Trained biceps, chest, and rear-delts tonight and got a good pump. I've been making use of the Ironmind loading pin I ordered and it's so much better for weighted pull-ups than having to lap the plates while sitting down and fiddle with running the chain through the holes.
Weighed 224 today. I've gained a lot of weight and don't look too sharp, haha. I'll make sure to stay within range to cut to 220 for my powerlifting meet. Optimally my normal competing weight is 200 but that time is definitely not now.
Did mat pulls off 7 mats for only 5 a couple days ago. I'd forgotten to take breaks at work and my back was feeling very stiff. Also, while doing kettlebell goblet squats I discovered that that's what's been bugging my shoulder. The fix for that is easy, just do high rep bar squats.
Bench press: Up to 355 x 1
Shoulder hurt but singles were manageable.
Close-grip bench 250 x 10, 9, 8, 8
Pain here too but I'm stupid so I kept going.
Chin-ups 15, 20 90 x 8, 8, 8
Might do more after work, depending on if I get called in early for tomorrow.
275, 315 x 5
345 x 8
How about that? Things are picking up for this. Knee ached a tiny bit on one of the work-up sets so I widened my stance and thought "powerlifter" which fixed things. It was an easy final set but I didn't want to max out.
I find that really focusing on exploding up with my butt and feet takes a load off of the knees bearing everything while at the bottom. Stuff I should already know but when concentrating on that I could feel a difference vs how I usually squat.
237.5 x 5
270 x 5
312.5 x 4
Barely missed a fifth. Literally struggled for at least 6 seconds before lockout but not getting it. I think that fight under tension probably benefited me more than the extra inch locking it out would have, haha. In any case, have gotten stronger.
12, 15, 20
90 x 8, 8
250 x 9, 7
225 x 8, 8
Did this in about an hour. Left it at here because of work, and didn't get to do any additional bodybuilding stuff at night because I got called in early the next day.
Mat pulls (9)
515 x 9
Holy shit, this was easy despite my left grip being in too far and the barbell tilting to one side so that I kept trying to readjust. No rest pauses. Last time I got 7 with 1 rest.