Call it The World’s Shortest Bench Press Session. I didn’t go to the gym on Saturday, as I had other things to do. In the process, I managed to re-injure, if only slightly, my troublesome left elbow. Still, I didn’t think it would be a problem. Famous last words.
Sunday I had a 5-hour shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer. It was definitely a busy shift, but there wasn’t much heavy lifting involved and I sort of forgot about my elbow woes. In the mid-afternoon, after my shift, I headed off to the gym with the intention of doing some bench presses. As usual, I started with 135 pounds as a warmup. I got into position, lifted the bar an inch or two off the rack … and immediately replaced it. There was such a burst of pain in my elbow that I knew bench pressing, indeed any arm exercises, were strictly off-limits. I’m going to have to wait quite a while to let my elbow fully heal.
With benching and indeed any upper-body work being inadvisable, I resigned myself to more leg work. Okay, “resigned” is a bad choice of word, as leg work is important yet often neglected. Squats are the best form of lower-body exercise, but there’s enough arm involvement, in stabilizing the bar, that I didn’t want to risk doing them. Unique Fitness doesn’t have the device known as a safety squat bar that allows squatting without arm involvement.
I instead used a plate-loaded squat machine, better than nothing but a pale imitation of the real thing: 10 x 360, 3 x 10 x 450. Like I could ever put up those numbers with real squats. Next came some Life Fitness seated leg curls, 8 x 175, 3 x 8 x 160. I then did some Life Fitness leg extensions, 3 x 8 x 175. To finish the session I did standing calf raises, 3 x 10 x 290.