Originally Posted by Steven Low
Would be nice to see your weight, height and stats as they progressed... but that might be difficult.
How's the recovery between sessions?
That's the main thing I think because if your bench weight is going up (higher intensity) then if you don't recover between sessions to the press it's going to be tougher on that and vice versa. When one gets easier, the other one tends to get harder, especially with a program like SS as the weight increases.
I agree. There's a lot of translation between the BP and SP movements in terms of muscle recruitment. All other things constant (order of exercises etc.) I have to wonder if recovery / workout density of the respective exercises is a factor.
When you see a regression, have you taken a few days off of either exercise and gone into the gym "fresh" to see if your regression was truly a loss of strength in that lift?