For some reason, when I lower the weight on my first rep, it's like my body has to do it slow. This happens no matter how much weight there is, even when I warm up with 135 or whatever. After that first rep, I can do the rest of my set normally. Every time I increase the weight, the same thing happens. But when I decrease the weight on subsequent sets, it doesn't happen. It's like my mind/body are like "whoa, you better take this shit slowly so we know we're ok." Except it happens all the time no matter how light the weight is. My last bench workout went like this: 135 x 12 (first rep down was really slow, rest were fine) 175 x 10 (first rep down was really slow, rest were fine) 195 x 6 (first rep down was really slow, rest were fine) 215 x 4 (first rep down was really slow, rest were fine) 235 x 1 (first rep down was realy slow, rest were fine) 175 x 8 (no slowness at all) 135 x 10 (no slowness at all) It's like it resets itself each workout. In my next bench workout, I'll start with 135 again, and the first negative portion after I unrack the weight will be slow as hell, and the rest will be fine. So before you reply with "just go faster," I can't. It's like there's something in my brain preventing me from doing so. I've never experienced anything like this before, and it's been happening for a quite a few months now. My body goes into like weird survival mode or something like it thinks it's gonna get crushed by the weight. I could understand if this happened only with heavy weights, but it happens even on a set of 135. wtf?