I have added 35 pounds to my bench press in ONE MONTH! It seems crazy, but I did it. On 6/13/07 I benched 185 for 3 sets of 5. On 7/13/07 I benched 220 for 3 sets of 5!!! I know these numbers are actually very weak by powerlifting standards, but I am still happy with the insanely rapid increase and I believe ALOT has to do with perfecting my technique. 1)For me it was important to maximize arch and get my chest up away from the bench as far as possible...this does two things. a)minimizes range of motion b)allows the pecs and lats to get more involved as the angle of push changes to resemble more of a decline bench. 2)I squeeze my shoulder blades 'up' and 'back' like I am doing a shrug, this stabilizes my shoulders and also minimizes range of motion. 3)Keep the bar below the nipples and almost on the belly area. This took me awhile to get used to but keeping the bar lower on the chest allowed my muscles to get more leverage once I got accustomed to it. 4)Finding the ideal grip width. For me the ideal grip is middle fingers on the rings, I can get maximum torque this way. Too wide and I have trouble pushing off the chest, too narrow and I lose power. 5)This one is directly related to number 3. Once you get used to keeping the bar low on the chest, keeping the elbows tucked in gives more power. At first tucking the elbows caused me to lose power and hurt my shoulders. But once I got used to keeping the bar low on the chest and pushing in that arc, I found that tucking the elbows close to the body really does give me extra torque, the front delts, triceps and upper pecs really get into the lift this way, and with the proper arch of your back, your lower pecs and lats are involved heavily too, so all the muscles work together to maximize power! I think I will definitely hit my goal of benching 1.5 X bodyweight by year's end, and technique is way more important than I ever thought.