Not good… in the bad way, not good.
Wendler 5/3/1 program, cycle 24, week 3
- Work Set – Bench Press (working max: 225#)
- 45 x 5 x 2 sets (warmup)
- 95 x 5
- 115 x 5
- 135 x 3
- 170 x 5 (work)
- 195 x 3
- 215 x 3
- 225 x 1 (Joker)
- 235 x 0
- Assistance – Pull-ups (superset between each pressing set)
- BW (band-assisted) x 5 x 5 sets
Today was not good.
On Saturday, Wife and I were talking about training, first aid, and came around to rescue carries. Wife tried some carries on me, and things weren’t working out. She was pulling hard on my arms, and that did something to my shoulders. In the bad way.
Saturday afternoon I started to feel the pain. Sunday was better, but still problematic. It’s true pain in my shoulder, at the rotator joint. And something radiates down my arm along the biceps, from end to end, muscle and tendon. It feels like a joint issue, that something got strained (tendons?), and maybe some nerve pinching or something? It’s hard to say. But I’m taking Advil to help with inflammation and that seems to help, but I think time is the only remedy.
I could start to feel the pain as I pressed. I stopped doing pull-ups because I was aiming to PR today (235 would have been a PR) and just didn’t want to aggravate the shoulder any further.
Intentionally only did 215 for a triple. It felt good, at least weight-wise. I knew 225 would be no problem, and that was in case. In fact, I was so in the zone that I had no idea I pressed the thing — I was done before I started. It was mentally kinda cool to just rip through it like that. I knew 235 was going to be easy, and even thought I might try 245 if all went well.
I put 235 on the bar, unrack, bar came down, and my body shut down. It was not muscular failure… there was something else. Like my nervous system just didn’t fire. I was suddenly very weak, no ability in my arms, nothing. And yes, this is why I started benching in the half-rack. I was able to set the bar on the arms no problem, tho it was over my neck, no contact, and I was able to slide out from under things.
I couldn’t lift my arms. If I did, my arms/hands were shaking. I could barely take the plates off the bar, I had to wear my belt home because I couldn’t hold it. In fact, after I was done lifting, I sat on the bench with my arms — especially my biceps — in pain for about 5 minutes. Yes, this sucks, and concerns me a bit.
Even now, a few hours later as I type, things suck. Trying to lift my left arm above my head and there’s a lot of pain in the shoulder joint. Something feels weak throughought my arms and hands. At this point, I think we just strained something too much, and Advil and time is all I can do. I’m not sure how the rest of the week is going to go, with deadlift and pressing still to come. I’m just going to wing it. And for sure, my deload week is going to be light and easy. I just have to take this as it comes and see how it goes day to day.
BTW, I’m not mad at Wife nor anyone nor anything. It’s just one of those things. Life goes on.