Bench Update: Shit – Going on Suck.

February 14, 2019 Tyrel Detweiler

Bench Update: Shit – Going on Suck.

Sunday’s ME training:

Dead Press  

+ set bench spotter arms so the bar will stop 2-3 inches off your chest. Lower bar and pause for 2 count and then press back up.

Top set was 305 plus 2 chains. None of that really matters. What matters is I had to strain (the goal of the movement) and that technically, I have a shit bench.

The bench press has been the bane of my existence since the day I touched a bar. It’s shit, but it’s starting to trend towards suck. The only reason it is moving that direction, though is because I’m willing to learn and be put under the microscope by people who know more than me. 

The biggest factors right now that need to be improved are building up the lats and upper back and addressing the disconnect between my lower and upper body. 

In all my years working and competing within strength and college athletics, I know for a fact that there is no such thing as an individual sport – if you want to be successful that is. Every athlete who has aspirations of performing at a high level needs to do 2 things – 1) Progress through the stages of shit, suck, and good to ever become great. 2) Surround themselves with a team that has their best interest in mind – even if that means telling you that you’re weak, small, fat, slow, or just plain shit. And if they do tell you this, don’t be a fragile little snowflake and take it personally. 

If those people around you think their job is to make you feel good, they don’t deserve to be called your teammate, coach, or health care provider. After all, wouldn’t you rather have someone actually help you figure out what the problem is so you can fix it and move forward instead of blowing smoke up your ass? 

The answer for many is no. Knowing the cause of a problem. Whether it be in performance, injury, or your health requires the “burden” of responsibility. After all, if you know the cause of your problem, the only barrier becomes execution on your part. And this means you can’t hide behind your shitty excuses. 

If I want to move from shit to suck so I can start focusing on good, all the tools are there for me to do it. This is why sports like track and field, strongman, and powerlifting are so awesome. Theres no fluff. No subjectivity. You either win or lose. Improve or get worse (that includes staying the same). You decide. Sounds a lot like life if you ask me.

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