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?
Stats: 11/15/07-First-meet--2nd Meet----3rd meet
Max Bench: 255---220-----------280------300
Max Squat: 405----395----------440------460
CHINUPS - Bodyweight + 135, x1, dead hang. Still working on the one arm chinup.
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.
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?
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.
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!
try some board presses or floor presses
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Here is a great article from Louise Simmon about Overcoming Bp Plateau:
"BIG WILLIE" J.T. HALL
611 MISS ATTEMPT AT THE 2008 BP NATIONALS
562lb DRUG-FREE COMPETITION BENCH PRESS
491 COMPETITION UNEQUIPPED BENCH PRESS
2008 & 2009 NASA PRO BENCH PRESS CHAMPION
#1 DRUG-FREE BENCH PRESSER IN KY
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.
Thanks! Board presses sound enticing. I will let you guys know how it goes.
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.