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So blue boarders.... How much ya bench?

  • Bama Boz said... (original post)

    Some big lifts, you compete in the SHW class? Really anyone over 308

    Must have also lifted in USAPL as about the only Fed that tests

    Correct you are sir. There are a couple small local lifting meets in Washington State that test. Also did some APA comps in the past that did seperate testing divisions. I generally hover around 303. Tried a couple times to get to the 270 class, but never had the conviction to do it. Nice lifts yourself there. i am 6'5'', so it makes it a little more difficult to lose a ton of weight and maintain my strength.

    This post was edited by WATROJANFAN 9 months ago

  • rylehm said... (original post)

    I've been lifting for a little while now but max out at 225. Any tips on how to continue to increase that number? I bench 2-3 times a week but seem to have plateaued.

    3 times a week is way to much. i do a heavy day on Monday and do a speed day on Thursday. Also great way to work on stabilization and overall tri power do weighted dips. love them. Great fro volume training and helps avoid injuries. Trt using some speed bands on Thursday with lighter weight to help with overall pop off the botom, and will make a real difference in your lockout strenght. Half reps off of a board can help, but make sure you have an experienced person with you. Mind you these are advanced techniques and training, and with your overall weight lifted may want to wait on it. I recently trained a kid for a competition. Former college FB player who had a max of 315 at around 240. Went to a raw comp and 445. Took him 6 months to get to that. Got lured in by a couple meat heads and now is roiding, so i have nothing to do with him.

    This post was edited by WATROJANFAN 9 months ago

  • WATROJANFAN said... (original post)

    Correct you are sir. There are a couple small local lifting meets in Washington State that test. Also did some APA comps in the past that did seperate testing divisions. I generally hover around 303. Tried a couple times to get to the 270 class, but never had the conviction to do it. Nice lifts yourself there. i am 6'5'', so it makes it a little more difficult to lose a ton of weight and maintain my strength.

    Good stuff, I do the 198 class RAW. Never tried a shirt but curious. Really had a goal to hit 500 clean in a meet but started to mix up my training and didn't want to focus on just bench so much.

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  • WATROJANFAN said... (original post)

    3 times a week is way to much. i do a heavy day on Monday and do a speed day on Thursday. Also great way to work on stabilization and overall tri power do weighted dips. love them. Great fro volume training and helps avoid injuries. Trt using some speed bands on Thursday with lighter weight to help with overall pop off the botom, and will make a real difference in your lockout strenght. Half reps off of a board can help, but make sure you have an experienced person with you. Mind you these are advanced techniques and training, and with your overall weight lifted may want to wait on it. I recently trained a kid for a competition. Former college FB player who had a max of 315 at around 240. Went to a raw comp and 445. Took him 6 months to get to that. Got lured in by a couple meat heads and now is roiding, so i have nothing to do with him.

    Good advice, was doing to same heavy Monday lighter weight more reps on Thursday. Takes so much more time to get in those elite levels and be clean at the same time. Many of the APF meets I was up against juicers but never lost to them and really like beating the guys on juice.

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  • Shirts can definetly take some time to learn how to work it. When i first started i actually lost my top end i couldn't get the weight to my chest at all. Looked like a tool at my first meet with it, so i took it off and went raw. 500 is a big lift for 198. As we get older harder and harder to do it though. Hope you get there. God luck. Alot of strong guys on the Bama board from waht i see. What are you guys drinking down there? You could jsut try a blast shirt not alot of help but really prevents injuries.

    This post was edited by WATROJANFAN 9 months ago

  • Bama Boz said... (original post)

    Good advice, was doing to same heavy Monday lighter weight more reps on Thursday. Takes so much more time to get in those elite levels and be clean at the same time. Many of the APF meets I was up against juicers but never lost to them and really like beating the guys on juice.

    My thought exactly alot of the juicers are to stupid to train the right way. They think that stuff makes them superman and then can't get the correct technique in. Drive sme nuts. Competed win my very first meet at 22, and i was intimidated. Could hear the guys talk about all the junk they took and then blew them up in the meet so since then i have never worried about it. Is funny to watch these guys go from superman one year to jenny crank the next year and always blame it on some bs injury. Oh well.

  • WATROJANFAN said... (original post)

    Shirty can definetly take some time to learn how to work it. When i first started i actually lost my top end i couldn't get the weight to my chest at all. Looked like a tool at my first meet with it, so i took it off and went raw. 500 is a big lift for 198. As we get older harder and harder to do it though. Hope you get there. God luck. Alot of strong guys on the Bama board from waht i see. What are you guys drinking down there?

    Ha, I live in Tampa but there are a few BOL guys that like to lift. PowerHouse gym here has some freaks from a body building aspect but only a few strong guys. There is one guy in town and the only guy to beat me in FL I got to start training with and helped me with technique and training. Pisses me off cause he is 181 and still gets 462+ range, guy is just dam strong. Im into more CF stuff these days and need to be more well rounded athlete with cardio and strength

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  • Bama Boz said... (original post)

    Ha, I live in Tampa but there are a few BOL guys that like to lift. PowerHouse gym here has some freaks from a body building aspect but only a few strong guys. There is one guy in town and the only guy to beat me in FL I got to start training with and helped me with technique and training. Pisses me off cause he is 181 and still gets 462+ range, guy is just dam strong. Im into more CF stuff these days and need to be more well rounded athlete with cardio and strength

    i see, so it is the gator blood that makes all you guys so strong. Lol. No wonder so many florida hs prospects.

  • Bama Boz said... (original post)

    Hard to say without seeing your technique but most people limit themselves by touching to high on chest and elbows are flaired out. I also think 3 times a week is too much, if getting your work in on chest day you should be more sore and need more time to recover. what is your height and weight?

    How much tricep work do you do, most power is in the tri's and not the chest

    Appreciate the help. I'm just under 5'9 and anywhere between 165-170lbs. Like I said before I've been working out for a couple years now (started around 17, I'm 22 now) and while I have been able to gain a lot of muscle, recently I've started trying to tone my body more as opposed to simply bulking up. My bench workout is: 20 reps of 135, 20 reps of 135, 15 reps of 155, 10 reps of 175, 8 reps of 185, 6 reps of 195, 5 reps 205, 3 reps 215, 1 rep 225. I do this because I know the key to toning muscles is repetition, but I'm starting to think that I should go less reps and try higher weight because all those reps tire me out.

    For my triceps I do pulldowns, laying down dumbbell pullovers and dips. What are your favorite tricep workouts?

    This post was edited by rylehm 9 months ago

  • WATROJANFAN said... (original post)

    3 times a week is way to much. i do a heavy day on Monday and do a speed day on Thursday. Also great way to work on stabilization and overall tri power do weighted dips. love them. Great fro volume training and helps avoid injuries. Trt using some speed bands on Thursday with lighter weight to help with overall pop off the botom, and will make a real difference in your lockout strenght. Half reps off of a board can help, but make sure you have an experienced person with you. Mind you these are advanced techniques and training, and with your overall weight lifted may want to wait on it. I recently trained a kid for a competition. Former college FB player who had a max of 315 at around 240. Went to a raw comp and 445. Took him 6 months to get to that. Got lured in by a couple meat heads and now is roiding, so i have nothing to do with him.

    Appreciate the tips!

  • rylehm said... (original post)

    Appreciate the help. I'm just under 5'9 and anywhere between 165-170lbs. Like I said before I've been working out for a couple years now (started around 17, I'm 22 now) and while I have been able to gain a lot of muscle, recently I've started trying to tone my body more as opposed to simply bulking up. My bench workout is: 20 reps of 135, 20 reps of 135, 15 reps of 155, 10 reps of 175, 8 reps of 185, 6 reps of 195, 5 reps 205, 3 reps 215, 1 rep 225. I do this because I know the key to toning muscles is repetition, but I'm starting to think that I should go less reps and try higher weight because all those reps tire me out.

    For my triceps I do pulldowns, laying down dumbbell pullovers and dips. What are your favorite tricep workouts?

    Lotta fkn reps there .. If you're trying to increase your top end weight don't hit anywhere near failure on your earlier sets, or take longer breaks (IMO) - the two power lifters ITT would know better than me

    Either way, if your going for aesthetics, you probably don't need that many reps on the bench alone, split those with other exercises. And don't expect doing higher reps to tone you out, that's not how it works

    This post was edited by agourlay 9 months ago

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  • rylehm said... (original post)

    Appreciate the help. I'm just under 5'9 and anywhere between 165-170lbs. Like I said before I've been working out for a couple years now (started around 17, I'm 22 now) and while I have been able to gain a lot of muscle, recently I've started trying to tone my body more as opposed to simply bulking up. My bench workout is: 20 reps of 135, 20 reps of 135, 15 reps of 155, 10 reps of 175, 8 reps of 185, 6 reps of 195, 5 reps 205, 3 reps 215, 1 rep 225. I do this because I know the key to toning muscles is repetition, but I'm starting to think that I should go less reps and try higher weight because all those reps tire me out.

    For my triceps I do pulldowns, laying down dumbbell pullovers and dips. What are your favorite tricep workouts?

    yes way to many reps if you just want to know your 1rm. Try close grip bench, but only go shoulder width or slightly tighter. Close grip where your ebows are inverted is absurd. One way to increase overall 1rm beench or jsut chest rti strength is to have a strong upper back and delts, stabilization is the key. Work or retracting your scapulas prior to sets. See if you can touch them together and keep them there during your sets. makes a huge difference. i also like inverted dumbell press. Have the dumbells in line with your body rather than opposite direction. Work 3*3 sets this will help with coordiantion and control. Try to incorporate some heavy tri set on the cables followed by using a powerlifting band for reps. Try to force feed reps. Start your workout with heavy core lifts and then increase rep range and sets if needed to help then pump the muscle. Muscle size does not always indicate the strength. Watch powerlifter comapred to bodybuilers. Look at Boz above big guy but not the size of some bodybuilders and alot strong. Work on speed of the lift max effort up and controlled the weight on the way down.

  • I'm about to turn 36. The last time I maxed, I was 20. The last time I was in really good shape, I was probably 23. So now? I'd probably need hemorrhoid surgery after putting up 225. My best ever was 335 when I was 20, and I weighed about 210. I don't remember max reps on 225, but it wasn't really all that impressive. Probably 10-12.

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  • rylehm said... (original post)

    Appreciate the help. I'm just under 5'9 and anywhere between 165-170lbs. Like I said before I've been working out for a couple years now (started around 17, I'm 22 now) and while I have been able to gain a lot of muscle, recently I've started trying to tone my body more as opposed to simply bulking up. My bench workout is: 20 reps of 135, 20 reps of 135, 15 reps of 155, 10 reps of 175, 8 reps of 185, 6 reps of 195, 5 reps 205, 3 reps 215, 1 rep 225. I do this because I know the key to toning muscles is repetition, but I'm starting to think that I should go less reps and try higher weight because all those reps tire me out.

    For my triceps I do pulldowns, laying down dumbbell pullovers and dips. What are your favorite tricep workouts?

    The other guys have already touched on your doing to many reps, if you want to move big weight you have to do big weight. Guys that say I can do 225 for 10 reps so my max is 300 does not really work like that as its a lot different when your under the bigger weight. Many times on my heavy days my lighter sets are just to get the blood pumping and warmed up for the big lifts, maybe after I have hit my big double or single reps then knock out some reps at 315 or 225. I am also the same height but walk around at 200lb. I like already mentioned don't be fooled by the pumped up guys. Most look like tarzan but lift like jane. Ive seen some freaks walk in the gym and barely do anything. I call it all show no go. It is possible to be strong and pool and beach ready at the same time. Good luck

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  • Rocket_Play said... (original post)

    I'm sure this has been posted but let's give it a go here. I don't max out, but can say confidently I'd get 315 with no problem. Way down from when I was 18 or so but not bad for a working man in his 30s. All steroid free of course. What about you blue boarders?

    What about if your wearing your favorite Tap Out T-shirt.....how much could you bench then?