How much do you bench?

  • Teacherguy

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    Jun 20, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    So when someone asks you how much you can bench press do you just tell them just the weight that is on the bar or do you also include the weight of the bar?
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    Jun 20, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    include the bar....it aint lifting itself!

    but isnt comparing press weight a straight thing?
  • Teacherguy

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    Jun 20, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    i wasn't comparing.....just straight people do ask these things...
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    Jun 20, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    Teacherguy saidi wasn't comparing.....just straight people do ask these things...


    I knew it! ... icon_lol.gif
  • Teacherguy

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    Jun 20, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    well ok then i'm at 165 lbs thats 3 sets of 8-10...i would like to find a good spotter so that i could do more because right now i workout on my own
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    Jun 21, 2008 12:46 AM GMT
    I do not max out. I lost some strength from all the running im doing so I just maintain 225-265. I think the most I benched was 285 without a spotter. That was a while ago. However I did come in first my gyms benchpress competition.
  • TexanMan82

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    Jun 21, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    I mainly work out with dumbbells, so I don't really have an answer when someone asks me. I think maxing out is stupid anyway, real good way of getting a hernia.

    Remember gentlemen, it's not necessarily how much you lift, it's how much your muscles think you are lifting.
  • Nef_Pop

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    Jun 21, 2008 5:02 AM GMT
    Caslon4000 said
    but isnt comparing press weight a straight thing?


    haha gay people don't do that to? icon_sad.gif lol well even though you answered the thread question already, I'm really happy with how much I've put up lately so I'm just going to say 4 sets, 8-10 reps of 135 (with no help for the first time today actually) icon_smile.gif and for being a little twinky asian who weighs 127lbs that felt pretty good to FINALLY be able to use the 45 lbs weights on each side icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 21, 2008 5:08 AM GMT
    beachbum248 said[quote][cite]Caslon4000 said[/cite]
    but isnt comparing press weight a straight thing?


    haha gay people don't do that to? icon_sad.gif lol well even though you answered the thread question already, I'm really happy with how much I've put up lately so I'm just going to say 4 sets, 8-10 reps of 135 (with no help for the first time today actually) icon_smile.gif and for being a little twinky asian who weighs 127lbs that felt pretty good to FINALLY be able to use the 45 lbs weights on each side icon_biggrin.gif[/quote]

    yay for the asian guys. icon_smile.gif i have surpassed my goal, that is to press my weight. i am now at 180. that's 2 45 plates on each side. and it doesn't include the weight of the bar obvs.

    and it's 3 sets of 6 reps.
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    Jun 21, 2008 5:11 AM GMT
    You're about 45 pounds over your bodyweight; most barbells are 45 lbs.
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    Jun 21, 2008 5:24 AM GMT
    Caslon4000 saidinclude the bar....it aint lifting itself!
    LOL icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 21, 2008 5:28 AM GMT
    I ask them bitches how much they squat icon_evil.gif Why is it always bench? Oh but yeah you freaking include the bar......but stupid not to!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 21, 2008 5:33 AM GMT
    however much I can do 20 reps with...maybe 120 + the bar. I don't believe in heavy weights, I think # of reps is more important...and form.
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    Jun 21, 2008 6:05 AM GMT
    On bench - I usually do three sets of ten or twelve. The bars at my club are conventional 45 lb. bars. I start with an easy set of 10 at 135 lbs. Then, another set at 175 lbs. and finally one last set at 185 lbs. I rest less than one minute between sets. I also do three sets of nine other lifts - but that's another thread!

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    Jun 21, 2008 6:35 AM GMT
    I always bench after meals.
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    Jun 21, 2008 11:16 AM GMT
    I think that when someone asks you how much you bench they are asking what is the heaviest possible weight you can lift, not the amount that you train with.

    I don't even know what the heaviest possible weight I can bench is; I'm too afraid of getting hurt to try to max out. That's a game for young, stupid meatheads.
  • DiverScience

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    Jun 21, 2008 1:39 PM GMT
    Chizzad saidI ask them bitches how much they squat icon_evil.gif Why is it always bench? Oh but yeah you freaking include the bar......but stupid not to!


    That's always what *I* ask. But that's 'cause I hurt my shoulder and am still recovering. Can bench a little more than I weigh. I can SQUAT more than 2.5 times what I weigh (365).

    Squats are fun.
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    Jun 21, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
    I can bench 160 not much compared to other guys but hey it's way more then 100% my body weight.
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    Jun 21, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    I can bench my weight and that's pretty much all I ever wanted to be able to do. If I'm able to tack on another 30 lbs or so, I'll probably stop there.

    Have a massive chest ain't gonna do much for me in my next duathlon! Now squats on the other hand...
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    Jun 26, 2008 7:27 AM GMT
    I can put up 180 three times, including the bar in the weight. I weigh 150 so i dont think thats too bad.

    I also know that 'maxing out' can fuck you up if you dont warm up right. I've seen quite a few of my dumb-ass str8 friends do this in hs and college and hurt themselves, but im sure us gays arent any better. One tried to do it without a spot when no one was around, he couldnt rock it off and had to roll it over his balls. It hurt him pretty bad, but he prob deserved it.
  • justinlee86

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    Jun 26, 2008 7:29 AM GMT
    I am with Chizzad...I ask how much someone squats...thats when most realize they dont squat!!!!
  • cowboyathlete

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    Jun 26, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    Chizzad saidI ask them bitches how much they squat icon_evil.gif Why is it always bench? Oh but yeah you freaking include the bar......but stupid not to!
    LMAO you read my mind! "Shut up and squat!"
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    Jun 26, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    If some dude ever asks me how much I bench, I'm going to stick with my standard reply...


















    "Your mom."

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    Jun 26, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    100 kilograms on a good day.
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    Jun 26, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    I can't remember the last time someone asked me. I don't bench, strictly speaking. I use dumbbells for that kind of pressing movement.

    Others have responded here with whether to include the bar (yes) and how much it weighs (45lbs for an olympic barbell). But some folks press using a Smith Machine. In that case, the bar probably weighs much less--it's 14lbs at my gym--because it's attached to cables that are attached to counterbalances.