I'm actually working to compete in a powerlifting meet sometime soon. Probably going to be sometime next year because of the way membership works in the federation I'm likely to be competing in, also I need to get my hands on a singlet and a few other things that I may not be able to purchase in time for a meet this year because I'm a bit short on money at the moment. Oh well, gives me time to go over the rules and build up my sorry ass bench. May also look into spectating the meet I would've attended if I knew I was going to be doing this sooner. Right now it seems like squat and deadlift training is as simple as a heavy set once or twice a week + nutrition (I've put about 20 pounds back on my squat in the past two weeks) . I'm also making a transition to sumo since it seems to be pretty close to my conventional even though I haven't pulled sumo in over a year and it seems to suit the way I pull better. Bench training isn't going to be quite so simple. I'm going to be giving a 16 week set/rep plan I pulled from a Kroc article a shot along with a little bit of reverse band work (I bought them, might as well use them) for my triceps. I plugged a conservative max into the program. This is going to be the first time I've broken away from linear progression. I've done a program that was "periodized" in a way before, but it was just a linear progression with weekly changes in rep schemes. I was testing and building at the same time. The way this Kroc bench program works, I'll build THEN test. Biggest lesson learned this year: program each lift individually. I don't think linear progression is going to cut it for my bench anymore, but it still works for my squat and deadlift assuming nutrition is up to par. I can build and test my lower body at the same time, but my bench may need to be built and tested separately, and I don't have much experience with setting up a program to do this. So, I went with the Kroc bench program. We'll see how it goes. 16 weeks from now the goal is to bench more than 185.