I am having a strength imbalance and could use some input.
It is concerning flat barbell bench press, which has never been my forte.
For some reason my flat bench seems unreasonably weak considering other similar lifts. Here are the raw numbers:
Flat Bench 300/1 __ 255/5
Incline Bench 275/1 __ 250/8
Close Grip Bench 250/1 __ 225/4
Now does that seem odd to anyone else? Maybe its just me but I feel like that flat number should easily be 320+ (I’ve gotten 340, but at 50lbs higher body weight).
Not that it matters but people at the gym will see me power out 250x8 on incline and say “man, pretty strong… you must flat bench 350 right?” Not even close bro…
Numbers are numbers and those are not what concern me. I am concerned that there is an obvious lagging muscle or some other reason that this is occurring. My tri’s are strong, my strongest pound for pound no doubt. I would say shoulders are weak, but the incline numbers don’t agree.
I can lock weight out if I use arms but get stuck somewhere in the middle. If I had to guess I would say front delts. Does anyone agree / disagree? Any input is greatly appreciated.
Stats for reference 26yrs old 6’4 215lbs 12-13%bf