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Seanzilla
01-21-2005, 07:23 PM
Which benchpress set would impress you the most if you saw someone rep this in the gym?

315 Pounds for 40 Reps


405 Pounds for 20 Reps


495 Pounds for 12 Reps


600 Pounds for 3 Reps


675 Pounds for 1 Rep

(All done full range, no help from the spotter and without a bench shirt.)

We're filming a lifter who can do all of the above (and more reps with some of these weights on a good day) but we only have a limited number of weekends to film, and they can't do those sets in one workout, so post up which you think is the most hardcore and be part of the directing!

Rock On,
Seanzilla

Adam
01-21-2005, 07:26 PM
600 for 3 would impress me the most.
315 for 40 is just ridiculous though!

BigRic
01-21-2005, 07:28 PM
Yah 315 for 40 is absolutely disguisting.

lilmase1153
01-21-2005, 09:53 PM
yeah id get bored watching someone bang out 315 for 40 reps id watch the first 20 maybe.. im with adam 600x3 would deff be sometihng worth watching

bill
01-21-2005, 11:13 PM
675

HahnB
01-21-2005, 11:30 PM
how about all of the above christ.

Adam
01-21-2005, 11:43 PM
haha, I guess thats the best answer!

TheMachine
01-22-2005, 02:28 PM
I'd pay to see someone rep out 495!

Ironrelic
01-22-2005, 02:46 PM
The last 10 of the 40 rep would be impressive; by then I'd say the lactic buildup would make those reps pretty tough & give a h***uva pump. Filmwise, seems the scene would drag on too long. What's the whole point of the scene?

Seanzilla
01-22-2005, 08:30 PM
We're working on Ryan "BenchMonster" Kennelly's training dvd right now and we'll be filming up thru the Arnold Classic (and maybe a couple weeks beyond) and it's our goal to be in production by this April. So, since we have to travel for each shoot, we only have so many days to film and though he can do all of the above sets, he can't do them back to back in one workout! LOL

Kennelly hit 315x40 in the Animal Pak Cage last year at the Arnold Classic, but that only got caught in pictures and not on film, grrrrrrrrrrrr.

In training, he's hit 600x6 and 640x3, no bench shirt, so he's got insane capability.

So far in this video, some of the sickest stuff we've captured is back to back to back 315x20, 405x20, 495x6 (we just kept the camera running and he chugged some water while we popped on the next plate) in a rest pause rest pyramid, a 903 shirted competition bench, a 900 shirted 1 board press and a shirted 2 board with 990! Seeing 990 on a benchpress bar was crazee! Also, we've been filming Kennelly's warm-ups leading up to his heavy shirt work (for both instructional and shock value) and he almost always goes up to 600 or so for a single before shirting up which is mad strong too!

Now we're filming some of his preparation for the Mendelson Classic and then the two weeks between that contest and the Arnold Classic and then we'll finish up the taping thru the rest of March while he's still up at the heavy end of his weight gaining and training cycles.

So, getting back to the survey, what would be the most rockin' to see from the thread starting post list?

Kahnizzle
01-22-2005, 09:28 PM
Yeah 315 Pounds for 40 Reps is just nasty....something i'm hoping to get to someday

Adam
01-22-2005, 09:33 PM
When is the video release date suppose to be?

Seanzilla
01-22-2005, 09:59 PM
We're planning on going into production the 1st week of April so they should be available for individual purchase around the end of that month.

lilmase1153
01-22-2005, 10:09 PM
nice what else do you plan on having in the video?? just a bunch of exhibitions of differnent lifts? sounds pretty intresting though i love watching some of the superhuman things people can do..

Seanzilla
01-22-2005, 11:14 PM
This documentary is titled "The Road to the Arnold" and it's covering Kennelly's 4th journey to the Arnold Classic Benchpress World Championships in his attempt to become the first man in history to win the gold medal twice (he placed 2nd in 2002, 1st in 2003 and 3rd in 2004.) We'll be releasing a movie trailer when the dvd starts distributing that you'll be able to download and/or watch online, cause you'll have to see some of the film to grasp how intense the iron insanity really is.

Optimum08
01-22-2005, 11:19 PM
i would have to say the 600x3 just by default...my attention span isn't long enough to watch someone pump out 40 reps...although 40 reps @ 315....no words can describe the insanity of that...i can't even grasp watching someone do 315x40 i don't even think i could get 135x40 haha

body
01-23-2005, 09:46 AM
675 pounds.

but all would be good to see.

Chrispy
01-23-2005, 10:56 AM
315 Pounds for 40 Reps
600 Pounds for 3 Reps
675 Pounds for 1 Rep

i would choose those 3 if you can fit them in your timeframe.

chris mason
01-23-2005, 03:00 PM
I will buy the video.

Kennelly is a monster!

I vote for 495 x 12 or whatever he can get (if more).

Can he get the 675 lbs RAW with a pause? If so, maybe I will go with that.

snowster900
01-23-2005, 03:59 PM
600 3

SW
01-23-2005, 05:08 PM
315x40. 3 pps going constantly, making you feel weaker and weaker and weaker...........

Seanzilla
01-23-2005, 06:29 PM
I will buy the video.

Kennelly is a monster!

I vote for 495 x 12 or whatever he can get (if more).

Can he get the 675 lbs RAW with a pause? If so, maybe I will go with that.

With the lifters who've gotten up to that level of no shirt benching (James Henderson, Scot Mendelson, Ryan Kennelly, Bill Kazmaier, Glenn Chabot, Brian Siders and the mid 600s benchers) the pause is more of a "bar stops moving for a split second" than a powerlifting bench shirt pause (a split second more pause than a touch n go but way more of a pause than a bounce in go.)

BJ Dirk, the 2nd in command on the Kennelly Power Team did see Kennelly bench 650 without a shirt one time and he said that, to be crazee, he let the bar just lay there on his chest, before restarting the lift. Kennelly's hit 640x3 without a shirt so Dirk's story sound right. Since he suffered a pec tear about 2 years ago, I'm glad that he hasn't tried to break the 713 no shirt record as that kind of lifting is a dice roll ever time and the odds are worse when you've already been injured once before. Besides, going up to 675 already puts ya with the top few in history for no shirt benching and the pro competitions these days are all geared.

Not to hijack my own thread, but did you hear that Tibor Mezaros (spelling) joined the ranks of the 900+ deadlifters? There's only like 7 of those guys too in all of history. I got to see the two biggest pulls in history live thanks to my being a reporter but those lifts still seem unfathomable to me.

In his pursuit to PR in competition (he's up to 902 pounds now) Kennelly's been working a lot of 1-3 rep sets and a ton of lockouts but we're get some more no shirt lifts on film in this video (and I'm sure in the next if we get to film that too!) That power building 8-12 rep range is a tough one to get mega heavy while building a max single at the same time. Over on the IronGame site they've got Ben White hitting 505x9 at 275 bodyweight and anything 3 reps and over with 500 pounds is wicked strong in my opinion.

Adam
01-23-2005, 06:54 PM
What country is Tibor Mezaros from? I don't remember seeing his name before in any results from big meets.

Seanzilla
01-23-2005, 07:21 PM
I believe Tibor Meszaros is from Hungary. He's been lifting big for awhile in the IPF and WPC. He's been at the 800+ level for awhile so it's really cool to see him break one of the greatest barriers in all of strength sports. In May of last year, he pulled 899.5 in the IPF. Tibor is still in his thirties too, so we may see him take a run at the Andy Bolton's 932.6 since he's less than 6 pounds off the mark currently! Bolton might be competing in the Arnold Classic again this year, if he can work the trip over from England, so his record might go up again?

Seanzilla
01-23-2005, 07:32 PM
I will buy the video.

Kennelly is a monster!

I vote for 495 x 12 or whatever he can get (if more).

Can he get the 675 lbs RAW with a pause? If so, maybe I will go with that.

Hey Chris, shoot me an email when you've got time. Look forward to talking with ya again bro.

Seanzilla@hardcorepowerlifting.com

andy51
01-23-2005, 08:16 PM
Wow those are all insane Im gonna go out on a limb with 495x12 that is crazy

phreak
01-24-2005, 01:21 AM
495x12

lilmase1153
01-24-2005, 03:26 AM
damn 900lbs thats freakin unbelieveable.. its one of those things you have to see to believe i guess... but yeah i would deffintaly buy that video it sounds pretty intresting..

Stackattack
01-24-2005, 05:47 AM
I simply can't imagine 315 x 40......... but im gonna have to go with 495 x 12.

emjlr3
01-26-2005, 06:29 AM
do hey consider ronnie in the 900 lb dead club, because on his video if i recall, like 3 weeks out in his last working set, not going for a max that day, did like 815x3, which is silly, i bet he could do it even though hes not a power lifter, that and he did like 495x12 or so himself around the same time on the bench, wonder if hes ever tried those massive lifts like this guy

as for the video, yea the 40 is silly, id watch u damn ADD ppl, any of them would really be silly, but id deff like to see the 675, the 600 and the 40 reps, that man is insane, does he ever use dbs? what lbs does he do for em??

o yea and are hsi reps pause or does he jsut bust through em, could it would be all the more impressive if he did pause for a second at his chest

Adam
01-26-2005, 06:46 AM
I would imagine touch'n go for the 40 repper!
It would take like 10minutes if he paused them all.

Seanzilla
01-26-2005, 05:29 PM
do hey consider ronnie in the 900 lb dead club, because on his video if i recall, like 3 weeks out in his last working set, not going for a max that day, did like 815x3, which is silly, i bet he could do it even though hes not a power lifter, that and he did like 495x12 or so himself around the same time on the bench, wonder if hes ever tried those massive lifts like this guy

as for the video, yea the 40 is silly, id watch u damn ADD ppl, any of them would really be silly, but id deff like to see the 675, the 600 and the 40 reps, that man is insane, does he ever use dbs? what lbs does he do for em??

o yea and are hsi reps pause or does he jsut bust through em, could it would be all the more impressive if he did pause for a second at his chest

Ronnie Coleman is ridiculously strong, but his numbers aren't as high as your recalling. Ronnie Coleman pulled a double with 805 using lifting straps on his second video, which might equal out to a single with 805 without lifting straps. I certainely think that, if he changed his training to pure strength building that he'd be good for a mid to high 800s pull in time, but the 900+ deadlift has only been acheived by 6 or 7 powerlifters in history and that was after years and years of powerlifting training and intense competition.

On his latest video, Coleman benched 495x4 and then needed assistance on his 5th rep.

With the 315x40 those were definately touch n gos for Kennelly, as he needed to keep the pace moving before the lactic acid build up and fatigue became overwhelming, but that's still a world class set of benchpress reps!

emjlr3
01-27-2005, 08:58 AM
in no way was i trying to downplay how strong Kennelly is, but yea i must have recalled ronnie wrong, im just excited to see this guy :)

-TIM-
01-27-2005, 11:26 AM
600 x 3

Chaasad
01-27-2005, 11:32 AM
I vote for the 495lb x 12 reps......I think this would be SICK!!!!!!!!! Like stated above the higher reps are just overkill. This set here would have everyone guessing and wondering............peace.