Floor Press 8-28-18

Since I do not currently have a power rack or bench I have had to think outside of the box for some of my exercises.  One of those exercises is the floor press.  If you don’t know what a floor press is, it is a bench press done while lying on the floor instead of a bench.

Back in March when I started my new fitness journey I had a 1 rep max of 145 lbs in the floor press.  In July I was able to get my 1 rep max up to 170 lbs, although it was a struggle.  My first two sets went well.  During my third set at 165 I got stuck midway through the rep.  I didn’t think I would be able to complete the rep but continued pushing.  Once I got past the sticking point the weight shot right up.  I had the same experience at 170.  The barbell didn’t want to move then suddenly went up easily.

This month I felt good as I started lifting.  Once again the first two sets were easy.  My third set of 160 went up without a problem.  I put 170 on and fairly easily matched July’s  best.  I then became a little overconfident.  Since 170 went so well I figured I could get 180.  It seemed logical.  I loaded the bar and slid underneath it.  After getting the bar into place I began the lift.  I pushed with everything I had but this time, not only did the barbell get stuck in the midpoint, it slowly started to come back down.  It didn’t matter how hard I pushed back I wasn’t going to be successful.  I set the bar down and reset the weight to 175.  I got back into position and pressed the barbell up.  The weight slowly moved and didn’t stop until my arms were locked out.

Although I still have a long way to go, I am excited with my progress so far.  I have improved my 1 rep max in the floor press by 30 lbs over the past 5 months.  I am ahead the pace  I need to reach my goal of 200 lbs by next March.  I’m not getting too excited though since I know that progress can come to a screeching halt at any time.


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