Today is the best bench press workout that I have had.
I believe that there are three reasons which I will get to in a moment.
First of all, why was this my best bench press workout so far?
For the bench press, I did my new high of 185lbs for 5 repetitions.
The possibility that I could bench 185lbs for even one repetition seems very remote, especially a couple of years ago when I could not even bench press 90 pounds.
In addition to the bench press, I did a good set of pull ups as well, going from using 85lbs of help down to 50lbs and I felt strong enough on the pullups that I believe in short order I will be able to go down to even 40 pounds of help and still do 5 reps.
Dumbbell rows are also good still at 55 pounds for each hand.
I added curls today just because I felt like it.
I figured after having done the basic fundamentals of push ups, bench press and pull ups, I could add in a bit of a probably fairly useless exercise like curls, I was just curious how much I could curl considering that I never do curls.
I did 35 pounds in each hand for five reps and thought that was not too shabby.
And to round everything off, I added very strict form push ups to the mix.
My first set was a bit of a sloppy push up like I usually do, not terrible, but not very strict form and I got the idea that strict form push ups are probably harder and might be more beneficial.
As soon as I did them, I knew that was the right way to go because I could only do 10!
Now for the reasons that I had an excellent bench press workout today and was stronger.
1) I got a full eight hours of sleep last night.
I went to sleep at 10am and woke up a little after 6 am.
My body felt refreshed and stronger.
As you might have read before, the more sleep, the more testosterone, and the more weight loss because of the extra testosterone.
2) Yesterday I had absolutely no wheat product.
The origin of Hashi Mashi was to cut out all grain products and focus on vegetables.
In just one day, I could feel the benefit.
3) Yesterday after my workout I had a high quality Isagenix whey protein shake.
Based on what I have read, the best time for simple carbs and protein is after a workout when your muscles are hungry for glucose.
This improves muscle growth.
Maybe it did and that is why I felt a bit stronger in my bench press workout today.
I benched 185 pounds without too much effort till the last two reps which must be easier before I move up in weight.
Hey, I know that 185 pounds might not be a big deal to you.
But, for me, I will take it and I am only 59.
So, being in my 60th year, believe me, I am grateful I can do any bench press workout.
Let alone bench 185 pounds.
Anyone else out there with experience in the bench press.
What is your bench press workout like?
Anyone out there over 50 and still doing bench press workouts?
Please comment on your bench press workout , share your story and encourage us all.