I have been running an 8 week training cycle leading up to a powerlifting meet which is on October 20th using block periodization. All of my lifts have been increasing accept for my bench press which took a big dive in the last few weeks.
I generally use 12-16 week training cycles but I had to use an 8 week cycle because of the timing of the meet. At the end of my last training cycle I benched 415x1 and now I can barely get 365x1 and this is after I came back from a deload! My bench press training for this cycle has been as follows:
-Week I: Illegal Wide Bench Press: worked up to 335x5 PR Behind the Neck Press: 135x5x5 Narrow Grip Bench Press: 225x5x5 Barbell Row: 275x5x5
-Week II: Bench Press: 345x5 PR Behind the Neck Press: 145x3x5 Narrow Grip Bench Press: 245x3x5 Barbell Row: 295x3x5
-Week I: Bench Press: 365x3 PR Behind the Neck Press: 155x3x5 Narrow Grip Bench Press: 265x3x5 Barbell Row: 315x3x5
-Week II: Bench Press: 370x3 PR Behind the Neck Press: 165x3x5 Narrow Grip Bench Press: 285x3x5 (Failed on 2nd rep of last set) Barbell Row: 335x3x5
-Week I: Bench Press: 365x3x1 (These were slow singles) Narrow Grip Bench Press: 225x3x5 Barbell Row: 275x3x5 Rack Lockouts: 405x3x1
-Week II: Bench Press: 365x2x1 (I had to lift my ass off of the bench to get these) Narrow Grip Bench Press: 225x3x5 Barbell Row: 275x3x5
My diet hasn’t changed and I haven’t been doing any more or less physical work outside of my training sessions. In the last week I hit PR’s on my overhead press and also on my deadlift but my bench has just died. What the hell is going on?