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    Om. Avocado. MM's Avatar
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    Question about Body Composition and Bench Press

    I've always felt that my bench is abnormally weak, especially in comparison to some other lifters that I know. My max bench (1RM) is 205, and I could barely get that up. I'm about 6'2" and 1/2 and I weigh about 191 at the moment. I simply can't get over 205 for BB and 90 (1RM) for DBs.

    One thing I've noticed is that a lot of guys with similar builds have wider waists. I wear a 32 inch waist, and I could easily fit into a 31 or even a 30; I've read many people with better lifts who have a 34 inch or 35 inch waist. I've also read people say that one way to up your BB is to up your BF%.

    True? Add stomach mass, icrease bench?

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    i have the exact opposite problem bench in comparison to the rest of my lifts Is way too high...Oh well

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    Everyone is going to have a best and worst lift, this is simply how it works. While people with bigger waists have a genetic predisposition (sp?) to being bigger and henceforth most likely stronger, I do not believe that waist size has any direct correlation to max bench.

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