congratulations on overcoming such a horrible disease. i wish you the best.
you have a ton of natural strength. Have you thought about using a powerlifting setup for bench? i was a bodybuilder for many years and benched just like you do and couldn’t bench more than 315lbs. once i changed my technigue to a powerlifting setup my bench increased greatly and i eventually got it up into the 500’s. with some form work i bet you could be a high 500 bencher if not higher. [/quote]
For sure I have lots of room to improve, my best ever is a 545 raw bench. I was youger, healthier and around 330lbs at that time though. However, I’m no powerlifter and I’m not really considering doing any meets either. After all I’ve been through, I’m just happy to be able to workout and push decent weights. My body has taken quite a beating over the years of sickness and 7 surgeries. My shoulders in particular are pretty messed up. I tried benching more like a powerlifter, looked at many westside videos and others. But for now, I just can’t. For example, if I try to tuck my elbows in and bring the bar lower, the bar will just come crashing down on me, I simply cannot hold it in that position. Maybe I’ll find a better technique who suits me better in the future and hopefully some nagging injuries will heal. We’ll see, but for now I’m happy with what I’m doing…
What does your training look like? Do you mostly go by feel? Any specific principles/guidelines you follow? What are your favorite lifts?[/quote]
I have some other videos on my channel on youtube where I show more my regular workouts. You can see some of the exercises I do for each bodyparts. I have no fixed system, reps or set, I go by feel alot. I feel good and strong I do more, I feel tired and weaker, I do less, simple as that. I train each bodyparts only once a week, but I blast the shit out of it! I always pyramid the weight up so I get a good warm up and almost never hurt myself. In this video for example here’s what I did: 1 plate 8 reps, 2 plates 8 reps, 3 plates 8 reps, 4 plates 4 reps, 4 and a half plates one rep and that last one at 5 plates. I like finishers alot too, for example, on the flat bench after my heavy sets I’ll drop the weight down to only 3 plates a side and do as many reps I can and as fast as I can. I do this on alot of things, leg press, squats, military press, close grip etc etc. Gives a massive pump!