It’s all about the rest, ’bout the rest, no workout

I didn’t work out Friday or yesterday. Yay! The older I get, the wiser I get. And stronger. And better looking.

As Jeff and I were the only two to attend the Barbell Club today (WTF?), James joined us for all but the conditioning.

A: Power Clean (Establish 1RM)
It’s been far too long since I’ve attempted a power clean 1RM, and I just wasn’t feeling it today. I did achieve 155, 10# less than previous PR, and failed 3 attempts at 167#. I just wasn’t pulling myself under the bar. There is nothing to fear but fear of pulling myself under the bar. And fear itself. Yeah, that, too.
B: Bench Press (6×5)
I completed sets @ 100, 115, 125, 135, 145, & 155, a little more than 80% of 1RM. Bench press finally felt good today. Yup, I did struggle with very last rep.
C: Metcon (Time)
2 attempts for time (parallettes)
I stupidly wore my weightlifting shoes the first attempt and only managed to hold L-sit for 20 seconds. I rested, took of my shoes, and held L-sit for 25 seconds. Yay!
Metcon (Time)
4 Sets:
Front Rack Step Ups 16-20
Renegade Row Pushups 12-14
Rest :90 btwn sets
James suggested 95 to 115# for step ups, so I wisely selected 95#. James observed my step ups to 20″ box and said, “The box is too tall for a person of your height. Use 16 inches.” I used a pair of 35# dumbbells for the renegade row pushups, as Jeff had the pair of 40s. Dammit. I mean, yay!
Uhm, if I am given the option of completing between 16 and 20 reps I’m going to choose 20. Uhm, if I’m given the option of completed between 12 and 14 reps I’m going to choose 14. I just can’t help myself.
My splits were 1:59 2:10, 2:10, & 1:55. Why was my last set the fastest? Do you not even know me? I completed all rounds of 10/leg step ups unbroken. I did, however, rest whilst completing pushups during the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I wouldn’t allow myself to rest during the last round. I did notice, however, that I move to the left in a circular pattern whilst completing pushups. It’s such a right-brained thing to do.

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