Amor Pistis. Bench. September 19th , 2017.
Search for Rippetoe's guide to rep ranges and strength, it is an extremely helpful graphic for our argument here. The largest effect on both strength and power occurs at lower rep ranges, below 8, generally somewhere between 3 and 6. What does this mean? No more drop sets, no more burn out sets until infinity, more powerlifting style training.
The Tate press is a great finishing exercise for your bench training days. The Tate press simulates a bench press but only engages your triceps. We still want to go heavy here, but not quite as much, think 8-10 reps per set.
While most benches aren't usually moved, it's good to think whether you really want the bench staying where it is forever. Concrete benches for example can't be moved so you should plan their location well. If you are not sure about it, pick wooden or metal benches and don't fix them permanently to the ground with concrete.
Okay, using chalk might have seemed odd at first, and I am sure that foam rolling your legs seems even more out of place right now, but trust me, it works. This step towards a bigger bench should not be limited to just your lower body, you really should foam roll your upper body as well. There are a few reasons for this.
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