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Title: The Bench
Post by: buck on July 28, 2015, 01:52:33 PM
And I don't want to hear any nonsense about how the bench press isn't a true test of strength or how meaningless it is.  Just answer the question.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: mspart on July 28, 2015, 02:06:55 PM
When I was doing it I benched 205 twice while weighing 125.  That was free bar, not some machine.  Problem was I ruined my wrists doing that.  It was too heavy but I did it. 

mspart
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: brycemus on July 28, 2015, 02:07:08 PM
I honestly have no idea ... the last time I did a bench was in a competition 7 or 8 years ago and I put up 235lbs once but I only weighed 140 pounds ... now I'm 160 and I probably only put up 200 if I was lucky and really stretched
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: ctc on July 28, 2015, 06:34:29 PM
Powerlift bench 200 when I weighed 140. (competition lift)
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: AKIN on July 28, 2015, 07:33:22 PM
No idea.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: RYou on July 28, 2015, 09:30:24 PM
About 260 ever time I sit on one.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: buck on July 29, 2015, 07:15:02 AM
9/10  :D
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: TobusRex on July 30, 2015, 10:40:03 PM
390 pounds the last time I lifted (weighed 220). I'm 20 years older and probably couldn't do even do 300 anymore.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: LILHOWDOG on July 31, 2015, 07:03:41 AM
130kg @165lb.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: buck on July 31, 2015, 05:47:04 PM
Tobus is a beast.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: Cougar1 on July 31, 2015, 07:26:12 PM
Tobus is a beast.
He certainly was in his prime, however, he could be sporting a nice pair of moobs for all we know.  ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: a guest on July 31, 2015, 11:09:06 PM
Both ends of the spectrum from me.

A decade ago, I hit 305 while weighing 146.
Eight years ago, I hurt my shoulder and neck and my bench plummeted.
Seven years ago, we had our first kid and I was tired of being sore with nagging injuries, so I drastically changed my workout routine.
I basically just do pull-ups and push-ups now for upper body strength.
I have not tried to max out in years. Closest I came to was to see how many reps I can get of my body weight while benching
I currently weigh 135 and hit 29 reps of my body weight.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: a guest on July 31, 2015, 11:20:29 PM
Little more to the story.

I had an issue with my heart growing up. My first heart surgery was when I was 14.

I had absolutely no cardio/stamina when I wrestled in high school. I only remember making it to the end of three periods once during my senior year. That was due to me scoring points in the first and then stalling the rest of the way.

Anywho, I knew that it was once in a blue moon that I could make it out of the first period. Therefore, I trained to try to get as strong as possible. Heck, it was cardiologist that told me to start lifting weights to put on weight. He thought adding muscle would help me recover faster and fend off minor illnesses I used to get.

So, during middle school and high school, I spent a lot of time lifting weights.

When I was 112, I could bench 175
119, I could bench 205
125, (my senior year) I benched 225 (or 235)

However, that strength only lasted for like the first minute of the match. No quick pin, no win.

When in college, I finally got the heart surgery I should have had years earlier (and the zipper at the center of my chest to go along with it)

After that, I started coaching. I finally has the cardio to feel as close to normal as I could (still have a lot of scar tissue within the lunges due to another issue) so I'll never be one of those folks who enjoys entering 10Ks.

And now, well as stated above, I have drastically changed my workout routine (plus, I'm pretty sure I have obtained a couple of hitchhikers in my gut during my travels) so, my weight has dropped, but I feel pretty healthy.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: buck on August 01, 2015, 03:24:18 PM
I'm liking your story, I was a pretty good staller my own self but that's because I was never in shape.  I'm an old dude but I can still bench like it's my job.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: Intensity guru on August 01, 2015, 07:18:42 PM
390 pounds the last time I lifted (weighed 220). I'm 20 years older and probably couldn't do even do 300 anymore.
bullshit
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: ocianain on August 01, 2015, 08:01:47 PM
Power cleaned 300 at 220. Benched 320 at 220 (gym bench, no meet). If I didn't screw up my shoulder doing pullovers I would of cleaned more than I benched. as I Always cleaned a lot relative to my bench, I was not a good bencher given all the time I spent on it. The cleans came much easier..
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: buck on August 04, 2015, 09:26:49 AM
Doesn't take much to become weak as a kitten, two to three weeks without lifting and you become just another citizen.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: Rockhard on August 04, 2015, 04:41:01 PM
Bench is overrated. Its all about curls.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: TobusRex on August 04, 2015, 10:50:33 PM
390 pounds the last time I lifted (weighed 220). I'm 20 years older and probably couldn't do even do 300 anymore.
bullshit

Bullshit that I couldn't do 390, or bullshit that I probably can't even do 300 anymore?
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: TobusRex on August 04, 2015, 10:51:32 PM
Tobus is a beast.
He certainly was in his prime, however, he could be sporting a nice pair of moobs for all we know.  ;) ;)

They are called "hooters". Yes, they are a nice pair!
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: TobusRex on August 04, 2015, 10:55:19 PM
Bench is overrated. Its all about curls.

I'd say dead lift is a more accurate gauge of strength than bench press.

Remember Chris Barnes? Was in a powerlifting contest my Sr year in HS and he was in my division. He was a lot stronger than he looked.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: fsgrecofolk on September 23, 2015, 10:16:20 PM
Old thread but wanted to chime in.  I never benched more than 250 lbs and weighed less than 170 up until I was 35.  Now I am almost 45, haven't been in a gym in years.  I do work for FedEx unloading trailers and am expected to empty around 1200 boxes an hour.  Some boxes weigh nothing, others weigh up to 100 lbs.  I figure an avg weight of close to 20 lbs or so.  A 4 hour shifts gives me plenty of repetition.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: a guest on September 24, 2015, 01:48:11 AM
Old thread but wanted to chime in.  I never benched more than 250 lbs and weighed less than 170 up until I was 35.  Now I am almost 45, haven't been in a gym in years.  I do work for FedEx unloading trailers and am expected to empty around 1200 boxes an hour.  Some boxes weigh nothing, others weigh up to 100 lbs.  I figure an avg weight of close to 20 lbs or so.  A 4 hour shifts gives me plenty of repetition.

There was an old time boxer by the name of Tony Galento.  Tony's nickname was "Two Ton" Tony.  Many believed that if was because of his rotund physique. He was a bit "stout" at 5'9" and 230lbs.

However, truth be told, he was in fantastic shape. 

The job he had was as an iceman in NYC.  He sold blocks of ice to people who had iceboxes.

Each block of ice was 50lbs.

Many of his customers lived in multiple storied townhouses and apartment buildings.  Therefore, Tony would carry his blocks of ice up and down multiple flights of stairs each day.

To make a decent living, he had to sell 4,000lbs of ice each day (or 80 blocks).

Hence Two Ton Tony.

You don't need to get a gym membership to get in shape.


PS Galento vs. Louis for the heavyweight belt:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVcgD7VlmT8

Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: FalconWrestlingKY on September 27, 2015, 12:10:24 PM
Bench is overrated. Its all about curls.

Tri's for the guys, curls for the girls
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: fsgrecofolk on September 28, 2015, 10:10:35 PM
In high school I curled 75 lb dumbells.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: buck on September 29, 2015, 06:52:40 PM
Kind of doubt that.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: fsgrecofolk on September 29, 2015, 07:13:05 PM
Doubt all you want, you weren't there and you don't know a thing about me.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: brycemus on September 30, 2015, 11:20:26 AM
McCloud picked up the 90s I think in the weight room one day during a team lift and repped out a few ... of course he was a former Pac10 Hwt and is like 6'5" 300 lbs
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: fsgrecofolk on September 30, 2015, 11:30:19 AM
Never said I did sets of 10.  Three repetitions.
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: mspart on October 01, 2015, 01:58:01 PM
I pressed over 300 weighing less than 125.  Did I mention it was a leg press!!

mspart
Title: Re: The Bench
Post by: TobusRex on October 01, 2015, 05:49:58 PM
I pressed over 300 weighing less than 125.  Did I mention it was a leg press!!

mspart

We had a guy (nicknamed "Thumper", btw) who wrestled 108 pounds and benched 235! He didn't have much technique, but he was one of those "brute" strength wrestlers (you know what I mean). The guys with average technique or worse he'd destroy in quite impressive fashion, but he couldn't beat a really good wrestler to save his life.

 I only benched 285 in HS, but I got a lot stronger working in a steel mill after graduation. I benched 390 in the Army, but I still wrestled a couple guys stronger than me. Yeah...some of those heavies are nothing but shaved Gorillas, lol.