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  1. #221
    yes i can bench my own weight and then some.a few years back i weighed 215 pounds and my max bench was 435 lbs.no drugs no benching shirts nothing.past few years i have trimmed up a bit and im down to 190 but i can still hit 370-380 on the flat bench.

    spending most of my free time thought out my life inside gyms,it was hard for me to think most people cant bench there own weight.but when i tested for ny state police my views changed.there was 100's of people taking the PT test broken down into groups of 6.these groups of 6 were packed into a college gym and were tested in push ups=sit ups-1.5 miles run and a 100 yard swim test.i was sitting there watching 3-4 people out of the groups of 6 fail either the push up or the sit ups.i seen noraml looking people get stuck on 15 out of 30 push ups.this was untimed and you could take as long as you wanted to on the push ups as long as you did not come out of the push up or rest at the bottom and you had to do 30.if you failed 1,then you failed and were kicked out and sent home.i watched alot of people leave that day,we were there for no less then 8 hours and testing was going on the hole time.

    i know push ups are a little different then benching but push ups are easier for the most part "same movement".the lesson is that most "normal"people or those who do not workout all the time have a hard time benching there own weight.if you can your considered strong.
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    I'm about 190cm tall and 70-75kg, I doubt I can even bench half my weight, although to be honest I've never tried.
    I just don't see what possible use I could have from training the muscles involved in bench pressing. I tend to focus my exercise on things that I actually use every day, so basically legs and back. I don't have any need to "look beefy" either.

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    Last year I had been weight training for a year or so and I was pushing 300lbs bench but I have bad nerves in my forearms and need to have a surgery done if I want to lift again so I'll probably do it again soon and get back to it. But I weigh 250ish and want to trim down to 210-220lbs. Right now I could probably push 300 once but meh I think anyone who can do 180+ is well off. I was able to squat press 650lbs last year even with my hip have been taken apart for an operation
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    I could when I was 18.

    I lost all my muscle mass these past 3 years ;___;
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  5. #225
    Yes, but I injured my shoulder years ago thanks to terrible form so I no longer try to exceed 150% of my body weight.

  6. #226
    Quote Originally Posted by Clevername View Post
    I seriously doubt marathons runners can't bench their own body weight.

    While you need to have some degree of physical fitness to run a marathon most of it comes to from not quitting and to keep running/jogging/walking through the pain. That comes from mental grit not the strength of your chest.
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  7. #227
    I used to weight around 135kg (around 300lbs) and could bench just that much.
    Now I weight only 115kg (250lbs) (going down and aiming for around 105kg) and I can still lift that 135kg so yeah, a I can lift a bit more than my own weight :P 196cm tall if that matters.

    Though I consider myself VERY weak for my size as far as bench-pressing goes at least... A lot of people bench as much as I do or more while being half my size :P

    IMO You should be able to bench your own weight quite easily unless you are fairly tall and/or overweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clevername View Post
    I seriously doubt marathons runners can't bench their own body weight.
    This depends who you're referring to as "marathon runners". Are you referring to everyone that can or has run a marathon, or only people over a certain speed? There's plenty of good runners that just don't care about lifting weights at all. I'd guess that the typical marathoner can put up their own weight, simply because it's a pretty low requirement, but I'm sure not all of them can.

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    I might could, but that's not saying a whole lot considering I weigh like 135 pounds dripping wet.

  10. #230
    Craker, if you don't realize that Incline DB Press is a compound exercise, just like Bench Pressing... I'm sorry you're lifting period.

    Next, I would argue that the incline bench has a better range of motion for your chest and shoulders vs the flat bench.

    You're just more inclined to love an exercise you're good at vs one you struggle at. However, do a little of your own research before spewing non sense.

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    Sort of cheating here because I used to be a competitive powerlifter/olympic weightlifter, but yes

    Still lifting pretty intensely, but I don't do triples, doubles or singles anymore. Military service wrecked 2 lumbar vertibrae and their dics, left ankle and right shoulder, but I have recently been focusing on max-rep powerlifting events. Squat, bench and deadlift done with a percentage of body weight. It varies by lift and venue, but typically 175-200% BW on squat, 100-125% on bench press, and 200-225% on deadlift. Its a lot more taxing than singles, but my joints don't hate me anymore.

  12. #232
    don't feel too bad if you can't bench your own BW.. Kevin Durant (NBA player for those who don't know) couldn't bench 185lbs and his draft stock went down because of it.. i bet Portland is sorry now for drafting Greg Oden over Durant...

    personally, yes, I can bench my BW
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    Quote Originally Posted by STOYGON View Post
    Craker, if you don't realize that Incline DB Press is a compound exercise, just like Bench Pressing... I'm sorry you're lifting period.

    Next, I would argue that the incline bench has a better range of motion for your chest and shoulders vs the flat bench.

    You're just more inclined to love an exercise you're good at vs one you struggle at. However, do a little of your own research before spewing non sense.
    Flat bench is better for your chest than incline bench. Incline works your shoulders better, but you can do an overhead press and work your shoulders even better than incline.

    The only reason to train primarily incline bench is if you're a football player or someone who needs to push out and up and the same time. I still like adding some incline for variety, but I'll never let it take away from my flat bench or standing press training.

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    I've never tried bench pressing so I suspect I'd do rather poorly regardless of the weight since I have no idea what the proper technique is. That being said, I weigh like 170 pounds, and I'm about 99% sure I can't lift anywhere close to that since I've never been in a gym in my entire life. I think I'm going to start working out soon though, so perhaps this time next year I'll be able to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neazy View Post
    Flat bench is better for your chest than incline bench. Incline works your shoulders better, but you can do an overhead press and work your shoulders even better than incline.

    The only reason to train primarily incline bench is if you're a football player or someone who needs to push out and up and the same time. I still like adding some incline for variety, but I'll never let it take away from my flat bench or standing press training.
    Flat bench is good but decline is better on the chest then flat or incline with a shorter ROM you can lift heavier and it targets more of the pectoral muscles then a flat or incline, Give it a try next cycle it BURNS the chest once you try decline you might prefer it over the other variations since other lifts already cover most of what flat and incline have to offer.

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    Not sure. I weigh 117 lb, but I have never tried to bench more than 45 lb or so (the bar), and that was enough for my muscles to get a workout.

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    I just managed to reach Bodyweight in Bench this week. My weight is now 90kg(was 109kg in January) and I managed to Bench 90kg That day was a good day.

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    Strength is useless, I pity body builders and I think anything past going to the gym to be healthy is a huge waste of time and resources. With that said, I don't know how much 165 lbs is, heaviest things I lift seem to be TV's and air conditioners. Back on topic -the average man not being able to bench his body weight, sure, I live in america though, and fat people with mass seem to be extremely strong based on worlds strongest man competition.

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    I do know that I'm unable to do it, even though I've never tested. But that might mainly because I do not workout either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield View Post
    don't feel too bad if you can't bench your own BW.. Kevin Durant (NBA player for those who don't know) couldn't bench 185lbs and his draft stock went down because of it.. i bet Portland is sorry now for drafting Greg Oden over Durant...

    personally, yes, I can bench my BW
    He's also 11 feet tall and can launch a basketball from beyond the 3 point line without much effort.

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