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Martin1956Icon...16-05-2019 @ 18:08 
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My last session before Sunday's comp. I wouldn't normally train this close to a comp, but my build up (or lack thereof) has been so dreadful that it had to be done. Training tired, after golf on Tuesday and Wednesday and a lot of running around earlier. I'll be better on Sunday.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
140 for 1
130 for 2
120 for 3
110 for 4
100 for 5
Finish.

All done without the floss band. A bit of arm pain as a result, but it had to be done. Now to rest up and see what Sunday brings. I have no great hopes, just to qualify. But who knows...?
Martin1956Icon...21-05-2019 @ 16:01 
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Competition Report

At first glance, the result makes grim reading. Those following my progress will know that, before I went to Pilsen at the end of April, I managed a 147.5 bench, my comeback pb. Post Pilsen, I struggled to manage 140.

At Sunday's competition, I managed at 130 opener before failing 135 twice. On the face of it, awful, I've lost 17.5 kilos in bench power in the last month. So for the last 48 hours I've been trying to make sense of things, and here are my conclusions.

My touch and go bench has always been 5 kilos below my paused bench, so on a perfect day, I could have expected 142.5. In reality my best before I left was 140, so on the perfect day I could have expected 135. The reality was I got 130, and probably had 132.5 in me.

That was after getting up at 5.00 am on Saturday, getting to the ferry by 6.00, sailing at 7.00, getting the bus to Inverness, driving down to Glasgow, staying in a B&B and eating takeaway food before getting up early again on Sunday, driving to the venue, weighing in at 9 before lifting at 3. And all that robbed me of another 2.5, which is hardly a great surprise.

So my message to myself is don't be too despondent. I qualified for the British Equipped Bench with my opening classic lift, I have to accept that all the commentary work and travel during what should have been my peaking period has an adverse effect, but it's part of the price to pay for having the privilege of being an EPF commentator.

Also, I 'got away with' opening within 2.5 kilos of my best on the day, I won the Bench title M3, and managed a return to the platform after two years away when it might have been easier just to give up. I also renewed many old acquaintances and made new friends.

Another also - just as lifting affects my golf, so golf affects my lifting. But giving up golf to aid my lifting would diminish me, and so I'll do both as well as I can without sacrificing one for improvement in the other.

And last, but by no means least, I managed my warm up and all three lifts without any wrapping, something I couldn't have dreamed about a month or two ago. So there is definite improvement in the trapped nerve.

I know I have lots of work to do to get back to where I want to be, and Sunday was a stark reminder that the platform and the home gym are two very different beasts. But after a couple of days rest, the next phase of my recovery begins.

My overriding emotion is one of disappointment to be honest, but let's take the positives and move on. I'm back...
HenkIcon...22-05-2019 @ 00:07 
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Martin1956 said:Competition Report

At first glance, the result makes grim reading. Those following my progress will know that, before I went to Pilsen at the end of April, I managed a 147.5 bench, my comeback pb. Post Pilsen, I struggled to manage 140.

At Sunday's competition, I managed at 130 opener before failing 135 twice. On the face of it, awful, I've lost 17.5 kilos in bench power in the last month. So for the last 48 hours I've been trying to make sense of things, and here are my conclusions.

My touch and go bench has always been 5 kilos below my paused bench, so on a perfect day, I could have expected 142.5. In reality my best before I left was 140, so on the perfect day I could have expected 135. The reality was I got 130, and probably had 132.5 in me.

That was after getting up at 5.00 am on Saturday, getting to the ferry by 6.00, sailing at 7.00, getting the bus to Inverness, driving down to Glasgow, staying in a B&B and eating takeaway food before getting up early again on Sunday, driving to the venue, weighing in at 9 before lifting at 3. And all that robbed me of another 2.5, which is hardly a great surprise.

So my message to myself is don't be too despondent. I qualified for the British Equipped Bench with my opening classic lift, I have to accept that all the commentary work and travel during what should have been my peaking period has an adverse effect, but it's part of the price to pay for having the privilege of being an EPF commentator.

Also, I 'got away with' opening within 2.5 kilos of my best on the day, I won the Bench title M3, and managed a return to the platform after two years away when it might have been easier just to give up. I also renewed many old acquaintances and made new friends.

Another also - just as lifting affects my golf, so golf affects my lifting. But giving up golf to aid my lifting would diminish me, and so I'll do both as well as I can without sacrificing one for improvement in the other.

And last, but by no means least, I managed my warm up and all three lifts without any wrapping, something I couldn't have dreamed about a month or two ago. So there is definite improvement in the trapped nerve.

I know I have lots of work to do to get back to where I want to be, and Sunday was a stark reminder that the platform and the home gym are two very different beasts. But after a couple of days rest, the next phase of my recovery begins.

My overriding emotion is one of disappointment to be honest, but let's take the positives and move on. I'm back...


I'll go with the positives - well done!
Martin1956Icon...22-05-2019 @ 15:11 
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Thanks Henk

Very little energy today, so thought I would lift some stuff to get the blood flowing again.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
135 for 1 - just

Tried do do a volume set, but the arm really hurt and I stopped after 2, so I left it there. I'm beginning to think I might have a bug, weak as a kitten and no energy.

I'll do another half session on Friday, and start my rebuild programme on Monday, energy permitting. Might start wearing my floss band again as well, reducing the pain levels might help.
jtIcon...22-05-2019 @ 17:17 
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Good positives, are your training plates calibrated?
Martin1956Icon...22-05-2019 @ 19:40 
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jt said:Good positives, are your training plates calibrated?


Cheers Jason. No thy're not but they're pretty accurate. Never had this problem before. On reflection, I think eating takeaway food and not cooking for myself might have affected my blood sugars. I just managed a touch and go with 135 today with my own weights, so that's pretty reflective of what happened on Sunday...
Martin1956Icon...27-05-2019 @ 16:14 
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A step back into the gym after a week off. I've been feeling exhausted all last week, and rounds of golf on Friday and Saturday didn't help.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
110 for 1
120 for 1
130 for 1
105 for 8 - grip inside rings
105 for 8 - little finger
100 for 8 - third finger
Finish

I planned five sets of 8, finishing with an index finger grip. I took long rests between sets, but however much I rested after set three I just couldn't summon up any energy, so left it there.

Really frustrating feeling like this. It's been at least three weeks now, constantly fatigued and no fire in the belly for training. If it's a latent bug, it's time it did one.

Back workout tomorrow, for the first time in weeks, I'll need to keep it light.

On the plus side, strength not too bad. The 130 was done energy free and without an out breath.
Martin1956Icon...30-05-2019 @ 14:08 
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After golf Tuesday evening and a long walk and golf yesterday evening.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
110 for 1
120 for 1
130 for 1
105 for 8 (third finger)
105 for 8 (second finger)
Finish.

I had intended to do one more set, but low blood sugar kicked in and I decided not to down a couple of bananas and wait fifteen minutes for the sake of one more set. The next five weeks are purely maintenance sessions anyway. After golf week finishes on 6th July, I'll refocus on bench in preparation for the Scottish Bench in August.

The good news is no floss band again. A bit of residual pain, but manageable.
Martin1956Icon...03-06-2019 @ 16:03 
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The summer maintenance work continues...

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
Floss Band on
120 for 1
130 for 1 - no out breath, encouraging. Happy
105 for 8 -inside rings
105 for 8 - little finger
105 for 8 - third finger
105 for 8 - second finger
105 for 8 - index finger

Dumbbell Arm Curls
20s for 10 x 3 sets.

At last, something approaching a proper workout, while winter raged outside on the third of June. The last set was slightly concerning because I have to remove the safety racks on max grip or my hands scrape them, but all was well and I had made my mind up not to take any risks.
Martin1956Icon...04-06-2019 @ 18:01 
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My first back session in over a month. Less than an hour available and after a long. long dog walk. It's a miracle I even got started.

YTWLs - all 5 movements, with bands - 20 reps x 3 sets

Seated Rows, wide grip - 75 for 10 x 3 sets

Facepulls - 30 for 10 x 3 sets

Finish.

Not much to read, but got some work done.
Martin1956Icon...06-06-2019 @ 15:58 
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Post Edited: 06.06.2019 @ 16:00 PM by Martin1956
I was going to take the dogs out and train later, but it's more like February than June. Couldn't even leave them in the compound while I trained.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
110 for 6 - inside rings
110 for 6 - little finger
110 for 6 - third finger
110 for 6 - second finger
110 for 6 - index finger
Finish.

I should have done curls as well but ran out of energy. Maybe later, maybe not... The eternal diabetic struggle - take lots of carbs on board and feel sluggish, or restrict carbs, feel good, but run out of energy. Need to eat between sets I reckon.

All in all, a good wee maintenance session the day after a round of golf. Not rushing it.

The elbows always feel a bit tender the day after golf, so I wore elbow sleeves today. I don't think they help me to lift more, but they certainly help the elbows. I also put the floss band on for the 120 single and all subsequent sets. Why lift in pain when you don't have to?

Same weight, an extra rep per set next time...
BillytheoldIcon...09-06-2019 @ 13:28 
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I understand the fact of getting older and training. Carrying a sandbag the other day, forearm and wrist left side swelled up and now I am in pain. It was an innocent not crazy training g session. The pain started when I woke up the next day???
Martin1956Icon...11-06-2019 @ 16:10 
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Billytheold said:I understand the fact of getting older and training. Carrying a sandbag the other day, forearm and wrist left side swelled up and now I am in pain. It was an innocent not crazy training g session. The pain started when I woke up the next day???


The trick is to forget your age and assign the pain to other reasons. Happy
Martin1956Icon...11-06-2019 @ 16:12 
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I wore elbow sleeves throughout as the relentless golf is causing elbow pain, but I got away without the floss band.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
110 for 7 - inside rings
110 for 7 - little finger
110 for 7 - third finger
110 for 7 - second finger
110 for 7 - index finger
Finish.

I planned to do arm curls, but a combination of low energy, time restriction and sore elbows prevented me. Not to worry. Delighted that the 130 went up so easily, and that I managed to get all my 7s, given how hard 6s were last time. The last set is always dodgy, as I have to remove the safety racks because the grip is too wide, but just about managed it. 8s next time will be tough though...

As a maintenance session, happy with today's work.
Martin1956Icon...13-06-2019 @ 16:51 
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A much needed balancing session today. I've missed several back workouts because of golf and the need to keep my bench ticking over, but am keenly aware that it was a lack of balance that brought about most of my injuries. I kept the weights pretty light, it was more a case of just using muscles again.

Countdown and Twelve Angry Men were my background tracks today, and Julius and Baz were my training companions. Baz likes the garage, Julius was getting jealous. At one point he butted him out the door and then closed it.

Seated Row - sets of 10 with 60,65,70,75,80
Lat Pulldowns - 50 for 10 x 5 sets
Face Pulls - 30 for 10 x 5 sets
Waist Pulls (band) for 10 x 5 sets
Side Lateral Raises and Front Lateral Raises - 2.5 for 20 x 3 sets
YTWLs - band work for 20 x 3 sets on each of the five movements (300 reps)
Finish

Don't feel particularly tired, never really exerted myself too much, but exerting myself was never really the plan today. I hope to fit in my second bench session of the week tomorrow. Meanwhile, my legs are getting much, much stronger with all the golf, which is also working wonders for my general fitness and waistline. Why can't we have twelve month summers...?

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