Lifetime bench PR

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Lifetime bench PR

Postby FMJ » Mon May 01, 2017 8:14 am

I hit a raw bench PR of 202.5kg (~ 446lbs)@125kg at a meet this saturday. This has been the first real meet PR in ~1.5-2 years or so. Injuries, lack of training/food/sleep or just life have been getting in the way.

It is nice to know that I can still get stronger and am not completely broken.

Just wanted to say that. It has been awhile.
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby Chris McCarthy » Mon May 01, 2017 8:52 am

Fantastic Job!
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby GTheo » Mon May 01, 2017 10:21 am

Congratulations!
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby Snake Plisken » Mon May 01, 2017 11:14 am

Yessssss Gordo...!
I am betting more to come and in the other lifts as well...!
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby PierreSuter » Tue May 02, 2017 7:40 am

Nice!!
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby BLACKFLAG » Tue May 02, 2017 12:11 pm

that's some huge weight being hoisted man, done in competition as well. Congrats!
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby Jughead » Wed May 03, 2017 12:21 am

And at a Euro meet too, so no "all you bro" inflated numbers.
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby stevein7 » Wed May 03, 2017 3:54 am

Good effort!
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby FMJ » Wed May 03, 2017 4:06 am

Thanks. As always, I appreciate the support.

Squat and DL were nothing to write home about and I did not expect them to be. I was doing a lot of hypertrophy training before and my hip was acting up (just inflammation, nothing bad) for the last two to three weeks so my lower body training was limited to a couple singles.

I got a 265kg SQ (missed 282.5kg) and suspect I was good for roughly 275kg which is ~90% of my all-time best and good enough.
I deadlifted 302.5kg with a bit in the tank so I guess I am capable of about ~92-94% of my best. Also, completely fine with that. You can only be good at something you practice.

The bench was a grinder and certainly not the most pretty lift but it got two white lights. One of the judges said I had a slight downward movement and I guess it is very well possible. I hope to see a video of it soon. It was a happy surprise and I am excited to see how it will progress when I switch to a strength phase in a month or so. It would be nice to hit 210kg someday. We'll see.


Fun fact: I actually out-benchend world champion bench-presser Kevin Jäger and he out-squatted me. It was a strange day.
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby Chris McCarthy » Thu May 11, 2017 10:05 am

FMJ wrote:Fun fact: I actually out-benchend world champion bench-presser Kevin Jäger and he out-squatted me. It was a strange day.


This made me LOL.
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby FMJ » Fri May 12, 2017 7:49 am

Yeah, it certainly was unusual. I cannot get over how much Jäger gets out of his shirt /how seldom he practices raw benching.

So, there is a video of the lift

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1iaD-7HQG0

I have do admit, it looks like a downward movement/ugly circle move thing on the left side. The judges were very lenient. Next time I have to hit it in a more convincing manner.
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby stevein7 » Fri May 12, 2017 8:02 am

Dodgy, but still impressive. Must have been a real effort.
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby Chris McCarthy » Sat May 13, 2017 7:53 am

Being a prick about it I'm surprised you got the start command, too. :0

That being said - and I don't know HOW you even manage to do a one-arm downward circle whilst benching 202.5kg - you've got a lot more in you when you get it all perfect. :)
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby FMJ » Mon May 15, 2017 3:17 am

Thanks, it certainly was a max effort in the purest sense of the word.

The head judge actually talked to me about the press signal afterwards. Apparently he too felt like he did it way too fast (it was his first day as an official judge and to be honest, it just was way too fast) but since I let it rest for a moment afterwards he did not consider it a violation of the spirit of the rule and decided to give me the white light anyway.

So, yeah, that was shady as well.

The downward circle seems a little strange, doesn't it? If you are already pushing with all you got you don't expect the bar to go down and then up again. I wonder how that works.
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Re: Lifetime bench PR

Postby Chris McCarthy » Tue May 16, 2017 2:35 am

I've had it happen on press attempts where one hand wasn't where I wanted it to be...as the bar drifts towards it's "proper" place you find that extra few grams of strength and up it goes again. :)
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