Ive recently been stuck on 5x5 210 lbs. bench and Im never able to get that 215. That five pounds feels like a brick house and every Monday seems to be more depressing than the last.
So recently I decided I needed a change in form and moved my hands further apart on the bar and also tried to develop a nice arch in my back, Almost exactly like Kenny Powers' video.
It was disastrous, was barely able to get the first set of 215. I went a whole week without drinking alcohol(huge accomplishment for me) along with a ton of protein.
I'm assuming the wider grip is taking away my tricep strength which I heavily rely on with the closer form. I used to put my ring/middle finger on the first circle and my new spread is my pointer finger just on the outside of the first circle.
So my question is, would it be worth it IYO to start from scratch(195 5x5) with the new form and build back up using the wider grip and depending less on the tri's? Hopefully when I work back up the new form will help me expand past 215 and focus more on my chest resulting in heavier lifts.
currently 199 lbs.