Monday Session

Static Stretching (lower body)

Squat
45×5
135×5
225×5
315×5
365×3 <– add belt
405×3
455×3

Bench Press (paused)
45×5
135×5
225×5
315×5
365×5

I decided to work up to my openers tonight. I wanted to get some work in at the same time, so I did reps with my targeted opener and did multiple reps up to my top weight. After the way my bench press went, I will be opening with 373. My goal was 3 reps with 365.

Friday Session

SSB Parallel Box Squat (15.5″ box)
155×5
245×5
335×5
385×5
425×5 <-- add belt Bench Press (paused) 45x5 135x5 205x5 245x5 285x5 330x2x5 Incline DB Bench Press w/light band - 60x3x10 Neutral Grip Chin-ups - 3x8 A1. Close Stance Leg Press - 405x10, 455x10, 495x10 A2. Leg Press Calf Raise - 405x20, 455x20, 495x20 I felt like doing something different today, so I did some SSB squats to a parallel box. I felt these a lot in my quads due to the combination of the SSB and my squat shoes. I have one solid week of training left and I will do some light lifting the week of the meet.

Cardiologist Follow Up

I had a follow up appointment with my cardiologist today. Prior to this and right after my angiogram I was told by the cardiologist that I had a 40% blockage and that 40% wasn’t bad. He said during my appointment today that a 40% blockage isn’t bad and is normal. He said that most people have blockages in this range. He said my heart was strong and healthy. The anomalies in the stress test, that prompted the angiogram showed that I had depressed heart function. The angiogram proved the stress test wrong. The cardiologist said the only concern is me being type 2 diabetic puts me at higher risk of heart problems and I would need to see a cardiologist annually. It is now apparent that my chest pains were just pains in my pectoral due to benching in a powerlifting meet. I am relieved that I don’t have heart problems and it was a good thing I had it checked out. At least I know the condition of my heart and I can take steps to prevent it from getting worse.