Regarding bench, I can believe that because it's same here. You've became efficient at pausing. I feel like I get a power loss just off the chest on touch and go, rather than getting any help from the momentum.I’m pretty much following his generalised intermediate programme to the letter, save for occasionally having to bunch days up due to work schedule/midweek matches.
The only thing I’m not doing is pushing as hard on the load drop sets as he recommends. Reason being I’m progressing fairly rapidly without following that bit and I want a ‘where do I go next’ if things start sticking.
Which basically means that I’m directing a similar amount of work to the squat, but only deadlifting once a week with any great intensity, as the variations the general programme incorporates can’t be done with a similar weight to my conventional deadlift by me. With bench I think I kind of fuck it up because my close grip is about as good as my wide grip, and I can’t get as much out of touch and go sets as I can with paused reps (believe it or not).
What percentage difference is there between your close and wider grip and how close and wide are they on a Texas bar? All of my work at the minute is safety bar or close grip.