1st invitational fern bench press challenge!



  • 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 ?



  • jaysus Chubbs, I hope we won't have to call you Fatty13 next...!! That is some serious size there.



  • haha hopefully you wont have to Bart. Im still knocking out 50-55min 10km runs each week amongst other stuff. My squats are right up there 180ish kg for 4-6, but as all ways my bench is embarrassingly weak (110kg x 4-6)



  • Kinda forgot about this but 2nd set I set myself up at 62.5kg and did 17. Prob could have squeezed out a couple more but had no spotter.



  • good stuff Chubbs - I always found it very tough to move around the footy field at anything more than 110 - 104 optimum playing weight for me, which even back in the late 90s was getting too light to be a 2nd division NPC prop and even club level prop in the Valley. Nowdays that would be a centre!!

    didn't do the challenge this morning, forgot - but weight in at the weekend at 89kg. - which gives me a weight to press of 62.3. So with the 'washer' plates at gym of 1.25kg, I'll have to handicap myself 200g and press 62.5. I hope that is taken into account...



  • I thought we were lifting at 75% of BW? You should be at 66.75kg Bartman



  • [quote name='JK']I thought we were lifting at 75% of BW? You should be at 66.75kg Bartman[/QUOTE]

    Outrageous !! Bart you're in danger of being disqualified for such behaviour.



  • hmm he must be suffering from malnutrition!! take beer out of any frontrowers diet at your peril!!



  • whoops, thankfully I didn't do it this morning then!! so 66.75 - so will have to be 67.5 for me then - maybe on Wednesday I'll rock into the gym for one set!!



  • Had another crack tonight at the same weight and still maxed out at 20. Was a bit gutted as I thought I might sneak another 2-3 in. Hit the wall on 18 and the 19th and 20th reps were burners! Bugger was I did the rest of my workout and then came back and ripped out 3 sets of 6 at 95kg! so the endurance effort didn't seem to mess with the heavier lifting later on.



  • Okay I tried this today. I did it after some active stretching and 2mins of KB swings to get the heart going and muscles warm (for me I just can't start lifting without doing something before hand). The weight was 60kgs and while I struggled to 18 got there with correct form.

    I'm not a huge barbell bench lifter. The bench pressing I do is with dumbbells in supersets with a lower body exercise. I often do DB bench press for 8 reps and then followed with DB split squats/lunges or DB Bulgarian split squats. I've slowly worked up to a best of 35kg DBs

    Something else I've been doing is lying on the ground with legs flat and doing alternating single arm Kettlebell presses. Best is 20 reps (10 each arm) with 24kg KB. Superset that with 24kg KB Goblet squats (Holding KB upside down under your chin with two hands) for 10 reps. Rest for 30secs and then repeat.



  • DId 21 today at 62.5kg which i thought was pretty good til my mate sam had a go. He weighs slight more than me at 84 but his weights been coming down a bit lately and hes been lifting for a couple of years. Cranked out 41 reps at the same weight as me. Not too shabby. Also witnessed him row 2k in 6min 15 and he says he has a gone a bit faster than that too. Pretty farkin quick! Fit bugga.



  • Good effort with 21 JK, nice to get past 20!

    41 reps, that's impressive. Better than Slater/O'Connor managed in the challenge and they were lifting similar weights!



  • [quote name='JK']DId 21 today at 62.5kg which i thought was pretty good til my mate sam had a go. He weighs slight more than me at 84 but his weights been coming down a bit lately and hes been lifting for a couple of years. [B]Cranked out 41 reps at the same weight as me[/B]. Not too shabby. Also witnessed him row 2k in 6min 15 and he says he has a gone a bit faster than that too. Pretty farkin quick! Fit bugga.[/QUOTE]

    Pah, unless he's a ferner he's not allowed to play ! :knuppel: