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Warm Hands, Cold Bar
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : workouts

Hand warmerYesterday I decided to grab myself a hot water bottle as a temporary hand warmer for the garage. After all, it’s only the iron that gets really cold overnight. Instead I ended up grabbing a small heat pack; dropping it into boiling water for a few minutes heats up the gel inside for about an hour. Perfect for a winter workout.
Today’s session was really just testing my bench (curious as to any short-term loss from not doing it for a while), as well as making sure there was enough room to do things like bent rows and shrugs. Apart from the slightly unusual feeling of straddling the bench whilst doing them (there really isn’t anywhere else for it to go) everything was fine. I suspect I’ve lost 3-5kg on the bench – which will hopefully be quickly recaptured.
Bench press 20@20/44, 10@40/88, 5@50/110, 5@60/132, 5@70/154, 3@75/165
Bent row 4×8@60/132
Shrug 20@60/132, 3×10@90/198

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Written By Scott Bird
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