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Robert
02-14-2003, 06:24 PM
How many times can each of you bench your body weight in the Flat Bench press. I tried this a few days ago and did 12 reps with 198 pounds. My body weight was slightly lower so i just rounded the weight up to the nearest figure.

What about you? The reason i ask is that at the Arnold Classic contest, there are competitions held for competitors and if they bench, and squat etc, their own bodyweight for 30 reps they get a prize.

Robert:D

bigedge
02-14-2003, 06:35 PM
im about 202lbs i can do 200 about 14 times

orbital
02-14-2003, 06:59 PM
I have just finally been able to bench my BW for reps, 170lbs. Bench has always been something of a problem exercise for me.

DavidI
02-14-2003, 07:46 PM
I'm only 165 so I can bench it like 24 times or something...

I haven't done it for a while though.

MonStar
02-14-2003, 11:16 PM
I dont know, good question though. I heard that a 'fit' person should be able to bench their bodyweight 10 times.

But who knows how true that is. I think that I could handle 215 lbs. or so 10 times. But who knows.

PowerManDL
02-14-2003, 11:23 PM
At 165 I could have handled my BW for 25 reps easy.

At my current fat-ass weight, probably 15 at the absolute most.

Manveet
02-14-2003, 11:32 PM
I dont know, good question though. I heard that a 'fit' person should be able to bench their bodyweight 10 times

10 reps really? For some reason I think that the average joe blow guy can't even press his on body weight once.

body
02-15-2003, 05:27 AM
no idea.

i always start with more than my bodyweight when i bench press. by the time i use a weight in my body weight range i am already fatigued.

probably about 15 reps at just over 210 ponds

bullethead
02-15-2003, 06:48 AM
As a point of interest, do you guys touch down onto your chests, pause for like 2 seconds then extend again????

nejar462
02-15-2003, 08:00 AM
Well I'm almost speed benching my BW, so I dunno how you want to count that, I'll hopefully be benching 180 with bands for speed in 8 weeks.

Robert
02-15-2003, 11:16 AM
You can do it as fast as possible. Thats the rule at the Arnold Classic.

Robert

Reinier
02-15-2003, 11:57 AM
I couldn`t possibly bench my bw. even if id lose all my fat now and be shredded. i still couldn`t

ryan1117
02-15-2003, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by MonStar
I dont know, good question though. I heard that a 'fit' person should be able to bench their bodyweight 10 times.

But who knows how true that is. I think that I could handle 215 lbs. or so 10 times. But who knows.
I've heard many times that a fit person should bench their bodyweight once. Maybe the 10 reps would be for a serious weightlifter.

chris mason
02-15-2003, 12:17 PM
Hey Monstar, if you are benching 315+, you should be able to do 210 lbs for 20+ reps.

JD77
02-15-2003, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by Robert
The reason i ask is that at the Arnold Classic contest, there are competitions held for competitors and if they bench, and squat etc, their own bodyweight for 30 reps they get a prize.

Robert:D


If I could do it in three sets I might get 185 for 30 reps.;)

Robert
02-15-2003, 12:34 PM
Yer i'm pretty sure alot of us could to but its to be done in 1 set, 1.

Robert

WaterWalker
02-15-2003, 12:38 PM
I weigh 195, and I usually jump past that doing warm-ups. I'll have to try it on Monday- chest day ;) As far as pressing the weight goes, no I never touch my chest. I get as close to my chest as possible, stop, and then press, 2 sec. down, 2 up. It is all about control. I see too many people bouncing the weight off of their chest in the gym talking about they put up 315+. My @$$!!! 1. they couldn't press it w/o the momentum 2. it is dangerous. Could crack your rib cage!!! Just a smooth, controlled press.

WaterWalker
02-15-2003, 12:41 PM
Oh yeah, and keep you @$$ on the bench when pressing.

Alex.V
02-15-2003, 12:55 PM
I sometimes burn out with around 16-20 reps at 225 after my heavy sets. Probably 25+ if I were fresh.

WaterWalker
02-15-2003, 01:18 PM
Hey Belial, do you have any pics posted???

supirman
02-15-2003, 02:04 PM
I'm weighing in at 215 lbs right now. I can do 405 for a double, so I'm guessing I can do my bodyweight well over 30 times.

Black_Curtain
02-15-2003, 03:04 PM
lol that's not the first time someone is asking for B's pics. WHERE ARE THEY BTW!!! :)

SWOLE
02-15-2003, 03:05 PM
i got 235 13 times the other day. no biggy, i think if you can do 100 lbs. over your weight, I think that is a good test of strenght for your weight. and yes, i can do that, barely

sweet-physique
02-15-2003, 07:24 PM
230 lbs
I'm guessing 20+ reps but I'll have to try this fresh sometime soon. I know I do 225 for a warm up set of 15 but I have a lot left in the tank as that is only for a warm up on chest day.

oh yea Belial- lets see a link to those pics. We know you have a camera, we've seen the ghetto burger pics ;)

TommyLee
02-15-2003, 11:38 PM
Originally posted by MonStar
I dont know, good question though. I heard that a 'fit' person should be able to bench their bodyweight 10 times.


I'm sure that would depend on the person's body. A short guy with short arms probably has different results than a tall guy. I'm 6'2" and my body weight can be a bitch. I do 3X8 @ 180 and the third set is usually failure. Just my opinion... or am I just a skinny weak biatch? LOL

supirman
02-16-2003, 08:27 AM
Originally posted by TommyLee

... or am I just a skinny weak biatch? LOL

no comment haha ;)

Simon96Taco
02-17-2003, 10:35 AM
Originally posted by Manveet


10 reps really? For some reason I think that the average joe blow guy can't even press his on body weight once.

That applies to me....I can MAYBE press my bodyweight once, but I doubt it...

benchmonster
02-17-2003, 01:50 PM
Anyone benching their bodyweight 30 times in one set is insanely fit and strong. They also probably have a good amount of slow twitch to fast twitch muscle fibers.

I personally cannot do reps for crap. Never have been able to. I am all fast twitch fibers tho. Think of it like this. How many olympic sprinters could run a marathon? Not many, if any, I bet. They are all fast twitch fibers. Lots of explosive power, but lower endurance.

And I have benched 225 for 17 with a close grip and no spot recently which equals my old rep max with 225 using a wide grip and someone to catch the bar if I failed. Could probably do around 20 reps with it now, but it would hurt a lot.

B.

Chris Rodgers
02-17-2003, 03:00 PM
Originally posted by chris mason
Hey Monstar, if you are benching 315+, you should be able to do 210 lbs for 20+ reps.


Are you stating an opinion, fact or what? I think it is very individual. Some people are horrible at reps and some are horrible at maxing. Two people can have a 315 max and one can rep 225 for 20 and the other maybe only 180 for 20. You know that.

chris mason
02-17-2003, 03:07 PM
Yes and no. You are mentioning the extreme ends of the spectrum. The vast majority of trainees will fall into rough parameters like that I mentioned. A very few might only be able to do a few reps with 100 lbs less than their max. From what I have seen of Monstar's training, he is not in that very few. You make the mistake of thinking I am making a statement with no other information to go on.

Alex.V
02-17-2003, 03:21 PM
I agree with chris.

And I think chris is a dumbass.

Chris, how can you make assumptions about chris like that? And chris, I thought you were better than that post.

Alex.V
02-17-2003, 03:22 PM
I am so funny it hurts.

chris mason
02-17-2003, 03:23 PM
Your looks do hurt, yes.:cool:

Alex.V
02-17-2003, 03:33 PM
Get it, because you're both named chris, and...


Hey! Watch it, man. I know where you live. I'll, like, rough you up and sh*t.

Rastaman
02-17-2003, 04:09 PM
Right now after a long 'what the hell am I doing' cutting phase I'm probably around 153 lbs (I'm just over 5'7). If I started with that weight on bench, I could probably get out around 20 reps.

Hmmm bodyweight x 20 reps, I guess thats not bad at all.

:cool:

Rastaman
02-17-2003, 04:11 PM
Originally posted by MonStar
I dont know, good question though. I heard that a 'fit' person should be able to bench their bodyweight 10 times.

But who knows how true that is. I think that I could handle 215 lbs. or so 10 times. But who knows.


I seriously doubt most people that are 'fit' can bench their bodyweight more than a few times. That is, unless your definition of 'fit' is someone who regularly hits the weights.

Rastaman
02-17-2003, 04:14 PM
Originally posted by TommyLee

I'm sure that would depend on the person's body. A short guy with short arms probably has different results than a tall guy. I'm 6'2" and my body weight can be a bitch. I do 3X8 @ 180 and the third set is usually failure. Just my opinion... or am I just a skinny weak biatch? LOL

I've heard this so often, sounds like a major copout. I'm just over 5'7 and one of my friends is over 6'0. We compared arms and his arms are probably a 1/2 inch to 1 inch longer at most. Maybe its because I'm fairly lean and have fairly long limbs for my size, but don't make excuses for yourself.

PowerManDL
02-17-2003, 06:01 PM
Hmmm

My max is probably sitting somewhere between 285 and 295 right now, on a good day, yet I could push 225 for 10 without straining myself too hard.

215 I could most likely crank out 12 with.

For whatever that's worth.

Chris Rodgers
02-17-2003, 07:19 PM
When the fook did you get sooo strong?

*eats a box of twinkies*


I suck at reps. My raw close grip max is 230. I think I can do maybe 15 or so @bodyweight, but I'm not postive.

PowerManDL
02-17-2003, 07:25 PM
Becoming a fatass has its advantages :)

Relentless
02-17-2003, 07:53 PM
I can hit my BW (215lbs) 10 or so times without going TOO hard

my max is crap tho, so go figure

In my opinion, most people that don't lift weights regularly are highly unlikely to be able to bench their bodyweight even once, at least without some practice

hell, forget saying 'people'. barring the odd freak, no woman off the street is going to bench their weight and most guys if you want to take an 'average' are not going to be able to do it either. 'Average' has been a declining value for North Americans, especially in recent years.

Berserker
02-17-2003, 09:19 PM
I think the average male can probably bench there body weight. Refering to fairly active and not to heavy, or fairly quick atleast. No proof.
I am 160 and I've done 165 for 10 reps, never tried to do more. No interest to do more then 10 reps.

Isaac Wilkins
02-17-2003, 09:29 PM
Another thing you guys might want to remember: A "fit" average male, as they see it, is what? 160-170 pounds? :rolleyes: Notice how most everyone that's posting can handle that weight for lots of reps, even those that weigh down there? It's a whole different monster when you get in to the mid to upper 200's.

I think I've heard it as "You should be able to bench your bodyweight", also.

Nights
02-17-2003, 09:57 PM
I have my doubts about the average guy having a max of their bodyweight, even if they are only 160 or so pounds. Most newbies at the gym are struggling with a whole lot less.. and I know a few fairly active (sportwise for one, and a warehouse worker for another) people who's goal is a bodyweight bench press.. and they've been working on it for a little while now.

And having not done flat bench for a while, I'm not too sure. Starting to do it instead of decline now, so once I get back into feeling comfie, I'll give it a shot. (45 pounds above bodyweight for declines x 6.. but I don't know which way I'm stronger. Oh, and I'm a lot lighter then most of you.).

Big o Boy
02-18-2003, 08:41 AM
I'm going to try this pretty soon. I don't know if I can do it or not. What do you think by just looking at my stats? I think I could possibly do it for 25+ reps @ 150. I know I can do around 60 push-ups (correctly) before I burn out. But I know that doesn't count either...

big
02-18-2003, 09:29 AM
Big o Boy your avatar is sweet.

I only do inclines now (for maximum upper chest development). I did 4reps late november, now I'm all roided up and ready to go so I guess more then 5 less then 10.

Alex.V
02-18-2003, 09:31 AM
Big, was that post a joke? lol.

big
02-18-2003, 10:16 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Big, was that post a joke? lol.

Do I amuse you? Am I here for your amusment? Do you find me funny? How Iam I funny to you? Do I look like a ****in' clown to you or somethin'?

PowerManDL
02-18-2003, 10:36 AM
Yes.

Exnor
02-18-2003, 10:47 AM
About a 'fit' person being able to BP their own BW, I think that largely depends on what you consider fit. Someone in good health who is very active, doing some kind of sport every day, feeling very good in themselfs wont be able to necessarily be able to lift their own BW. I'm pretty sure before I started to lift weights seriously, (I was my definition of 'fit') I could not lift my own BW in BP. I think it is different from person to person.

big
02-18-2003, 10:53 AM
:(

Berserker
02-18-2003, 11:07 AM
It didn't take me long 2-3 months to bench my weight, and I wasn't physically active at all. I had been doing pushups for awhile. I do think physically active person, not nescasarly from sports could probably do it. More likely in a lighter person. I am not positive though.