LOL well, since they're at RPE 1 I guess I'm not hardcore. Right now they're mainly to take up for my lack of movement.
And THANK YOU. I had a 365-385 bench many times before the pec tear(s). But, never had over a 185 OHP during those times. So, it makes me quite happy.
Yes, the diet is the game changer. I also think that high protein diets either have something to them that haven't been concretely identified in the literature (though thankfully at least 1 or 2 papers exist supporting the use of ultra high protein diets), or at the very least work for me for whatever reason.
Re spoto presses, funny enough, I was doing that, too, back before I first injured my shoulder. I'd also do pause squats back then on warmups to help with dialing in my form.
Deadlift workout yesterday.
Top set was a super heavy (sarcasm) 225 for 8 reps. Felt pretty good, could have gotten 10 but you know, easing into it. No belt for now so Ben will be happy. Trying to make sure everything wrt core bracing is good before I hit heavy weights.
BBB, some lat pulldowns and cable crunches.