Agassi benches 300 pounds

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  1. hewittfan3

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    this is so hard for me to believe. He does not look like he could but this is what i have heard
     
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  2. Ocean Drive

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    Why doesn't it looks like he could?

    Anyway, it isn't a massively huge amount of weight.

    For a tennis player it might be quite a lot...
     
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    Agassi is definitely strong, not hard to believe. 300 is not that huge, people are doing 5,6, or 700 as body builders. I think for the NFL combine they push a weight like 2 or 300 lbs as many times as they can, and even putting up 20 some reps is not considered very special. Agassi worked very hard on his fitness and conditioning, probably more than almost every pro tennis player. I could bench about 200 back in highschool and I didnt even work on it that much then or now.
     
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    It's a good number, most people would never guess it when they look at Agassi though. Tonlars I believe at the combine it's 225 as many times as possible, I think Casey Hampton did 34 reps this year. I didn't know Andre could bench that much either, but the top competitors in any sport are usually athletic freaks.
     
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  5. hewittfan3

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    yeah...i mean obviously 300 isnt much for like a bball player or football player or especially a weightlifter but i dont think many tennis players can pull that off
     
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  6. Hedges

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    Also, short arms makes it easier to bench press.
     
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    I was benching 250 in high school and never considered myself close to having Agassi's build. I actually heard that he could bench press 350. I knew a couple guys benching 300+ who didn't look all that big.
     
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    yeah, i think it is 225, and i think that igor olshansky of the chargers put it up over 50 times. i think tiger woods can also bench 300+. i have no doubts that tiger or agassi or any top notch athletes are probably incredibly talented in other sports as well.
     
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    the bench press is not the only way to measure strength
     
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    Do you think the UFC figher Tank Abbot looks like he could bench 600 lbs?

    It's been a long time, but if my memory serves right, UFC showed a clip of him benching 600 lbs. Well, he still can't defend himself against an arm bar but that's another story.
     
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    One doesn't have to look strong to be strong. I was messing around once on the flat bench and decided to press 3 plates on each side (315 lbs.). I had no spotter and pressed 1 rep pretty easily. My buddy, Gus, who is 6'2 and 240 lbs. decided to give it a shot. Gus gets the bar up around 4 inches above his chest and I could see that he could go no further after about 3 seconds so I pulled the bar back up. Gus' friend decided to give 315 a try and he never got the bar off his chest. Luckily, I'm a strong spotter so I hoisted the bar up before any damage was done. My point is that here's this little guy of 185 lbs. putting up 315 while this big 240 pounder couldn't do it. You don't have to look strong to be strong.
     
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    not that i don't believe you, but i'd like to see it too.
     
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    I'll post a video of me doing 275. I was shooting for 3 plates that day, but I felt a pinch in my shoulder during 275 so I stopped there. BTW, what does your mom put in the kim bop?
     
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    How much ya bench?

    Anyone remember that sketch, SNL early 90s?
    Barrel-chested guys with stick legs and loose pj bottoms with the tiger stripes?
     
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    ROFL those were the zoombas pants or whatever and that was a funny skit.


    I don't know if he can still put up that kind of weight now, but I'd definitely believe it back when he was still on tour.
     
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    Anyone can bench 300+. I was doing it in my mid 20's - I weighed a lean 205lb back then.

    I did a few things.

    1. Start doing squats, deadlifts, and dips.

    2. For your working sets start with a weight you can do comfortably 3-6 times then increase the poundage by 2.5 pounds every week no matter what.

    3. Lift heavy!! Lifting heavy is 70% mental. The first time you lift 275-300lb, your brain says OH @#$! this is heavy. And you psyche yourself out.

    I started lifting in a smith rack/squat rack it gave me the safety net my mind needed to to allow me to go heavy.

    4. Practice the lock out, Locking your elbows.

    There ya go easy :)
     
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  18. hewittfan3

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    yeah i guess u dont have to look that big to bench a lot. It would have been a little harder to believe if he could curl 150 pounds. Now you have to be able to see some bicep if u can curl that much
     
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    :) I guess anythings possible but I've never seen anyone attempt to curl 150LB. But yeah I'm thinkig your biceps and back would be huge. Hardest part would be not tipping forward I think :)
     
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    I've been hearing this forever. Some people are much stronger than they look. Heard Agassi is a bit of a strength freak.

    More amazing is that Bruce Lee was said to be able to bench 300.
     
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    Benchpress is irrelevant especially today when chemistry does miracles...
     
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    Bruce Lee did 300? I wonder if that is true. I'll ask my
    friend next time I talk to her. Her dad was one of the four
    instructors personally certified by Bruce.
     
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    It is easier for smaller guys with smaller arms to bench press as they don't have to extend their arms as far at the point of releasing the bar.

    Impressive nevertheless, considering his weight. :)
     
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    It's a good amount of weight don't get me wrong, but it's completely obtainable.

    ZERO "chemistry" required. I did a quick search on you tube for bench press. And there were probably a dozen videos of random dudes benching from 300-325lb.

    None of them were "BIG", except one kid that was fat but thats not the same.
     
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    how do you know what kim bop is in the first place?
     
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    yeah thats really good for someone that little. But still bball players work out and lift weights as a part of practice to get stronger.. Lifting weights is not a big part of tennis. It can even be bad for tennis if you lift to much weights
     
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    Just saw Agassi hitting with Hewitt in Las Vegas. He was wearing a tight, sleeveless shirt and he looked like he has put on some serious bulk (still very fit, though). I wouldn't be surprised if he could put up more than 300.
     
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    It wouldn't surprise me at all, if you spend anytime at a gym one of the first things you'll realize that someone's strength doesn't really have anything to do with how they look. There are people walking around that would really surprise you.
     
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    I would actually be more surprised if Bruce Lee couldn't do more weight. That man was a genetic freak.
     
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    Genetic freak? I never thought of Bruce Lee as that.

    He was what, 5 foot 6? 120 lbs? Even when he bulked up the most, I don't think he weighed any more than 140 lbs.

    I would contribute most of his physical prowess to his hard work. If he could indeed bench 300 lbs, that just speaks volumes about his work ethic.
     
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    Surprised no one mentions Tiger Woods 300+# bench presses.
     
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    Anyone know how much Nadal can do? Would be cool to know. Taking a guess that his max would probably be 350 lbs. :D
     
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    Standard kimbahp things: rice, carrot, radish, egg, ground beef (sometimes artificial crab) with a seaweed outside. I wouldn't take it over some sushi rolls, but it's pretty good.

    Bruce Lee did more impressive things than bench over 300lbs. The two finger push up and his sheer striking quickness is quite a feat. When you have to slow down film in order to capture his punches, we're going into extraordinary bounds
     
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    well tiger woods has big arms and u can tell that he can bench that much
     
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    Have you seen his 1 inch punch?
    Omg... That was scary.
     
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    yeah his 1 inch punches are amazing. If you guys havnt seen his movies I would go see them if i were you. I recommend enter the dragon and the fist of fury
     
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    I think Return of the Dragon was the best....legendary fight b/t Bruce and Chuck at the end. He looked the best in this and Enter the Dragon. Mind you, the actors in all his movies are pretty low class, but if you're watching Bruce Lee flicks for the acting, you're in the wrong genre
     
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  39. slice bh compliment

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    What? I watch Bruce Lee films for the acting.
    When you get a chance, you must check out Terms of Endearment for the fight scenes. Shrek for the love scenes. And Finding Forester for the action.
     
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    and don't forget "Dude, Where's my Car?" for the drama, "Dude, Where's my Car?" for the action, "Dude, Where's my Car?" for the story, and "Dude, Where's my Car?" for the comedy.
     
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    Joel Osteen, the skinny preacher can bench 300lbs too. It was on 60 minutes
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    http://youtube.com/watch?v=KEsimWJjg9g
    Skip to 5:15 on the youtube video to see him bench the 300 (twice his body weight)
     
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  42. scotus

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    Impressive. But it was on a Smith Machine, though.
     
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    ^ Jesus is his spotter.
     
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    Oprah has big arms and bet she can only bench two hams and a turkey.
     
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    nevermind, picture is not showing up...
     
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    haha u know what i mean... and yeah return of the dragon was a really good movie. Have you seen Game Of Death where he fights Kareem Abdul Jabar. Now thats a good fight scene
     
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    That was done on a Smith machine and he had the plates on backwards.
     
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    Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a 'hott' new tee shirt slogan.

    Great line. Man, you're on a roll this weekend.
     
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    haha I could totally see that on a t-shirt
     
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