Reverse Grip Bench Press Progress, Eating Bigger, Bench Press Experiment, And OHP 2.0

October 21, 2012 — Leave a comment

Some updates:

  • Training has been pretty good this past week. On Monday (volume day) I high bar squatted 410lbs, 10 sets of 3 (video).
  • To deal with the forearm pain I was getting from bench presses, I've decided to try the reverse grip bench press. It takes some getting used to, but I think I'm getting the hang of it! Managed to reverse grip bench press 330lbs (video), but missed at 340lbs (which is my bench press PR). I believe 330lbs is a paused bench press PR however. I usually get forearm pain at heavier loads, but so far, I'm not feeling any pain at all. Let's hope it stays that way.
  • Rearranged my home gym, cleaned up and took some pictures. Pics here.
  • Lastly, after about 6 months of high bar squatting on volume days, I'm finally going to reintroduce the low bar back squat on Monday. Should be fun.

Anyways, check these out:

  1. Eating Bigger On A Budget by Brandon Morrison
    A slow cooker and rice cooker are 2 key tools that got me from 183lbs to 200lbs+.
  2. Successful Bench Press Experiment by Craig Hirota
    This I have to try!
  3. Platform: Learning to Press 2.0 by Mark Rippetoe
    A new way to OHP as explained in Starting Strength 3rd edition. I'll try this on Wednesday.

John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

Quick Stats
Height: 5'4" on non-squat days
Weight: 200 lb 210 lb ~220 lb (FOREVER BULK BRAH)


  • Texas Method: March 4, 2011 - April 28, 2013
  • Smolov Jr for Bench Press: June 4 - 22, 2012
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