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    Hello BBM, I have been running the bridge for the second time and I'm making good progress on squats and deadlifts, the only problem I have is with bench press. I have been trying to get better at RPE but I just can't get it to work. I'm a faster lifter when it comes to benching so for me internally and in terms of bar speed RPE 9 feels easy, more like a 7-8 (compared to my SQ/DL), and because of this I tend to overshoot RPE and miss reps more often on bench. RPE 10 for me does not feel like a true maximum very grindy effort, even though if I attempt another rep I fail. When I'm prescribed RPE 8 sets they all feel much easier and I feel internally like I have at least 3-4 reps more when in reality I only have 2. Bar speed seems to not be a good indicator for me either so I was thinking of modifying the RPE scale and instead of RPE 9 being 1 rep left, for me it would be 2 reps left, RPE 8 3 reps left etc... This way my internal feeling won't overshoot whats actually possible in reality. What do you guys think about this?

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    Hey Andy,

    How long have you been lifting and do you have a video that shows this?

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    • Andy916
      Andy916 commented
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      I don't have a video unfortunately, been lifting (with good programming) for about a year now. Previously ran SS went from 105lbs bodyweight at 5ft6 to 135 with a flabby 33inch waist and only benching 100lbs for a 4 rep max(no pause), also reset and stalled multiple times at the exact same 100-105lbs barrier while gaining weight. Right now after some of my own programming which was based on BBM's advice im rerunning the bridge again.
      Currently I weigh 132lbs and this happened today. I was doing 3ct paused bench 61kg x4 felt solid, I was convinced it was RPE 8, jumped to 65kg for the next set, turns out to be a 3RM, failed 4th rep, dropped back down 61kg moving x4 just as easy as the first set. Currently trying to gain weight since my waist is at 28.5 inches.

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    Yea, I don't think that's unusual. Using our calculator, 61kg x 4 @ 8 suggests 64kg x 4 would be a 9.5 at best. I don't think this experience is outside the norm, but would rather take smaller, more conservative jumps. It is far better to undershoot by a half RPE than to go to failure IMO.
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