Been lifting since January. Started Starting Strength a month or so ago. Have seen very solid gains in my DL/squat (currently DL 280, squat 250) and am still adding on 5lbs every workout. I started low on the cleans and am still making good progression there also. I am eating like a beast and am getting my 1g/lbm of protein a day, and have been gaining 1-2 lb/week.
However my bench has stalled at about 125. Which is low. (I'm 6'0" 185lb) I guess it makes sense since the squat/DL are full body movements a little gain on a bunch of muscles should let you progress linearly longer than on the arms/pecs/shoulders which are substantially less muscle, growing at the same rate...
Should I keep on adding poundage to my DL/squat? Or should I give it a few weeks at a constant weight and focus my efforts on the bench, bump it to the first exercise, etc? In the end I really don't care, I work at a desk all day and so it's not like I need the upper body strength, and I enjoy the full body lifts more anyways, but I wasn't sure if I let the arms lag now if I'd have trouble later.
keep doing what you're doing squat and deadlift wise... these programs are tried and true and since you've only been at it for a month you need to wait a little longer to see the gains you're looking for in your chest and arms. they will catch up eventually just keep eating like a horse and lifting hard
B: 255x1 DL: 375x1 SQ: work in progress
Goals: B-275 D-400 S-275 Weight- 180
How long are you resting in between sets? Try increasing your rest to 5-10 minutes and I bet you get through the plateau.
Keep going hard on the other lifts while working to get your bench up.
Again, all my other lifts are still increasing linearly (5lb/workout) and don't feel like I've plateaued, even the overhead press. Just the bench.
Could be a form issue I guess... need to get the video camera fixed
Some guys are made for a big bench, others are not. But that doesn't mean you can't make progress. Here's what I'd do...
You currently have stalled at 125 lbs.
Keep the sets/reps the same and reduce the weight by 60 lbs.
Every time you bench, add 5 lbs to the bar.
Your goal is to be back at your stalled weight in eight weeks.
During that eight weeks, work on form, form, and form.
By the eighth week you should still feel good and have more left in you, provided your diet and rest are good.
If you get to about week 10, and things are feeling heavy, reduce the weight added to 2.5 lbs.