What a day!
The workout was ... unique
Ten days ago, i had sub-luxated both my shoulders
I was afraid i wouldn't be able to bench press without luxating them again.
Bench press: Started with 20kg, the bar only. Went well, no pain, no snapping. 40kg, slight sting in the right shoulder. 60kg, slight sting in both shoulders. 80kg, terrible pain in both shoulders, though the weight felt very easy i had to fight for every rep. I almost quitted, but then i thought of the competition, and that the weight itself felt easy, it was only pain. Pain is only a feeling, but i was still afraid of the 100kg to snap my shoulders. So i did 100kg: 5, 4, 3 reps. Was very angry with me. I couldn't do other than ultra slow reps on the down-movement, then normal speed up. My shoulders burnt and i considered being smart after every rep, but then again, at least they didn't snap.
What made me even more angry that i was wearing my "Vegan Fitness Team" Shirt and then i was making sounds and face as if the few reps 100kg was heavy as hell
But it was only the pain, damn.
I really was pissed and saw all my hopes for the competition floating down the gutter
My shoulders were really uncomfortably hurting after the bench.
Next exercise, incline bench dumbell flies. I was anxious if i could do it without pain, and i could!
No pain, nothing. If the shoulders don't get better, i'll have to replace the bench press by flies until the comp and afterwards heal my shoulders.
As with the flies, i was afraid, but the dips worked well
But after the super slow bench, the 35kg strapped on felt quite heavy, so i did 4, 5, 1 reps
This brought me down again. The empty bar for warm-up was okay, but then the 50kg literally stopped me. I did a clean but was completely unable to press it up. My shoulders just refused to press, i was paralyzed
After some low kicks at the power cage and angry mutters to myself ( i kept thinking it's only the pain, it's nothing serious, my shoulders are okay) i tried again and managed 2 slow reps. I must have looked like i was being tortured while going for a one rep max
Then i dropped the weight to 40kg and did 3 slow reps, but then it was over. Impossible to go on
Easy going, painless 10 reps with 40kg (2 extra reps to compensate the lacking reps in the press). So if anything else fails, i still can do dips, flies and upright row
The best part of the workout. My knee didn't hurt
(almost - after the agony of my shoulders it was nothing) so i did very easy 7 and 5 reps with 115kg for a 12 rep total. Could have done 12 in one set but didn't want to exaggerate, i just did slow and perfect form today.
Standing machine: 110kg for 12 reps, 5 seconds loaded stretching after each rep. Then 30 seconds stretching.
Crunches and lateral crunches and such stuff.
After the workout i was really in bad mood, as you can imagine. My shoulders were still hurting.
But THEN i drove to meet a gym owner i know, i had made an appointment with him to get his advice for the competition (he's a real pro coach). He was so enthusiastic and optimistic, he really cheered me up! He gave me tons of great advice! And he was overwhelmed by my shape
He agreed to study the posing routine with me, he and his wife (who is Ms. Universe by the way!
When i left his gym 90minutes later, i was completely turned around, optimistic and ready to kick ass at the contest
And now i even know how!
What a day, really!
Now i'm gonna buy a scale for weighing my food, and then i'll write a diet-log.
Have a great time, everybody,
love and peace,