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Sean W.
09-10-2007, 04:28 PM
School just started up again, and i singed up for body building, today we bench pressed for the first time ( first time in class and for the first time in my life ). im 16 years old.

i Benched Just over my body weight, 10 reps of 140lbs.

i did that right after 10 reps of 120lbs.

i weigh 135, and im 5' 7"

does any of this tell you anything? im asking a question.. but im not sure what im asking...
i guess im asking am i strong?...?
Just gemme your thoughts...

my goal by the end of the semester ( 4 and a half months ) is 10 reps of 200 pounds.

Cards
09-10-2007, 04:39 PM
i Benched Just over my body weight, 10 reps of 140lbs.


That's what it basically means - It's a good place to start - Being able to bench your body weight.When I started I couldnt even do 95 x 10. Doesnt mean you're strong but it means you have a good base to start. Eat ALOT but healthy, lift heavy and set small goals. Read the stickys on this website and start lifting.

Lift, Eat, Sleep - repeat ALOT

Trevor M.
09-10-2007, 04:45 PM
Strength is relative to each individual. Are you strong in comparison to my nephew? Sure...Strong compared to bill pearl at his top? Not at all...

See the problem here? You can't really ask "Am I strong" unless someone compares you to someone els. In which case, its not fair or right.

Just worry about your progression. Don't worry what others think of your "strength".

Lumiel
09-10-2007, 05:50 PM
When I started lifting I couldn't bench my bodyweight, and still can't. Then again, I'm almost double your weight. hehehe.

Bako Lifter
09-10-2007, 05:52 PM
Who do you want me to comapare you to?

Sean W.
09-10-2007, 06:25 PM
this is why i said i dont really know what im asking, forget i asked if im strong..

just give me your thoughts on my first lift based on my age, weight and goals...

Coqui
09-10-2007, 06:28 PM
No you're not strong. You're strong for your size, but no one is going to flat out call you strong. You're off to a good start. Keep it up, eat right, and you'll get strong.

Bako Lifter
09-10-2007, 06:48 PM
You're not even strong for your size.

But you're definately a lot stronger than I was when I started. Keep workin hard.

-Superman-
09-10-2007, 07:12 PM
No you're not strong. You're strong for your size, but no one is going to flat out call you strong. You're off to a good start. Keep it up, eat right, and you'll get strong.

:withstupi

monkeyarms
09-10-2007, 07:58 PM
If it makes you feel good you're stronger than I am.....it took me 3 months to get to 125 x 10, and I weigh around 180....

I'll blame it on my old age.....yeah, that's the ticket....

TwiloMike
09-10-2007, 08:29 PM
You're pretty strong for your size, age, and experience level. Do eat, lift, and rest. You'll see results.

Sean W.
09-10-2007, 08:57 PM
like i said my goal is 10 reps of 200... if i can go past that awesoem, i talked to my trainer ( pe teacher ) and he said thats very do-able.. :)

TwiloMike
09-10-2007, 09:17 PM
like i said my goal is 10 reps of 200... if i can go past that awesoem, i talked to my trainer ( pe teacher ) and he said thats very do-able.. :)

It is. Make sure you EAT and SLEEP plenty. And don't overtrain your chest.

sprahl85
09-10-2007, 09:49 PM
You should feel proud of how much you can lift At 136 pounds when i started high school i couldn't bench my weight more than once.

chinaz
09-10-2007, 09:54 PM
to tell you the truth, idk if your strong to not.
But, keep going at it, add a few pounds here and there.
im sure you'll reach your goal.

good luck!!
im a girl,
im about 4'7, 98p,
i bench 85-90.
yea, pretty sad huh?

bjohnso
09-10-2007, 09:57 PM
to tell you the truth, idk if your strong to not.
But, keep going at it, add a few pounds here and there.
im sure you'll reach your goal.

good luck!!
im a girl,
im about 4'7, 98p,
i bench 85-90.
yea, pretty sad huh?

For a girl, that isn't bad at all.

Sean W.
09-10-2007, 11:00 PM
i know a girl that is about your size who struggels with 60 pounds...

Organichu
09-10-2007, 11:11 PM
to tell you the truth, idk if your strong to not.
But, keep going at it, add a few pounds here and there.
im sure you'll reach your goal.

good luck!!
im a girl,
im about 4'7, 98p,
i bench 85-90.
yea, pretty sad huh?

I remember being a 220 lb guy bench pressing 85 lbs. :)

Lumiel
09-11-2007, 10:49 AM
Also, make sure your form is good and that you're working the full range of the muscle's motion. If you're just moving a bench press three inches, then that's not a full brench press - make sure your range is good.

chinaz
09-12-2007, 07:27 PM
For a girl, that isn't bad at all.


Hey, thanx.

I feel like its pretty bad.
Im dieing to hit 100-120.

And i really wunna get to 170 on squat.
im only at 135 now :[

chinaz
09-12-2007, 07:27 PM
I remember being a 220 lb guy bench pressing 85 lbs. :)

How much can you bench now?

berfles
09-12-2007, 07:35 PM
How much can you bench now?

His signature says 305lbs...

redFury
09-12-2007, 08:48 PM
To the OP.... don't listen to the people the are telling you that you aren't strong. at the same size, my first time benching I put up 130x1 @130 lbs when I was 14. By doing 140 for 10 reps (assuming full ROM), you have a great strength base at only 16. Stick with it, and maybe you'll hit 1.5 BW soon.

BG5150
09-12-2007, 10:00 PM
Dude, I bet you are sore today!

chinaz
09-13-2007, 03:46 PM
His signature says 305lbs...

Sorry, still kinda new at this : /

Organichu
09-13-2007, 05:40 PM
How much can you bench now?

As berfles said, I can now bench ~305 lbs, and that's at quite a lighter bodyweight- but it took me years to get here. You're doing really, really well.

wls
09-13-2007, 09:03 PM
Speaking of relative strength, is a 300lb. 1RM bench still thought to be impressive, or is it considered more of a basic standard for being "strong" now?

Leeman
09-13-2007, 09:18 PM
I benched 105x1 at 215body weight when I started a little bit after I turned 14. now im 1t 365 at 16.

Brother hit 155x1 at 290lbs when he first started at his 16th birth day. now hes at 355 and 240lbs and 18.

I personaly am going to flat out call you strong, if you do things right and gain enough weight you will be a sick bencher in a couple years. Read your ass off , get a good program and eat alot. If your not gaining weight your not eating enough.

If you invest the time you will probably bench 300+ this year and 405 the next, learn perfect form while you still can. I benched like a gimp when I started and it has been a pain in my ass the whole time.


It all starts here:thumbup:

Coqui
09-14-2007, 03:30 AM
Speaking of relative strength, is a 300lb. 1RM bench still thought to be impressive, or is it considered more of a basic standard for being "strong" now?

225 usually is a basic standard for being strong I always thought.

LouPac
09-14-2007, 03:36 AM
225 usually is a basic standard for being strong I always thought.

That's what I used to think, but I can rep out almost 20, and I see so many guys nowadays throwing 225 around like it's nothing, so now I consider 315 to be the basic standard of being strong. Anyone can bench 225.