I did it again! I went in the gym today, feeling pretty down thanks to the last three or four days of nothing but rain. To compound matters dipwad A and dipwad B* were once again monopolizing the squat rack. So I had to substitute leg presses for squats- something I don’t like doing.
After a mediocre showing at the chin-up bar (read: no progress since last time), I decided to go for it with my bench press. I set the weight to 230lbs and settled down beneath the bar. I performed my usual bench press ritual. What is that ritual? Well first I close my eyes and take three deep breaths. Then I visualize myself performing 6 perfect reps, moving my arms as if I was actually pushing the weight. Then on the sixth rep I just adjust my hands back a bit and grip the bar and transition into the exercise as if it were my seventh rep.
Well anyway, I glided smoothly from my ritual weightless reps into a set of 6 reps with 230lbs on the bar. It felt great. But it doesn’t stop there. Nope. The last three reps I used a great technique called “stop-n-go.” It makes the exercise more difficult and according to Mens’ Health magazine it recruits more muscle fibers into the movement.
How sweet is that!? I submit to you that it is wicked sweet!
*Note:* Dipwad A is a personal trainer and dipwad B is his annoying little client. They are record holders when it comes to monopolizing equipment, standing around doing nothing, and showing very little progress of any kind. They will show up again in another article this week.