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Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

A long time goal of mine has been to be able to bench press 315 pounds. Some of you may have seen my thread about this, well today I reached a milestone into stonghood. As you can see I am pretty happy about this, just wanted to share some success toward a goal.

This has been many months of non-stop work, I can't wait too finally push three plates!

#1 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -

A long time goal of mine has been to be able to bench press 315 pounds. Some of you may have seen my thread about this, well today I reached a milestone into stonghood. As you can see I am pretty happy about this, just wanted to share some success toward a goal.

This has been many months of non-stop work, I can't wait too finally push three plates!

#2 Posted by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -

I want to be able to benchpress someday. I'm pretty weak, considering my big size. congrats though!

#3 Posted by Funkydupe (3311 posts) -

Well god damn. I broke a sweat today eating cookies.

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#4 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3105 posts) -

That's awesome! I just got up to 200.

#5 Posted by jewunit (1054 posts) -

Congratulations! I am a runner and can't fathom lifting 300 lbs. Keep it going!

#6 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@birdflu777: Good shit duder, how much do you weigh?

It it's great to pass a milestone like that, you'll be really happy when you're doing a solid two plates soon.

#7 Posted by Winternet (8006 posts) -

300lbs, what's that? 50 kg? 20 brad bucks?

#8 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

That is like lifting 3 of me. Crazy strong peoples.

#9 Posted by Klaimore (945 posts) -

@Funkydupe: Hahaha that made my day thank you.

#10 Posted by Karmum (11517 posts) -

Damn son. My goal is to bench like 225 for like 12, I'm at like 180-185 right now. Squatting is helping me a lot.

#11 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4307 posts) -

Congrats!  I remember you talked about this a few weeks ago!  I havent been improving at all...

#12 Posted by Floope (190 posts) -

is that your 1 rep max brah?

#13 Posted by Deranged (1837 posts) -

@big_jon: Wow, good shit dude! That's impressive! I haven't hit that high in at least two years. I've switched my focus to overall aesthetics rather than strength and size.

#14 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@Karmum: Yeah, last week I wanted to see how many times in I row I could push 225, I got thirteen, then ten, then ten again.

@RobbleWobble: Yes

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

Congrats! I remember you talked about this a few weeks ago! I havent been improving at all...

Have you been taking enough rest between chest days? Over training will make you get stuck real fast.

#15 Posted by Beforet (2912 posts) -

Congrats! I can bench 50..............

#16 Posted by Origina1Penguin (3500 posts) -
You have become... Unbreakable!
#17 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@Origina1Penguin said:

You have become... Unbreakable!

Hahah I remember that scene!

#18 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3105 posts) -

@big_jon said:

@birdflu777: Good shit duder, how much do you weigh?

It it's great to pass a milestone like that, you'll be really happy when you're doing a solid two plates soon.

Hahaha, a whole fucking lot. 300. It's all fat.

#19 Posted by ProfessorEss (7281 posts) -

Grats on the lift Big Jon.

#20 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@birdflu777 said:

@big_jon said:

@birdflu777: Good shit duder, how much do you weigh?

It it's great to pass a milestone like that, you'll be really happy when you're doing a solid two plates soon.

Hahaha, a whole fucking lot. 300. It's all fat.

You'll reach your goals if you keep at it, it's not all fat if you're lifting 200 regardless, keep doing what you're doing.

#21 Posted by Jolt92 (1542 posts) -

That's really awesome, congratulations! Hard work pays off.

Next up is to deadlift more than this baby!

#22 Posted by Fobwashed (1899 posts) -

It took me close to two years to get from 225 to 315. I hit a massive rough patch where I felt like my body plateaued for close to 6 months where I couldn't get another 5 pounds up from 290ish. What're your plans for after you hit your goal? The day I put up three plates was the last day I ever went heavy on bench press =P It was like a switch flipped in my head and ever since, I just go and do low weight high rep. Low weight might be relative since I'm still puttin up sets of 10 with 225 but you know as well as me that there's a world of difference between reps with 225 and puttin up 280 three times -_-;;

@Origina1Penguin said:

You have become... Unbreakable!

I saw this movie with my friend and he laughed out loud in the theater when Bruce Willis was amazed he put up 300 pounds worth of weights and paint buckets. Guy is a Bavarian machine and was at the time putting up well over 405. Those were the days~ Back then I also thought the average weight a guy could bench was two plates. It wasn't until I started going to other gyms that I realized that average is prolly closer to 135.

#23 Posted by matthias2437 (985 posts) -

That's awesome man! I'm only up to benching 210. But since I have only been weight lifting about a year and weigh 165 lbs. So that isn't too bad.

#24 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@Fobwashed: Not really sure, I will probably be much less focused on my max, maybe start doing sets of 8, I am all over the place in my training right now, sometimes pushing 225 out for high peps, or sometimes 275 for low, but I think once you reach a milestone the numbers become a bit less important, I think I will like working more reps though, it feels good to push out 225, or 235 like it's puppy weight.

I'd like to put up 225 20 times in a row, my current best is 13.

@matthias2437: Not bad at all.

I am about 215 right now so yeah.

#25 Posted by phrali (646 posts) -

i have been plateau'd at around 250 for years, and i don't want to resort to supplements or stuff like that.

i've pretty much given up on 300, so congrats.

do use any supplements or some particular protein?

#26 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@phrali: Whey protein Isolate, that's all.

#27 Posted by ch3burashka (5009 posts) -

@big_jon: I guess big_jon is an appropriate name now. I did weight lifting in high school for a semester, maxed at about 200, 225?

#28 Posted by phrali (646 posts) -

nice work.

kinda off topic, i watched a documentary last night about herschel walker, and that dude is a freak, and when talking about his workouts, he never mentioned benching. he was just like yeah i did 1000 pushups 2000 situps a day.

#29 Posted by Patman99 (1558 posts) -

Congrats, back when I was training heavily for football, I could bench 290lbs as a max weight but could do 220lbs fairly regularly. Just being able to do that took a shit ton of work, so I feel your pain and excitement, duder!

#30 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@Patman99: Word, I here football is big on bench press, I would have loved to have tried that out.

@phrali: Crazy shit, I did 250 push ups in a day once, didn't do that again.

#31 Posted by captain_clayman (3319 posts) -

i can press like...50. curse my shitty arms. need to start using them for more than pressing buttons.

#32 Posted by Karmum (11517 posts) -

@big_jon:

Dang, nice.

#33 Posted by gla55jAw (2686 posts) -

Congrats man, must feel good to finally hit that. I myself have no interest in 1 rep max but I started doing Stronglifts 5x5 a few weeks ago to hopefully get me over my 150 Bench Press, 225 Deadlift 5-8 rep maxes.

#34 Posted by Fobwashed (1899 posts) -

@big_jon: I just remembered the worst thing about going really heavy weight to increase max strength. Whenever I didn't go with friends (which was quite frequently back then, and every single time I go now since nobody goes to the gym anymore), I'd have to rely on a stranger to spot me while I was doing weight that I wouldn't be able to push up on my own since I was lifting weight I was planning on not being able to get by myself in the last few reps. And it was a goddamn crap shoot whether the person that was spotting me would know what the hell they were doing. You'd think spotting someone would be an easy thing but it's incredible the various ways people screw it up. Whether it's too much help too early, not enough help when you've told them how many reps you're going for, to weird positions where they're helping different amounts on either side and the goddamn worst. Tapping. What kind of bizzarro world do people live in where they help someone by tapping the weight up when they're having trouble. Also, one time, and only one time, I had the misfortune of getting a spot from someone who was too weak to help with the weight when I started tiring out. After that, I'd look for someone who at least looked like they could upright row around a hundred pounds =P

All in all, congrats! It's actually a really nice perk being sorta strong. Just last night, I was carrying groceries back from the car and thinking how annoying it would be if I had to make multiple trips from the car to my place rather than being able to carry everything in one go. It was just like, 7 or so grocery bags plus a 24 pack of bottled water, but still. I'd gladly trade 100 pounds on the bench press for another half foot of height though. . . It'd be nice to be 6 ft 4ish.

#35 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (1946 posts) -

Good job dude. I recently broke over into 265, but haven't been able to get serious because of school. Now I think I'm gonna tone it down just for a healthy body rather than keeping up a strength regimen. Been doing more cardio, core, etc and cutting out really unhealthy shit from my diet (i.e. No more Dr. Pepper for me), and trying not to kill my already weak respiratory system.

Anyway, good shit on accomplishing that goal. It's a fucking magical feeling when you get something done like that after all that work.

#36 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Are you doing reps of 300 or that is your max?

#37 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@Fobwashed: Totally, I get spotters all over the place, it really sucks, it also means that often your lifts take forever.

Also, I am blessed with being 6'3" I also take pride in the amount of groceries I can carry.

#38 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@DoctorWelch: 1 rep max.

#39 Posted by NTM (7263 posts) -

But can you life 300 cheese burgers above your head? That's the real challenge here.

#40 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@NTM: They would all fall, it would make a huge cheesy mess, and would be a waste of cheese burgers.

#41 Posted by habster3 (3595 posts) -

@Winternet: about 136.36 kilograms

@jewunit said:

Congratulations! I am a runner and can't fathom lifting 300 lbs. Keep it going!

I'm a swimmer, but this pretty much sums up my thoughts.

Seriously! Holy shit! That's impressive, man :)

#42 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

I tried doing push ups yesterday, I bend my arms about an inch and collapse to the ground. I've been advised to try bench pressing instead, but my goal for the next month is to manage 1 proper push up.. 

#43 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6386 posts) -

@jewunit said:

Congratulations! I am a runner and can't fathom lifting 300 lbs. Keep it going!

Same here.

#44 Posted by Dtat (1623 posts) -

Comgrats! I need to get stronger lol

#45 Posted by shway (176 posts) -

Working out the best. No matter what cool thing happens in entertainment exercising always beats it. I can barely lift 110lbs but I can run 5 miles in about 40 mins so you take it where you can :P. grats though nice on ya keep it up

#46 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@DuskVamp: "Girl pushups" once every few nights, as many as you can do in a row, you'll get there if you do that. My record is 75 pushups in a row, that's at 210 pounds, when I was fourteen I could barely manage ten, you work your way up, trust me.

@shway: Yeah thanks a lot. That's a really good pace, my record is 7km in 45 minutes.

@habster3: Thanks a lot dude, I can't even do a full lap of a pool so yeah, not so good at the swimming thing.

#47 Posted by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -

I can lift 300 pounds like it was nothing! Just not all at once...

#48 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -
@big_jon: Are "Girl pushups" when you're on your knees? My brother said they were pointless and to try "planking" to build up strength?
#49 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@DuskVamp: Yes they are, I think that once you get to a point of doing enough in a row, you'll be able to start working on regular push ups, "planking" seems a little redundant because if you're barley able to bend your elbows you're not really going to get far with that fast.

I'd say once every three or four nights, so your muscles get some rest, and repair, do as many of those knee assisted push-ups as you can, once, you get past fifteen or twenty try a full on push up, if you can do one, then do as many as you can, then as many knee assisted push ups as you can once you're done, you'll get the hang of it and make progress pretty fast I'd guess.

#50 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -
@big_jon: Yeah I was gonna try every night, but I could barely move my shoulders today! I'll try again in a few days, knee assisted, thanks for the advice!