This had to come… Is there anyone else there like myself who wants to bench 300 raw?
The closest that I came was 280@225. Now, while I am on the anabolic diet, my weight swings between 187 and 180 at the moment.
The best program that worked for me was WSB, so I am back on that. I am just about to finish the very last workout of a 9 week cycle and try for a new max this weekend. My max at the start of the 9 week cycle was 265. I am a lifetime natural lifter and 36 years old. I have lifted since I was 19 off and on, but didn’t start lifting on a shitty bench that was too narrow when I was 27 or so; before that all that I had was a barbell set in my old apartment.
When I joined a gym and started benching on a decent bench, my bench immediately went up. Most bench presses that they sell in sporting goods stores are awful; it makes you wonder if they were even designed by people who have ever lifted a weight to begin with. Nowadays I lift on a flat bench that I got from NY Barbell in a power rack. It works pretty well.
I don’t have any real moral problems with a bench shirt, but I think that gear in general is uncomfortable and a pain in the ass to get on and take off.
The bench press is by far my weakest lift, but I have to stay away from squatting and pulling for a few months so I am going to focus everything on upper body strength now.
I will post some of my logs. I would like to see what others are doing who also want to bench 300 raw.