Friday, July 10, 2009

Strict press and pull-up ladder...

Today was a nice arm day. After all the leg work lately I was all in favor. So, my strict presses today looked like this.


My max for the strict press is 93 lbs, but I'll be honest, it wasn't pretty when I did it. I have a very bad habit of arching my back and pushing away from my face on the strict press. Today I really was working on tightening my core and getting set and trying not to arch. As my weights got higher, I felt myself arch and push away, and so I called it quits. I don't think this was a bad lifting day for me, because strict press pr's are very hard to come by, especially for me.

After the strict press, I took a shot at the extra work that Jerry had posted which was a simply pull-up ladder. Start at 1 and for every minute, add 1 pull-up. So, 1 minute is 1, then 2, then 3 and so on and so on until you can no longer complete the number of pull-ups in a minute. My pull-ups have gotten weaker, I think largely due to my weight gain, so it was a necessary evil to work them. I need to keep working on my diet. I need to make better choices. My diet needs to become as automatic as my clean or my jerk, or my squat. It needs to become something I do without thinking or wavering.

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