Ok, so I’ve stalled on my bench and need some help, because it is rather sad and pathetic.
I’ve been doing 5 x 5 for a while now, and my lifts are progressing across the board (except for bench). Squat is 245 x 5 x 5, DL is 322 1/2 x 1 x 5, strict military is 147 1/2 x 5 x 5, etc.
But my bench is stalled at 170 x 5 x 5. Again. When I started lifting, I followed SS and stalled my bench at 170 x 3 x 5. I then reset a bit, and worked my way back up to 170 x 5 x 5. And stalled again.
So obviously the bench is my weakest lift. The rest of my lifts are continuing to progress (so at least I know I’m eating/sleeping/whatever enough) but my bench just stalls quickly.
I like the 5 x 5 format (for my other lifts), but am not sure what I can do to get my bench to progress again. I was thinking maybe ramping 5 x 5 sets, where I would do: 162 1/2, 167 1/2, 172 1/2, 170, 165 (or something like that) and then increase the weight as I could.
But is there another rep choice here?
As for training, I am doing full body training right now, and I seem to respond best to it. I work out 3 times a week.
Incline DB Bench Press
Bench Press (been trying to Bench 2x a week to see if that helps. It doesn’t)
Snatch Grip High Pull
So Day 3 is less about strength (minus the bench press) and more about power.
Anyway, advice on how to get my bench up would be appreciated.