Today was a back to back lifting day: bench press and deadlifts.
My bench press has proven to be the most disappointing part of my weight routine. I simply feel like I am making no progress in it - or if I am, it is very slow progress indeed. It frustrates me because progress in my other lifts - deadlifts, squats, push press - has been steady and demonstrable. But bench has been almost impreceptible - my best single was 1 x 160 lb in November; I just managed 2 x 160 lb last week. That is close to my body weight but hardly the sort of the thing I was hoping.
My deadlift was frustrating today as well. Deadlifts have shown a much steadier improvement over time but today was not as good as I would have liked - max of 5 x 220 lb and a downgrade of 3 x 175 lb. My form was terrible - my stance is (I think) too narrow and my knees are going askew in ways that are not all that grand for me. I have gotten 5 x 240 lb in the past, but today was not the day - the 5 x 220 lb barely recognizable as a finished set.
This whole thing is something which I have not yet fully come to grips with yet in lifting: the fact that it does not seem to be that linear of a process.
I want Personal Records. Everyone, I think, does. But as sometimes these get knocked down almost week by week, in other cases they linger for weeks at a time. And other cases (like today) things take a backwards step in ways that I do not fully understand. I would think that the ability to lift would increase in a linear fashion: more weight over time would equal heavier lifts.
Apparently I think wrong.
I will be back in the gym on Friday for another back to back - Push Press and Squats - and will probably hit some of the same frustrations. But it is at moments like these that I have to go back to my workout book (yes, I have become enough of a meathead to keep one of those now) that I can look and see that while I may not feel like I am making process, I have in fact made a great deal of progress since I started in July.
Eyes to the sunrise, keeping them on the prize.