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    Week of bench meet - how to train?

    I'm entering a bench meet at my gym just for fun (and some money and a free membership). The meet is this coming up Saturday at noon. I was just wondering, for those with experience, how should I do my training this week and how should I do my warmup sets the day of the meet.

    Here's a bit more info on my training:
    Typically I do my split like this.
    mon-back
    tues-chest
    wed-legs
    thurs-shoulders
    fri-arms

    I added another chest day yesterday in which I did some heavy band work with reps in the 2-5 range.

    I'm weighing in at 193 lbs right now and my first attempt will be my surefire weight of 390. I'll probably attempt 405 afterwards. If I get that, then who knows.

    I haven't lifted heavy since I began my 30lb cut in March.

    And this is a raw meet.
    Big? Not really. I'm 5'7" 196 lbs.
    Strong? Like a bull!

    Bodyfat currently at : dropping
    Personal Records:
    Bench - 440 (raw)
    Squat - 600 (belt & wraps)
    Deads- 585 (belt)

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    I wouldn't go overboard on training this week- it's too close to the contest to be able to gain any strength. I would do light reps (50-60% of 1RM) once or twice this week, NOT to failure, to keep whatever lift you currently have. Your lift can only go down this week, not up, IMO.

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    Do you think I should still train my other body parts hard, or take it easy on them as well?
    Big? Not really. I'm 5'7" 196 lbs.
    Strong? Like a bull!

    Bodyfat currently at : dropping
    Personal Records:
    Bench - 440 (raw)
    Squat - 600 (belt & wraps)
    Deads- 585 (belt)

    ----------------------------------------------
    Itís a birdÖ Itís a planeÖ nope, itís me soariní past everybody.

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    Originally posted by supirman
    Do you think I should still train my other body parts hard, or take it easy on them as well?
    Lay off training any other parts till after the meet.

    If you have over 7 days to train, do a practice meet. Hit the lifts you plan on hitting, so you'll know for sure. 8+ days should be plenty of time to recover from the singles.

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    i would get a day or two of dynamic lifting in on bench
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    Originally posted by BigCorey75
    i would get a day or two of dynamic lifting in on bench
    Ok, what exactly would that consist of?
    Big? Not really. I'm 5'7" 196 lbs.
    Strong? Like a bull!

    Bodyfat currently at : dropping
    Personal Records:
    Bench - 440 (raw)
    Squat - 600 (belt & wraps)
    Deads- 585 (belt)

    ----------------------------------------------
    Itís a birdÖ Itís a planeÖ nope, itís me soariní past everybody.

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    I would do a light bench day about 5 days out. Only work upto your opener. Try to rest up as much as you can before the meet. It ussually take several weeks to peak yourself, which you obviously don't have. Good Luck.
    Meet PR: 290lb bench press, 505lb dead lift @ 190lbs

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    dynamic work is eplosive lifitng. its prased alot by lifters of westside and im a personal testimony that it works well.

    take 50% of your max and do 9 sets of 3 reps with it, 3 sets close grip, 3 sets medium and 3 sets wide

    really concentrate on exploding off your chest and driving through the weigth and moving the bar as fast as possible and developing great bar speed.

    bar speed will be the key to you making those big lifts..
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    So if I do this dynamic work on Tuesday, I should be recovered fully by Saturday right? I'm guessing that this 50% for 9 sets of 3 won't be very taxing on my body.
    Big? Not really. I'm 5'7" 196 lbs.
    Strong? Like a bull!

    Bodyfat currently at : dropping
    Personal Records:
    Bench - 440 (raw)
    Squat - 600 (belt & wraps)
    Deads- 585 (belt)

    ----------------------------------------------
    Itís a birdÖ Itís a planeÖ nope, itís me soariní past everybody.

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    yep
    Why live if one can not Deadlift?- John Paul Sigmasson

    Accept that which is useful and reject what is not- Bruce Lee

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    Restriction of education, Censorship of knowledge, and Proliferation of religion helps keep the masses tamed- Me

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