Probably reasonably soon if I was to continue bulking. Should definitely hit it this year if I decided to bulk again from Sept. It has been difficult to max alot because I have been benching in a squat rack as they ordered the wrong bench at my gym. Bit harsh to ask my spotter to row up close to 3 plates. Obviously with a bit of help.
(Original post by liftorrot)
Nice , well I will keep an eye on this blog , how soon do you think you will be able to lock a 3 plate bench press ? :P
Sorry, I don't know if I did madcows long enough for me to fairly say whether it was successful for my bench. If i remember correctly I had to stop for easter holidays and afterwards I realised I was still able to make a fair bit of progress with adding 2.5kg each time.
(Original post by Mdawg)
Great progress being made here.
How far did you get on Madcow's for your bench? I started off at 90x5 and after two progress "waves" I've got to 107.5x5 and am resetting again, but not sure whether I need to switch to something more advanced soon.
Also were you bulking and what is your BW?
However from my experience I would say that I have increased my bench most when I have been doing more volume, say 3 sets of 5, 1 and a half times a week and just going up when you can, sort of like your press.
I don't know whether thats because when I was a noob I trained chest a lot and can now recover easily from it or whether its just because I haven't given other methods as much of a chance.
In the end I think its going to be more similar to press, in that your gains are going to be much slower than squat or deadlifts and often go up in bursts. You're likely to make gains doing 1 x 3 or 3 x 5 and what's optimal will vary from person to person. You've just got to be patient and find out what works for you.
I'm probably currently about 90kg at 5ft11. I think I have had consistent weight gain from being about 80 in Feb. Planning to maybe cut back a bit now so bulking can commence later. As much as I enjoy strength gains, i'd rather they were a bit slower and I still looked like I go to the gym. Got all winter to fatten up.
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