|Turns out I can't bench 275 pounds... but still...
||[Apr. 21st, 2012|07:55 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
...so after doing some research online, it turns out that I wasn't actually benching 275 pounds yesterday.
I was using what is called a Smith machine (of course the gym at work is not going to allow us to do heavy weights just freeweight lol). The bar on the Smith machine does weigh 45 pounds by itself. However, the machine uses a pulley system and counterweights for the bar. Based on what I've been reading online, the bar on the Smith machine should only count for 10 pounds, maybe 15 pounds, when calculating total weight lifted (definitely not 45 pounds).
Still... that means I benched either 240 pounds or 245 pounds yesterday... which is still an all-time personal best. And I still wouldn't have been able to do it without the spotter there telling me that I could.
So the moral of the story does not change at all. =^_^=