Slip Sliding Away

Further down the slope with each rep.

Over the barFollowing last week's testing of the various angles of my bench, today seemed like a good time to test out the decline possibilities. The bench really only allows a single decline position (approximately 15 degrees), yet that was quite enough to feel somewhat awkward. Leg drive was quickly replaced by a subtle hanging on as I slid further down the slope with each rep. Perhaps that's why I've been subconciously avoiding them.

After several relatively light sets (with a large part of the effort going into resisting the slide, rather than lifting the weight) I decided to move on to a bit of shoulder pressing, which at least meant I was sitting up for a while. Tiring as always.

Finally it was time to time to revisit Charles Poliquin's Gymnasts Extended Set Back Routine - guaranteed to have anyone recycling the air in the room after a few minutes. Twice through (rather than the expected three times) was enough for a satisfying, deep breathing, sweat inducing assurance of a good night's sleep.

DE BENCH Decline bench press (explosive) 2x10@20kg, 6x3@30kg, 6x3@40kg, 20@20kg Seated shoulder press 6,6,6,4@40kg Dip 10@bw Wide grip pull-up / med grip pull-up/ med grip chin-up / narr grip chin-up 7/5/7/7, 3/3/4/3
Total time : 52 mins

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