175 x 3
These felt easy today and light.
3. long pause bench press (3-3×0) 3 reps
90 lbs x 3, 90 x 3, 90 x 3
These felt decently good. I have a feeling they would really suck if the weight was much heavier, but these were fine.
4. side planks
x 30 seconds a side, x 25 seconds a side
And although I’m not looking forward to the hassle of cooking, I am looking forward to eating all the food!