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Music For Therapy
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : workouts

Shrugging it offMusic certainly makes a difference in workouts (as anyone who’s ever tried lifting weights to a bit of Britney Spears would know – don’t ask). My brother has always had a heavier taste in music – the stuff I now work out to is the stuff he’s listened to/performed for years – and his latest recommendation was Chimaira. Perfect.
With my shoulders, triceps and lower back all still in recovery mode yesterday I put off this week’s ME BENCH session until today. Despite the delts still complaining about last week’s battering I worked up to a fairly solid 5RM just shy of my current 1RM. Sliding an extra couple of plates on the bar is not looking too distant.
A bit of upper back work finished things off (it was just a brief lunchtime session); including shrugs which are now just below my deadlift max.
Gorilla chin 4×8@bw
Bench press 20@20/44, 10@40/88, 5@50/110, 5@60/132, 5@65/143, 5@70/154, 5@75/165
Bent row 4×8@60/132
Shrug 20@60/132, 10@100/220, 10@120/264, 5@140/308

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Written By Scott Bird
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