Coworker Challenge XV


Bench Press

Let me just say that trying to do this on the back-end of Con*Crud and four weeks after breaking my damn hand was not the most fun I’ve ever had. I took a pass on the pushups because bending my hand backwards puts pressure on what we suspect is a sprained pinkie/wrist combo platter; I did a plank hold for about 90 seconds instead.

* = Personal Records

9/14/10 Weight Pullups Situps Pushups Squats
Rafe 172 25 95* :42*
Pablo 209 11* 69 57 :49*
Mr. Ed
183 13* 74* 65* :47*
P.C. 172 20 64* 60 :58*
Little J 197 4* 69* 41 :47*
Andy
242 4 45* 37* :50*
Big J
255 2 54 45 :52
B.B. 1* 70* 43* 1:03*
NaFer 186 10 74 50 :52

Always good to see a lot of PRs up on the board, whether it’s a tie or an outright besting of the previous mark. For the squats, everyone improved, whether it was by a little (two or three seconds) or a lot (20+ seconds). Situps were also a wellspring of improvement.

Since that wasn’t really much of a workout, and Pablo has decided to host a bench pressing meet at his place on 25 October, I wanted to see how the injured paw would hold up to that move once I got home. Since it was reset day anyway, nothing too crazy was in store. 2/3 of my estimated 1RM of 240 suggested a working weight of 165, but based on the relative ease of the precursor sets, I just went to 175.

Note to self: You wrote the fucking program, pay attention to it.

Warmup:

Bench Press: 1×20 @ 45 / 1×10 @ 95

Work Sets:

Bench Press: 3×5 @ 135 / 3×5 @ 155 / 2×5 @ 175 (stapled on the last rep)

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