Good grief – that is big weight. What do you attribute it to? I wonder how much is individual-based? IE – your body may respond better to more reps and sets at lower % ranges, while others do better with fewer reps at higher %ages.
Ironically, of all exercises, the ones I used to routinely do substantial lifting over 85% (substantial to me is still quite different than how Star defined, but a good amount for me) included Olympic lift variations and bench press. This training season, I decided to cut that out and do a substantial lesser % than I normally do and what do you know, they have gone up the most of any exercise I’ve been doing.
Perhaps it is how I respond to things, but I know some other people from this board and elsewhere who have done the same with pretty good success (relative obviously) as well. Now, I know that most will say you HAVE to lift way heavier for optimal gains and that I clearly could have done 455 instead of 355 if I would have just lifted heavier, but frankly, I tried it, I have the logs of me trying it, and it did not work as well. I also recover better now than I did then (and I have replaced with the relatively lower loads with greater training volumes, also doing most reps with a controlled eccentric and focusing much more on bar speed).