Max Effort Bench, 12/22/14

So, on a whim, I decided to see if I can hit my planned openers for the meet in May.  On Friday, I pulled 405 sumo with no gear, coming back after taking a couple of weeks off due to a lower back issue.  Today, I did this:

Warm Up

Reverse hypers, 2×10, incline situps, 2×10, shoulder complex, band stretching.

Bench Press

2×20 @ 45

2×3 @ 95










All of the singles were competition grip, competition pause, no liftoff, no spotters.  The 300 was not 100% effort, but I made a deal with myself that if I hit 300 I could go home and have a sandwich.

Pulldowns (because I lied to myself)

100×30, 20

Face Pull Superset with Pressdown


Shooting for a 1200 total might be aiming low.  Assuming my squat hasn’t gone backwards, my openers will be 1110.


About Paul Stagg

Husband, lifter, MBA in Baltimore, MD. Will post about Powerlifting, politics, Classical Liberalism, Economics, building wealth, self improvement, productivity, heavy music, wine, food, beer, and almost anything else. View all posts by Paul Stagg

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