1st invitational fern bench press challenge!



  • [quote name='Paekakboyz']Just checked that old thread and it was 70% of your body weight rather than 75%. Should we go for 70% to keep results comparable (and slight easier!) to the old challenge!?[/QUOTE]

    No way mate, we're too hardcore on here :knuppel:

    Just had a gander and when I did it I managed 19 x 70kg so pleased I've progressed a bit from then. I think much of that has to do with polishing up technique as much as anything and getting "better" at benching, Whenever I do it now I really grip the shit out of the bar ( I read somewhere that helps ) and use a bit of leg drive.

    I remember Lote Tuqiri did 25 reps of 77kg or so. Big Dell did 22 x 87kg ( he weighed in for the show at 115kg I think ). A few of the smaller guys got into the 30's for 60 odd kg but then you get to the whole power vs endurance cos I'd back the big boys to have bigger 1 RMs than them ! Quade Cooper beat Kurt Gidley with the same weight which surprised me, obviously a strong bugger despite being a bit of a pussy tackler at times ( the same could be said of Carlos Spencer I spose )



  • Monday will give this a nudge - about 90kg at the moment, will have a weight in Friday morning.



  • [quote name='BartMan']Monday will give this a nudge - about 90kg at the moment, will have a weight in Friday morning.[/QUOTE]

    Bart can you stop counting after the 50th rep so the rest of us don't feel bad ? cheers.



  • Official weigh-in 92.7, so 70kg lift.

    Managed 19 reps. reckon i can do better, will have another crack during the week.



  • nice bro, it's all proportional and 19 isn't far off the 22 reps Dell boy managed! What sort of pace did you set yourself? I'll be giving it a nudge tomorrow night.



  • [quote name='Paekakboyz']nice bro, it's all proportional and 19 isn't far off the 22 reps Dell boy managed! What sort of pace did you set yourself? I'll be giving it a nudge tomorrow night.[/QUOTE]

    My less than expert advice is to go as hard and fast as possible ( But without lifting your asssss off the bench of bouncing off your chest ). Good work though Volts, just one off the magic 20 mark. You're gonna ache like farkin anything in the afternoon though believe me, doing this to absolute failure rips the shit outta ya !



  • reckon I'll be lucky to hit the 20 or so mark. Will be interesting, looking forward to monday !!



  • Will try remember to give this a crack on the weekend.

    Weighing in between 81 and 82kg right now so will be lifting 60kg. Am currently doing a top set of 70kg (10reps) so think should be able to do a few at 60kg - would like to think 20 but hard to say as dont usually do more than 12 reps. Won't know until they are on the board.



  • [quote name='JK']Will try remember to give this a crack on the weekend.

    Weighing in between 81 and 82kg right now so will be lifting 60kg. Am currently doing a top set of 70kg (10reps) so think should be able to do a few at 60kg - would like to think 20 but hard to say as dont usually do more than 12 reps. Won't know until they are on the board.[/QUOTE]

    I find this to be pretty damn accurate ( give or take a kg or two ) heaps of people don't trust the calculators for some reason.

    [URL]http://www.muscleandstrength.com/tools/bench-press-calculator.html[/URL]

    So Voltron according to this your 1RM is 111kg....

    It seems to work pretty well at any type of exercise, I used it to judge my skull crushers and deadlift 1RMs as well.....



  • Yeah mate that sounds about right. Last 1RM i did was a couple of months ago, 107.5, but i was not far away from 110, unfortunately i dont have any weights in between. So 111 would be pretty close anyway.

    As for tempo PKB, first 5 were at about normal pace but then i slowed it down, probably 1-2 seconds between reps. I dont reckon id last if i went full speed.



  • when I used to do 60kg for 50 + reps (weighing in at a good 110kg though), it was at fast pace for as long as possible, and then you'f go from feeling fine to a full stop within about 4 or 5 reps!!



  • Ugh, pain! 97kg so 72.5kg - managed 20, definitely burning over the last two reps. Did it at the start of my workout, maybe I could have warmed up a bit but it was tough. Around 13-14 I was thinking I'd be good for mid 20's but then the burn hits and that 20th rep was tough! Good fun though!



  • Hmmm it says I could do a 1 rep max of 93kg.....never even thought of lifting that much given my current levels.



  • Also by working backwards from there I should be able to do approx 18 at 60kg. We shall see this weekend!



  • I'm in but will have to wait until next week as I did a very quick workout today that included DB chest press

    Currently weigh in at 79kgs so 75% = 59.25



  • weight this morning after breakfast 90.2.

    Will do an official weigh in tomorrow monring before food, those few hundred grams might be the difference....!!!!



  • [quote name='BartMan']weight this morning after breakfast 90.2.

    Will do an official weigh in tomorrow monring before food, those few hundred grams might be the difference....!!!![/QUOTE]

    I've never been that great at Maths but weighing 99-100 certainly helps work out weight for this contest.

    Paekak I thought you'd be a mid 20s man, warm ups do help though no doubt. Personally for me it was 2 sets of 10 at 40kg to get the blood flowing so that may get you another couple of reps next time. Did the Rexona Greatest athletes have a warm up ? I'd assume so.

    I'm gonna try again next week and maybe smash an energy drink beforehand, that might get me to 22 !



  • hmm interesting between keeping the powder dry and doing a warmup... Thought I'd have a better crack at it if I started out fresh. Will have another go on saturday and include a light warm-up.

    Bart, a decent alpine movement could shave 1-2kg of your lift weight, well worth the effort!

    2011 challenge Table so far:
    MN5 - 100kg, 75kg lift, 21 reps (1st Attempt)
    Paekakboyz - 97kg, 72.5kg lift, 20 reps (1st attempt)
    Voltron - 92.7kg, 70kg lift, 19 reps (1st attempt)
    Bartman -90.2g (pre-alpine movement), 68kg? lift
    JK - 81-82kg, 61-62kg lift
    ACT Crusader -79kgs, 59.25kg lift

    game on boys!



  • I might give this a miss. The down side with having brought my weight up to 120kgs. All the best guys



  • [quote name='Paekakboyz']hmm interesting between keeping the powder dry and doing a warmup... Thought I'd have a better crack at it if I started out fresh. Will have another go on saturday and include a light warm-up.

    Bart, a decent alpine movement could shave 1-2kg of your lift weight, well worth the effort!

    2011 challenge Table so far:
    MN5 - 100kg, 75kg lift, 21 reps (1st Attempt)
    Paekakboyz - 97kg, 72.5kg lift, 20 reps (1st attempt)
    Voltron - 92.7kg, 70kg lift, 19 reps (1st attempt)
    Bartman -90.2g (pre-alpine movement), 68kg? lift
    JK - 81-82kg, 61-62kg lift
    ACT Crusader -79kgs, 59.25kg lift

    game on boys![/QUOTE]

    Theres always gonna be a lot of factors, after a nasty dose of the runs I did it and managed 17 as I said in Paekaks thread. A week later once I could finally keep food down and was well rested it was 21.

    Does everyone use a fairly wide grip or close grip ? I've been told my grip is pretty close for someone quite tall. I find it hard to stabalise if I go really wide but perhaps it is a case of being so used to benching closer ?