So I started a 5X5 at the begining of the summer and it's been working great. I've made gains everywhere. Here is the problem I got my bench up to 235 but couldn't get the fifth rep after a couple weeks so I reset my top weight down 20 pounds like I had done before with good results so I increased 5 pounds a week until I got to 230 where I've stalled out at 4 reps for a couple weeks now. So my question is should I incorporate periodization into my whole workout or just my benchpress (I am still making consistant gains everywhere except my bench). I was thinking of switching to dumbbell benchpress just to switch it up because I really don't want to change everything up while I'm still making gains. Also my body weight has also stalled out at just under 170, I'm wondering if that has something to do with it. Here's my workout now, any help is appreciated. Monday: squat same weight as friday 5 reps bench clean same weight as friday 5 reps back extentions abs Wednesday: light squats incline bench +5 lbs from the previous week 4 sets deadlift +5lbs from the previous week 4 sets abs Friday: squats +5lbs from monday only 3 reps bench +5lbs from monday only 3 reps clean +5lbs from monday only 3 reps weighted dips +5lbs from the previous week 8 reps 3 sets skull crushers +5lbs from the previous week 8 reps 3 sets weighted pull ups +5lbs from the previous week 8 reps 3 sets thanks for any help!