Hey guys my best friend recently got interested in training and has been going to the gym with me 3x a week. I have him on Mark Rippetoe's starting strength which has been working wonders for the most part. He pulled 375 on deadlift after only 5 weeks of training and he's showing no visible signs of slowing down yet. He has never deadlifted before in his life. His squat has also exploded as I watched him do 215x6 below parallel yesterday like it was nothing, he probably had another 4 reps in him.
However, his bench press is not seeing the same remarkable progress. His bench press has been stuck at 145x5 for the last three weeks straight. I'm not sure what the problem is here.
A little background on my friend. He is 6 foot and a heavy guy, he probably weighs around 270. I'm assuming his lower body strength simply comes from carrying around his heavy body. He has legs like tree trunks. He works crazy hours as a chef at a local restaurant and is constantly hunched over a grill. My theory is that over time this has really weakened his upper back and shoulder muscles due to poor posture. He says he feels his shoulder blades "moving around" while he benches.
I started having him focus on military press and I think starting this week I'm going to throw in dumbbell rows to start strengthening his rhomboids. I know this is getting away from the starting strength program but something has to change because his bench press just isn't getting any stronger using 5x5.
Anyone have any ideas?