I’m in week 11 of the program right now. As the poster above suggested I would drop your max down 10 or maybe even 20 pds. You shouldn’t be missing reps early in this program and if you are your max is probably set to high. I haven’t missed any reps through the first ten weeks although last week called for two doubles at 350 and I ended up doing four paused singles because I thought I might fail pausing the second rep of each set and didn’t have a spotter.
Dropping down the max on the flat bench will also drop down the numbers on the other two lifts. Hitting the close grip and incline numbers has been easier for me than the flat bench numbers so based on everything you’ve written I think your max is set to high. Adjust it downward and make sure to do plenty of additional tricep work after your benching and I think you will be happy with the results. [/quote]
The max i set is my actual max. I did it last Monday. I think it’s more of me sucking ass on incline bench because i hardly ever do it.
In week 8 for instance this program says i should do 248 for 2 sets of 3 . When i was just doing a progressive load routine i ended up getting 245 for 3 sets of 3 before i switched to 5/3/1
I should also mention that I have never really performed high reps in any of these three lifts.[/quote]
I’m not questioning that you got 265 I just think based on what your saying you would be better off lowering the max to 255 which would have you ending the cycle with a 284 single. That may be a little agressive but even if you only get 275 or 280 that is a 10-15 pound gain in three months which isn’t bad. I doubt if sticking with the program with the higher weights and continuing to miss reps on the close grips and inclines will produce that kind of gain but I may be wrong.