I’ve been working out consistently for about six months and I’ve put on about 20lbs. I’m 5’9" and 160lbs which isn’t by any means good (mostly because of an inconsistent diet combined with a fast metabolism at 19 years old) but I’m gradually getting stronger and bigger. I usually do a full body workout 3x a week but I change it up every once in a while based on my own instincts and daily schedule.
Something that’s been troubling me lately is my bench press strength. I usually work with low reps and high weight and took my bench from about 150lbs to 215. My past few weeks worth of workouts however I haven’t simply plateaued but weakened by about 10lbs on my max, which is very frustrating. Is fluctuating in strength like this a normal part of training and is the best solution is to not worry about it and simply keep working as hard as I can at it each work out? Or is it a sign I need to maybe stop benching for a while or in some other way improve my recovery?
For comparison I can dip + 25lbs for a good full range 12 reps and I can 8 rep a pair of 75lb dumbbells, and I do these exercises much less frequently than the standard barbell bench. Thanks in advance for advice.