I walked into the gym deceptively comfortable. Within the first few sets, the toll of doing identical compound movements three times a week surfaced in my performance.
4 X 5 45, 135, 185, 225 lbs.
1 X 4 275 lbs.
> The load felt light, but after just a few reps of 135, my quads began to feel like knives had been stuck through them. 275 didn't feel very different from 185, but I fatigued quickly. The fourth rep was the closest I've ever come to failing at the bottom.
2 X 5 185 lbs.
> Intentionally light.
As soon as I got up to throw away my empty water bottle, lo and behold, the personal trainer struck again! He instantly seized the open bench, and had his client spot him for partial reps of 185. Needless to say, I got as far away from there as possible.
Incline dumbbell press:
2 X 5 75 lbs.
> Way too light, but my triceps were sore.
One-armed cable rows:
5 X 8 Entire stack
> It was supposed to be 5 X 5. Oops.
3 X 8 130 lbs.
2 X 8 Entire stack