HELP ME INCREASE MY BENCH PRESS
08-27-2010 02:31 PM
HELP ME INCREASE MY BENCH PRESS
i just starting to train for my local gym's bench press contest which will be held 3 months from now. This is my first ever contest I will be competing in. My problem is I am currently stuck at benching about 275 for my max and was wondering is it possible I can boost my max to mabe 325 by december? Any advice or tips on training that can help me prepare? Anyone's help is highly appreciated!!!
08-27-2010 05:19 PM
The thing you can do to add pounds the quickest is to get your technique dialed in. Go to the elitefts website and in the article section find the "So you think you can bench?" video series and watch them all. It will cover just about every aspect of how to bench correctly.
There are a number of programs that could work for training. A number of programs could work well including Westside, 5/3/1, or some 5x5 derivative. What is your training background and what have you been doing lately?
08-27-2010 05:57 PM
My training background is I have been lifting for about 4 years now. I workout 5 days a week working out a different muscle group each different day. This is how my bench workout day looks:
flat barbell bench press- 4 sets
incline dumbell press-3 sets
close grip flat bench- 3 sets
cable push downs
I end my workout with pushups to failure, then close grip pushups to failure
Is this an alright routine?
08-27-2010 07:15 PM
In order to bench more you must train your bench, not necessarily your chest.
Like mentioned before, make sure your form is SPOT ON. This will make sure all your force will be driving the bar up, and not being lost else where, and let you lift max poundage.
Your best bet is to train using a power routine, like said above, westside is my personal fav, something similar. Liftings like squating and deading will also help with your bench.
Also, recently discovered the Sling Shot. I seen it at my buddy's gym, someone using, says it helped them add 20ibs to their raw bench. Check it out at
08-27-2010 07:26 PM
You're training more like a bodybuilder than a powerlifter. I would probably recommend a Westide type of template as well. This will allow you to go heavy on the main exercise but still keep some assistance work for the pecs, shoulders, and triceps. Go do an internet search for the standard Westside template and you should be able to get an idea of what the template looks like. You will end up doing less volume than you are doing now, but it should improve your strength and still has enough volume to gain or maintain size. Go read about the standard template and come back with questions if you need help filling in specific exercises into the template.
08-27-2010 08:00 PM
thanks for the advice guys. Westside looks like a great routine that im goin to have to definitly try. If anyone else has good routine that increased their bench press feel free to share!!!
08-27-2010 08:10 PM
When I was in high school I did a few lift offs for the foot ball team, I competed in bench. I put up 325 at 180.
I found strengthening my dumbbell incline and flat bench help shoot my bench numbers way up. I was also running a pyramid 12, 10 , 8 , 6 , 3 on my lifts, starting out light fishing heavy.
08-27-2010 08:10 PM
I was able to add 60 pounds to my bench using westside! You also might want to check out Joe Defranco's westside for skinny bastards routine (not a westside barbell workout that people above were talking about but still very similar).
08-27-2010 08:16 PM
nice man i currently weigh 180 pounds. Im really hoping that I will be able to put up around 325 by december at this weight. I currently do the pyramid method for each set also.
08-27-2010 08:36 PM
i weigh 153lbs and can raw bench 320lbs..the thing that has helped me most is speed bench,push ups,and chin ups. im 5'9 31yrs old and hope to get 350lbs by april for my next meet..dont have to do a many sets either..same days i just do one set for one rep...just go by how you feel
08-29-2010 05:17 PM
What do you guys thinks of the pyramid routine for increasing strength?
08-29-2010 06:00 PM
im a big fan of 5/3/1 method. Once you got a technique down Id say opt for that type of progression, keeps gains going slow n steady
08-30-2010 10:27 AM
Shoulder blades should be squeezed together and on the bench
Slight to moderate arch in the back
Pushing pressure into your shoulders with your legs
Pulling the bar out of the rack not pressing it out
Bring the bar down to below nipple level
Press up in straight line
Muscle weaknesses to work on:
Tricep, tricep, tricep...
Use close grip bench with and without boards
Close grip pull downs
Incline and or flat db fly
Or cable fly
Front delt raise
Rear delt raise
Max effort day
Bench press variation(flat bench, board press, floor press, incline press, band press)Rotate weekly
1x5 2x3 2x2 3-4x1
JM Press 4x8-10
DB ext 3x10
rope ext 2-3x15-20
Pull ups 4x10
DB row 4x10
Face pulls 4x12
front raise 3x10
Ex. Speed or rep day
40-50% of max for 10 sets of 3 with chains or minibands for speed work or
Flat or incline db press for 4-5 sets of 10-20 reps
Close grip board press 4x8-10
db ext 3x8-10
Bench dips 3x20+ reps
Close grip lat pull down 4x10-15
Tbar row 4x8
Military BB or DB 4x6-8
Rear delt raise 3x10-15
DB fly 3-4x12-15
I like to break up my Max efford and DE/RE by no less than three days
So tuesday friday or monday thursday
09-03-2010 11:43 AM
325 is a realistic goal, just get the right workout (which is posted in this thread even yours isn't too bad I like pyramids) and eat right
Bench - 355
Squat - 405
Deadlift - 600
09-03-2010 12:55 PM
board presses, floor presses, speed work with percentage of 1RM, bands are awsome, close grip floor presses, speed pin presses. these all helped me increase my bench by 90# in 4 months.
09-03-2010 11:37 PM
If your competeing raw westside mite not be the best way to go because u do alot of top end work.. I was able to 3 board 285 and couldnt even bench 250... I would do full ROM work then go realtively heavy on a assistance exercise almost to a max..
Bench to 3 singles at 90% bench max
Pause wide grip bench
4 x 3 working up to a heavy last set
3 x 10
4 x 10
Rear delt work.
another day id do assistance work if your weak of chest or have weak shoulders id do push press, shoulder press, incline press if you have weak triceps then do chain bench board bench band bench etc..
After this you gotta figure out whats the weakest to strongest outta back,shoulders triceps. and whatever is weaker train it harder and first with more sets...
I had a hard time realiziing this doing westside is so much fun when u do max effort on movements that your real strong on... You should be max efforting your weaknesses which will increase ur total!
09-04-2010 12:41 AM
I find that the best way to increase my bench numbers is benching. I've done 10 sets of 1-3 reps and that would be it for chest. Then id make sure to eat big and rest well. There is a lot of great info in this thread. Good luck!
09-04-2010 09:58 AM
jus subbing to copy mongos ideas for later
09-04-2010 07:27 PM
Bench 2 x week
Originally Posted by liftallday123
Max Effort x 1/Dynamic or Repetition Effort x 1 (3 days after)
1. Flat Bench up to 90% - 95% of 1RM using 7-8 sets to get there.
2. Pick another supplemental barbell excercise ie. floor press, incline bb, decline bb, etc.
3. Heavy tri's x 3 sets x 2 excercises-----4-6 reps should be all you can do
4. Heavy back x 3-4 sets----6-10 reps (lat, middle back work)
Warm up shoulders WELL
1. Flat Bench 135-155 x 3 x 8 sets
2. Lock Out Work - 3 or 4 board reps of 3-5 HEAVY! Pin presses are also ok but can upset the shoulders some.
3. Blood flow work for the triceps x 1 excercise
4. optional blood flow work (sets of 10-12 reps) for the back
5. Shoulder work - front delt/laterals/rear. DB work here.
Vary the accommodating resistance (bands, chains) every week for the max effort excercise. We vary on dynamic day also but you can wave this excercise if you wish.
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