I‘m always open to changing up my program and growing both physically and mentally. I noticed a few of my friends we’re doing Smolov Jr for dead and squat so I figured I’d give the Smolov Jr bench a try. It’s looks like this will be a fairly brutal 13 weeks of training and I can’t wait. For the last 4 years I’ve avoided heavy bench due to some shoulder issues I have from a car accident I was in where I dislocated my left shoulder and nearly my right. I also tore the Labrum in my left shoulder. Thanks to my friend Rob Monroe I was able to rehab the shoulders and now feel very confident in their strength and stability.
I’m starting off with a calculated bench of 251lbs. My pre-accident bench max was 405 so I’ve got a lot of ground to make up. I wasn’t going to share my 1RM because well, I’m embarrassed by it. It’ll be very interesting to see where it is after 13 weeks!
On a side note I got my blood work back this week and I have almost NO SIGN of Diabetes! My lipid panel was out of tolerance but in 3 months I’ll draw again and I think I’ll be back in normal ranges. My protein/saturated fat intake was MUCH higher than normal for the last 3 months as I shifted into the ketogenic lifestyle.