When the Bench Press Needs Work

Ugh! my bench , my bench, my bench needs improvement. Today was a heavier day for bench — what i could consider heavier but not near my max day. I was working in the 3 rep range and did 95 lbs & 110 lb lifts for my bench press. I show both lifts Here. My bench has always been my weakest lift out of the BIG 3  — I am hoping within the next couple of weeks my max will increase by 5 lbs or so, because when competing I have to be strong in all three lifts in order to get the better total. My deadlifts and squats are my strongest lifts but I can’t only rely on them so I HAVE to work on increasing my bench if I want to better myself as a powerlifter. 


As of now, my plan is to use weighted push ups & continue to work on my weaker areas that carry over to the bench in order to have a good balance of strength & hopefully seeing increases in my bench press. 


Warm up:

  • Resistance band chest press: 4 x 25, green band
  • EZ military press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Lat pulldowns: 4 x 25, 30 lbs


  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 3, 95 lbs (75% 1RM)
  • barbell bench press: 6 x 3. 100 lbs (80% 1RM)


  • Seated Arnold press: 5 x 6, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 5 x 6, 30 lbs


  • Cable upright rows: 5 x 6, 80 lbs
  • DB hammer curls: 5 x 6, 60 lbs & 70 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 6, 20 lbs


  • EZ bar curls: 5 x 6, 50 lbs
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 5 x 6, 50 lbs

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Good & bad news

  • Barbell shoulder press: 3 x 5, 3, 1


  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 60 lb, 3 x 5
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 70 lb, 3 x 3
  • 95% of 90% of 1-RM: 75 lb, 5 rep max , 3 x 1+


This went over well, I believe about 4 or 5 weeks ago, I was hitting 70 lb for like 1 rep max and now I am able to do 75 lb for 5 rep max, very happy about this progress.

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5, 105 lb, 100 lb

My bench did not go over well at all today. I was able to hit 105 lb for 5 reps but only the first set, after that set, I was only hitting 3-4 reps, so I went down to 100 lb and was hitting my 5 reps until the last set and was only able to do 3 reps. Bench has never been my stronger suit in lifting but I want to improve it because I plateau in bench pressing more than I do in other lifts and it agitates me. I have found some ideas but it will be trial and error. Anyone else feel like their bench is slow to progress? 


My 1 rep max should be 135, but at this rate, I don’t know. GRR. 

  • DB seated shoulder press: 5 x 6, 60 lb
  • Smith machine upright row: 5 x 6, 90 lb
  • Side laterals to front raise: 5 x 6, 30 lb
  • DB rear delt row: 5 x 6, 80 lb

The assistance work today wasn’t too bad besides the last one (hard one). I am doing heavier assistance work this week and next week and lighter core lifts next week (deload week) so today’s core lifting was fairly heavy work. 



Monday’s Workout—

Double the Trouble

Today’s workout consisted of two different core lifts because Wednesday I will be out of town for an appointment so would not be able to make it to the gym (but keep in mind I will be doing bench press twice a week now)

  • Bench press: 3 x 5


  • 65% of 90% of 1-RM: 80 lb
  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 90 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 105 lb, 6 max reps ( I did one more rep compared to 6 weeks prior)


  • Bench press: 5 x 5, 100 lb (heaviest weight I can do with 5 reps)
  • Barbell Shoulder press: 3 x 5
  1. 65% of 90% of 1-RM: 50 lb
  2. 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 60 lb
  3. 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 70 lb, 8 max reps — I did 8 reps with 65 lb 6 weeks prior so I am getting stronger 😀
  • DB floor chest press: 5 x 15, 50 lb
  • DB standing shoulder press: 5 x 15, 30 lb
  • DB shrugs: 5 x 15, 100 lb

So as you can see, I have noted where my increase of strength and endurance has landed me since the previous 6 weeks. I am very proud with today’s session and results. 


For a sneak peak at my updated physique & bench press —- Bench press and physique update


Powerlifting Cycle 2 — Heavy loaded Squats

Week 5/ Day 4

Today’s lift was focused on squats and quad assistance work. I did heavy lifting on my squats, and noticed some improvements — so happy! I also did some ab work and cardio (changed up the cardio). I will leave a like at the bottom to my Instagram page; which will have all the squat videos from today and the lift numbers (I have a total of 5-7 videos from today of my squats) so be sure to check it out and follow me! 

  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 3


  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 135 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 150 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 170 lb, 5 reps max
  • 1 rep: 175 lb
  • 1 rep: 180 lb
  • 1 rep: 185 lb
  • 1 rep: 200 lb


  • Barbell Front Squats: 5 x 12, 75 lb
  • Barbell box squats: 5 x 15, 145 lb
  • Leg press (quad dominant): 5 x 15, 298 lb
  • leg extensions: 5 x 15, 60 lb

Ab workout:


  • Ab rollout: 4 x 20
  • medicine ball toe touches: 4 x 20, 8 lb

Cardio Workout:

Treadmill interval training: 20 minutes

  1. 1 minute walk, 3.5 speed, no incline
  2. 2 minute run, 5.5 speed, no incline

I haven’t done running on a treadmill for a long ass time and actually have ran besides sprints for a long as time, so decided to give it a go see where I was cardiovascular wise. I try to do 15-20 minute of cardio so that it doesn’t interfere with my strength gains and I do HIIT and intervals because it works best for my goals and losing fat while still maintaining my strength. Normally people don’t do cardio the same day as leg day, but I’m a rebel. LOL 

P.S 200 lb  was my 1 rep max 6 weeks ago, today I proved that I can move above that when I noticed I hadn’t struggled as much as I had 6 weeks ago — so happy to see the small improvements. 


Instagram videos: Shay-lon FitnessWonderwoman


Deadlifts — Tuesday– Cycle 2

Road To powerlifting

  • Conventional Deadlifts: 3 x 3


  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 180 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 210 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 235 lb, 5 max reps


  • Goodmorning: 5 x 15, 50 lb
  • Stiff legged DB deadlifts: 5 x 15, 60 lb
  • One arm kettlebell swing: 5 x 15, 12kg
  • Front Box jumps: 5 x 15

I had to had to add 10 lb to my 1RM total and then figure out the new 90% of it, so if you are comparing last week with this week (week two of last week) then you will notice a difference int the numbers, obviously with the increase, I am lifting higher weights. For those of you who are interested in seeing me lift these weights from today, check out my IG —— > FitnessWonderWoman



Personal Training: Helping a Friend Day 34


FitFam Tuesday!

Happy TacoTuesday everyone! Hopefully all of you get the pleasure of eating some delicious Tacos and Mexican cuisine, I kind of cheated today and went to Chipotle for lunch, so I have leftovers for dinner. It was good, because I had not been there in over a year now, and I thought I missed it a little bit.. but actually it was just decent; left a smile on my face but not something I miss all that much after-all (coming from a Chipotle fanactic!!!) – I will try to remember to get ingredients for tacos sometime this week for next weeks TacoTuesday so I don’t have a  reason to buy them. In other news, today chest and back day for me, and I made some fun changes to John’s workout today as well; which took him by surprise and I will add another PR for him today, because he did fantastic! 

John’s workout:


-Dynamic stretches:

  • Walking lunges
  • Leg swings (10 reps each leg)
  • Inchworms
Workout Session:
Circuit #1:
  • Jumping jacks: 30 reps
  • Push up: 5 reps
  • Jumping jacks: 30 reps
  • Push up: 5 reps
He did well with this mini circuit, I had to make sure he was strong enough to do a standard push up and he was, he had good form and kept up, no complaint from him or I.
Circuit #2:
  • Crunch machine: 50Lb, 15 reps
  • Plank: 30 seconds
  • Crunch machine: 50Lb, 15 reps
  • Plank: 30 seconds
  • Crunch machine: 50Lb, 15 reps
  • Plank: 30 seconds
John did very well with this as well, of course, we had a 1 minute break between sets. I probably will consider upping the reps next time on the crunch machine. 
Circuit #3:
  • Treadmill: 5 minutes, no incline, 5.5 speed (jogging)
  • Treadmill: 5 minutes, no incline, 3.5 speed
  • Treadmill: 5 minutes: no incline, 5.5 speed (jogging)
  • Treadmill: 5 minutes, no incline, 3.5 speed
He accomplished running with no problems, he said the first 5 minute jog was nothing, the second one he could feel it after 4 minutes, but he didn’t slow down, nor lose his pace no complain of aches. This was great news!
Core Exercise:
  • Planks: 3 sets, 1:14. I had him do the first set with 5 pounds, the second set with 10 pounds and then the last set with 15 pounds. Last week he was able to just do 5 pounds, now he has PR’d at 15 pounds of added weight to his planks. Which is GREAT news! I was very proud of him again today, he is showing progress these last couple of days and I am hoping it continues. 
Cool down:
  • Treadmill: 5 minutes, 2.5 speed, no incline
My Workout:
  • Treadmill: 4 minutes, 3.6 speed, 5.0 incline. 
  • treadmill: 2 minutes, 5.5 speed, 5.0 incline
  • Treadmill: 2 minutes, 3.6 speed, 5.0 incline
  • Treadmill: 2 minutes, 5.5 speed, 5.0 incline
  • Treadmill: 2 minutes, 3.6 speed, 5.0 incline
Dynamic stretches: I did the same ones John did along with him when he shown up for his workout.
Workout Session:
  • Incline bench dumbbell press: 20Lb, 4 X 10
  • Incline dumbbell flye: 15Lb, 4 X 10
  • Reverse grip low pulley straight bar bentover row: 50Lb, 4 X 10
  • Wide grip lat pulldown: 85Lb, 4 X 10
  • machine hyperextension: 45Lb, 4 X 10
The superset was a struggle but not too bad. I had never done the machine hyperextension, I started with a 25Lb weight plate to make sure I had the form and technique down and moved on to a 45Lb weight plate after realizing the 25 was easy. I definitely felt this workout. My lat pulldown PR’d is 120lb but I do about 85 with 10 reps and 100Lb with about 6-8. I need to work on my dumbbell flyes because I haven’t done them, so it was weird at first but I will work on it. The bentover row, I could do 60Lb, because 50Lb wasn’t hard at all. 
Circuit #1:
  • Jumping jacks: 30 reps
  • Push up: 5 reps
  • Jumping jacks: 30 reps
  • Push up: 5 reps
Circuit #2:
  • Crunch machine: 70Lb, 15 reps
  • Plank: 30 seconds
  • Crunch machine: 70Lb, 15 reps
  • Plank: 30 seconds
  • Crunch machine: 70Lb, 15 reps
  • Plank: 30 seconds
Circuit #3:
  • Treadmill: 5 minutes, 5.5 speed, no incline
  • Treadmill: 5 minutes, 3.5 speed, no incline
  • Treadmill: 5 minutes, 5.5 speed, no incline
  • Treadmill: 5 minutes, 3.5 speed, no incline 
Core Exercise:
  • Planks: 3 sets, 1:00 each. I PR’d by adding 25Lb weight plate for each of my sets. Last week I was only able to do 10 pounds, now I am at 25Lb for my plank. I am hoping I will be able to handle 45Lb within the next month or two. 
Cool down:
I did the same cool down as John.
I wanted to make mention I forgot to do video footage of myself today for the “Topic Tuesday” youtube video, so tomorrow I will do it, and hopefully remember this time! Sorry about the delay. I may include my friend in the video as well, not sure yet; but it show me doing one the above exercises, so be on the lookout! Also, I have been asked to be a guest post on someone’s blog, so I will be doing that as well and keep everyone informed when it is published! 
Remember to share your workouts from today with me in the comment section!
Your Fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xxx