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Travis Bell
03-18-2008, 06:01 PM
Lifts go 455x1, 500x1, 515x1 PR, 525x0 - close but no good

The 515 is what I've been chasing for awhile. Been stapled with it the last two training cycles but this time I got it

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Lones Green
03-18-2008, 06:21 PM
nice job man. when do you start with the shirt?

Travis Bell
03-18-2008, 06:24 PM
soon as it comes in. I'm hoping it'll be here by next tuesday so I can take it with me to WS on Wednsday

Detard
03-18-2008, 06:40 PM
DAMN! Your friggin strong dude. Nice work and congrats on the PR.

jbrin0tk
03-18-2008, 06:51 PM
Congrats on the PR, Travis! That's awesome.

View 1
03-18-2008, 07:45 PM
Nice. Congrats on the PR.

Travis Bell
03-18-2008, 07:46 PM
Thanks guys. I was really happy to have hit it. I've been stuck with that stupid weight twice now so to hit it and still have some more in the tank for two more attempts was all the sweeter

live2lift
03-18-2008, 08:18 PM
Great lifts! Just kinda curious though....how long do you usually wait in between these attemps? I know me personally if I hit a PR and attempt another one within 5 minutes I almost never get it. Do ya take a while? Ya think you woudve got the 525 if you were more fresh? Anyways...awesome raw strength. Keep it up.

Travis Bell
03-18-2008, 09:01 PM
Up until the 515 I had taken about 3min between attempts. We get in a 3 man rotation and keep it hoppin. I don't like to stand around just sitting there, I lose my focus. Actually the 525 in that video was actually the second attempt at 525. I took probably 5min between 515 and the first 525, another 5 between that and the second 525. I had the gas, its just I didn't have the lockout yet for the 525. I'm going to add some two board work in my cycle to help with that range.

kingkong51
03-18-2008, 09:05 PM
Great workout Travis keep pushing yourself

Travis Bell
03-18-2008, 10:06 PM
Thanks Rob!

do you wear wrist wraps when you bench raw in comp?

Ben Moore
03-18-2008, 10:28 PM
GREAT, GREAT, GREAT work Travis!

I may be coming up to Columbus in May with a buddy. I'll PM you the reason, but I would love to get a workout in with you.

chris mason
03-18-2008, 11:25 PM
Yes! Great job Travis!!!

BPM Osgood
03-19-2008, 08:55 AM
Awesome Work Brother!

vdizenzo
03-19-2008, 09:32 AM
Nice display of strength.

Big_Byrd52
03-19-2008, 10:45 AM
Whatcha weighin Trav?

Travis Bell
03-19-2008, 12:27 PM
hehe, I walked out of there and stepped on the scale at 257lbs in my gym clothes and shoes. thanks to some salt and waxy maize pre, during and post workout. I have also definatly put on a few quality pounds from the RESULTS as well.

Today I'm back down to around 248lbs and I'll probably drop back even further to about 245 or so. I put on a mini bloat yesterday to help out. I still don't want to get too far away from the 242 class pretty much because I hate cutting weight

kingkong51
03-19-2008, 04:54 PM
Thanks Rob!

do you wear wrist wraps when you bench raw in comp?
Yea APT Convicts great pair of wraps

Stumprrp
03-19-2008, 10:15 PM
515 raw is sick

Chris Rodgers
03-19-2008, 10:21 PM
Some sick strong benchers posting in here now! Good job getting the number you've been fighting for.

Big_Byrd52
03-20-2008, 06:12 AM
hehe, I walked out of there and stepped on the scale at 257lbs in my gym clothes and shoes. thanks to some salt and waxy maize pre, during and post workout. I have also definatly put on a few quality pounds from the RESULTS as well.

Today I'm back down to around 248lbs and I'll probably drop back even further to about 245 or so. I put on a mini bloat yesterday to help out. I still don't want to get too far away from the 242 class pretty much because I hate cutting weight

im gonna have to try the salt trick to see how it works. sounds nasty, i may just take it in a shot of hot salt water then wash it down with WM. i drink Mag Citrate before cutting weight... and there is NOTHING pleasing about that lemony flavor! haha i couldnt drink 30 oz of salty WM!

thewicked
03-20-2008, 07:55 AM
You must workout! HAHA

SICK ASS LIFT TRAVIS! WOW! I can't WAIT to see 5 wheels on my bar...

Why did you put your attempts so close together? I think you could've smoked 520 if you would've went from 505 right into 520 or even 525! Your bar speed and control is awesome!

bill
03-20-2008, 09:19 AM
You make it look so easy ha ha

Travis Bell
03-20-2008, 09:45 AM
im gonna have to try the salt trick to see how it works. sounds nasty, i may just take it in a shot of hot salt water then wash it down with WM. i drink Mag Citrate before cutting weight... and there is NOTHING pleasing about that lemony flavor! haha i couldnt drink 30 oz of salty WM!

Thats what I did. The first time I tried the salt, I mixed in with my WM just like Justin said and it really was the worst tasting drink. To get it slowly down throughout the workout was awful but I just kept tippin it back. On Tuesday I put some salt in a 1liter bottle of water and mixed it with half water and half gatorade. Not too bad. This was probably 1 1/2hrs pre workout

Travis Bell
03-20-2008, 09:46 AM
You must workout! HAHA

SICK ASS LIFT TRAVIS! WOW! I can't WAIT to see 5 wheels on my bar...

Why did you put your attempts so close together? I think you could've smoked 520 if you would've went from 505 right into 520 or even 525! Your bar speed and control is awesome!

Thanks man! haha you're probably right. The number I was after was 515. I didn't really expect to have enough gas left for 525 on my last attempt but I figured what the heck, throw some more weight on there again and let me see. I still was surprised how far I got it off my chest.

Slim Schaedle
03-20-2008, 01:08 PM
Awesome man.

Was that you who was in the Cage at the Arnold.

If so, I was standing pretty much right behind you.

jAy_Dub
03-20-2008, 01:42 PM
Awesome lift bro. Do you recommend the wrist straps you're wearing? I need a pair but I dont know anything about them and which are good for benching.

Travis Bell
03-20-2008, 03:37 PM
Yep. I was in the cage. I had a grey (I think) ALN shirt on and a brown Ford hat on.

JayDub, I really do recommend wrist wraps. They really help save the wrists. I would recommend the Inzer wraps, or APT wraps. The APT's are a little more stiff. I like the long ones as well. The short ones never gave me enough support.

bill
03-21-2008, 07:30 AM
Travis got any cheese to go with my whine. Watching that you don't look like you try to set up for a good arch or anything. You just get set bring the bar down very controlled and push it back up. I have seen a few others do the same so are you arching or is not that important to you. It's jus funny I try arch get the shoulders back and all this stuff and then only push up 300's. lol
You look to be a very big thick guy and maybe that has more to do with it.

Travis Bell
03-21-2008, 08:55 AM
I'm pretty wide in the shoulders so when I pull my shoulders in tight, it doesn't show as much but actually my upper back is typically sore the next day from pulling in so tight. My arch isn't super, partly because I still squat and deadlift so my back is quite thick which makes it difficult to maintain a super significant arch.

Biggest thing I have learned for my raw benching is to bring it down faster. So much energy is wasted on bringing the weight down slow. Just squeeze the bar really hard so you can place it where you want it. If you look at the 500lb press, I bring it down way to slow. I watched the video and then brought the 515 down faster and the 525 faster still. Its not dropping it, just releasing similar to in a shirt.

bill
03-21-2008, 09:54 AM
Thanks for the input, Your just peeved at the wts and let them know it!

jAy_Dub
03-21-2008, 09:57 AM
JayDub, I really do recommend wrist wraps. They really help save the wrists. I would recommend the Inzer wraps, or APT wraps. The APT's are a little more stiff. I like the long ones as well. The short ones never gave me enough support.

Thanks, I'll definitely check those two out.

Stumprrp
03-21-2008, 01:52 PM
i agree with the bringing down faster thing, i learned at my contest with squats, i went slow with 518 and pretty much atf, it was a struggle, i dropped 530 and it flew up.

thewicked
03-21-2008, 06:50 PM
Thanks man! haha you're probably right. The number I was after was 515. I didn't really expect to have enough gas left for 525 on my last attempt but I figured what the heck, throw some more weight on there again and let me see. I still was surprised how far I got it off my chest.

DUDE that was sick for sure! And your grip width is nutz! I'm 6'1" wiht a history of rotator issues..so I'm benching with my middle finger on the rings and keeping my elbows in tight.. to see a guy use your grip with that kinda power is kick ass for sure!

and now just thinking about it..y ou're going to smoke 525 on your next list of attempts aren't ya :evillaugh:

waynedang
03-21-2008, 08:07 PM
Thanks, I'll definitely check those two out.


I really like the APT convict pro wraps. I think I have used about every wrap but the Metal.

waynedang
03-21-2008, 08:07 PM
Nice benching Travis. 500+ raw is great.

Lones Green
03-21-2008, 08:15 PM
I really like the APT convict pro wraps. I think I have used about every wrap but the Metal.

the metal wraps are nuts as well. they stretch for miles. inzer, APT, and metal all are very good wraps.