Hehe soz man, yeah 1st session of intense cycle starts tomorrow night...........................
Intense cycle week 1 day 1
was supposed to do 5@160kg but decided against it.
The last set was weird, the 4@140kg felt kinda hard, but I hit the first 4@160kg set and it seemed to go smoothly, same with the 2nd one. However a past niggle and a new cunt of one seems to have arrived.
Throughout the base mesocycle I was battling a niggle in my right leg. Right at the top of my quad, it feels like pretty intense DOMS, theres no visible bruising nor is there bruising to the touch on the muscle, however just above it I have a bruise on my hip bone. These seem to be co-related some how, because it only really bothers me when I pass parallel.
The new niggle seems to be my wrists. This is what caused me to stop at the 5th set. For some reason they felt super hyper extended and really caused me issues. I unracked the weight for my last set, but my wrists felt like they were buckling. This has never happened to me before.
I pretty much did no leg work during the 2 week switching period/break to let it heal and it was feeling better, but once the weight is loaded it comes straight back. I'll see how it goes though, if it gets any worse then I'll have to seriously consider putting the program on hold. Serious rehabilitation is in order after smolov lol. Fucking smolov.
I can't find that article but i've found the tip I thought of in another one, it's this:
"Pull your elbows down and to the front. Think of trying to bend the bar around your back to touch your knees with the bar sleeves. It obviously won’t happen, but that’s what you should aim to do."
That and squeezing the bar (hard) while benching have had a great impact on my (tiny) wrists, now thay don't bother me any more. I don't know if it's the same for you but I have stupidly thin girly-wrist, it's a matter of bone structure so you can't really help it but being concerned about it while in the gym, never let them get loose and you'll be ok.
Was supposed to do two more sets @ 150kg, but my leg was feeling a bit tender. Just glad I got the 170kg reps up.
Did some pinch gripping stuff and some pushups after this.
Turns out it wasn't backward hyperextension of my wrists, it was sideways hyperextension. When I have my grip really narrow I find my back is tighter and my arm/wrist is straighter :)