I was so disapointed with my performace tonight at the gym that I had to vent, and ask for some help. So to make a lonnnnng story shorts, I'm 25, 6'3, 200 pounds. I am getting back into shape after 4 years of drug addiction and not staying healthy. I use to be a really good athelete in highschool and could lift heavy for my size.
So the last 2 months I have decided to really commit to transforming my body and get back in shape, and to lift the same as I was when iw as 17. I have seen great gains thus far-
-deadlift- 200 to 250, 280 1RM
-squat- 205- 260, 285 1RM
I can row/curl/machine press/ also 35% more than 2 monthes ago. EVERYWHERE EXCEPT bench! I can only put up like 165 about 5 times, and my 1rm maybe 180, on a really really good day. Tonight I could barley put up 165!! ONCE! Dunno if it was the late night and drinks last night or what. When I was 170 pounds in highschool I was doing 205 no problem. I can machine press almost 250 now. What the hell happens when I get on the bench, and why the hell am I NOT gaining strength in this area. Like i said all my workouts have gotten longer, heavier, and more intense except for the bench. I have been hitting the gym everyday, maybe 1 day of rest a week, and eating crazy protein and low carbs.
Am I going too hard? Do I need rest? My form- which I have worked on ALOT?! I am sooooooo frustrated because I see my body progressing everywhere except bench. I also have a pinched nerve in my shoulder I never got surgery on, because it wasnt serious, but hurts every know and then, and kinda ****s with my head. Please need some help, as guys lighter than me (like me in highschool, 170) are putting up way more weight than me, and it sucks.