I’m halfway done with my first cycle of 5/3/1, and everything is going well. I’m already making PRs on my 5+ and 3+ sets.
My squat and deadlift are already improving, which makes me very happy. However, my bench is disappointing. I’m still setting PRs for my 5+ and 3+ sets, but they aren’t as impressive as I was hoping they would be.
My 3+ was set at 245lbs for bench. I got 4 reps, but I got stuck about 2 inches off my chest on the fifth rep. I assumed that my pecs/triceps were tired. However, I then went and benched 80lb DBs for 3x10, floor pressed 85lb DBs for 3x5, and did a few tricep supersets afterwards with no problem.
This leads me to believe that my lats (the primary mover off the chest from what I’ve read) are the weak link in my bench. I’ve been lifting for a little over 5 years now, and last night I was trying to recall the last time I failed a bench rep because I couldn’t lock it out at the top. I couldn’t. That doesn’t happen to me.
My question is this: what exercises are the best for improving lat strength as it pertains to bench press strength? I’m considering throwing in a barbell row 5/3/1 cycle into my training to improve my lat strength. What do you guys think about this? Is it a viable supplement for bench?