I am soooo sore!
I never new retracting my shoulder blades could leave me in so much pain - good pain I guess, the worked hard kind of pain not injury pain. I felt great when I left the gym - the endorphins I think, but by the time I got home my whole upper back had seized and my left bicep was aching....
But the pain was worth it! I doubled 75kg raw! and with the bench shirt on I worked up triple @ 90 on 3 board then a triple @100 on 3 board. Stayed at 100 and the boards started coming down, triple on 2 board, then singles - 1 board, 1/2 board. Finally went for the touch on the shirt but couldnt get it. At this point Martyn explained a bit more on how to get the bar to touch and pointed out that my shoulders started to come forward - hence the really hard retraction needed to combat that. Another attempt and a quick touch but no lockout, but it came off the chest easy!
Back to some more board work. 3 board press triple @120, triple @ 130 and last an attempted triple @ 140. The first rep was ok, maybe even the 2nd but the 3rd - neh!
By now my left bicep was starting to complain about the compression and my little finger was getting pins and needles. Not as bad a last time, but I was ready to get the shirt OFF!
A very productive bench session - far more than I had anticipated and surprised myself how well the 100's went. Really paying for it now tho - soooo sore.
Session 2 with the tight shirt has left my arm looking
like I'm some kind of crazed drug addict with little scratch marks :-)