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Old 08-29-2008, 12:50 PM   #86
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Originally Posted by r2473 View Post
Here are some standards. This may help you determine how you are doing. I am pretty much an "intermediate" on all the exercises. My goal is to be "advanced" in about 18 months.
Those are good, though they aren't age adjusted. On the other hand, once you get married, have kids, a job, a mortgage, and two car payments your bench press numbers look inconsequential.

After all the excitement of this thread I decided to do a serious bench set today at the gym. I got on the Smith Machine (yeah, that's a little cheating) with some high school kids. I warmed up first on the Vertical Press Machine, hitting 170 x 12 at the third set. Then I benched with the 'boys' on the Smith Machine. One set at 200 x 4, then one attempted set at 215, which resulted in failure. I re-set after about 5 minutes of rest and cranked out two reps at 215. I thought for sure I was going to blow out my 'iffy' right shoulder on the third rep attempt, but I quickly quit on it. Rested, with a more abbreviated warmup-I did a 5 set warmup-I might hit 225.

Not bad though for an old skinny guy. I hope my Team Tennis team doesn't make me play #1 doubles tomorrow! I'm sore already....

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