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2004/03/06 19:09:12 (permalink)
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Beginners Bench question

Hello. I have been lifting weights natural for 5 months and have seen a sharp increase in size and strength. I have been trying to bench 3x6 at 80kg now for about a month and don't seem to be able to reach my goal. I find sets of 70kg easy but cannot maintain the strength on the 2nd and 3rd set of 80kg. Is it normal to struggle to overcome heavier goals as you become stronger?
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    Yib
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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/06 19:55:32 (permalink)
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    well if you've been doing the same thing for 5 months now, without a break then i suggest to take a week off and start a new routine...if not then y dont u try something in between 70 and 80kg...and build gradually...how does the rest of your routine look like? maybe you're not recovering good enough...check your diet...

    Welcome to MT by the way...
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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/06 19:57:35 (permalink)
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    forgot to mention...all u did was hit a plateau...now u have to break through it, happens to everyone...except superman
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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/06 20:01:56 (permalink)
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    U should be aiming for increments of 1.25Kg - 2.5Kg only mate.
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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/06 20:54:31 (permalink)
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    thanks. I play alot of basketball so my diets pretty good for that. i think a lack of sleep may be a problem. The bench press i use is a cybex machine which unfortunatly has increments of 5kg on each side. It just seemed strange that on a lot of other machines such as shoulder press and chest press i'm constantly moving up the weights. The bench press seems to be the hardest to progress on. Roughly what benching weight do you think my natural max wuld be and how long would it take to acheive through good training. I'm 6'6, 98kg. Thanks
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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/06 21:18:48 (permalink)
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    Here is a huge tip for you mate. Forget the machines, and start to use free weights. You will get stronger and bigger much quicker. There are plenty of links on this site as to the correct form to use for different exercises.

    Really! Do it! Do it now if you are serious about getting stronger!

    Best of luck and feel free to ask any questions.
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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/06 21:28:57 (permalink)
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    Cheers mate. I have 30kg of dum bells but my gym only has machines. Could i intergrate the gym bench with some sort of dumbell routine? I live near an LA Gym which is geared up for bodybuilding but its £3.50 every time you go. I pay £10 per month for my gym access.
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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/06 22:39:26 (permalink)
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    get your sleep...its when u repair and grow
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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/06 23:26:10 (permalink)
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    You are from bristol right? There are some other very hardcore lifters on this site that hail from Bristol town. Why dont you post a request for the names of free weight gyms in the Bristol area on the general forum? No doubt you will get replies and Im confident it will be one of the best things you do in your weight lifting career.

    Best of luck again bro.
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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/07 04:08:41 (permalink)
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    eeesh did someone say machines?

    free weights p*ss all over machines , advice : ditch the machines use free weights, you can go up in smaller increments and it will build your strength in a chosen area quiet rapidly compared to machines.

    dont be shocked if you can only bench 50kg with free weights and 70-80 on a machine, thats just the way it goes.

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    RE: Beginners Bench question 2004/03/07 05:15:31 (permalink)
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    when i first started, i made good gains for the first three months. i started at about as close to the bottom as you can get. i was benching three times a week. this worked for a while but then it didn't work as well. as was said, you will/might hit a plateau, i hit one for a long time. what i should have done to get past the plateau was to work triceps and chest together, i didn't do this and i'm pretty sure that was part of the problem. also, i wouldn't bench more than twice a week, if you even wanted to do that.
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