New to the site. 31 years old. 5’9, about 193 right now (started a bulk on Jan 1, will cut it back down to about 188 after March; typically hover around 10% BF). Been lifting a solid 12+ years, PL the past 5 or so.
Over the years my bench 1RM has gotten as high as 275 and as low as 205. I’m currently struggling at 245 and I simply do not know why. I plan to add a video to this post after my next chest day, which should be in a few days. I’ve had plenty of friends look at my form and work with me and no one can figure out where the weak link is. I do the same weights on virtually all accessory chest and tricep work as my friends who are benching 345+. We weigh about the same, etc.
The reason my bench is so concerning for me is that I pull 550+ and squat 450+. My goal for 2018 is to break 600/500 on my deadlift and squat and I’m fairly confident that I’ll achieve it or come very close. If I was hitting 275x3 relatively easily and consistently or at least 315x1 I wouldn’t be so concerned with my bench but it is my one horrible lift and I can’t figure it out. Has anyone ever heard of someone with such an out of whack ratio for their big 3? My last meet I pulled 565, squatted 455 and barely eeked out 225 bench, at 181lbs. A 1245 total isn’t bad but I feel like it should be 50-90lbs heavier, at least.