I’m trying to attain my bench press goal of 125 kg/275 lbs/1.5xBW this year, which is miniscule compared to many of you, but a big milestone for me. I’ve been stalled at 117.5-120 kg for a while now and am trying to remedy my weakness off the chest with paused bench and more volume.
One thing I notice, though, is that I’m good at performing highish reps but tend to lose composure under maximal weight. When I used to train during my sport’s offseason as a teenager (over ten years ago, but still…), our coach used to program in one or two weeks per year of working up to supramaximal weights for reps. I used to wonder about the benefits of that, but I’ve also seen a few programs advocate negatives.
Does anyone here train with negative reps for bench press? How do you program these? Would this be a sensible solution for increasing my confidence under the bar and training overall tightness towards the end of the eccentric?
Thanks in advance!