So, my lower body strength is pretty good by most standards. 700+raw squat and close to an 800lb raw deadlift. My bench has always lagged and it is even worse now because I have dropped 40lbs since july in order to get ready for the NOTLD. My best raw bench in competition has been 423 with my best in the gym being 445. I went to test my bench to see where I was at after this weight lose and… 365 for 2. That was it. Depressing to say the least but it was expected.
Anyway, my goal is to bench 500lbs raw by the end of next year. The point to starting this thread is to find out what has worked for others in raising thier raw bench after they hit the 400lb mark. I dont think thier are very many guys on here who are at that point but any input would be appreciated. For example, stuff pertaining to prgramming changes that have worked well, exercise selections, as well as exercise prgressions, set&reps, high volume or intensity or both, just whatever has worked. Thanks.