People can flame me or make fun of me all they want, but i’ve decided to switch from full powerlifting to bench only, the main reason being to keep from messing up my back that I feel is in danger with my current training path. I want to be able to enjoy life when I’m older and be able to take walks with my wife and enjoy vacations and life, but I still want to compete and lift something heavy. I just feel too destined for injuries and future pain training for full powerlifting meets.
I’m wondering how bench only guys structure their training. I was thinking of a westside style template, just keeping the lower body stuff a little higher rep (The main goal of lower days being to strengthen without hurting bench workouts and without messing up my back). I’m wondering though if there’s something better that is more tailored towards bench only lifters. Also any suggestions on bench shirts would be appreciated. I’ve always lifted raw, but if I was doing bench only I could afford a bench shirt since I don’t need a squat and deadlift suit too.
My bench is by far my worst lift. My personal best is 265 at 181. I have a long road ahead of me to bring it up, but I’m up for the challenge.