What have you guys found works best when you hit a wall around a certain weight on bench? I made pretty consistent progress for about 5 years, until I started approaching the 475 range. I've been injured 3 times in the past couple years, and I've been able to come back every time but I always seem to lose steam once I get up to a 470 - 475 raw bench.
Right now I'm by far the strongest I've ever been overall and I feel good physically, but I still can't seem to get those last 20 pounds or so and hit a damn 500 bench. I just barely missed 480 yesterday and I'm frustrated because I know I'm much stronger now than when I could hit 475 about a year ago. I'm also about 20 pounds heavier now, so gaining weight hasn't made the difference I thought it would.
My lockout has always been a weak point, but though I've brought up my close grip a ton, it still hasn't seemed to help my absolute max strength.