For people who compete, I was wondering how you train bench when you’re far away from a meet. I’ve been doing only pause benches for sometime but it’s tough to keep the pauses consistent and I’m thinking touch and go would be a better indicator of how I’m progressing.
I’m thinking in the future I might try to progress in tng, training paused bench in the last 6 weeks for a peak. Thoughts?
Why does it have to be only one or the other? You can do both, or do other bench variations t&g. You can get away with not pausing in training, but is there any actual benefit to doing that? It’s like saying you are going to squat high in training and hit depth at the meet, Ray Williams does it but should you?
@chris_ottawa fair point. I would definitely include a peak with paused only if I were to only to tng prior to that. Now that I think of it maybe sticking to the paused reps and hitting some close grip tng afterwards would be a pretty good option.
We don’t pause the main sets during peak because our coach has found that you don’t miss a bench because you had to suddenly pause it. The miss will be caused by a technical issue or simply being too weak for the weight.
I’m pretty sure our guys who compete in feds where you tend to get slower bench calls do some peaked benched paused just to be safe; and we don’t bounce the bar off our chests anyway, so adapting to a reasonable comp pause isn’t hard at all.
Before last meet prep, mostly close grip touch and go in the off season
This meet prep (in the off season), close grip touch and go and feet-up touch and go.
I still had some close grip and comp grip touch and go during strength blocks.