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    Dang!!

    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?

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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!

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    try some board presses or floor presses

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    I agree with reko. Hit some singles, doubles and tripples at higher weights, then drop back down and hit your rep scheme.
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    Here is a great article from Louise Simmon about Overcoming Bp Plateau:
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    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.
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    Thanks! Board presses sound enticing. I will let you guys know how it goes.

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    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.

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