I'm fairly new to the powerlifting side of things. Been working out for 7 years now or so, but always more of a bodybuilders type of routine. I tried westside for a couple months, but my problem is with sticking to a routine. I'm constantly trying new things. Not always a bad thing, but....can be. Right now I've been giving the 5/3/1 a go. I'm not sure how I feel about it right yet. I like westside, and will go back to it soon probably. In fact I've incorporated speed days or exercises rather in with the 5/3/1.
My area of concern is that I've gotten considerably weaker in my bench over the past few years and I'm not sure why. Just 2 years ago I was doing 3 sets of 6-10 with 340 but now I can barely get 295 for a 1RM. A couple things it could be--I was about 20 lbs heavier and stronger then, and I've completely walked away from all "direct" anterior delt work. My anterior delts were so big that if u saw a pic of my from he shoulder up you would think I was a fat ass.
Not sure if either would make such a drastic difference, but I'm puzzled regardless. I hope to enter my first competition in October, but also have a baby due then so we'll see. My goal for the meet is 350. I've never thought I'd be a 500 lb bencher, but 400 is certainly within my reach. Just gotta figure out what happened. Any thoughts?????