Tonight was the fourth training session with my Titan Ram. It was also the fourth session in a row where I was able to increase my total work volume in my raw bench press. It's probably too early to draw too many conclusions but I'm not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.
Last week's bench press session had top work set volume of 3 sets of 3 with 275 lbs. I followed that up with 3 sets with the Titan Ram using 295 lbs for each set. I was able to do sets of 5, 4, and 4 reps (shi shi time!). After that work, my chest, shoulders and triceps were pretty fatigued and my drop down sets with full ROM, un-equipped bench presses were difficult sets of 250x3 and 225x5.
This week's bench press session had top work set volume of 3 sets of 4 with 275 and a set of 3. I followed that up with 3 sets with the Titan Ram using 295, 315, and 315 lbs. The repetitions were 5, 2, and 2. I finished up with nothing left drop down sets of 245x3 and 205x3.
A few things jumped out at me immediately. One, my work set volume (total reps with 275 lbs) jumped by 6 repetitions--from 9 to 15. Two, bar speed during each of the repetitions was very good. Three, my pressing muscles were so fatigued after the bench press and Titan Ram presses that the drop down sets of bench presses almost couldn't be completed. It's been a very long time since I could remember being too fatigued muscularly to lockout the final repetitions in a routine. For the past couple of years, usually some sort of structural fatigue (joint pain) told me when I was done. It felt young again to be able to train to the point where it was my muscles not my joints telling me I was done.
I'm really liking the Titan Ram work so far. Every muscle group involved in the bench press set up and leg drive is hammered hard by the overloaded bar and the Ram really trains explosion and speed off the chest. At the moment, things are looking very good for setting some bench press PR's at the Classic Championships on November 24.
Bench Press: 135x10, 185x6, 225x5, 250x5, 275x4x3 sets, 275x3
add Titan Ram: 295x5, 315x2, 315x2
Bench Press: 245x3, 205x3