help with max bench?

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  1. IMO bands work well for training.


  2. tried the bands a little bit on friday, it felt really unsteady, I had to fight with the bar to keep it under control, is this normal, till you get used to it?
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Truck 44
    tried the bands a little bit on friday, it felt really unsteady, I had to fight with the bar to keep it under control, is this normal, till you get used to it?
    yes, the first time i did it thank god i had boards on my chest, because it came right down and pinned me to the bench. the second time i did them it was a lot better, you knwo what's going on. how did you end up anchoring the bands?

  4. I used our gyms 110lbs dumbells, those are the heaviest we have in our gym. I think I need to play with dumbells positions some, it felt like the bands were pulling the bar out of my power groove a little bit.

    I looped one end of the bands on the dumbell pulled the band over the bar, and looped the other end of the band on the dumbell. Is this the right way?

  5. Quote Originally Posted by Truck 44
    I used our gyms 110lbs dumbells, those are the heaviest we have in our gym. I think I need to play with dumbells positions some, it felt like the bands were pulling the bar out of my power groove a little bit.

    I looped one end of the bands on the dumbell pulled the band over the bar, and looped the other end of the band on the dumbell. Is this the right way?
    yup that's the right way, and i put the dumbells right where the bar would touch my chest(my raw groove is top of belly to face) basically when the bar is on top of the boards or belly the bands are perpendicular(sp?) to the ground, understand? did you do them off of boards too?
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  6. and truck44 you should post your log here

  7. yup, I understand. Nope have not tried the boards yet, I was doing legs friday, but decided to play with the bands a little, so I could see what they were like, figure how to set them up, so it would not take so much time on chest day. plus I was excited to try them out.

    Thanks again for the help.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Truck 44
    yup, I understand. Nope have not tried the boards yet, I was doing legs friday, but decided to play with the bands a little, so I could see what they were like, figure how to set them up, so it would not take so much time on chest day. plus I was excited to try them out.

    Thanks again for the help.
    yup no problem, anytime

  9. you know I have been thinking about posting my workout log here, but I could not make up my mind whether to or not. I think I will, it would give me a chance to get some feedback and maybe some suggestions, that will help my progress, or maybe someone else's.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by Truck 44
    you know I have been thinking about posting my workout log here, but I could not make up my mind whether to or not. I think I will, it would give me a chance to get some feedback and maybe some suggestions, that will help my progress, or maybe someone else's.
    it's a good thing to do, my log is on 3 different boards, haha

  11. I trained bench with bands for the first time today. Different feel to the weight and sorta unsteady the first time I unracked it, but I liked it. Have any of you guys used the mini bands on a hammer strength wide chest machine? Really awesome for the tris.

  12. it will take a little time to get used to them. stick with it and you will not be let down.

  13. Hey, im new to the forum, i follow along alot but i just now joined. Im 17 and the best i have ever done on my bench is 325. I dont know alot about these bands you guys are talking about but i used to have that point where you get "stuck". I got the weight off my chest really good but i think it was the transition to my triceps. So i worked really hard on getting my tris stronger and no longer had the problem.

  14. BHR84, yea I have been concentrating on making my triceps stronger, I figured it would help, definately can't hurt. I even cut weight on stuff like skull crushers to make sure my form was perfect, it is now and I am working my way back up in weight.

    Update: did some pressing with the bands tonight, they are starting to feel better I am getting more used to them. I tried to work on my acceleration and explosiveness. I like the feel of the bands.

  15. thanks for the Ideas on the warmup Jstrong20, I tried them tonight and it was an almost perfect warmup, worked really well for me. Thanks

  16. Hey truck...my first trainer on the bench was John Kuc...see York Barbell hall of fame...he was incredibly strong...6-700 lb bench if memory serves.
    If your sticking point is low in the movement your chest and back need to be worked on...if the sticking point is mid range and up it's front shoulders and tri's.
    He had me do heavy close grips, weighted dips and heavy military press.
    Tri 's and front shoulders were very important...and do not forget abs...they will help tremendously.
    I'm only 5'7 , 185 and nearly 40 yrs old I'm still able to put up 385 and hope to be at 405 before the 40th b day in Sept. Let me know how you make out.

  17. thanks for the help, Kish, and by the way nice numbers

  18. Hey Truck what kind of weights are you handling? I notice your only 26 ...you should still have a fairly quick recovery time at that age...keep me posted on the progress if your weights...I had a great teacher and I like to help people with training.Kish

  19. kish I have a log in this forum, I have not been able to keep it updated lately. I had some problems with my internet, I have had to work a lot this month, so I am rundown, feel like I am starting to get sick. my wife actually had severe strep throat and an ear infection last week. but I should have everything back on track soon.

    here is the log:

    Truck44's Log

  20. hey truck I know all about putting in the hard days. I own a landscape design co. and we do pavers nearly everyday. All bull work and if you want it done right you have to do it yourself ...lol. I will try to keep you up to date...i log about 65 -70 hrs a week, a twelve year old daughter...and so on. I think I'm going to enter a masters contest in October...after I turn 40 (not used to saying that) I think I have a shot at the 180lb class bp. I want to go in with a 405 or better. I got closer last night 390 and it felt pretty good. Gettin old sucks lots of aches and pains, doesn't help with a physical job. Your routine did seem to be a little long. I stick to 5 - 6 set of flat bench, 4-5 inclines then dumbell flats and a machine or two.
    I will try to clarify it in log form. take care hope your feeling better.

  21. kish, man it sounds like you have a lot on your plate. Good Luck with your competition, I am sure you will do well. If you have time post your log here, I would love to see it maybe give me some ideas, at least get my mind rolling. I have always been told that I do to much in my workouts, and train to long. but I have that complex where, if I don't do a certain amount of work I feel like I am cheating myself, or have not worked hard enough.

  22. Truck,
    How is the bench going? Just following up. I started a cycle of Pro 25 and so far no results...the bench has been at a stand still...might be from starting back to work and the warmer weather, but I might just be hitting a wall...Keep me posted...Kish

  23. Kish, the bench is coming a long. I pushed up 370 two weeks ago, which is the most I have ever got up, but It was a lot easier than before. I was able to push it up without the bar slowing down to much, or stopping at my sticking point, this is a major improvement in my point of view. even though the numbers are not where I want them, I am stronger through the whole press, bands are helping out. also last max I was not feeling exactly great, had a long weekend, not enough sleep, had a little to much to drink.

    I am planning on maxing tommorrow, hopefully it will be a good day. I will keep you posted.

    I bet wth your type of job the heat really takes it out of you.

    I don't know much about Pro 25. if you get a chance try the Mega Trn, I really liked that product one of my favorites. I liked it better than superdrol, ergomax and phera-plex. these are good products I just liked the Mega Trn better.

  24. pushed up 380 tonight, I am stoked, it was pretty easy. went for 390 but did not get, got stuck at my sticking point.

    Making progress and that is all that matters.

  25. get a bench shirt !
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