Dynamic Bench Press

Today is my rest day, but I finished setting up my garage gym earlier and I’ve been doing some reading about things I wanted to try.

I’ve read a few things about dynamic effort days as opposed to max effort days and it seems really interesting. PowerWOD has some good info about it:

This method is defined as lifting a non-maximal load with the greatest speed possible. This method should be coupled with compensatory acceleration. This means you must apply as much force as possible to the barbell, i.e. pushing as hard and as fast as you can in the concentric phase of the lift. If you squat 700 pounds and are training with 400 pounds, then you should be applying 700 pounds of force to the barbell.

The weight used should be non-maximal in the 50% to 75% range.

I wanted to try it out with bench pressing because I benched for the first time in 5 years on Friday. Since I set a 215# PR on the bench press, I picked 125# for about 60%, where I’d focus my sets. You have to warm up so here is what I ended up doing (about 1 minute of rest between each set):

  • 2 sets of 3 @ 45#
  • 3 @ 65#
  • 3 @ 85#
  • 3 @ 105#
  • 8 sets of 3 @ 125#

I tried to press up really fast, but probably didn’t do it right. Even though 3 reps at 125# isn’t very heavy, I could start to feel a little fatigue as the sets went on.

I was going a little nuts without doing a workout today, so at least I got in a little work and got to use the rack I put together earlier. Oh, I did walk 18 holes of golf this morning as a little active recovery.

Tweaked My Back Again

Went in to open gym today at 5:15, but did the WOD on the board and then a little extra after.


  • 300m Run
  • PVC Shoulder Work


5×5 of 3″ Deficit Deadlifts

Started off with a warm-up set at 135#, then went 185, 225, 275, 295, and 305. I had a little more left in the tank, but that felt good.


  • Tabata Over the Box Jumps (24″)
  • 2m Rest
  • Tabata Ring Rows
  • 2m Rest
  • Tabata Plyo Push-ups
  • 2m Rest
  • Tabata V-ups
  • 2m Rest
  • Tabata Pistols

My over the box jumps were solid and I got 82 there. Ring rows always suck and I only could get 59. I started out way too fast, getting 20 plyo push-ups in the first 20 seconds, but it killed me. I only managed to get 48 more for a total of 68! V-ups felt good and I got 87. I was doing real pistols, but then at the end of the 2nd round I felt a tweak in my back. I tried to keep going in round 3, but only managed 2 reps because it hurt! I was thinking about calling it quits, but then did the rest of the rounds on a low box and managed to get 47 reps. Tied for 2nd place all day in the gym with 343 total reps.

Strength #2

I haven’t bench pressed in probably a good 5 years. The most I had ever done was 205 pounds. I’ve been wanting to work it into my schedule somewhere and today was the first day of that.

  • 10 @ 65#
  • 10 @ 115#
  • 5 @ 135#
  • 5 @ 155#
  • 3 @ 175#
  • 1 @ 195#
  • 1 @ 215#

I tried to go again at 225# and had nothing left in the tank. I’ll take a 10# PR without working on it at all. If I hadn’t done all of those plyo push-ups I think I would have been able to go higher. Doing so many reps before the 1 rep tests probably wasn’t the greatest idea either.

I sure hope the tweak to my back isn’t anything serious and it’s fine tomorrow. I can’t afford to take it easy with this competition coming up in 2 weeks.