Below is my reverse pyramid routine I used to boost both my flat and incline bench presses during a 12-week period.
Below is my reverse pyramid routine I used to boost both my flat and incline bench presses during a 12-week period. A prerequisite to using the suggested routine is a bench press of at least 225 pounds for 5 repetitions. My actual weight and reps are shown below.
The exercises are provided in the given order they were performed. Note the order of the first two exercises: bench press and incline bench press. Two weeks of bench presses is followed by one week of incline bench presses. This accomplished two things: An increase in both flat and incline bench presses.
In addition, my bar dips increased dramatically, although there was a marginal increase on flyes. Yet combined, all the exercises working together helped create a bench press over the 300-pound mark in ONLY 12-weeks!
It is extremely important a routine that is given a time frame to complete (e.x., 12 weeks). You must monitor any joint, tendon or ligament discomfort or unusual localized soreness, especially during heavy barbell or dumbbell pressing compound movements.
These would include: barbell bench presses, barbell incline bench presses, military presses, and dumbbell presses. If you do feel any discomfort, take a few days rest and eat more protein that what you are accustomed to, to help heal the discomforted area.
Keep your rep range consistently between 3-4 reps on all your first heaviest sets. And do not attempt single RM's with a weight at any time while embarking on your 300-pound RM (rep max) goal. Be patience until you successfully do 275-285 pounds for 3-4 reps the previous week before attempting your 300-pound 1RM! Train hard, but smart and above all believe in yourself!
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Bench Press - 305-1, 265-4, 235-6, 205-7
Incline Bench Press - 185-3, 165-7, 145-7
Bar Dips - 105-3, 70-4, 35-6
Dumbbell Flyes - 65-6, 55,7, 45-7
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