Just wanted to give a well deserved shout out to Shawn Lattimer (slattimer here on T-Nation) for designing a great bench routine for me.
I just got another new PR today benching with my shirt.
I couldn’t move 365 any further than three inches off my chest last week, and today I was able to get it all the way up (stopped about half way, but never went back down).
My previous shirted bench record (long time ago) was 345, and my previous raw max (ever) was 335.
I guessed my raw max to be around 335 again before doing this routine, but I may have been off by 10 lbs or so (didn’t max out in a long time).
I also made some new PRs on my board presses and rack lock-outs (so I know it wasn’t just the shirt ;).
I still think I may be able to get more out of the shirt, but my weakness has always been half way up, and locking out.
It was well worth the $45 for this specialized routine (based on how I answered some specific questions).
If anyone’s serious about preparing for a competition, I highly recommend using one of his Metal Militia based routines.