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Bench Press Hamstring Cramp

I was working through my starting strength today, and it was bench press day. I was to do 185. This lift has always been my weakest because I never trusted spotters or myself reracking since I can’t see the j cups well. Doing it in the rack with the safety set is a game changer for me. I feel like I can push it more.

It doesn’t happen often. Maybe once every year or two, but once in a while when it’s feeling a bit heavier than it normally would, my Hamstring will cramp doing this lift. Today was one of those days. I felt it starting, but tried to make it through that last rep of my first working weight 3x5. At least today, I think a factor is I hadn’t really drank as much water as usual and have only eaten a banana today before lifting. I am hoping if I consistently do this lift that it will improve.

No one has ever said I am doing anything wrong form wise, and I haven’t seen anything that stands out from my videos. I think it just has to do with the way my strengths and weaknesses interact with each other. We all have these sorts of things. None of us has perfect movement, and none of us ever will. We’ll see if this improves things over time.

I am certainly looking forward to the challenge of it! I know I’ve said it before, but what really keeps me interested in lifting is the constant strive for improvements. There will always be a thing to do and ways to improve, and the drive to fix those things is what drives me to keep going on days that I just don’t feel like lifting. The constant striving to be a better me than I was yesterday is what it’s always about.