Training The Bench And Only The Bench
Pavel Tsatsouline writes about the bench press training of Russian Vladimir Volkov who only trains the bench press by doing the lift itself and does so multiple times per week.
Russians believe that if you wish to excel at a lift, you can’t beat frequent practice of this lift with a moderately heavy weight and never to failure. Vladimir Volkov, the European bench press champion and master’s world champion in the 220 lb weight class, has proved that point with a 639 lb bench in an IPF competition.
Forty-six year old Vladimir trains three to five times a week, depending on how busy he is at work. The only exercise that he does is the bench. He doesn’t do any lat work, dumbbells, inclines, or close-grips. Just the powerlifting style bench.