Good work in here as usual !
On your bench- it appears you have a good amount of arch and good leg drive seems apparent as well .
Are you getting real tight up top , pinching your shoulder blades together ect… ? Beyond that I think technique is on point.
Also going for 250x5 each n every week and not getting it is an equivalent of maxing every week and your sure to stall your strength!
Anyways, I always recommend paused closegrip work , mostly after your reg. Bench session or more uncommonly- on another day. For whatever reason whenever I hammer paused closegrip bench , my strength goes up but not only that… my explosiveness on the reg. Bench.
My method is simple, take about 80 perent of whatever your top weight on reg. Bench was for the day and do it for 2 Amrap sets. Each and every week. It self regulates by :
Always being 80 percent of your bench work.
Reps will be higher or lower based on how good/bad/tired from already benching - you feel that exact day.
Not saying it’s true for all… but worth a shot. I kinda see it as: the stiff legged deadlift from deficit to the deadlift equivalent. Per say.
Longer range of motion and a deficit ( the pause).
Just a thought man. I’ve seen your grumblings lately about bench not moving and this comes to my mind. Thought I’d share my idea.
I’m currently trying out some paused spoto benching and paused spoto closegrip benching - but I just started and will track how it goes.[/quote]
Thanks for all the tips man. I’ve actually been finishing up all my bench sessions with paused close grip work the last few weeks!