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3/5/2007 12:41:21 PM - Mike

Bench - started out great. Warmups were flying and then 'wham!'... shit the bed.
bar x bazillion
405x3(this killed me)
425x1(all I could muster)

Flat Db Presses
110's x20
100's x20
90's x18

3sets of 10

Incline Situps
set of 10
set of 10 w/45lbs
set of 10 w/75lbs
set of 10 w/100lbs

I can't figure out what is wrong with my bench press. I know I'm not specifically trying to get it stronger but c'mon... I'm a pretty solid 325lbs and my assistance stuff is strong, it's just when it comes to benching I'm as weak as a wet noodle. I should be pressing a hell of a lot more than what I have been. I'm going to consult a few of my bench specialist friends to see what they have to say.

I had a great time at the Arnold Classic Saturday. It was great running into some of the old Westside guys, especially Rob Fusner. It was also good to see Brent Mikesell. Awesome guy, class act and I'm glad I can call him a friend. It's guys like Brent that were the reason I got into powerlifting.

My brother came down from Syracuse with a buddy of ours to watch Big Steve MacDonald in action in the strongman competition. Feeling a bit under the weather, Steve was still able to muster a world record Atlas stone lift. It was incredible to see him up there with the worlds best and achieve that accomplishment. Congrats again Steve!

All in all it was a lot of fun. Sweated my ass off and had to shed my Elitefts t-shirt for a dry one but that's nothing new for me. Looking forward to next year.

Mike Ruggiera

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