"I agree with the above posts. If you're dissatisfied with your bench press, then I think you should try to focus on perfecting your setup and mechanics, and try to discern any imbalances or dysfunctions that are preventing you from pressing more weight."
I WORK ON "PERFECTING" MY MECHANICS EVERYTIME I BENCH. AND I HAVE FIGURED OUT WHAT IS PREVENTING ME FROM BENCHING MORE, AND THAT IS MORE STRENGTH AT THE TOP OF THE LIFT.
"I'll give you a little hint - the problem might not lie in your chest or triceps like most lifters would believe. How is your scapulo-thoracic stability? How is your lower trapezeus activation? How strong are your trapezeus and rhomboids? Have you been doing face pulls, external rotations, band pull aparts, inverted rows, etc?"
NO, THIS ISN'T MY PROBLEM. IM MORE THAN STRONG ENOUGH IN MY PULLING MOVEMENT FOR WHERE MY STRENGTH IS PUSHING. AND, YES, YES, YES, AND YES. I WORK ALL THOSE PULLING MOVEMENTS AND KROC ROWS AND CHEST SUPPORTED ROWS AND LAT PULLDOWNS. MY TRICEPS AND SHOULDERS ARE WHAT NEED STRENGTHENING.
"If you haven't been thinking about these things, they're almost sure to help you put more weight on your bench than if you try to incorporate techniques that are meant for advanced lifters.
Quite frankly, I don't know what it is about people that makes them think that they NEED all of these advanced techniques and methods, even as beginners. It just keeps them from having to take a good look at themselves and what physiological weaknesses they possess that are preventing them from making further progress."
I DONT THINK I NEED BANDS, BUT THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO USE THEM, WHEN THE EXPERTS ON THEM SUGGEST THAT I DO IF POSSIBLE. IM NOT EXPECTING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE WHAT MAKES OR BREAKS MY PROGRESS, BUT THERE IS NO REASON TO AVOID WHAT HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE; EVEN FOR A BEGINNER. IM NOT TRYING TO TAKE THE FOCUS AWAY FROM WHAT I "NEED" TO DO (WHICH IS DRIVE UP MY FLOOR PRESS, TRICEP EXT, AND INCLINE BENCH) IM JUST LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION TO ONE OF MY PROBLEMS WHICH IS THAT WITHOUT BANDS, SPEED BENCH IS PRETTY MUCH USELESS TO ME AT THE MOMENT.
As for the bands, mail them to me so I can do band pull throughs and X band walks.[/quote]