I have access to a machine bench press, the kind that has 2 numbers. For example, the number on the left is 205, and the right is 275. Someone told me that you are lifting 205 at the beginning and 275 at the top. I'm curious how much I'm benching. I don't go too heavy on the regular free weight bench press because I don't have a spotter, so when I go heavy, I use the machine. Is there a way to "guestimate" how much I'm really benching on the machine?
There are too many factors to give you an accurate number here since it depends on the particular machine, your stabilizer muscles, your proficiency with the free weight bench press, etc.
The only time that I did machine press was when I first started training and I remember being able to do 300 lbs for a few, while my free weight bench press was just over 200 lbs.
I would work with sub-maximal weights on the free weight bench if you are interested in maximizing your time in the gym.
Do you lift at a gym? Ask for a spotter if so,most people will be glad to help!
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Max 3x5 Goal 3x5 by 12/31/11 *1X5
Bench (245) (275) 285x1x1 335
Dead (385)* (445) 435x1x1 505
Squat (320) (355) 355X1X1 405
Squat (195) (275) 20 Reppers!
(950) (1075) 1075 1245 Goals (Not including 20 reps)
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I lift alone at a fitness center after it closes. I don't usually go so heavy that I fail, but was just wondering, for example my heaviest set (free, flat) is 205lbs. If I go much higher, I would have a good chance of failing before the set is over (6 reps), so I use the machine, but not sure what is an equivalent. I appreciate that there maybe too many factors for a straight up answer, but thought I would clarify my situation.
Related question: If I lift the bar and pin so that I start the lift a little higher, it's better on my shoulder. Does anyone know if this is changing the weight?
free weights > machine
All lifts are raw:
Dead lift: 500(max)
i would ditch the machine, you really arent getting much of ne thing out of it. Stick with free weights and try and figure out a way to get a spotter or just dont "risk" that last rep. If you are lifting by yourself dont use collars just in case you have to dump the weight at the end, but dont sacrifice your workout by using that machine.