I have my first bench meet January 29th. I am competing in the 18-19 year old 165lb class (IPA meet).
The current IPA record is 387lb bench w/ multi ply shirt that I am hoping to break.
I have a somewhat awkward body-type and have had a lot of trouble finding a shirt that fits correctly. After a double ply super katana which was too small and an doubly ply Inzer rage X that was too big I went back to single ply katana after speaking with Ken Anderson and have been training with it for a few weeks. So far this is my favorite shirt and I have been consistently setting PR's with it, granted its the first shirt that fits me perfectly so I just happen to be getting more out of it, plus being a single ply I find it easier to touch.
Anyway the meet is a multi ply meet and my plan with my current single ply katana was to bench with it for a bit, break it in and get it to touch, then send it back to Anderson Powerlifting and have Ken add a second layer and turn it into a double ply, train with it for a month and do the meet in a multi ply. This is what Ken recommended me to do and he has yet to steer me wrong.
Heres my problem, I am confident I will break the record using my current single ply shirt... my best lifts so far include a 380lb 2 board for 3 reps and last week I hit a PR with 425lbs on a 2 board for a single.... mind you the current record is 387lbs I dont care so much as to get 390 as I really want to hit 418. I would hope to break 400 on my second attempt. Opener may be 380.
So do you think its worth it for me to get the doubly ply and hope my numbers go up... or just stick with the single ply that I like and enter the meet with it? My concern is that learning to work with a double ply may take longer than I like and I may have a hard time getting it to touch being only about 1 month out from my meet.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Also I havent gone down to my chest since hitting my last few PR's.... what would you guys say I could get to my chest without boards if my current PR is 425 on a 2 board?