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    Where do you guys fall?

    I have done 405 a few times in my life. Currently hitting 365 for 2 reps.


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    I hit 315 on the bench for 3 reps about 5 years ago. I weighed 168lbs at the time and was using deca/test and dbol. Since then I have been plagued with injuries and life obstacles and havenít gotten back to anything close to that. I actually ended up rupturing my pec tendon a few years after achieving my best bench using nothing more than 225lbs. Lol

    at 35 years old I have come to the conclusion that the numbers game is over and I should focus on longevity, appearance and health moving forward. However, Iím sure I will change my mind once I get back balls deep in the iron grind this winter especially once I start messing around with DC and fortitude training.

    I find when working out alone youíre only competition is yourself. In order to stay motivated you really have to try to beat the log book and that in itself forces you to play the numbers game.

    Its a great feeling knowing you can push or pull heavier loads than you used to be able to.

    Honestly I canít wait till I get my son interested in this lifestyle. Being able to measure his progress and a lil father - son competition in the gym will help me stay motivated and make it much easier to push myself. And him.
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    I've done 405 for a double. Self unrack with no spotter.... I highly don't recommend doing that. I did have dreams of doing 500 range but my shoulders hate me.. my groove was around 375... I would do that for 8-12 then throw on my red slingshot and do 15 and on a great day 18 reps..

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    340x1 is mine. 405 is my goal

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    My highest is 385x1 at 161 lbs BW (raw - no bench shirt). Always wanted 4 plates, but backed off due to lingering shoulder issues. Can still do 315 for a triple, but shoulders take too much time off to recover, so I rarely go over 225 these days. I like lifting more than satisfying my heavy weight ego.

    Form was everything for me - I didn't really gain any size when my numbers increased the most. Learning how to arch, leverage your lower body, lats, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milford King View Post
    I hit 315 on the bench for 3 reps about 5 years ago. I weighed 168lbs at the time and was using deca/test and dbol. Since then I have been plagued with injuries and life obstacles and havenít gotten back to anything close to that. I actually ended up rupturing my pec tendon a few years after achieving my best bench using nothing more than 225lbs. Lol

    at 35 years old I have come to the conclusion that the numbers game is over and I should focus on longevity, appearance and health moving forward. However, Iím sure I will change my mind once I get back balls deep in the iron grind this winter especially once I start messing around with DC and fortitude training.

    I find when working out alone youíre only competition is yourself. In order to stay motivated you really have to try to beat the log book and that in itself forces you to play the numbers game.

    Its a great feeling knowing you can push or pull heavier loads than you used to be able to.

    Honestly I canít wait till I get my son interested in this lifestyle. Being able to measure his progress and a lil father - son competition in the gym will help me stay motivated and make it much easier to push myself. And him.
    That's a good bench at 168 body weight.

    IMO don't limit yourself bc of age. I did 405 for the first time at 45 years old. At 51 I did 365 this weekend for 2 reps. Did 285 for 2 reps in like February. But hurt my left shoulder for a bit.

    I say, when you physically can't do it anymore your body will tell you. Both my shoulders definitely ache at night when I sleep on them.

    My son is 16 now. I started him in the gym two years ago ( light weight full body). He is getting the benefit of my experience. This weekend he benched 215 for a rep. That's his third time doing it.

    It's great working out with him. He never realized how heavy my bench was until he started seeing how hard it was for him to do.

    I imagine when he starts driving, he will probably break off from me and start lifting with his buddies. Will be a sad day for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnewell2004 View Post
    340x1 is mine. 405 is my goal
    First time you take that bar off...it will feel like a refrigerator in your hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E.J.D View Post
    I've done 405 for a double. Self unrack with no spotter.... I highly don't recommend doing that. I did have dreams of doing 500 range but my shoulders hate me.. my groove was around 375... I would do that for 8-12 then throw on my red slingshot and do 15 and on a great day 18 reps..
    I always self unrack.

    It's hard to explain, but when guys unrack a heavy bench for me, that sudden loading freaks me out a little. I need to take it off myself. Never have used a shirt in my life.

    IDK if I am understanding you exactly bc IMO if I was doing 375 for 8 -12 reps, I would easily do 405 for more then 2 reps. IDK if I have ever seen someone do 375 for 12 reps at the gym. That would be damn impressive.

    Last year on some deca I was doing 365 for 5 reps. And I thought that was pretty damn good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Augustine5I View Post
    I always self unrack.

    It's hard to explain, but when guys unrack a heavy bench for me, that sudden loading freaks me out a little. I need to take it off myself. Never have used a shirt in my life.

    IDK if I am understanding you exactly bc IMO if I was doing 375 for 8 -12 reps, I would easily do 405 for more then 2 reps. IDK if I have ever seen someone do 375 for 12 reps at the gym. That would be damn impressive.

    Last year on some deca I was doing 365 for 5 reps. And I thought that was pretty damn good.
    Speaking only for myself. I think 375 was my sweet spot. When I start adding more weight over 375 the stress in my shoulders really started to ramp up. Then the reps came down. The 12 reps were on my strongest days where everything felt light. I've been a one rep type guy ever... So 375 was the spot where I could rep out without hurting my shoulders

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    I've hit 370 for 1

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    420 was my max, years later I was plagued with shoulder issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Augustine5I View Post
    First time you take that bar off...it will feel like a refrigerator in your hands.
    I believe it. I never thought I'd get 225 back when I started. I don't know if I'll ever get 405 before I start declining but I'm gonna try like hell. 500 dead and squat look miles away though...my knees have been giving me issues.

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    Currently at 365 for 3 or 315 for 11.

    Really want to hit 405 one point in my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnewell2004 View Post
    I believe it. I never thought I'd get 225 back when I started. I don't know if I'll ever get 405 before I start declining but I'm gonna try like hell. 500 dead and squat look miles away though...my knees have been giving me issues.
    I also think there is a psychological component. Something about seeing those 4 plates is very intimidating. Was that way for me when doing 315 also.

    Last time I tried I was doing 315 for 10 reps so I figured I could do 405 for 1 rep...but no go. lolz

    My son would like to see me do it. If I can get strong again I will try it. I did 285 for 2 reps in Feb. It hurt my left shoulder for a few months. But I was hoping to leap from that to 405.

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    Last time I really stacked the weight on was last year and I ended up hitting somewhere around the 425/430 mark for 1 clean. I can only do that shit anymore when I do a pyramid. If I try to just lay down on the bench and push anything around 400 itís a no go. I gave up on that type of lifting though. For me itís just not worth the risk of injury. I have nobody to impress plus I seem to get bigger and built better using weights that are way more manageable. Now I concentrate on form and reps.



    Quote Originally Posted by Augustine5I View Post
    I also think there is a psychological component. Something about seeing those 4 plates is very intimidating. Was that way for me when doing 315 also.

    Last time I tried I was doing 315 for 10 reps so I figured I could do 405 for 1 rep...but no go. lolz

    My son would like to see me do it. If I can get strong again I will try it. I did 285 for 2 reps in Feb. It hurt my left shoulder for a few months. But I was hoping to leap from that to 405.

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