Hey, JB! I am using your 15 week peak routine to prepare for my first meet in March. I am in week 3, and I am really liking it so far. I am feeling stronger in my squat and deadlift already. It seems like my bench may be getting a little weaker, though. (one of my work sets is 315, and it has gotten more difficult each week) I don't know if it is the decrease in volume or (more likely) my choice of assistance exercises.
Before starting your plan I was doing my own version of a 5x5. For chest day I would do 5x5 on flat bench press and incline presses followed by 3-5 sets of 8-12 on a machine press. then I would do some triceps exercises (cgbp, etc). on your plan I have been doing bench press with my assistance exercises being incline presses (3x8) and cgbp (3x8). The first week I used some rack presses, but didn't feel like they did much good.
On Monday of this week I switched it around. I used flat bench press followed by paused bench press (3x8) and incline presses (3x8), and moved the cgbp's to my shoulder/arm day. I think this may work better than my previous choices.
Long story short, What is your input on this? Do you think it was my exercise choices? Should I leave it like it is now or do you see some other problem that I may be overlooking? I appreciate any input you may have. Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.
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Gym pr's- bench 330, DL 405, squat 450
Meet pr's- bench 350, do 425, squat tbd