Asking because I recently switched from Floor Press back to Bench Press after floor pressing for about 5 months. First session benching in 5 months, even though I had made good gains on my floor press, I only hit a 10 lbs PR (estimated).
Keep in mind, I was speed benching once a week, although with much lighter weight.
So, do you think that I waited too long before switching back to Bench Press? Or (what I’m hoping) do you think since I haven’t benched in the 3-5 RM for so long, my body is trying to “get used to benching again”
How often do you guys rotate exercises?
Note: During the 5 months, I did gain bodyweight. I also noticed increased tricep developtment[/quote]
when you take an exercise out of your repertoire, it is not uncommon on your first workout back to that exercise that you cannot lift as much as you used to (in your case, only 10lbs PR). It’s because, in lamest sense, you have to “relearn” that movement, sorta.
The gains you got from the floor press will carry over to the bench press (it’s still working your pressing muscles). Just give it time, as your body gets used to the movement again, your strength should shoot up.
If not, then it might be because the weak part of the movement of the bench press (the part that hinders your gains in it) is actually the lower half of the movement, but this is probably not the case, unless you are a very advanced in that exercise and NEED to specialize the area just on the lower part in order to move up in weight.
But just disregard this last paragraph, that would be overanalyzing it at this point(just the first workout back to BP)
Just keep with it.