I got it from another poster here... BenchPress550... but I don't believe he posts here anymore. I never asked him about deload periods.
This is the routine.
Lift Mondays and Fridays
TEST YOUR MAX
4x1 at 95% max
3x3 at 85% max
5x5 at 75% max
4x1 weight plus 5 pounds
3x3 weight plus 5 pounds
5x5 weight plus 5 pounds
Rinse and repeat.
So far this routine has been fantastic and neither my partner or I have failed a workout yet. My partner just benched 265 for 4 singles yesterday and he said it was VERY hard. He wants to bench 275 before he has to take a deload.
In my mind a deload would simply be dropping 15 pounds or so off of all our weights and working back up. It will take a few weeks to get back to the weights we're at now but in the long run it'll pay off.
The thing that's weird is the weights don't get harder in a linear fashion for me. I did singles at 300 that were hard, singles at 305 that were borderline impossible, and then singles at 310 that felt about the same as 300 did. 315 today... I'm trying to work up to the max I had as a fatty which was 335 lol. It's amazing what losing 20 pounds can do to your bench if you're not careful.
I'm just wondering if we should keep pushing it and take a deload right after we fail our first workout or if we should just go ahead and do it now.