View Full Version : Best Raw benchers

06-01-2013, 04:32 PM
I want to see what people think the best raw benchers are right now...

06-01-2013, 04:42 PM
I have it between Siamand Rahman and Spoto.

06-01-2013, 05:36 PM
Best raw bencher right now is undoubtedly spoto... 720
Other really great american benchers-
Al Davis 670
Jeremy Hoonstra 661@ 242

I know there are a few lifters oversea's that can bench high 600's too.

06-01-2013, 06:05 PM
I know who the best overall bencher is I am asking like a top 5 or 10 from each person who they like who they look up to or who you think is the best thats all Hands down Spotto is the best bencher but aside from numbers who is your best raw benchers.

06-01-2013, 08:15 PM
the iranian paralympian

06-02-2013, 11:06 AM
Who ever is top 5 in each class on PW. I like some guys and dislike others but numbers are all that count to me. But the disabled dude that hit 700 is nothing but amazing.

06-02-2013, 02:32 PM
Spoto - the guy just manhandled 722
Raman - amazing power
Belyaev - machine like performance, raw or equipped
Sarychev - next on the >700 list
Fedosienko - guy benches a raw 160 kg at IPF raw worlds, after a WR squat, weighing 59kg

06-02-2013, 05:36 PM
Sarychev - next on the >700 list

He should be on the list already... That 695 was so strong it could have been a record shot. Strongest 700lb-range bencher so far i think.

Not sure what he's done lately, but Hoornstra still has the most mind-blowing benches i think.

06-02-2013, 05:47 PM
I really like stan efferding. 606 bench at a shredded 275 is always impressive.

06-02-2013, 06:40 PM
Hoornstra and Spoto for me.

April Mathis
06-04-2013, 01:56 AM
I'm very impressed with the number of people currently above or near 700lbs. raw. I think that is incredible for any human to do.

Al Davis and Jeremy Hoornstra are the best I have witnessed in person. Al benching completely flat back no arch and touching high was very impressive benching high 600s like that. And Jeremy for being only 242 and benching high 600s.

Eric Spoto and Siamand Raman both of their benches were incredible. 722 record and the other 700 no leg drive or even any stability from legs at all. Sarychev also very close. Spoto obviously the best raw bencher right now because he has the record.

Others I have seen at meets in person: Joey (last name starts with a D but don't remember) from Florida benched 600 raw in Orlando a few years ago after many years of trying to hit that number, Beau Moore hitting first 600 raw in his mid-40s after hitting mid-high 500s many years, a black guy in North Carolina at last year's SPF raw pro-am meet did bench-only and did I think 620 raw (I think it was only his second meet but I have no idea what his name was).

Benching in training I am impressed with Rob Wilkerson and Vincent Dizenzo. Not because of being the absolute best numbers (both great though), but I have not seen anyone else move the amount of heavy weight for the amount of sets that each of them do each heavy bench training session. Also, Rob did a 600lbs. incline bench (which I have never heard of or seen more weight done on incline). I have never trained with either of them, but have seen from videos. It's quite possible some of the other guys train similar but I just do not know and have not seen it.

06-04-2013, 05:21 AM
I'd throw April and Jen Thompson's name in there too. Jen hit 300 at 132 at the Arnold with pretty strict judging. April I believe has the only official 400+ raw bench (someone may correct this).

big ragu
06-04-2013, 07:08 AM
Andy Haman.......

Seriously though, I like Spoto and Ryno

06-04-2013, 11:28 AM
Spoto is the best IMO. A notable mention is Kennelly simply for that 405 x 20 video and the speed of that weight.

06-04-2013, 12:28 PM
Andy Haman.......

Just got that, now that's a good one.

06-04-2013, 01:13 PM
I gotta go with
1. Raman
2. Spoto
3. Hoornstra

06-05-2013, 01:35 PM
Allen Baria is one of my favorites. He blows Kenelly out of the water with 405 for like 25 and then 500 for 10 or 15 reps a few minutes later