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Road to a 405 Raw Bench


#141

Man I was the last post two years ago and at the exact same weight im at now. Recently switched to on my toes and shoulder problems are completely gone. Looking for 405 before April.


#142

Does benching on your toes allow you to get a bigger arch or change your torso angle or what?


#143

Yea both and it seems to take a lot of the pressure off my shoulders. They’ve never felt better, crazy it made such a difference.


#144

I might have to experiment with that. I have always benched with flat feet (heeled shoes though) at first because it just felt more natural and then I was competing in an IPF-affiliated fed for a while. Do you feel like you get less leg drive on your toes or is it similar?


#145

Its definitely less leg drive. But since I my shoulders feel so much better the weights are moving even better than before.


#146

Good luck on getting 405 this month, Vince! I may try getting on my toes as well. I’ve been benching flat foot so far with my feet more or less directly under my knees and knees and toes pointed out a bit. It seems like several other people in this thread have really emphasized that quality of back arch makes a huge difference.


#147

im currently trying to hit 405 with a reverse grip best so far is 345 for 4.


#148

Tonight marks 4 weeks since benching 315 for the first time, and I got 315x3 tonight! Very exciting! That gives and estimated 1RM of around 350, so 55ish pounds to go. Will check back in on this forum in another month or two.


#149

So dam close. Keeps being just out of reach.


#150

Damn, close lift Vince. You’re super strong for your weight class!

I saw that you have a training log on tnation. I was trying to make some sense of your training to compared to mine, particularly to compare volume. It was somewhat hard to make sense of your log though since you seem to vary the exercise selection a bit. It looks like you prefer to bench press twice a week. Seems like you consider regular bench press, dumbbell bench press, slingshot bench press, and dumbbell shoulder press to be your main exercises.

What sort of a training plan do you use and how much volume do you target? Do you deload periodically?


#151

My training is kind of scattered most of the big lifts are planned while accessories go by what I’m feeling that day. Same with volume if I’m not too beat up I’ll shoot for mid to heavy weight for a few reps. I think my training is easier to follow in person than written. As for reloads I don’t really do them.


#152

I see. Thanks!


#153

Saving a spot to learn from this.

@lava2007

Here is your route…


#154

Someday man… hopefully…


#155

This week I maxed out on bench press and got 360! Here’s the video:

I feel like strength gains have been slowing down, and after two weeks of peaking leading up to this I’m getting restless and feel a bit bored in the gym. I’m planning to start a 2 month hypertrophy phase tomorrow, and after completing it I’ll resume the big push for 405 in late July.


#156

Work your weak points.

Muscle confusion in training.

Diet, diet, diet.


#157

This thread is a good idea. I’m in the same boat as you. In for answers.