The 315 thread was because it was a 1 rep PR. I began laying off flat to save my shoulders but I went back to it this week. I wouldn't consider the 135 set part of my workout, I did the set just for fun (as was the intention of this thread!). I don't know why people act like it is somehow harmful or counterproductive...
Speaking of saving the shoulders, why is it that flat bench press seems to wreck the shoulders the most? I myself have been experiencing some pain in my right shoulder and have decided to lay off benching for a bit.
It does no good to say you can bench press 225 for X reps unless you also give your body weight. If you weight 250 pounds a 225 pound bench press is not very impressive, but if you weight 165 pounds a 225 bench press is pretty impressive! That's why thye have weight classes in power lifting!
I guess its all relative when you think about it. I am not trying to disrespect anyone here but if your 1 rep max is like 225 and you bang out a bunch of 135 as a chest finisher to get a good pump then I guess thats one thing.
For me personally, that would not do shit. I will hit 135 for two sets just to losen up but to try and see how many reps I can get at that weight, it would be a complete waste of time.
Then my apologies RSU and to answer your original question, I have no idea on my 135 max for reps haven't done it or felt the need to up to this point. I agree it's not counter productive just not seen as a bench mark for most.
Well, if its not productive, which I can't see how it could be, it would be considered counter productive unless you're still in a highschool PE class.
If a person can bench 300+ theres no reason for them to toss around 135lbs. The reason why people react negatively towards this lift is b/c its weak and out of place. Its like someone asking you how many times you can curl a 30lb dumbbell. You kinda want to shake your head in disgust and leave.
The "T" in T-Nation does stand for testosterone right?