My bench press buddy was feeling ambitious today. He suggested that we try for a 245 pound 1RM on the bench today, a scarce week after us pressing up 240 for the first time in ages. I did not fully endorse this plan as I would have preferred to get 240 up cleanly for two or three weeks before bumping up to the next step. But if he was willing to try it I needed to as well.
He went first with 245 and stalled out with the bar maybe 6 inches off his chest requiring a light assist from me to finish the rep. When I laid down I was not in the frame of mind to get the rep. It sounds odd to people that don’t lift but your mind is as important as your body when it comes to pushing big weight. You need to know you can do it. I didn’t feel that way. My rep was similar with a stall several inches off my chest.
I did manage to single rep 235 and get 225 x 2 on the way down to try to salvage my dignity.
5 minutes cardio/stretching
Barbell bench press – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 10, 225lbs x 1, 245lbs x fail, 235lbs x 1, 225lbs x 2, 205lbs x 6, 205lbs x 4, 185lbs x 9, 185lbs x 8, 185lbs x 7, 135lbs x 15, 135lbs x 8 (dead stops)