I could do that, hold my beer
OT - Texas HS Senior Benches 700lbs
I'll pass it on to the next guy, holding my Oberon right now.
Not sure if the .gif will work so here is the link to the OP
They add all the reps together, right?
Damn... He be makin ALLLLLLL KIIIIIIIIIINNNDDSS OF GAINS!!!
All KINDS MAN ALL KIIINDS
Guys, that is way too much weight. Y'all are gonna SNAP YO SHIT UP. If you're 6'2" or 6'3" and have long arms and try this, snap city playa. SNAP SNAP.
lol, how are the three of us not up voted more???
Not bad at all.
I know it says he doesn't juice in the article, but it's really hard to believe that he's not.
If you have to tell people you're not an alcoholic, you're probably an alcoholic.
Professionals workout their entire lives to hit goals like this...this kid is just developing and is already beating pro records set by fully developed adults? It's obvious that there had to be something artificial going on here... 5 fakes out of 5. He did it, but not without "aid." Sorry kid
True but he is wearing a benching shirt. His raw bench is going to be much less but still way more than any other HSer out there.
Didn't necessarily look like a high school kid tho
Deer antler spray?
That was my first thought. There is no way.
But will that get him laid? Probably not.
in Texas it will
and he got a 72 on the ACT...?
pfft...he was probably using a shirt
Pfft, I know, right? Probably could only bench 135 without a bench shirt.
Maybe on a good day.
Heard a man lift a car off another person to get them out from underneath. Must have been adrenaline or something.
the kid weighs around 700, I will be less than impressed, and not surprised either. I mean it is Texas we are talking about.
That is..impressive, no doubt. I do wonder what that man-child can lift without the "bench-press shirt"? 600lbs, 650lbs?! Any olympic lifters out there have an idea?
(Also, jeebus, to bench that much one has to have a chest the size of a walrus. I'd be able to add 100lbs to my bench if I was only to lower the bar 5 inches. I don't mean that as an insult, more an observation).
To me, it is not so much the distance that he moved the weight, it was that it appears that his elbow didn't even bend 90 degrees. That being said, it is still impressive, but he did not bench 700lbs in my book.
So I guess a qualifying lift means your elbows must bend 90 degrees? Hmm, I guess I'll have to relay that to the powerlifting rules committee. I guess they don't go by your book.
Training with gear is a whole different sport than raw lifting. You have to know how to use a shirt to get anything out of it. Plus, you end up training a ton of lock out stuff since the shirt doesn't do crap at the top end of the lift.
And yes, the whole point of powerlifting is to find the most advantageous way to move the most weight. That's why you see a lot of guys with big arches in order to lessen the ROM. Make no mistake though, this guy is also probably a serious raw bencher as well.
I wonder if this kid knows there's a heart attack in his future. Probably before the age of 35.
PS. When he grunted all I could see was Jon Belushi. Made me laugh.
Whats his height and weight? Imagine him playing center..omfg...offer now please..funk can teach technique..right? Lol
Just because he can bench 700 lbs, doesn't mean he would be any good at football.
I powerlift. I'm 5'7" and 165. I run a 4.74 40m on the laser. Please, tell me again how we can't move...
Also, I guess you don't think any other athletes use steroids either?
165 lbs is pretty normal for a 5'7" non-power lifter.
Does he even lift?
My God. Does he look like this??
Christ. That cannot be real. Please tell me it's not.
The only way to bag a classy girl is to give her two tickets to the gun show...
Juiced or not, thats unbelievable for anyone to bench 700 lbs.
Article says the record is over 1000 pounds... What?
Mike Martin benching 500 at 4 reps is more impressive to me. Especially to be athletic and not a fat midgot. Plus his arms are more than 3 inches long.
Yeah, those damn midgots!
What in the world is a bench press shirt?? How can a shirt possibly help you bench more?
Also, a spotter just seems utterly useless if you're trying to lift that much...
They've been known to add a hundred to a couple hundred pounds to a person's bench when used properly. No, I don't know how they work.
Also, per powerlifting standards, there are three spotters in an attempt. One behind the bench, and one per side.
I know that a major component of the bench shirt is that it stores/loads a lot of the energy involved in lowering the weight and then releases it when the person lifts, assisting with the lift. Basically, a big rubberband that helps you push the weight up (otherwise, you would lose that energy as the bar lowered).
Speaking of absurd powerlifting feats:
From the standpoint of ratio of bodyweight to weight lifting, pulling 715 lbs at 165 lbs BW is INSANE.
The guy moved the bar all of 3 inches... I'm 6'6" and when I do a bench, the thing moves almost 2 feet... Show me a guy bench 700 pounds for somewhere in the middle, say one foot and i'll be impressed.
Exactly, b/c if you were that guy, you'd be able to bench even more than 700lbs...
This is a common excuse people give for why they're weaker than someone who weighs less. Proportionally, I'm sure you're similar to him (lever length wise), however, some people have different length ratios that are sub/optimal for bench, squat or deads.
an Internet girlfriend who recently died?
why would anyone want there body to look like that ? hes a stuby kid. Granted hes very very very strong but its just not practical mass. And not to mention hes so fat and huge he barely had to bring the bar down before he was on his way back up.
He's wearing a single ply bench press shirt. I'm no gear expert but it looks like a Katana. Depending on how much you train in the gear, you can probably get 150-250 pounds out of one, especially if you are able to touch the bar below your sternum as he did.
It's impressive; no doubt, but the open age single ply bench press record for his weight class is north of 800. Only two people have ever bench pressed 700 pounds without a shirt in competition, Big James Henderson and Scot Mendelson. And Scot has done north of 1000 pounds with a shirt on.
You're right on about the bench shirt adding serious weight to a one-rep max. Cool story bro: I actually lifted with the guy that holds the "clean" NC bench press record (no shirt) and he was doing reps with 600. It was impressive as hell. (And when I say "lifted with" I basically mean watched.)
It's funny how completely ignorant most of the comments on this thread are. "He's a midgot", "why would you ever want to look like that", "It's Texas", "Powerlifters can't run 200 yards", amongst other idiotic comments. I assume mostly people who have probably never heard of single ply, double ply, squat briefs, and knee wraps, let alone been under a bar.
The kid has a fairly impressive equipped bench for that age. When I saw the title, I immediately though BS because I (stupidly) assumed it was a raw bench. All in all, nice lift.
Whale bone spray?
Powerlifting is the sport for kids too fat to be on the bowling team.
It is impressive, but as others have noted 700 pounds even with a bench shirt seems pretty unlikely for a 17-year-old naturally. But even if that isn't the case, the fact he moved that bar about 6 inches to do it kind of diminishes a lot of these "huge lifts bra" that get posted on the Internet. You watch those world strongest men competitions and they lift cars and throw kegs over 30-foot walls and it becomes difficult to be impressed by moving a bar a couple of inches once.
Congrats to the kid, but that doesn't look nearly as healthy or impressive as others feats I've seen. And for the record, I'm a good 500lbs beyond him on the bench, so I'm not trying to wholly dismiss his accomplishments.
I didn't know Jake Blues lifted