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I Can Bench Press 275 Pounds? What? [Apr. 20th, 2012|11:26 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Today was max day at the gym... basically, the day when you "max out" on the weights... seeing how much you can lift to determine what weights one should work out with.

I started on bench press with my usual weight - twelve reps. I had only been doing 135 pounds for my workout weight, because that's all that I thought I could work out with successfully. So I did my set, and then I started the max. I bumped it up to 185 pounds, thinking that would be tough and about the max I could do. I was able to do 185. Then, I tried 205. I was able to get that. Finally, I went up to 225 pounds (two 45-pound plates on either end, plus the 45-pound bar.) I surprisingly was able to do two reps of 225 lbs., and I stood up and sat there staring... thinking that would be my max...

...at that point, another gym member asked me if I needed a spotter. I said "sure, I guess..." thinking that I might as well try to do more if I had help... but 225 was pretty tough, and I was just amazed I could do that - I hadn't lifted that much weight since freshman year of college when I was training for baseball team tryouts. But, with a spotter, I decided to try anyway.

I put two 10-pound plates on either side of the bar to go to 235 lbs. (matching my all-time record.) Surprisingly, I was able to do three reps fluidly! I asked the spotter what he worked out with, and he said he usually worked out with about 360 lbs. I was impressed... It's amazing how one performs better when surrounded by people better at that than oneself...

I then decided to go for 250 pounds (nice round number, I figured.) I did three reps with little problem. I then thought about going to 265, but my spotter had confidence that I could "slap a 25 on there and still do it". Meaning, put 25-lb. plates on either side of the dual 45-pound plates. For a weight of 275 pounds. I was skeptical, but his confidence was... morphing me...

...and after that first gut-wrenching rep at 275 lbs., when I locked out at the top of the rep, I was truly surprised at the new strength I'd found... I did two more reps, the third a major struggle, but no spotter assistance needed... and I felt more sure of myself than I have in a long, long time...

...so I decided to try 285 pounds (my current body weight is 282 lbs., and being able to bench my body weight has long been a psychological hurdle for me.) When we put the 285 pounds on, my spotter did eight quick reps at that weight... making it look so easy... but then it was my turn...

...I lifted the weight off of the bar, lowered it to my chest... and got it... halfway up... before it stopped moving... I strained... and the weight started dropping... dropping... my spotter had to help me finish the rep... so it was unsuccessful at 285.

Still... my max was 275 pounds... I was in disbelief... I had bench pressed 275 pounds three times... I know that's a piece of cake for many, and that's not even my body weight... but that's at least 50 pounds more than I ever thought I'd be able to bench...

...and all it took was someone standing there telling me I could do it. Think about that. Your support alone can inspire someone to do things they never thought they could.

Be a beacon of positivity in someone's life today!
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[User Picture]From: chakawolf
2012-04-21 05:17 am (UTC)
275 pounds _free_ weights?

Fuck!

Guess I'll be calling you _Mr._ Tiger from now on . . .
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[User Picture]From: sonious
2012-04-21 02:37 pm (UTC)
But if you were spotted you'd be a leopard, not a tiger.
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[User Picture]From: flamedryad
2012-04-21 03:09 pm (UTC)
Look into getting a copy of the 4-hour body
it will help whatever your gym goal is.
good luck

Edited at 2012-04-21 03:09 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: branwyn
2012-04-22 11:07 am (UTC)
Awesome!

I've been thinking I should shake up my gym routine. I never work with max weights or even push myself that much to increase weight... but I also have had a trouble staying consistent (I haven't worked out once in the past week, and haven't been at it regularly for months now) so it's hard to make progress when you're constantly just catching up.

Maybe a change will help get me back to it. You've also made me start to wonder if I can bench my own weight. :)

Anyhoo, well done and keep gettin' sexier, tiger. :)

B.
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[User Picture]From: puilgularz
2014-01-07 08:18 am (UTC)
Уважаемый талантлив
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