Below is my Roadmap to compete in the Arnold Classic next year. Working hard, and have achieved a lot in my sport. Come a long long way, especially considering I am relatively new to the sport. I have only been power lifting for a year, but I have of course always "worked out"
Next year I plan to compete in the Arnold Classic. I plan to compete in the Bench Only and the XPC Bench bash. I also hope to be able to qualify for a full meet. Either way this is a hell of an accomplishment. Few have achieved my level of pressing ability and over the next year I hope to really accomplish a lot.
you made that 430 look super easy...
i'm guessing you could hit the 445 right now
what does the curve in that bar do for you?
The bar is thicker in the hands just like a meet bar
The curved bar stresses the lats more which is important on a PL bench
The curved bar is awkward you must conquer it
And lastly and arguably more important the curvature makes the range of motion greater, you gotta go farther down to touch the chest, farther than a straight bar. Thus making the lift harder