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10-06-2008, 11:06 PM
For two weeks now I have been trying to bench 195 for 5 reps. The first time I did 4 and screwed up halfway through the fifth. The exact same thing occurred the next time. I am doing bill starr's 5x5 intermediate routine. I am having AMAZING results with squats, great reuslts with bench (until recently) and decent progress with deadlifts. What is the best way to get over such a thing? Make sure my pre-workout nutrition is good and I get enough sleep?

10-07-2008, 12:06 AM
Give some of these a try: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/iron_john_5_x_5_variations

10-07-2008, 05:21 AM
I had the same problem with the 5x5, was getting good gains then hit the wall. Part of it was mental, never count out the mental aspect of lifting. I switched workouts and went to a 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 workout, then to a 3x3. Sometimes changing things up helps overcome those sticking points.


10-07-2008, 10:34 AM
break off the sets of 5 and hit a double at 215? Then 190 will seem light. If you are stuck you gotta change something.
How is your form?

10-07-2008, 11:04 AM
Maybe find your sticking point and work on improving your weaknesses. If you are failing near the middle or lockout part, do some 3 boards or something for assistance? If it's near the bottom maybe some speed work a few days after?

Lots of upper back work and 6x8 tris are always helpful...and make sure you have a tight setup.

10-07-2008, 02:44 PM
I fail halfway up, im very good off the chest. My form is ok. I'm tucking well and not losing tightness. I may try a 215 double and see how that goes, thanks!

10-07-2008, 03:06 PM
try some board presses or floor presses

10-07-2008, 03:25 PM
I agree with reko. Hit some singles, doubles and tripples at higher weights, then drop back down and hit your rep scheme.

10-08-2008, 06:18 AM
Here is a great article from Louise Simmon about Overcoming Bp Plateau:

Eric Downey
10-08-2008, 07:46 AM
do some different brd presses. 1brd 2 brd. that way when you go to the chest with that 195 it'll feel lighter b/c you have handled bigger weight.

10-12-2008, 11:49 AM
Thanks! Board presses sound enticing. I will let you guys know how it goes.

Matthew White
10-12-2008, 08:28 PM
Yeah, I'd throw down with board or floor presses, however, I know for me when I first started board pressing it was kind of difficult for me, and I could not board press and more than I could bench press normally. However it took a while but I worked it out. I'm also a big fan of pin presses.