I’m at a point where I’m feeling strong about my lifts but when I look across the powerlifting landscape it seems like not alot of the guys are as strong as they seem or that having a previous history of following bodybuilding has really thrown off the way I lift on the bench.
I’m currently at a point where I want to get into a PL contest just to see what the drop off may be, between the form I use now and the PL form that I’ve seen on many videos and what not…
What I’m getting at, again excuse the ignornace, is that right now I’m sitting at a BW of 235 and like you the goal for me is 405 but for my working sets. I’m at the point where I do I get up to 365 for 2 sets of 5 and on the surface that seems like I would be able to hold my own in a PL contest. Then I see some of the guys there and i question the validity of my strength. It doesn’t seem in line with the numbers I’m seeing on a local level and I think to myself. These guys can’t be that weak, so I wonder if it has alot to do the placement of the bar and the pace of the lift in competitions.
Anyways sorry for rambling. Good luck with the goal…[/quote]
If you are hitting 365 for 2 sets of 5 then you are probably good for something in the range of a 405 Bench. If you are anything like me, you will probably lose around 20lbs or so if you haven’t been pausing them. Which puts you in the neighborhood of a 385 paused Bench.
If you were to do a full PL meet on the local level around here, competing in the 242’s you would probably win your event. How are your Squat and DL? If you are Squatting mid 4’s and DL’ing mid 5’s then you would have a solid chance at winning or certainly placing top 2 or 3.
It’s a little more competitive when you get to the higher level meets, and if you did a Bench only, then you might find yourself up against some 400lb Benchers, but all in all, I think you’d still do fairly well. Not everyone benches with a huge arch or with their elbows severely tucked. I’ve seen some guys that are pretty friggin strong using less than “ideal” PL form, and they’ve put up some good numbers.
Next time you go for a max Bench, get a video of it. Unrack the weight (with or without a spotter), demonstrate control before the decent, pause it on your chest for a second (depends on federation), keep your hips down on the way up, demonstrate control again before you rack it. Post a video and we’ll let you know how it looks.