How much can you bench?

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  1. Bench is actually a sore subject for me as well.

    im 5-7, 200lbs. I usually do 185, 205, 225 when i hit the gym. I maxed 265lbs for 2 last year.

    This is def one of the area's i want to improve this year, and im on my way there!


  2. Pfff - all by myself I do 115, that's including the bar. I know I know don't start trying to get into my pants, I'm taken!
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  3. I WAS at 250. but wow i cant hit crap anymore. i have like 195 barley. even tho im 15 i need like 235. this summer is gonna be boot camp for me

  4. See i'd think more of the guys on here could bench more. In High School we'd have out yearly "lift-a-thon" or whatever u wanna call it for the bench press. Most everyone weighing 180+ could bench around the 300lb mark. We had a guy weighing 160 and some change do 315. This is all with sub par diets and training aimed at strength gaining.

    Now granted some of the guys form werent great 6 down pause and push, more like 3 down mini bounce and push but stil. Goin into my senoir year weighing 190 @ about 20%bf i put up 275 w/ a horrible diet, just post workout weight gainer and creatine. After I got my diet dialed in along with my weight triaining (~ 1 full year) I weighd about 160 i think @ 8~10%bf and put up 300. Maybe I just have it when it comes to bench, but I think alot of these numbers are legit
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by Distilled Water View Post
    See i'd think more of the guys on here could bench more. In High School we'd have out yearly "lift-a-thon" or whatever u wanna call it for the bench press. Most everyone weighing 180+ could bench around the 300lb mark. We had a guy weighing 160 and some change do 315. This is all with sub par diets and training aimed at strength gaining.

    Now granted some of the guys form werent great 6 down pause and push, more like 3 down mini bounce and push but stil. Goin into my senoir year weighing 190 @ about 20%bf i put up 275 w/ a horrible diet, just post workout weight gainer and creatine. After I got my diet dialed in along with my weight triaining (~ 1 full year) I weighd about 160 i think @ 8~10%bf and put up 300. Maybe I just have it when it comes to bench, but I think alot of these numbers are legit
    WOW! dare i say it u yanks are a helluva lot stronger then the aussie boys. Seriously there was one guy at my school, massive rugby guy, who could bench 315 when he was 16 and he was miles ahead of everyone else. i saw another guy do about 450 when he was 19 but he was heavily into roids by that stage.

    My powerlifter buddy did full squat 725lbs at 21. That is quite impressive....he weighs 340.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Australian made View Post
    WOW! dare i say it u yanks are a helluva lot stronger then the aussie boys. Seriously there was one guy at my school, massive rugby guy, who could bench 315 when he was 16 and he was miles ahead of everyone else. i saw another guy do about 450 when he was 19 but he was heavily into roids by that stage.

    My powerlifter buddy did full squat 725lbs at 21. That is quite impressive....he weighs 340.
    LOL, I think 2 or 3 of the guys in HS were on somthing but the 160 and some change kid was all natural for sure(close friend) He was just that guy when it came to athletics, whole family was like that. Maybe our strength program for bench was alot better than I thought?????
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  7. The only sub-200 pound guys in high schools i've been to that could press over 315 were either genetic freaks or on some chemicals. You must be in a special high school if everyone on your team was under 200 pounds and lifting over 300. Not that it matters really

  8. Sorry jay I didnt mean to say we had alot of guys under 200 that pressed 300+, but there were maybe 8 or 9. I ment us starters. The only starters that didnt were the QB and the WR's i think, more than likley the DB's also. But we did have one gentic freak, i think he has a tryout with an NFL or AFL team comming up soon to BTW
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by bLacKjAck. View Post
    375x1 @ 190 Bodyweight.

    Did this yesterday.
    6ft 2in.

    I am back down to about 345 @ 195 Body weight. This is according to reps. That is about to jump back up REAL soon though ....lift weight and bod. weight.

  10. Best ever was 330lbs for 6 reps weighing 190lbs....years ago.

    I've been out of the gym for over 6 months now due to shoulder and back problems. When I get back to training, the bar will to heavy enough I'm sure. LOL

  11. According to some, we only use 20-30% of our muscular output capabilities. By that standard, if we all had the optimum neurological training (i.e. strict strength training as opposed to bodybuilding) we could do alot more with the body weight we have. A lot of the muscle growth involved in bodybuilding is capillaries, sarcoplasm, and mitochondria, which equate to alot of size but very little strength. The myofibrillar elements are trained too, but not in the same way that strict strength trainers do.

    In short, I could see where someone might say that bodybuilders should be able to lift more than they actually do. Perhaps the aforementioned high school team used a very good strength training program. Don't forget that men like Eugen Sandow used to be able to lift over 400 lbs. over their head with one arm (on lifts like the side press) at a less than freakish bodyweight.

  12. im 6 2

    18

    186 8 percent body fat

    max at like 245... 240 somethin like that... i aint maxed in a skinny minute but im strongest on the soccer and track teams... and like 4th strongest on the football team...(we suck at football) hahaha

  13. 505 raw touch n go on my last winter bulk, was at a bw of 248.

    Hopefully this winter i can go 525. We shall see.

  14. Hella impressive right there.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by bLacKjAck. View Post
    You sound like a lot of my little brothers friends. Jay, its NOT cool to be emo.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by Iron Warrior View Post
    LOL, when someone says they have a 12 incher, I'm gonna assume they mean 12 centimeters
    No I'm a legit 12''. I do start the measurment from my buthole though.lol

  17. man, i haven't maxed in years...I didnt realize people were still interested in it. here's my working weights from today...

    225 x 10
    265 x 8
    295 x 7
    315 x 4 (help on last one)

    I'm 6'4...225 lbs. I think I'm doin alright...although I do often wonder the max out point.

  18. It's better to calculate max 1 rep bench than to try and see where it is. I've hurt myself more times than I can count in trying to do just that. My last injury was trying to impress people with a 315 seated press.

  19. 285 at 182 lbs

  20. [email protected] Paused, is the biggest gym bench. Thats was with a big arch, touching low, and alot of leg drive. I have hit [email protected]+ last summer with no arch, and no leg drive.So there you go. Mark

  21. At age 23, max was 265 bench at 165 in competition. Then took 12 yrs off from lifting, now at 35 yrs old, after 12 weeks back, did 305 at 180 lbs. (with a little help from epistane )
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    325lbs @ 230lbs BW with a full tear in my shoulder. Once it is fixed next week, who knows. Still wanting to break the 400lbs mark. I'm also 6'7" so I have a LONG way to push the weight from my chest.
    Last edited by tattoopierced1; 08-14-2007 at 03:49 PM.

  23. Some of you BBers that want to hit some bigger numbers like breaking into the 400's and what not should consider adding in just a little bit of westside training.

    Not the entire routine or anything, but just add a few of there training principles and different exercises to your programs.

    Like buying some bands or chains and throwing them in once a week on chest day, or doing some heavy lockouts on tricep day.

    It will help your overall strength, and especially your bench. And as everyone knows, the more weight you can lift, the bigger your muscles can grow, which will have a positive effect on your bb'ing as well

  24. Im 5'11" And Weigh 195... I Have Never Tried For A One Rep Max... I Have A Bad Rotator Cuff On My Right Side... I Usualy End My Set Hitting 275@ 4-6 Reps... I Know I Can Hit More But The Injury And Down Time Arnt Worth It... And I Go Down 90 Degrees Stop And Go Up... No Chest Bouncing...

  25. Quote Originally Posted by MakaveliThaDon View Post
    Some of you BBers that want to hit some bigger numbers like breaking into the 400's and what not should consider adding in just a little bit of westside training.

    Not the entire routine or anything, but just add a few of there training principles and different exercises to your programs.

    Like buying some bands or chains and throwing them in once a week on chest day, or doing some heavy lockouts on tricep day.

    It will help your overall strength, and especially your bench. And as everyone knows, the more weight you can lift, the bigger your muscles can grow, which will have a positive effect on your bb'ing as well

    I have a couple question from your post. I also agree some bodybuilders could benfit from some westside stuff, but very little of it. First how would lockouts help anything, most people raw are weak off the chest, or very low boards (maybe 3 board). If there missing of the chest then there either not strong enough, or to slow. So I agree that maybe doing a dynamic day, or speed day with chains, or bands could make them more explosive. But the arguement there is its not enough volume for them, these bodybuilders are used to alot of volume thats how they grow. The reason westside dosent use alot of volume of dynamic day is first off, they get all there volume from max effort day, theyre benching weights in a shirt way over what the cns can really take. So I just cant see how Westside could help bodybuilders.They would have to take alot of time to get use to it, they would lose alot of size, most bodybuilders wouldnt give up any size for 20 pounds on there bench.So if you could tell me more along what lines youre think of. MaRK

  26. Quote Originally Posted by MEH89 View Post
    I have a couple question from your post. I also agree some bodybuilders could benfit from some westside stuff, but very little of it. First how would lockouts help anything, most people raw are weak off the chest, or very low boards (maybe 3 board). If there missing of the chest then there either not strong enough, or to slow. So I agree that maybe doing a dynamic day, or speed day with chains, or bands could make them more explosive. But the arguement there is its not enough volume for them, these bodybuilders are used to alot of volume thats how they grow. The reason westside dosent use alot of volume of dynamic day is first off, they get all there volume from max effort day, theyre benching weights in a shirt way over what the cns can really take. So I just cant see how Westside could help bodybuilders.They would have to take alot of time to get use to it, they would lose alot of size, most bodybuilders wouldnt give up any size for 20 pounds on there bench.So if you could tell me more along what lines youre think of. MaRK
    For me it's simple. I take just ONE of those things, and add them on top of all the high volume I do on a workout. I don't see how it slows a bber down or would make them lose size. I'll just start one of my normal workouts out with about a 10 minute session of dynamic benching with bands. It adds like 10 minutes to my overall workout and definitely doesn't make me lose size at all. I didn't say to drop bbing and totally train westside style for a year or 6 months or what have you. Just take some of the different exercises that westside training does, and throw one or two into your normal bbing routines. It doesn't take much getting used to, and hardly changes your overall routine. I know that by using this I'm one of the only bbers in my gym that can do anything over 4 plates on bench. And the only one that can do anything over 5.

  27. ok I beat you all.. my max is 40kg aka ~90lb :/

  28. Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk View Post
    The only sub-200 pound guys in high schools i've been to that could press over 315 were either genetic freaks or on some chemicals. You must be in a special high school if everyone on your team was under 200 pounds and lifting over 300. Not that it matters really
    hey now. i used to do my heavy workouts with 275 as a Junior in High school. I would do a rest pause of 5,2,2 then repeat 2-3 minutes later. That was at 160-170ish BW.

    No Chems....but not the slightest idea how to eat either.

    i have no idea what i can bench raw now as i don't train for a raw lift. closest i've come recently is doing some close grip bench and reverse grip bench. On both i've been hitting my working sets in the 420 to 450 range.
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  29. Quote Originally Posted by MakaveliThaDon View Post
    505 raw touch n go on my last winter bulk, was at a bw of 248.

    Hopefully this winter i can go 525. We shall see.
    very nice
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  30. Quote Originally Posted by kabuki View Post
    very nice


    Thanks bro. You too. I can't imagine hitting 450 on a reverse grip bench. Most I've done was 405 for a double if I recall correctly.
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