I got to the gym today with one goal in mind — setting a new max bench press.
It was the seventh and final week of the new bench routine I had. All of my hard work in the previous six weeks was about to pay off.
So I pulled out the piece of paper on which I wrote the routine. At the end of the row, I wrote in big, block letters ‘MAX.’
Week 7 — 10 X 125, 5 X 160, 3 X 190, 1 X 215, 1 X 235, 1 X MAX
As the sets went on, I felt as if I got stronger. Even though it was a big jump from the first to third set, 190 pounds felt easier to lift than 125. Two hundred and fifteen felt easier than 190. And so on, and so forth.
Eventually it got to the final set. One rep of 270 pounds, which was the high estimate of what was wrote on the paper.
I called my buddy over to spot me, chalked up and assumed my position under the bar. Here we go!
Addendum — With the new max bench press of 270, I can add it to my list of personal bests (325 deadlift, 315 squat). I’m 6’2, 172 pounds.