Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 52 – Putting Weight On the Bar

It’s finally time to quit messing around and start putting some heavy weight back on the bar. I plan on competing a couple times this summer and want to be ready.

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Athlete Journal, Entry 52 – Putting Weight On the Bar

It’s finally time to start putting some heavy weight back on the bar and quit messing around with the silly stuff. I plan on competing a couple times this summer.

Unfortunately I started off Monday being in pain and distracted from a piece of metal I had gotten embedded in my eye over the weekend.

MONDAY

Bench Press

135×10

185×5

225×5

315×5

365×1

425×3,3,3,3

I left the gym and was having trouble seeing as my eye was closing up and streaming on me. I got the metal removed on Tuesday with a needle by the eye doctor. On the first try he didn’t numb it enough, and it definitely wasn’t fun when he jabbed my eye with the needle.

WEDNESDAY

Warmups x 15min mobility and muscle firing patterns

Squat w/Buffalo Bar

155×10

265×5

375×5

485×2

595×2

660×1,3,1

(Watch video for discussion on squats.)

Leg Press – Wide all adductor

650×12

Leg Press – Single leg wide

225×16,16,16

Glute Ham Raise

Bodyweight x100 total

Band Bad Girls

#2×20,20,20

FRIDAY

Quick workout before packing to leave town:

Hook Grip Rack pulls

225×1

315×1

405×1 – 30sec hold

495×1 – 10sec hold

585×1 – 10sec hold

675×1 – 10sec hold

760×1 – 10sec hold

Incline Bench

45×20

135×15

185×20,20,20 – Getting some blood flow on the left shoulder that is bothering me.

One Arm Snatch

135×1,1,1 per side – Feeling heavy.

Neutral Grip Pullups

Bodyweight x16,16,12

SIDE NOTES:

I’ve been working my right shoulder with bands to ‘reset’ it ala “Super D” Donnie Thompson’s shoulder videos. It’s working well in relieving the aches and pains. However the shoulder is still fatiguing early on bench and feels like I have a strain in there somewhere. I’ve been doing this on a daily basis even while traveling and got a few things from Dr. Philip Snell that I will be adding as well. I’m also working with him and using a few other techniques to get my hip mobility back up for my deadlift. I’ve been working this almost daily.