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Martin1956Icon...14-06-2019 @ 16:12 
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used to be Scotlands Best Bencher
Member 75, 6935 posts
SQ 0, BP 200, DL 200
400.0 kgs @ 105kgs Eq
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

Dumbbell Arm Curls
20s for 10 x 5 sets

Finish

I planned to do bench sets with 110, but as I unracked for the first set my body screamed that I didn't have enough energy. So I listened and managed to fit in some curls instead. I also played with my newly acquired triceps bar, but, just as cable pressdowns hurt the forearm, so did skull crushers, even with just the bar (10Kg). So it goes into storage for now.

Pleased with the 135. If I can maintain that over the next six weeks I'll be happier still.
Martin1956Icon...17-06-2019 @ 17:52 
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400.0 kgs @ 105kgs Eq
A little later than normal, for various reasons including tardiness.

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. Easy, so
140 for 1, where did that come from?
130 for 1, should have been 2 but the first was a grinder
120 for 3
110 for 4
100 for 5
Finish.

I was in no mood/shape for the 5 sets of 8 that the programme suggested, but during the maintenance season a programme is just a guide. I decided to go heavy instead and was rewarded with a 140 that I wasn't anticipating at the beginning. But the 130 went up so effortlessly I had to give it a go. Very pleased with where I am right now.

I should have done curls as well, but ran out of time and energy. Plenty time to fit them in during the week.
Martin1956Icon...20-06-2019 @ 17:26 
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Member 75, 6935 posts
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400.0 kgs @ 105kgs Eq
Not many words needed today, but I worked hard enough for all that.

Seated Rows
70 for 10 x 12 sets (3 sets with each grip)

YTWLs
Band work for 20 x 3 sets with each of the 5 movements

Dumbbell Arm Curls
20s for 10 x 3 sets

Finish

Boring but essential.
Martin1956Icon...24-06-2019 @ 16:35 
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400.0 kgs @ 105kgs Eq
Post Edited: 24.06.2019 @ 16:36 PM by Martin1956
I only trained bench once last week, and probably won't train at all next week, so it was important that I got a session in today.

Bench

Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
140 for 1 - just
130 for 1
120 for 3
110 for 4
100 for 5

Dumbbell Arm Curls

20s for 10 x 5 sets

Finish

Energy levels were good at the start but dropped after the 140. I was tempted to stop, but increased the rests and kept going. Glad I did, not a bad maintenance session when all's said and done. Slightly frustrated that I can't get 130 for 2 after doing 140. But that will come. If I can maintain 140 over the next couple of months I'll be well set to build strength levels over the winter.
Martin1956Icon...25-06-2019 @ 15:36 
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400.0 kgs @ 105kgs Eq
Post Edited: 25.06.2019 @ 15:37 PM by Martin1956
Nothing too strenuous today, but then balancing work doesn't always have to be. It just has to be done. I wasn't up for heavy rows to start, so today's session was done in reverse order.

YTWLs

Band work for 20 x 3 sets on the four four, and 20 x 5 sets on the Ls, which closely correspond to shoulder horn work

Lateral Plate Raises

Sides - 2.5 for 20 x 3 sets
Fronts - 2.5 for 20 x 3 sets

Facepulls

30 for 10 x 5 sets

Seated Rows

70 for 15 x 3 sets

Finish, now off for a walk.
Martin1956Icon...08-07-2019 @ 15:04 
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After two weeks off trying to be a golfer, and with some trepidation, back to what I am comparatively better at.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
120 for 2
110 for 3
100 for 4
90 for 5
80 for 6
70 for 7
60 for 8
Finish

The 130 wasn't quite on my limit, but close enough to discourage me from going any higher.

No curls today. Instead, I mucked out the sheep and probably worked the arms even more. Now I have a month to get myself into some sort of shape for the Scottish Bench Championships, although the real targets are the British events early next year with, hopefully, a good winter training phase behind me and no Lithuanian flu.
BillytheoldIcon...08-07-2019 @ 15:52 
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I work at a country club. Lawyers, rich people are in a daze crushing balls on the driving range. The want you to keep the den caddy’s full but won’t stop swingin the drivers. This makes me like the sport of golf less. What really ticks them off if they don’t strap their clubs on the golf cart and they leave and their clubs blast off the ground! I am good at looking concerned!
Martin1956Icon...08-07-2019 @ 17:48 
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used to be Scotlands Best Bencher
Member 75, 6935 posts
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400.0 kgs @ 105kgs Eq
Billytheold said:I work at a country club. Lawyers, rich people are in a daze crushing balls on the driving range. The want you to keep the den caddy’s full but won’t stop swingin the drivers. This makes me like the sport of golf less. What really ticks them off if they don’t strap their clubs on the golf cart and they leave and their clubs blast off the ground! I am good at looking concerned!


Golf can be very elitist and off putting. In the Outer Hebrides it's certainly not. Cheap memberships, all welcome, including ladies and juniors, no dress code, and the members even help with course maintenance. It's a sport here, not a social networking opportunity or a rich man's playground. Happy
Martin1956Icon...11-07-2019 @ 18:33 
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A hectic day, but I managed to fit in some lifting. Bench only, no time for anything else, but there will be plenty of dark days when I can catch up. Keeping my bench ticking over is the only training objective at this time of year.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
132.5 for 1 - just
122.5 for 2 - make that a 'just'as well
112.5 for 3
102.5 for 5
Finish.

Everything felt heavy in the hand today, even the 40s and 60s, so I was pleased to hit all my numbers. I'll be doing it again on Saturday morning, with company. And hopefully more oomph.
Martin1956Icon...15-07-2019 @ 19:15 
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SQ 0, BP 200, DL 200
400.0 kgs @ 105kgs Eq
Recent Training

Saturday

Bench
Usual warm up to 100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
135 for 1 (some daftie touched the bar)
135 for 1 (so I did it again - right on my limit)
100 for 8
Finish

Today

Bench
Normal warm up to 100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
Finish.

The forearm gave me more pain today than in recent weeks, even wrapped tight, so a planned escapade in a shirt had to be cancelled.

My coaching proved very effective though... Happy

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