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Hi All Just found this forum and love it already. I am a 51 year old guy from Auckland, New Zealand. I have been lifting off and on (more off than on) most of my adult life, but never made great progress - mainly due to the usual culprits: poor attention to diet, poor form, not enough discipline. I have recently come back to lifting after a 2 year hiatus and am doing SL 5x5. I had a good run with this program last time around and for the first time felt I was really getting somewhere, so I am keen to give it another go. I know from that previous experience though, that I will max out on the overhead press and bench press way before I do on the other exercises. I have always been weak in these two exercises, even when I was in my 20's. Is there anything I can do to help in this area? Would it be worth adding in some DB flies or upright rows for example? A buddy suggested that just for those 2 exercises, I could spend a couple of months doing 3 x 10 or even 3 x 12 sets with much lighter weights to see if that made a difference, but conventional wisdom seems to say the opposite - reduces reps and increase weight. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance. Dave.
An interesting alternative to the traditional barbell bench press is the Unilateral Dumbbell Floor Press: (from Dumbbell Floor Presses for Size, Strength, and Health on T Nation) Pro: Lower risk of shoulder injury Greater activation of stabilizing muscles No bench or barbell required (good for folks on a budget) Con: Smaller ROM Cannot be loaded as heavily as bilateral barbell bench press Harder to boast about your press numbers Discuss.