Chin-ups and a Few Other Things

Missing a scheduled deadlift workout?

Cockatoo in the backyardI don't need much more of an indicator that I'm feeling less than 100% than missing a scheduled deadlift workout. That's exactly what happened on Monday, and with today's session also absent it feels like I've done little this week other than chin-ups.

Friday DE SQ/DL
Another squatting practise session similar to last week's. A combination of quad/shin stretches, step-ups (great little conditioners), Hindu squats and light bar work. Not bad at all.

I decided to try my hand (hands, I guess) at tactical chin-ups; adding a lengthy pause at the bottom of each rep. This makes quite a difference, and I was certainly recycling the room's air afterward.

For some reason shrugs appealed, although working up to the point of grip failure didn't bode well for the rest of the workout. Decided to call it a day there and concentrate on Monday's session.

Chin-up (tactical) 5,4 @bw
Shrug 10@80/176, 10@90/198, 10@100/225, 10@110/242, 10@120/264, 5@130/286

Monday ME SQ/DL
How much did Sunday's shrug-fest take out of the upper back? A quick bout of chin-ups seemed like a good test. Not a good result.

Chin-up 13@bw

Wednesday ME BENCH
Things still didn't feel right following a few sets of chin-ups (the magic 50 still eludes me here).

Chin-up 10,10,10,10 @bw

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