Persistence pays off!
So it turns out that my Deadlifting session on Monday took more out of me than I thought. I rested on Tuesday as I normally would the day after a heavy workout. Wednesday was a complete wipe-out-I did hit the gym to Bench press; let’s just say it did not go well. Every single one of us has had one of those days where everything just feels heavy. So I know from past experience when I feel like this it’s better for me to save anything that I had for my next workout.
So Thursday, fueled up from a nice 2000 calorie lunch, my Jack3d and the poor performance the day before I was determined to have a good HEAVY pressing session. I wouldn't normally press 2 days in a row but Wednesday was a write off.
Overhead press had always been one of my weaker events but a lot of hard work over the last 12-18 months has paid off. I gradually worked up to my previous best and then added a further 10lbs. First attempt FAIL, Second Attempt FAIL, this wound me more as when I took it off the rack it felt light but technique is crucial when lifting big. Third and last attempt I had to dig real deep but got it. GOD LOVES PERSISTENCE!
Technique is everything; I studied my own technique thoroughly when I was stuck at the same plateau for nearly 2 years. I researched into the techniques of some of the best overhead pressers in the world-Laurence Shahlaei, Derek Poundstone and Mikhail Koklyaev just to name a few. The push from my legs was good and timed well but one thing that I found personally was my grip on the bar. My grip was fairly wide, like I would have on the bench press; this totally took my triceps out of the press. My triceps are stronger and more useful to me than my shoulders when pressing overhead. I changed my grip slightly narrower and kept my elbows out in-front rather than to the side and instant improvement in my lift. I have put 45lbs on my OH press in a matter of months. Watch this blog to see if I can add another 45lbs and break 400lbs by the summer!!
I hope everyone enjoys the Superbowl on Sunday-I’m a Ravens fan they don't need me to play this weekend!! I will be in the gym both Saturday and Sunday. My competitors won't be taking a day off and there is no chance I will either!!!
Thanks for reading guys and girls!