Monday – Push Workout

  • Bench Press (touch-n-go)*
    • 135 lbs x 7 reps
    • 155 lbs x 7 reps
    • 185 lbs x 3 reps
    • 205 lbs x 3 reps
    • 225 lbs x 3 reps
    • 245 lbs x 3 reps
    • 265 lbs x 1 rep
  • Bench Press Lockout
    • 285 lbs x 20 reps
  • Wide-grip Bench Press
    • 135 lbs x 7 reps
    • 180 lbs, 5 sets x 7 reps
  • Decline Bench Press
    • 180 lbs, 5 sets x 7 reps


* By now I was expecting to notice an increase in the amount I can lift or number of reps I can perform using my top weight. Neither of those things occurred today. I had a little bit of muscle soreness in my front delts and pecs that I could notice from my initials warm up. I am only training chest and shoulder once a week but recently moved my push workout froward in my schedule two days which would have cut the number of days I had to recover from my previous workout short.

I also, am struggling with a really sore lower back from my last workout. It is hard to bend over and pick up the plates from the floor and maintaining an arch in my back while I bench press is difficult.

However, I was able to increase the number of reps in my bench press lockout plus adding another 5 lbs to my wide-grip bench press and decline press didn’t seem to present a challenge at all. I believe I am making gains but for some reason not in my bench press. The reason I incorporated a wide-grip bench press is that I plan to experiment with a wider grip in the bench press. I am not willing to accept this plateau in the bench press and am now looking to modify my technique to get past it.

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