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  1. FastFreddy

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    I will try 295 for 15, 300 for 15 and 305 for 15 in the power cage tomorrow.
     
  2. FastFreddy

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    Started off with 265,275,285,295, and tried 305 but I was already shot. Next time start with 275, 295 then try 300 and maybe 305. Plus I already did 9 other movements first so I had 27 sets in the bag. I was also starting in the down position in the power cage was is different and harder for me.
     
  3. LeeD

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    Ha ha...
    My best is 85 lbs., 10 reps, as a sophmore in high school, 5'1" and 93 lbs.
    That fall, I STARTED for the JV team both ways. Coach wouldn't allow me to play on SophFrosh, and our Varsity team had too many wideouts.
     
  4. onehandbh

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    Freeweight Barbell in cage or smith machine?
    All the way down to chest? Btw, some people
    say going down to chest is bad for your shoulders.
    Do you agree?
     
  5. FastFreddy

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    Power cage

    I have not went all the way down since 1992 since that was when I wrecked my right shoulder in hockey. I am in a power cage with a 45lb bar. I don't like the style of hooks since they are deep and have a funny bend so it's hard to rack and unrack the weight without killing myself.

    Instead I set the slide bars at the bottom of the movement as my starting point. I set my grip so when I am in the bottom positon I have a 90 from my forearm to my upperarm and a 90 from my elbow to my midline. So true never go past parallel to the floor.

    Good way to check the right depth grab a bar and lay on the floor and go as deep until your tricep touches the floor. If u watch powerlifters they have a huge chest short arms and never break parallel. Some only have the bar move 5-6 inches of rom.
     
  6. MikeHitsHard93

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    Last summer benched 255 at 185. Squat 400 and dead lift 445.
     
  7. Fuji

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    That's ridiculous haha.

    I can barely bench 100lbs. Although it's not something I actively work on...

    -Fuji
     
  8. asimple

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    I actually thought I was relatively strong for a tennis player but after this thread feel pretty weak.

    My max was 295 quite a few years ago when I weighed 190 pounds. I rarely had spotting though so I believe I could have done more as I got 2 sets with this and only tried it one time. My goal was 315 but never got there. After many years I am coming back and after quite a bit of work am comfortably doing sets of 8 with 205.

    I am also in the process of attempting to lose weight, and starting to think this is completely counter-productive for tennis as I am adding bulk that is not needed, and strength is really not that important for tennis.
     
  9. JoeR

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    In a previous life, I could bench 3 sets of 10 with 200lbs, and I was able to smash the heck out of a golf ball on the course.

    These days, I'd probably be lucky to get 100lbs up six times in a row... and I'd be lucky to get 150 yards out of a 3 iron, let alone a pitching wedge.
     
  10. charliefedererer

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    Is there something that is stopping you from getting back to lifting?

    Besides the extra power in golf/tennis, did you used to overall feel better about yourself when you were lifting?

    Would you be satisfied if you even only increased your current weight maximum by 20% with a twice a week regimen?


    The reason I ask, is many are busy and feel that they just don't have the time to lift like they used to.

    But most could be significantly stronger than they are currently, without having to make the time commitment they used to, and just realizing that being somewhat stronger is a lot better than nothing.
     
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    Haven't maxed out in a while but I can pump out 12-15 reps of 225. I actually prefer doing different bodyweight exercises now, hindu pushups, spider man pushups, variations on pull ups because I think they assist more in the core region than just benching.

    & to those interested in supplements, I love anything Optimum Nutrition makes whether it's protein, BCAA's, or multis. Great company.
     
  12. JoeR

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    I didn't want to get the thread off-topic, but not only is nothing stopping me these days, I'm actually hitting the gym on alternate days right now...

    I'm looking forward to regaining my long-lost strength, and have already dropped over 10lbs in the last month.

    Slow and steady has been my plan, and it's already paying off.
     
  13. charliefedererer

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    ^^^ Good for you. Great going!
     
  14. FastFreddy

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    New Pr

    Today I benched 285 for 20 reps first time free weight. I next did 300 for 15 reps and was cooked after that. Next week on Tuesday I will try 305.
     
  15. Relinquis

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    oh. aggassi. cool. yeah, he's pretty bulky for a tennis player. especially his chest.
     
  16. FastFreddy

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    Really

    He is only 5'10 3\4 just like me but he is listed as 5'11 @ 170-180. He is not even close to being bulky he is more ripped then huge. You have to see me on the court 5'10 3/4 205-215. People say I look like a rugby football player on the court I say no a hockey player playing tennis.
     
  17. VeeSe

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    I can maybe bench 100 lbs or 110 lbs a couple times.
     
  18. FastFreddy

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    Started with 275 then lifted 305 new PR and gave 315 a shot but only got 8 reps since I already done 32sets.
     
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  19. Head Pegger

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    Bench- 225
    Powerclean-225
    Squat- around 315
    Age 17
    Weight 190
     
  20. onehandbh

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    I'm pretty skinny (a little over 182cm & 75kg), so if I only go until my
    forearm & upper arm form 90 degrees, the bar would be pretty far from my chest.
    Just getting back into working out again since I haven't been able to play much tennis
    awhile now.

    32 sets?! of bench presses?

    Yesterday I did 135 for 18 reps. Was pooped after this so just did one
    more set of 135 for 11. Am I lazy?
    (I'm onl
     
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  21. FastFreddy

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    32 sets of other workout movements. I only do 3 sets for reps. Then do 3 sets for triples , doubles and singles. Bar depth depends on a lot of things like u said your chest size and arm length. Plus I already have had shoulder 2 times on each shoulder. So no more no school touch the bar with your chest. Tomorrow I will try 315 for 12 reps!!
     
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  22. Andyroddickfan

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    What was the highest level of hockey you played? O? The Q? AAA? Drafted?
     
  23. FastFreddy

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    level

    Junior A. What is O and Q?
     
  24. maggmaster

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    Quebec major junior hockey league?
     
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    hockey

    I was the first line LD for the Junior "A" Flyers. I got scouted by 5 OHL teams and 2 Quebec JR A teams and 2 D-1 schools.
     
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  26. Andyroddickfan

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    O= ohl. Why didn't you go to the o? Injury? Skill? Junior a is solid. Which flyers? Canadian or American?
     
  27. FastFreddy

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    what happened

    I Played JR A in the States my JR A team dropped to JR B so last years team would not release my rights. I sat out 2 months came back got hurt so I missed a full season. Got scouted by 7 OHL teams that summer in Canada and 2 D-1 scouts wanted to come down to watch me but I was done playing JR due to injury and contract dispute.
     
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  28. T1000

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    Good job on getting the bench up dude. I've been out of the gym the past week and out this coming week too. Mono, flu, strep throat, a real fun combination to have. Not going hard in the gym again until March 12, gotta finish out intramural 5v5 coed and mens bball leagues then spring break. Need the rest too, my cns is fried from the heavy lifting
     
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    ^^^^^Or you could help get us out of this d@mn snow, that was a workout today:). I believe you're hometown got hit hard too.
     
  30. FastFreddy

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    Friday benched 285 for 15 then 315 for 12 and last set 225 for 38 reps. The NFL record is 51 reps wow!!!
     
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  31. onehandbh

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    I can barely do more than 38 pushups.
     
  32. FastFreddy

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    bench

    I seen a 135 pound dude do 20 reps at 225 pounds then again he was juiced. Also another 138 pound dude do 365 one rep juiced.
     
  33. maggmaster

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    I did 23 reps at 225 when I weighed 178. I am short and have short arms.
     
  34. onehandbh

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    Only juice I use is drinking fruit juice and passion fruit green
    tea boba drinks.
    I am 182cm with i would guess normal length arms
    for my height. My arm span is a little more than my
    height and useful as a human measuring stick because
    it is close to one meter / 6 feet.

    Thinking of seeing how many reps 225 i can do, But i'll
    need a strong spotter as it would be a partial rep.
    (e.g. 1/8 of one rep, or 0/8 of one rep)
     
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  35. snoopy

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    Going from benching 135 to trying a rep at 225 isn't a good idea.
     
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    I second what Snoopy says. There's really no point in doing that I feel like. Work your way up to it! It will also feel a lot better when you accomplish it!
     
  37. onehandbh

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    Actually, my post was supposed to be sarcastic.
    225 would be nutty professor.
     
  38. FastFreddy

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    lifting while sick

    Got in one workout this week since I got the flu last Sunday shaking hands? Yesterday I benched 265 for 15 275 for 15 then 225 for 28. Ran 8.0 for 20 mins and called it a day.
     
  39. NickC

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    I can do 3 reps at 135 on the flat, and on the decline I put up around 115 for 3 sets of 10 reps, and on the incline I put up about the same as the decline.
     
  40. FastFreddy

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    question

    How much do u weigh?
     
  41. Rickson

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    Nick, you need to bring those numbers up.
     
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    Back in the highschool days I maxed out with one rep at 275 pounds I believe. I focus more on reps and supersets now. I go heavy on other body parts though. For chest, I rarely have a spot and don't want to get hurt. I work up to 185 maybe, but more often like 165 on bench. Superset with dips.

    I am 5' 7'' and about 150.
     
  43. NickC

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    128 pounds, I'm 5'9-5'10-ish.

    I'm working on it.
     
  44. sabala

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    Thoughts on my bench routine from you benching pros ...:)

    So when I bench, I'll do a warm up, 3 sets of the same weight and a cool down. Strech and rest a few mins between reps.

    Warm up/cool down is always at least 10 reps of 145lbs,(can get to 20 or 30 reps). I'll start at a weight of say, 185lbs and I'll do 3 sets of 5 to start but maybe I'll get 3 or 4 reps the last 2 sets.

    I stay with that 185lbs and after 2 or 3 months I will be doing 3 sets of 10 reps. Once I can do 3 sets of 10 (with no spot), I go up in weight 20lbs to 205lbs. Now I start back with 3 sets of 5 again and stay with it, again, until I can do 3 sets of 10. Again I'll move up 20lbs to 225lbs and the reps drop back down again.

    This process will repeat depending on how much I hit the gym but the most I ever got up to was 3 sets of 5 at 275 and a single max of 300, (shoulda just tried 3 plates!)

    I am 5' 9" - was about 170 or 175 at strongest (some years ago). Right now I'm like 155lbs and not working out though :(
     
  45. Itagaki

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    If it works for you then stick with it. Personally i'd say this is too slow in terms of progression and I think you're overcomplicating it with so many factors. (moving from 3x5 to 3x10 without any description of how you get there is what gets me)

    A plan i've seen that is similar and perhaps a bit faster would go like this.

    Starting Point 185lbs 3x5

    Do two sets of 5 and on the last set go for reps. If you get at least 8, the next time you bench press do 190lbs in the same way (2x5, 1xF). This is a more strength oriented approach though.

    In this way, if all goes well then you get to the next block of your method (205lbs 3x5) in about 4 bench press sessions as opposed to months.

    Once again though, if it ain't broke, don't fix it
     
  46. tennisnut123

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    lol funniest meathead thread yet, gotta love it
     
  47. Rickson

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    Sabala, 2 things I'd change in your routine. Don't stretch in between sets unless it's dynamic stretching, and stop doing so many reps. If I wish to max out at let's say 315, I'll do 5 reps with 135, 4 at 225, 2 at 275, and a single at 315. You're wasting too much energy by doing all those reps.
     
  48. onehandbh

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    My friend can do 10 knee pushups at weight of 47 kg.
    What would her approximate max bench be?
     
  49. onehandbh

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    Okay. Just did 170 for 8 reps.
    btw, is there a point in going lower reps for someone that struggles just
    to maintain their weight?
     
  50. sabala

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    Basically, over time as I get stronger, I'm able to do more reps per set. It sorta evolved from high school when I worked out with the football team after school. They did a warm up, 5 sets of 5 on bench - increasing weight each set - and a cool down. So when I got outta high school and joined a gym, my 5 sets started to include warm up and cool down with 3 sets of doing same weight.



    Just curious... any particular reason for not stretching, (nope, not doing dynamic stretchies btw)? I'll also "shake out" my arms and massage triceps in between too to loosen up between sets. Takes up a lot of time though - about 20 mins to get through bench routine.

    Also, for rest - I typically go 2 days rest between workout, then after a month or so I might take 4 days rest or only 1 day rest between workout. Seems like if I go 5 days between workout I come back weak and lost strength?

    Thanks for the advice guys, it's been awhile since I went to the gym, (I can check on 24Hour Fitness site how long it's been but I'm afraid to look, lol) so probably a good time to try out something new -
     

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