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2003/11/09 20:15:41 (permalink)

new bench world record

Gene Rychlak benched 885lbs to beat Scot Mendelson's record of 875lbs. Apparently it went up easily and he'll be going for the big 900lbs soon.

Maybe we'll see Scot Mendelson come back out of retirement, im sure he wasn't expecting someone to beat his record so quickly!
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    stan
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/09 20:34:30 (permalink)
    Thats crazeee. Thats nearly 3 times what I can bench, and twice what the normal elite bencher can shift.
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/09 20:40:07 (permalink)
    what the heck... pretty soon they'll be zeroing in on the deadlift record... jeez, wonder how their wrists feel after the big bench
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/09 22:00:58 (permalink)
    Im alot more impressed by lifts that are not aided (squat suits, bench shirts, wrist wraps, ect.)

    Not to say this isnt impressive I just wish all powerlifting was done raw with no aids and just the human body doing the work
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/09 23:46:10 (permalink)
    Any idea what b/w he is M5.
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/10 00:05:29 (permalink)
    Forgive my ignorance but how does a bench suit actually aid the lift?
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/10 00:33:56 (permalink)
    If you've ever worn a bench shirt, the first thing you will have noticed is how damn tight it is - Basically, the principle with the polyester shirts is that they build up an enormous amount of elastic tension as you lower the weight so that sometimes you actually have to pull the weight towards you for it to touch your chest. Once you start pressing the weight from the bottom, the tension in the shirt helps you fire the bar off your chest. I'm not sure if the principle works the same for denim shirts though...
    I'm not saying that using a shirt doesn't help the big guys move a lot more weight than they would do but I think the estimate of adding 200lb to your bench is OTT IMO - I know from personal experience that my shirt helps me very little, but that might be because of the distraction effect of the blinding f*cking agony that using the shirt causes me. I should probably look into that...
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/10 03:01:16 (permalink)
    Well, the shirt does not add much to your bench if you do not get some experience in it. The guys who can add 200 to their bench with shirts have extensive training experience with them and know how to squeeze all the poundages out of them. Plus, they have he top notch stuff, your run of the mill 65$ poly is raw for them.
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/10 03:20:36 (permalink)
    i saw a picture of scot one time it was telling that he was the top bench presser, that's amazing that someone out benched him. i have heard from someone what scourge was talking about. the guy who was telling me about a bench press suit said it pretty much acts like a big rubberband, sort of, well, that's pretty much how he explained it.
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/10 16:03:03 (permalink)
    Have these shirts ever been known to fail catastrophically? I can imagine what would happen to me if I suddenly found I had an extra 100kg to deal with!

    "Aah, suerely monsier could manage un more petit waffer-theen plate?"

    "Oh, go on then..."
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/10 20:15:33 (permalink)
    It's called a blowout when the shirt fails - Basically, one of the seams gives out during the lift and tears along its entire length, which is why you never use a shirt once you notice that the seams are wearing out. Saying that, anybody who can get an extra 200lb out of a shirt probably has hundreds of them, so it won't be a problem for them...
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/12 11:25:41 (permalink)
    i would imagine the risk for injury when your shirt blows is quite high, 200lb more than your top weight is a serious extra amount
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/13 17:52:05 (permalink)
    Andy Bolton has just broken the world squat record with 1114lbs at the weekend. He now owns the squat and deadlift (933lbs) all time world records, and he's from LEEDS!

    From what I gather most of the top benchers don't have loads of shirts like someone said, most just have one, maybe two that they wear.

    Oh yeah, Rychlak weighs about 340 I think
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/13 21:44:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Andy Bolton has just broken the world squat record with 1114lbs at the weekend. He now owns the squat and deadlift (933lbs) all time world records, and he's from LEEDS!


    england, and more specifically Andy Bolton, rocks! A bit cheeky though to beat the existing squat world record by 1kg
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/16 13:14:26 (permalink)
    Damn... That guy is moving one helluva lot of weight.

    I thought that the idea with the bench shirts was that they became less effective the longer you wore them for - There's nothing wrong with a shirt after you've used it a few times, but if you're pressing crazy weights, the shirt will tend to stretch.

    Correct me if I'm wrong...
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/16 14:24:26 (permalink)
    The demin shirts don't stretch much. They last a very long time.
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/17 17:44:07 (permalink)
    Denim shirts aren't legal in lots of lifting federations though...
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/17 22:16:30 (permalink)
    what bench shirts do these geezers use??? my titan put 15kg on my bench and it takes two people 10 minutes to get me in it!!!!! also are they legal in wpf, bawla comps?
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    RE: new bench world record 2003/11/18 02:11:36 (permalink)
    I believe the top-of-the-range shirts at the moment (designs + technology used for bench shirts improve periodically) are the Inzer Phenom shirts, made of some new material which they've developed recently... Nice if you can afford them.
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