I met up with my training partner Maura for our last bench workout before the Minnesota State Open Powerlifting competition on February 2. I am very lucky to have such an awesome partner to help me with my bench press. Bench press is by far my weakest lift. I have shoulder issues. I alway thought bench pressing was something I would never excel at... I have to say, thanks to Maura Shuttleworth and my long distance coach Mark Reifkind I am benching more than I ever thought possible. I pressed 100lbs today, with commands. It is not a huge amount of weight... especially compared to my training partner, who happens to be the national 105lber Bench Press Champion! But, I found a way to bench press with out pain, and I actually feel like I can improve on this movement without risking my shoulder health. This is a huge deal for me.
Maura's friend Vicki, who is a kettlebeller, was good enough to help us video our lifts today. Maura and I are working on convincing Vicki to join us on Fridays for Deadlifting. Come on Vicki! The world could use another strong woman!
Any whoo... here is my workout;
~95lbs singles were all with commands, 100lbers were 2 with commands, 1 touch and go - video below
2 Sets, 5 Reps
1 Set of 5 with chains... just for fun
~I dug around The Press Gym's PL room and found some very small chains... It's hard to row when you are laughing... especially with chains. Video below for some comic relief... enjoy!
Both BW and Weighted
We finished up with some weighted pull-ups and goofing around with kettlebells. We had a great time. I hope we keep our training schedule after the meet. This experience has been so much fun!