I Benched 205 lbs Tonight! A Personal Best!!

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    Feb 14, 2009 5:06 AM GMT
    Consider this, just 8 months ago back in June, my bench press was in the 90 lb. range. I have increased my bench by 115 lbs doing nothing more than exercising 6 days a week. My question is, what can I expect from here. My goal is 225 lb by April 1st. I could only bench 205 twice tonight, but I'm getting there. The changes my body has made in the last 8 months is unbelievable. I just wish I had a before and after. Though I'm not cut, I'm getting there quickly. Just thought I'd share. I started cheering to myself in the gym. Got some funny looks but I didn't care.
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    Feb 14, 2009 5:07 AM GMT
    whoah that's solid, amazing mate
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    Feb 14, 2009 5:19 AM GMT
    I attempted 210...but didn't complete a rep. Got about 3/4 of the way up and had to have to have help. Oh well....
  • Arcangel7769

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    Feb 14, 2009 2:44 PM GMT
    That's really great! Congrats! I hit 220 this week. I'm taking a weightlifting class with a great coach in college right now. With a little luck, a lot of hard work and a whole lotta sweat I hope to hit 250 by the end of the semester. It's tough since most of the guys in the class are in their early 20's, but I'm staying in the top 5. Funny thing is, 3 of the other guys are also over 40!

    The workout schedule he has us on is an escalating percentage workout, concentrating on Bench Press, Curl and the Military lift. First off you find your maximum single rep in these 3 lifts, then every week you do a percentage of that for 5 sets, followed by a circuit round. Every week the percentage goes up until you are lifting 5 reps of your original max, then you retest to find your new max and it starts over again. EVERYONE in the class is making really great gains.

    If anyone is interested in the details, drop me a line and I'll be glad to go into more detail.


    Jerry
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    Feb 14, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    Thanks....yeah, my arms are dead this morning/afternoon....like big time. No bench today. ;)
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 14, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    Well that is great to hear, it is not easy working your way up on the bench press. That is one bodybuilding exercise that I have always experienced difficulty in progressing up with the weight along with at least six reps. Granted you could not complete one rep without some help but you still completed the heavy rep regardless. icon_smile.gif