Bench Press / Smith Press
- 07-11-2014, 08:01 PM
- 07-11-2014, 08:50 PM
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- 07-11-2014, 08:56 PM
We'll I use the smith to do decline presses because I workout solo, no spotter.
My decline press max on the smith is about 100lbs over my barbell flat bench.
Didn't know if it's really from using the smith, because it's decline vs flat, or a combo of both.
I don't really have a sticking point using the smith on decline.
Flat bench max is roughly 350
Decline smith is 455
I'd like to get my bench up over that 400 mark naturally.
07-16-2014, 08:22 AM
07-16-2014, 10:00 AM
Some Smith's, have a counter weight balance in them, so the real weight on the bar, minus the counter weight.
The thing you have to watch is, it is a dedicated straight bar par path and not a "natural essy path" of your shoulders.
07-16-2014, 10:13 AM
I always assumed 30-45lbs in difference from free weight vs smith. However the 100lb gap just threw me off a bit.
07-18-2014, 08:25 AM
07-18-2014, 08:56 AM
When you guys are strength training to up your numbers on the bench, do you guys use added volume or just switch excercises or what? I'm stuck around that number. Seem like no matter how I go at it.
My other lifts are gradually increasing steady though.
07-18-2014, 11:34 AM
Personally, I haven't really benched at all up until this week (been back at training for 18 months after about a decade off). I focus more on dumbbell flyes, dumbbell presses, dips. I am focusing on compound exercises more now, so I've added the bench in and dropped a bunch of other stuff.
Sometimes, you push so hard trying to increase your weights that you start to go too heavy. I have a lot of times that I've been in the 6-8 rep range with a weight, hit 8 or 9 reps and increased the weight by 5 or 10 pounds the following week only to get stuck at that weight for a LONG time. Sometimes you are just pushing too hard and you need to back off the weight and focus on the movement and the muscle a little more. Pre-exhaust techniques also help with this - do your flyes before the bench so that you HAVE to drop the weight. You know you've already fried yourself, so your ego won't be as hurt by the lighter weights.
07-20-2014, 09:54 PM
07-20-2014, 10:17 PM
Arms usually get 1-2 burnout sets at the end of sessions a few days a week, but that's it for arms, no arm day.
Flat Bench ( maybe DB also )
Incline DB or BB
Flys or Pullovers
Switch up every session between DB & BB.
DB sets bewteen 3-4 sets for 8-12 reps.
BB sets between 4-5 sets for 6-10 reps.
Usually DB sets on last 2 are drop sets.
Decline Smith would peak at 405 or so for reps 4-8 then drop to 315 for reps 15-20, 225 for 15-30 depending on what I start the session with.
I used to train for 20-25 sets, but recently have been focusing more on intensity and drop sets for about 16 sets.
07-20-2014, 11:07 PM
Are you a bodybuilder, Powerlifter, or a weightlifter?
If you are a weightlifter this approach is fine. As a Powerlifter or bodybuilder I'd focus on more frequency with more intensity.
Hit major body parts twice per week.
One day aim for 80%+ of 1RM
The other day aim for 60-75% 1RM.
The lighter days will depend on how heavy you go on the heavier days.
So if you went for 90% on heavy I'd go for 75% on the lighter day.
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07-20-2014, 11:30 PM
However, it may be time to take the approach of a powerlifter if my goal is to increase my numbers as I stated.
I've always liked the 4 day split for myself personally, it's what I found best for strength and size over the years and it's easy to maintain consistency. However, my gains have slowed in this area recently.
I'd thank you guys, but I can't, so Thanks!
07-21-2014, 07:09 AM
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