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    Default Press well ahead of bench press

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    Coach,

    Iím 6í2, 230 with a 520 DL, 385 squat, 205 press and 235 bench press and can do 3 chin ups with 75 pounds hanging. What in your experience explains why someoneís bench is so weak versus their other lifts? Thank you.

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    What program are you following?

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    Thanks, Coach. I did SS which got my squat to 315 for 5 and dead for 405 for 5 and press to 155 for 5. I stalled on 190 for 5 on my bench. Now I do each big lift twice a week Iíll squat and deadlift on the same day twice a week, Iíll press and do weighted chin ups twice, and bench twice. I generally work to a peak set at RPE 8 for 5 on each lift and do 3 work sets.

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    Right. You're not doing the program. RPE doesn't work, as you have discovered independently. Do the fucking program. As written in the fucking books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Do the fucking program. As written in the fucking books.
    If I open an SS gym can I have this slogan on the back of my business cards?

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    Probably just not using the right kind of RPE unicorn dust on your muscles.

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    RPE seems to be working just fine for all the other lifts...

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    Are you impressed with his 385 squat at 6'2" and 230?

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    It's nothing spectacular but seems reasonable if his end-of-LP 315x5 was somewhat recent. Given that his deadlift is so far ahead and presses so far behind, I would guess he's also got pretty long arms. Not that my opinion matters.

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    Then why share it with us? The man weighs 230, and his bench "stalls" at 190 x 5??? Because he's not doing the program.

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