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    I have been lifting on and off for the past 13 years. I am curious as to what everyone considers a good bench press amount... Is it 315lbs? 365lbs? 405lbs? more?? Just curious really. I also want to see where I stack up to the standards...
    I have been told by several ppl that I am big, but I feel that it is relative really. I mean, I might be bigger than some local guys, but if you go to the Arnold Classic, I would be small... Just trying to put things into perspective with all of use meatheads on here. Any input??

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    depends on your body weight of course
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    i weigh 190 and my max was 335x3 about 2-3 months ago, im not that big, and i dont think im that strong either but thats where im at, im 19 and been lifting for maybe 2 years, 1 year seriously
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    I'm more impressed when someone demonstrates good form than when they load up a lot of weight. A good bench press number is something you could go to a meet with and rank well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRigg View Post
    i weigh 190 and my max was 335x3 about 2-3 months ago, im not that big, and i dont think im that strong either but thats where im at, im 19 and been lifting for maybe 2 years, 1 year seriously
    If you've truly only been training that long, that's a pretty impressive number. Which training programs have you done or been following?
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    Such an open ended question, but people love to see 3 plates, 4 plates, etc. on each side... But I would agree with demonstrating pure strength as owning whatever weight you are able to do - good form, convincing press.

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    Well, I weigh 240lbs right now and am only in the low 400's. My best ever was 495 but I weighed about 265/270 then... bad part is I am 6'2" and have to move the bar pretty far compared to my buddy who is only 5'8"...
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    well i am 5'8" as far as hat type of training routine ive run i really like fst 7 and i started GVT this week, before that it was just a standard 4 day split
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    id say a general figure would be < 2 plates (per side) = beginner, 2-3 plates = respectable (depending greatly on form), >3 plates is impressive, and 4-plates and up puts you in an elite class or powerlifting class. obviously there's a million variables to this, body weight/size/height as well was range of motion, form, control, cheating, etc.... but GENERALLY speaking, this is how I feel about bench press weight.
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    Imo getting to 1.5x bodyweight in the bench is pretty good considerring alot of people in the gym can't even bench there own bodyweight
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    Quote Originally Posted by 808rebel
    id say a general figure would be < 2 plates (per side) = beginner, 2-3 plates = respectable (depending greatly on form), >3 plates is impressive, and 4-plates and up puts you in an elite class or powerlifting class. obviously there's a million variables to this, body weight/size/height as well was range of motion, form, control, cheating, etc.... but GENERALLY speaking, this is how I feel about bench press weight.
    i would say this is quite accurate
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    Thanks for all the information guys. That answers my question I guess!
    Now if only it were that easy to answer the arm size question... LOL!
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    Having a big bench press is only impressive (to me, n=1) when its in proportion to a big squat and/or clean.

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    I go nuts whenever I see guys doing x2 their bodyweight or more.
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    I assume we are talking Raw BP- without wearing gear? If so, 335x3 at 190lbs is solid! Is that drug free? It is very solid if drug free. You might be able to hold your own in a drug free BP competition. But I have seen guys that are on the juice do 450-500lbs raw at 190 or so lbs. So there are a LOT of variables.
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    I'm drug free, I'm only 19 I turn 20 next week so not going to the darkside for at least a year
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    I feel honestly that a good bench is more based off of your own weight than anything else. If you can bench double your weight, you're doing good.
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    Stay drug free. Please. Why do you even want to go that route? You will be on drugs the rest of your life, and you will never know what you were really capable of. Not to mention the risk of legal issues and health issues. it's just not worth it. Just to say you can bench 500lbs? Hey- 400lbs natural is an amazing accomplishment- why not shoot for that.


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    i dont care how much weight i can push, im just going for size
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigGunn View Post
    Stay drug free. Please. Why do you even want to go that route? You will be on drugs the rest of your life, and you will never know what you were really capable of. Not to mention the risk of legal issues and health issues. it's just not worth it. Just to say you can bench 500lbs? Hey- 400lbs natural is an amazing accomplishment- why not shoot for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZiR RED View Post
    ^^^Agreed.

    When you're 20 you think your invisible. Everything catches up to you though.

    Natural bodybuilding does not receive the credit or praise it deserves..sadly

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcc

    This was a funny typo lol.
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    > 1.5x bw
    BP is over rated anyways. gay lift
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    BP is a gay lift.

    I presume you have a 500lb plus BP GeekPoop?

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    > 1.5x bw
    BP is over rated anyways. gay lift
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigGunn View Post
    BP is a gay lift.

    I presume you have a 500lb plus BP GeekPoop?
    It is kind of over rated. When you go to a gym how many people do you see benching vs squatting or deadlifting? How many are doing cleans? GHR? Hip thrust? Any kind of uni lateral work? Dips? Pushups? Hell I don't think I EVER seen someone in my gym even doing a push press. Everytime i walk into the free weight room everyone is doing some variation of a bench. The bench press is by far the most abused exercise movement and people generally as a whole place way too much importance on the bench press. Example: see the lightbulb frame dudes on MTV shows like jersey shore. It's all about the chest and biceps
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    Over rated or not, the guy asked a question. Not if we believe the lift to be overemphasized.
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    Unless you are competing in a powerlifting competition, the BP has little translation into performance or functionality. It is the lowest correlated exercise test to success at the NFL combine, and you certainly do not use the movement very often in real like (unless you are getting raped by 300 pound women).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigGunn View Post
    BP is a gay lift.

    I presume you have a 500lb plus BP GeekPoop?
    i wish

    im mid 300's at 198.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeekPoop
    > 1.5x bw
    BP is over rated anyways. gay lift


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    The consensus seems to be that it is a gay lift...as shown below. Not that there is anything wrong with that.....
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    Stop posting your training sessions. LOL
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    **** that guy for inclining 405 lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZiR RED View Post
    Unless you are competing in a powerlifting competition, the BP has little translation into performance or functionality. It is the lowest correlated exercise test to success at the NFL combine, and you certainly do not use the movement very often in real like (unless you are getting raped by 300 pound women).
    If you neglect your push though, will it not eventually effect your pulls? I thought they should remain relatively balanced, for more reasons than aesthetics.

    I know it definitely works the other way around. If you have a weak back, your BP will suffer, but that's mainly because part of the movement is done with the lats and upper back strength is needed to keep your shoulder pulled back through the movement. I dunno, just rambling here maybe. But seems to make sense that they both co-relate somehow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutterpump View Post
    If you neglect your push though, will it not eventually effect your pulls? I thought they should remain relatively balanced, for more reasons than aesthetics.

    I know it definitely works the other way around. If you have a weak back, your BP will suffer, but that's mainly because part of the movement is done with the lats and upper back strength is needed to keep your shoulder pulled back through the movement. I dunno, just rambling here maybe. But seems to make sense that they both co-relate somehow.
    I agree with that. I am by no means telling people to neglect pushing movements. I was just making a point regarding the correlation of the BP specifically to athletic performance/daily function.
  

  
 

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