It turns out that despite my fears to the contrary, my bench is progressing nicely. I feel like I’m moving along towards my goal of a 400 raw bench at Unequipped Nationals.
medium grip bench (pinkies 1 inch inside rings): 225×5, 275×1, 315×3 (plenty in the tank), 295×5, 275x3x5, 275×6
barbell row: 185x5x5
That was all I did. The bench work was pretty decent, so I think I’m going to stick with my bodybuilding oriented training, then about 12 weeks out from Nationals I’ll start doing more powerlifting specific training, including bringing in max effort and speed work training with bands. Hopefully we’ll have our monolift by then, which will definitely help.