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Older Can Be Better


#1

What a bench day and I deviated from the plan.
Warmups with the bar for 12 reps 3 different handplacements 4 reps each.
Stretch and warm shoulders.
Then 12 with 95 same as above.
Then 135 for 9 varying the hand placement 3 time 3 reps each.
Now to get serious. Sets of 10 with 175 that felt strangely light.
Then 200 lbs for 10 reps and again real light.

So I decided to not do 215 for 10. I went to 225 and proceeded to do the set. About the 8th rep I discovered I was not feeling tired, then at 10 I ddid not want to put the bar back. So I went to 12 reps and stopped because I was shocked at what I had done. Normally I would then do a down set, but I kept the weight at 225 and did another set of 12, an incredible PR.

Then to the decline dumbbell presses 3 sets of 10 with 60 and need to use more weight. This should make my chest look perky.

Dumbbell rows, 3 sets of 12 with 60lbs. To back up the bench.
Shoulder trisets 2 of them with 20 lbs dumbbells and 10 reps each exercise. These were side laterals front raises then rear flys. My wife likes my shoulders.

Overhead tricep extensions, 3 sets of 12 with 60, 70, then 65. This will toughen them up so the wife cannot take such a big bite out of them.
Barbell curls sets of 12 with 40, 60, and 70. I am now getting an admiring glance from a nookie girl. Damn life is good when you are a dirty old man.
Then decline crunches for 4 sets of 15 and outta there in an hour and 5 minutes.

I am stoked, I am fired up, and there will be old people kissing tonight. Might even make the step kids sick and kiss in front of them.


#2

Congrat's!

Looks/sounds like you had a great workout!

Any idea why? Music, empty weightroom, different time of day or did you get more rest than usual?


#3

You'll know when you're too old as the warm up will last longer than the workout :slight_smile:


#4

Actually regular bunch in the gym, I do not notice the music, and my usual time of day. Some things lately though, I have brought decline presses back into my training. Also my protein consumption is up, my wife is cooking better. Also I feel my conditioning program coupled with my no bench bench workouts helped.


#5

Sensei, nice work. 12 x 225 should take you to 300 lbs plus for 1 rm !


#6

Actually last meet cycle I did 215 for 3 sets of 10 early on, then 11 weeks later hit a 374 and damn near made a 402. Missing it by about 5 inches from lockout.

Of course I had the excitement of the meet going on, other lifters spurring me on not to mention college girls watching, and my wife ready to kill me if I looked at them.