View Full Version : New world bench record set again!

11-18-2003, 02:25 PM
Gene Rychlak finally reached the 900lbs mark at the IPA nationals

11-18-2003, 02:34 PM

Saint Patrick
11-18-2003, 02:59 PM
Sweet! :strong:

11-18-2003, 06:21 PM
Scott Mendhleson will be back with something phenomenal.

Umm like 901 lbs.....

11-18-2003, 06:58 PM
Gene is just a freak. I am sure this little stunt will pull Mendelson out of retirement in a hurry. I heard Scott did something like 940(I think thats right) on two board presses recently, and thats usually not something 'retired' powerlifters do, so I doubt he has retired for good. Scary that the WR Bench Press is only 30lbs away from the WR Deadlift. The way the bench press has been improving lately, a 1000lbs. bench press may not be that far off, and Gene is probably the man to do it.

11-18-2003, 09:23 PM
How many bench records is that this year?

Big o Boy
11-18-2003, 09:52 PM
Gene smene. mendelson smeldonson. blah blah blah.

I will be the first to break 1k.

*looks around

Okay... maybe not. Just a joke guys.

11-19-2003, 01:46 PM
lets let deadlifter use straps so we can get a bigger difference than 30 pounds between the two

11-19-2003, 01:52 PM
Any one have a vid of this?

11-19-2003, 01:58 PM
I don't think straps would help too much on the deadlift. I really wonder if the grip is the limiting thing for those guys.

I'm sure irongame.com has a vid but damned if they don't have the smallest bandwidth limit ever.

11-19-2003, 02:30 PM
my work collegue saw bill (can't remember his surname) pull 940 with straps in the gym.

He has entered numerous mr britian and got into the world strongest man comps. not sure if he ever powerlifted.

11-19-2003, 05:12 PM
It should be up on Irongame if they are up.

as for the deadlift.. the grip factor is what is the problem. If you ever see Bolton's or Frank's deadlift they pull fast, just can sustain the grip on more weight.


11-20-2003, 03:22 PM
grip is the limiting factor for many big pullers, including Steve Goggins. Some people have different limiting factors than others, but grip is not an uncommon limiting factor, especially for people who do not have particularly long hands.


11-21-2003, 09:45 AM

11-22-2003, 10:01 AM
I saw a video of the lift on another site. Very impressive.

12-19-2003, 04:59 PM
900lbs is juss insane..

12-19-2003, 06:07 PM
thats unreal :eek:

12-20-2003, 01:29 AM
How the hell can his body support that much weight? They should put him on one of those "More then Human" shows on Discovery chn.

12-22-2003, 02:00 PM
That's nothing!!!!
Oh wait, 900lbs....

01-19-2004, 07:26 AM
Glenn : can you give me the link of that video , like to see that guy pumping iron

01-19-2004, 01:32 PM
Just go over to www.irongame.com. They have a huge list of videos and Gene's 900 is on there.

02-18-2004, 11:50 PM
wow , did the shirt pop ,

02-19-2004, 12:54 AM
U would have liked that hey bill.

Bruise Brubaker
02-19-2004, 03:18 PM
Damn, don't make replies to old threads like that, I really tough there was a nwe world bench record!


02-24-2004, 02:31 PM
Here you guys go. here is video of the 900# bench. Pretty serious stuff here. Scroll down the page and you'll see it. Awesome bench Press!!!!!


the doc
02-24-2004, 02:52 PM
so are people really getting that much stronger or is the equipment getting better (ie bench shirts)?

02-25-2004, 07:18 PM
One of the best tests of "who's stronger than who" is the deadlift. The deadlift uses 80% of the muscles in the human body, powerlifting gear only adds about 20-80 pounds (80 pounds being xtreme) to a lifter's pull, it's the easiest lift to judge (less controversy) and 600 pounds still weighs 600 pounds. There are a few deadlift specialty bars out there (have a nice non-bounce single flex and a smaller circumference) and the plates are better balanced, but the barbell is still much the same as it was in the mid-1900's. In the 1940's, the deadlift record was in the low 700's. By the 1980's, it had risen to the 800's and, now, the record is in the low/mid 900's with Andy Bolton pulling a 933, Garry Frank pulling a 932, Gary Heisey pulling a 925 and Ed Coan deadlifting a 901. If you've never tried a real deadlift (free weight, off the floor and no lifting straps) then warm-up and take a run at 400-500 pounds. That will give you a lot of respect for the guys pulling hundreds of pounds more than that!

As far as the current top benchers, a few of them have accomplished their superhuman lifts thru super easy judging and lame equipment standards, but most of them are just bull strong! Most of the top benchers are really strong and the overgeared tennis court lifters are in the minority. Two examples (I like to dwell on the positive) of mega strong current champions lifting without bench shirts; Scot Mendelson has benchpressed over 700 pounds (without a bench shirt) and Ryan "BenchMonster" Kennelly hits 3-6 rep sets with 600 pounds (without a bench shirt) on heavy training days.

There are lifters from each generation that are mad strong. It's a better idea to compare each decade's lifters separately, as each year brings us champions that competed and won under (somewhat) different conditions. Don't get caught up in the numbers.