View Full Version : Your best lifts

08-29-2009, 12:10 PM
Im not talking about your best squat, bench or dead in competition but about your favorites achievements in the gym whether it be a rack pull, a floor press, a GM, a crazy set of deads or whatever you're "proud" of. It doesn't have to be a world record so I hope everyone can come and share something.
OK let me start and embarass myself so you all can follow and look real strong after that: I repped 136 pounds 20 times on DB rows a few months ago. It left me staring straight at the wall for 2 minutes thinking I might be the first person ever to die from DB rows.

Your turn

Clifford Gillmore
08-29-2009, 01:51 PM
A chain suspended GM with the chain set about 2.5' off the ground, and I'm 6'3". 315lbs for a 20 second grinder, I was seeing stars - I think I wanted to die afterwards, it was great!

Lones Green
08-29-2009, 01:53 PM
There is a thread kind of similar to this one, the PR thread. Its a sticky, check it out.

08-29-2009, 05:09 PM
my favorite lift was definetly the time i first benched 135lbs because it was two of the big plates. The time i benched more than my body weight is up there also.

08-29-2009, 07:57 PM
In 2006 working up to Alternate DB Hammer Curls with 150 lb. dumbells. It used to shock a lot of people. When I had my shoulder surgery later in 07 they found a frayed upper bicep tendon so I backed off on them. I seldom go past 110s now.

bald bull
08-29-2009, 08:20 PM
when i squatted 405 for 12 reps in college when i was a shotputter, i was used to heavy lifts, but we had to pick a weight to do a set of 12 with and i wanted to challenge myself and i did b/c i saw stars as well and puked.

09-01-2009, 08:14 AM
My best lifts have been happening recently. Last week I completed a 1 bd press of 610. Last night I completed a 3 bd press of 675.

09-01-2009, 02:01 PM
A massive rock slab I found when walking the dogs a while ago. About 1m long, 30cm wide, 30cm deep, must have weighed 70-80kg and I pressed it to see if I could. Felt awesome.

Travis Bell
09-01-2009, 02:11 PM
the first time I benched 700 is a big one. That really spurred my training and drive for a bigger bench and made me realize I was capable of much more than I gave myself credit for.

Took me 3 years to go from 565 to 630.

1 year to go from 700 to 765

Training is so largely mental.

Another favorite is when I first benched 500 raw. That was a big day for me.

09-01-2009, 02:31 PM
I know it's good when I pick a ME movement and no one else wants to do it with me. My latest was 4" deficit deads against 250 lbs of band tension. I got 445 and it took 7.5 seconds to complete the lift. It was brutal from above my knees to lockout. The deficit created a bad starting position which made lockout hard right where the bands were kicking in the most.

09-01-2009, 02:35 PM
The first time I did a 135lbs one-arm babrell snatch was a big one for me. Also when I deadlifted 600.

09-01-2009, 02:44 PM
120lbs hammer curls (2 - 120lbs dbs)

09-01-2009, 03:44 PM
Here was a high rep routine I tried for the first time last week.

Teusday Training

Chest, shoulders, in honor of Walking Beast

Shoulder warm ups

Incline Hammer Strength Press

2 plates each side x 50 explosive reps
3 plates each side x 25 explosive reps
4 plates each side x 10 explosive reps
5 plates each side x 4 reps + 3 forced reps

Incline Cable Press

300lbs x 35 explosive reps
320lbs x 25 explosive reps
340lbs x 15 explosive reps
400lbs (stack) x 14 explosive reps + 1 forced rep

Pec Fly Machine

200lbs x 10 slow reps
220lbs x 10 slow reps
240lbs x 10 slow reps
280lbs (stack) x 7 + 3 forced rep

DB Seated Military Press

50lbs each hand x 50 explosive reps OUCH!
60lbs each hand x 25 explosive reps
75lbs each hand x 15 explosive reps
90lbs each hand x 7 reps + 1 forced rep

Lateral DB raises

35lbs x 20 explosive reps full ROM
40lbs x 15 explosive reps full ROM
45lbs x 10 explosive reps full ROM
65lbs x 8 reps partial ROM


None, hell the weight lifting was cardio!

This was a crazy routine. I was exhausted. My shoulders were so spent and I had a tremendous upper body pump.

09-01-2009, 04:56 PM
308x4 raw was a pretty good day that and when I first benched 315.

09-01-2009, 06:27 PM

Best thing I think I have done was lift two full kegs off the ground with one hand, also I have pressed overhead a full keg (143lbs)for 13 reps @ 180lbs bodyweight (when I managed a Pub).

Squat five plates for the first time was cool.

Closed the #2 COC gripper with 2 weeks on it was awesome and extemely hard.

Benching 5 plates in a shirt for first time was good.

09-01-2009, 07:31 PM
when i hit 135, 225, 315, 405, 495 on bench(all raw). all were HUGE, i still remember em all. for me, it all has to do with how many 45's i have PER SIDE!!!its a mental thing... i love it and hate it at the same time, but i guess thats what i love about it,....even tho i can only hit about 460 raw now a days....

Brian Hopper
09-01-2009, 09:09 PM
With me taking 7 years off from powerlifting and making a come back with less than a year of training. I squatted 920 for a huge PR. That to me was a very big deal. Not to mention, I have been chasing a 700lb deadlift for a VERY...VERY long time, im so close I can taste it. When I pull it, that will be a huge accomplishment.

09-01-2009, 09:23 PM
The first time I nailed a 550 deadlift in meet conditions was pretty sweet. You know how they arrange your flights by the weight you're lifting, not your weight class? At 198 lbs, I was 2 or 3 from the last in my flight.

This was in a meet with a geared division, and there were quiet a few bigger guys there.

09-02-2009, 07:54 PM
The first time I squatted and deadlifted 600 was big. Both were PR's at the time and both were at my first meet.

09-02-2009, 09:37 PM
probably this one


09-02-2009, 10:15 PM
A massive rock slab I found when walking the dogs a while ago. About 1m long, 30cm wide, 30cm deep, must have weighed 70-80kg and I pressed it to see if I could. Felt awesome.

Now that's old school raw powerlifting right there! I don't care who you are! Fred Flintstone Division!!! LOL! Cool Stuff!

09-03-2009, 12:33 AM
my favorite lifts:

- box squat with 350lbs + 600lbs tension
- raw anderson squat with 800
- 500 x 10 deads
- 400lbs raw squat x 15
- db overhead press 110lbs each hand x 10 each