Reverse Chest Supported Row (w/ pause) @ up to 115 x 5 x 5
Seated Lateral Raise @ 20 x 5 x 10
Sternum Pulldowns @ 120 x 5 x 10
Rear delt work
Farmer's Carries @ 75 x 5 x 40 yds
Stir the pot/McGill Crunch
I noticed an older woman pushing the Prowler today out back at Gold's Gym Venice while I was doing farmer's carries. I've seen her regularly for the past couple of years, but today we finally struck up a conversation when I plopped down next to her to do some McGill crunches and stir the pots.
Turns out she's a former competitive powerlifter who doesn't really train outside of 5-8 reps, thinks the Prowler might be making her posterior chain stronger, and learns Portuguese via Skype with a lady she met at Gold's. I liked her.
I rubbed my forearms into the slimy sweat that someone had left for me on the over-inflated Swiss ball and told her how happy I was to have found Duolingo as a language aid. We talked about our capacities to learn languages and how it was all being accelerated with software. Then we talked about competitive powerlifting and whether we'd compete again.
It got me thinking about my own time spent powerlifting and all of the havoc it wreaked on my body (beat up joints, muscle tears, herniated discs, blah, blah, blah). On the other hand, hitting those PRs were some of the most satisfying physical moments I've ever had, and going through periods of great gains is spectacular while it lasts.
This is why I have yet to shut the door on the idea of totaling elite (in, say, the 198 lb. raw class) some day after surgery. I know that the training, eating, sleeping, and recovery periods demand an awesome amount of time and energy, which is why most people, myself included, aren't strong. But I refuse to think that I won't make more time for it at some point.
After we said goodbye, I walked home squinting in the sunlight and thinking that there aren't a lot of downsides to being strong. But I can think of plenty to being weak. It's interesting that it took seeing a dedicated strength athlete nearly twice my age working her ass off to remind me.
It will be something to mull over next time I'm repping out rear delt laterals like my life depends on it...