Bench 1RM

Bench press testing

Today I did my bench press 1RM to see where I was at with my dynamic strength. It was higher than I assumed, but not as high as I would have liked considering my bench press isn’t the weakest of the 3 big lifts. For some reason, I always find myself plateauing when it comes to my bench press, and I don’t know if it is my lack of programming for it correctly or if I haven’t worked/strengthened the right muscles to lift more. I am 10 lbs away from my goal (which doesn’t seem like much, but it is a lot when lifting). In the meantime, I probably will tweak some workouts and see where I am again in another 6 weeks with my bench press. Anyone else have a weak area in bench pressing? What have you done to perform higher weights? leave answers in the comment section. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Incline DB chest press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • One arm bentover DB row: 4 x 25 ea. arm, 15 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 4 x 25, 10 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 125 lbs – MAX WEIGHT

Superset:

  • DB floor press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • Bentover DB row: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • DB flyes: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • One arm DB chest press: 6 x 12-15 ea. arm, 30 lbs

Superset:

  • Resistance band pull apart: 6 x 12-15, red band
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs
 
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Heavy squats & deadlifts

Today’s workout consisted of heavy load today with both squats and sumo deadlifts, I used low bar wide stance squats because I am working on hip mobility along with the sumo deadlift. I have noticed that what I thought was my max effort, I could have probably went up in weight on my heavier lifts — so possibly next week I will check my 1RM’s for my lifts. Normally I would have some Tri-set exercises after the core lifts but decided to end my workout with some HIIT Training.

 

Warm Up:

 
  1. Side lunges: 4 x 25
  2. EZ Bar butt-lifts: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  3. Bench kettlebell stiff-legged deadlifts: 4 x 25, 4 kg

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 2-4 (80%-90%) 5 x 180 lbs, 5 x 190 lbs, 5 x 200 lbs

       – sumo deadlift off blocks: 5 x 2-4 (80% 1RM), 180 lbs

       – Sumo deadlift: 2 x 1 (95%+) 215 lbs, 225 lbs 

  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 2-4 (80%-90% 1RM) 5 x 160 lbs, 5 x 170 lbs, 5 x 180 lbs

        – Barbell back squat: 2 x 1 (95%+ 1RM) 190 lbs, 200 lbs

 

HIIT Training: 5 rounds circuit

  1. High knees: 20 seconds
  2. squats: 20 seconds, 12 lbs body bar
  3. burpees: 20 seconds

Check out my workout: Core lifts