For years now I've been frustrated with my weaker-than-it-should-be bench press. I know the rules- strength is determined by cross-sectional muscle mass to some degree at least (so why am I weak even though I have huge pecs?). "Practice" lifting heavy to lift heavy (so why does my bench lag behind everything else while all my other lifts get easier all the time?) and so on... What a dope. I use a standard 6' barbell as opposed to an Olympic barbell most of the time in my home gym. So I just slapped my mitts down at the edge of the collar. I mean, the thing is narrow as heck, I wish I could go wider sometimes. What a dope. Here's the deal: I didn't "listen" to my body when my delts said, "Hey man! You're tearing us apart!" So my weak bench was caused by putting all the stress too far out, so my huge pecs just laid there while my delts lifted everything. What a dope. I moved my grip in 2 inches on each side and just added about 20 extra lbs. to my bench instantly. I feel like an idiot! So check your grip! And pay attention to yourself.