Originally Posted by HalfSlant
Do you guys think there is much added benefit of having more upper body mass in general for bench press? I mean like for added stability against the bench. Can't shoot a cannon out of a canoe etc
What G4S said. My bench has gone up a good amount recently (245 in July to 265 in November), and while I gained a bit of weight (only 5 pounds), I think the biggest reason for this was adding a ****load of lat + upper back work.
I try to do 100 pull-aparts every day I'm not in the gym and typically do 100 face pulls throughout any training session (split up through warm-ups + a few sets after I'm done with everything).
Another 'cheap' way to get in extra lat volume is to do what Wendler prescribes, and do a set of Chins in between every pressing set. You could even do this in between every Squat set.
A few weeks of this and you'll notice a pretty big difference in your back which will help a lot with your pressing.