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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Workout:

 
  • Smith machine bench press: 5 x 3, 115 lbs

Superset:

  • smith machine shrugs: 6 x 12-15, 205 lbs
  • EZ bar bicep curls: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • DB triceps kickback: 6 x 12-15, 15 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable chest press: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • Db front raises: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • Seated triceps overhead extension: 6 x 12-15, 10 lbs

I worked out at the Planet Fitness in a new town with my friend 🙂 so I had to change some things up to my original workout. Haven’t used a smith machine for bench press in years, >.< but it worked out decently. It was nice to workout with a friend and show her the ropes with lifting. Overall good ex

Today’s workout —

Warm up:

 
  • Cable overhead triceps extension: 4 x 25
  • EZ bar bicep curls: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse flyes: 4 x 25, 10 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3, 115 lbs (95% 1RM) 

Tri-set:

  • DB floor press: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs
  • DB upright row: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB palms in bentover row: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs
  • Cable reverse grip triceps extension: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • DB curls: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Cable bicep curls: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • Cable upright row: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs
  • Triceps Dips: 6 x 12-15
 

Monday Week 11

So today, I did two core lifts instead of one because Wednesday morning I have a hair appointment and wouldn’t be able to make into the gym in the morning, so I doubled up. I did the shoulder press & bench press core lifts.

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 5,3,1
  1. 75% of 90% of 1RM: 95 lbs
  2. 85% of 90% of 1RM: 105 lbs
  3. 95% of 90% of 1RM: 120 lb, 2 max reps.
  • Barbell shoulder press: 5 x 5,3,1
  1. 75% of 90% of 1RM: 65 lb
  2. 85% of 90% of 1RM: 70 lb
  3. 95% of 90% of 1RM: 80 lb, 3 max reps
Superset:
  • DB chest press: 5 x 5-6, 90 lb
  • DB seated shoulder press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lb
Superset:
  • DB bench press (neutral grip): 5 x 6, 70 lb, 80 lb
  • DB lateral raises: 5 x 6, 40 lb
Cardio workout:
  • Stair climber: 15 min, level 7

 

Monday Week 10

Day one

Unfortunately I had to do my workout at 8pm at night tonight instead of the early morning because I had  to wait for a car repair that was scheduled to be 2 hours but ended up being 6 hours long .>.< ridiculous but that is my rant for today besides the creepy dude at the gym who scares me. lol. Besides that, it was very weird to workout so late at night— I didn’t like it but I did it because I had to in order to make up for not making it this morning. Hopefully this doesn’t become a regular thing. 

 
 
  • Barbell military press: 3 x 5

 

  • 65% of 90% of 1RM: 55 lb
  • 75% of 90/% of 1RM: 65 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1RM: 70 lb, 6 max reps

 

  • barbell bench press, 5 x 5, 110 lb (did 5 reps the first set and 3 reps every set afterwards)

Superset:

  • Assistance pull ups: 5 x 15, 130 lb
  • cable face pull: 5 x 15, 60 lb

Superset:

  • Cable upright rows: 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 5 x 15, 40 lb
 

 

Yesterday’s benching & heavies

Chest Day 🙂 

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 5

 

  • 40% of 90% of 1-RM: 50 lb
  • 50% of 90% of 1-RM: 60 lb
  • 60% of 90% of 1-RM: 70 lb

 

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 5 x 6, 90 lb
  • Bench dips: 5 x 6

Superset:

  • Incline DB chest press: 5 x 6, 70 lb
  • Triceps kickback: 5 x 6. 20 lb

Superset:

  • Push ups: 5 x 6
  • Incline DB press w/palms facing in: 5 x 6, 60 lb

Ab workout:

Superset: (4 times)

  • Plank: 30 seconds
  • side plank: 30 seconds (each side)

Yesterday’s bench session went over well and so did the ab workout — but I hate doing side planks. Anyone else agree? lol 

 

I have posted a video of my DB chest press & Incline DB chest press with palms in — DB chest press & Incline DB press – palms in

Rewind to Wednesday

  • Barbell bench press: 

 

  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 3 x 5, 85 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 3 x 3, 100 lb
  • 95% of 90% of 1-RM: 3 x 1, 110 lb
  • 95% of true 1-RM: singles, 3 x 1, 125 lb

 

  • DB chest press ( on the floor): 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • Incline DB press reverse grip: 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • Hammer grip incline DB press: 5 x 15, 40 lb

Ab workout:

  • Cable crunch: 4 x 20, 100 lb
  • Vertical leg raises: 4 x 20

Cardio workout:

  • Stair climber: 20 minutes, level 7