I have been communicating, via email, with a member of the SC USAPL. At his urging, I did a max bench day today just to see where I am. He said it is common practice to check every 12 weeks or so. I have been training for about 4 1/2 months and didn't plan on doing a max attempt until I hit 6 months. I did this for squats two weeks ago to try and rebuild my confidence after a pitiful leg day the previous week. I actually did much better than I expected, so I figured, "Why not?", I'll just see where I am. And here it is. I don't really know how to do a "max effort" day. I just cut my reps and see how far I can go. If there is a better method, please suggest it so that I may try it the next time. I also had to cut it down to 10 sets per bodypart due to time constraints.
315x0- 305 was much easier than I expected. (even easier than 295 for some reason) I even hit the bar stops on the way up and still re-adjusted and got it up pretty easy. I thought I would get 315, but it BURIED me. Not even close.
225x10 - I wasn't fatigued at all after these attempts, so I did a quick set before moving on to the rest of my workout.
Incline Bench Press
Close grip bench press
Overall I was pretty happy with today's results. I really wish I could have gotten 315, but it will come in time.