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notfred
10-06-2003, 03:12 PM
Just out of curiousity.... And I don't mean "the average guy who lifts weights". If you just grabbed 100 random guys off the streets of the USA and stuck them in a weight room to see how much they could bench, what do you think the average would be?

rh71
10-06-2003, 03:13 PM
avg? Up to 75lbs.

CT2TXtech
10-06-2003, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

gentobu
10-06-2003, 03:15 PM
150

notfred
10-06-2003, 03:15 PM
Originally posted by: CT2TXtech

Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

I dunno about that. My friend just got a weight bench and neither he nor his roommate can do more than about 75lbs.

sygyzy
10-06-2003, 03:15 PM
60.

vi edit
10-06-2003, 03:16 PM
160ish

Sluggo
10-06-2003, 03:16 PM
You mean average guys that post here.......or average guys? ;)

I would guess a random sampling of the US population would give you a 100-125 pound average.

Deeko
10-06-2003, 03:16 PM
Originally posted by: CT2TXtech

Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

No way. Maybe for your average guy that works out. Not your average guy.

<- lifts every day, benches 205(not bad for being 5'6" and 140 pounds)

Looney
10-06-2003, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by: CT2TXtech

Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

You're on crack.

I'll say for a max press, probably a 35 on each side, so that'll make 35+35+40 (bar) = 110

Tetsuo
10-06-2003, 03:18 PM
100-115lbs

gistech1978
10-06-2003, 03:18 PM
there is no way in hell i could put up 185
and im average in height and maybe a little below average in build
5'10 - 160lbs
i havent tried to bench anything since i was in 8th grade and did like 45 lbs lol

Electric Amish
10-06-2003, 03:19 PM
I have no idea. I don't even know how much I can press.

vi edit
10-06-2003, 03:19 PM
Man..must be a midwest corn fed thing....most guys around here aren't pussies :)

kazamobah
10-06-2003, 03:20 PM
My guess is ~100lbs.

Amused
10-06-2003, 03:20 PM
Originally posted by: Sluggo
You mean average guys that post here.......or average guys? ;)

I would guess a random sampling of the US population would give you a 100-125 pound average.

The most accurate post yet.

Hammer
10-06-2003, 03:20 PM
the bar :P

Sluggo
10-06-2003, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by: Moralpanic

Originally posted by: CT2TXtech

Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

You're on crack.

I'll say for a max press, probably a 35 on each side, so that'll make 35+35+40 (bar) = 110

I thought the bar weighed 45

oldsmoboat
10-06-2003, 03:21 PM
On this forum? 25 lbs.

Saulbadguy
10-06-2003, 03:21 PM
Around 80-95 lbs.

Deeko
10-06-2003, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by: Sluggo

Originally posted by: Moralpanic

Originally posted by: CT2TXtech

Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

You're on crack.

I'll say for a max press, probably a 35 on each side, so that'll make 35+35+40 (bar) = 110

I thought the bar weighed 45

they do

rh71
10-06-2003, 03:22 PM
Yeah if these random guys were picked up in Bumblefvck, NE, homeland of farmers who physically work everyday for a living, then maybe 185lbs would be an avg... but off the street, no way above 100lbs... I'll stick to my guess of 75lbs.

Amused
10-06-2003, 03:24 PM
When I started working out last year, I hadn't lifted weights in years. I started doing sets of 10 with 90-100 lbs. So the average would probably be in the 100-125 range.

Ameesh
10-06-2003, 03:24 PM
depends on how many reps, like 2 sets of 10 i would say 100lbs just one rep i'd say 130 maybe

vi edit
10-06-2003, 03:27 PM
Originally posted by: Ameesh
depends on how many reps, like 2 sets of 10 i would say 100lbs just one rep i'd say 130 maybe

That's what I was thinking. Max rep, bust a nut, heave and grunt to get it up kind of bench press.

ThaPerculator
10-06-2003, 03:32 PM
Well, just hope arnold in his prime wasn't a part of that 100. I read somewhere that this was his bench routine:
445 x 8, 365 x 24, 245 x 60

I think someone got that out of his autobiography or something... Crap, if I could bench ONE-forty-five 60 times I would be happy lol. It's crazy to think that arnold could bench my max 60 times on his last set....

EDIT: oh yeah, real average dude off the street, I'd say 125. That's what I was when I started lifting.

Mr N8
10-06-2003, 03:33 PM
Originally posted by: kazamobah
My guess is ~100lbs.

Yeah.

Ameesh
10-06-2003, 03:33 PM
man i'd be happy benching 245 x 30

geno
10-06-2003, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by: CT2TXtech

Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

:Q

I'd say like 120

DT4K
10-06-2003, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by: CT2TXtech

Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

Definitely not.

When I first started lifting after at least a year of very little exercise, I could do a couple of sets at 135. Maybe 150 max.
After weight lifting 2-3 times a week for a couple of months, I was up to 3 sets of 8 at 185. I could max at about 225.

rh71
10-06-2003, 03:39 PM
Originally posted by: Electric Amish
I have no idea. I don't even know how much I can press.Isn't it true that if you can do a single push-up of yourself (slightly inverted, of course), you can at least do your own weight in a bench press ?

DT4K
10-06-2003, 03:41 PM
Originally posted by: rh71

Originally posted by: Electric Amish
I have no idea. I don't even know how much I can press.Isn't it true that if you can do a single push-up of yourself (slightly inverted, of course), you can at least do your own weight in a bench press ?
No.
EDIT: I'll let the Physics experts explain, but I can easily do 10 push ups and there's no way I can bench my own weight right now.

notfred
10-06-2003, 03:41 PM
Originally posted by: rh71

Originally posted by: Electric Amish
I have no idea. I don't even know how much I can press.Isn't it true that if you can do a single push-up of yourself (slightly inverted, of course), you can at least do your own weight in a bench press ?

no.

zer0burn
10-06-2003, 03:42 PM
no because I cant do my weight but I can do atleast 15 pushups

Looney
10-06-2003, 03:42 PM
Originally posted by: rh71

Originally posted by: Electric Amish
I have no idea. I don't even know how much I can press.Isn't it true that if you can do a single push-up of yourself (slightly inverted, of course), you can at least do your own weight in a bench press ?

Hell no. When you're doing pushups, your feet is stabalizing some of the weight.

NogginBoink
10-06-2003, 03:45 PM
I just got a home gym (see other thread of mine) and was able to do 120lbs without hurting myself. If I went to do a max, I could probably get in the 170lb range.

I think I'm 'bout average.

nodoubts2k
10-06-2003, 03:46 PM
100?

Red Dawn
10-06-2003, 03:55 PM
The Average ATOTer? How much does a jar of Vaseline wiegh?

notfred
10-06-2003, 03:58 PM
Originally posted by: Red Dawn
The Average ATOTer? How much does a jar of Vaseline wiegh?

Most ATOTers buy vaseline in bulk, so 20lbs.

Excelsior
10-06-2003, 03:58 PM
Originally posted by: Red Dawn
The Average ATOTer? How much does a jar of Vaseline wiegh?

:PWho needs vasoline, its all about the friction. And Id say between 100-125. I WISH the thing about pushups was true, then I could bench around 215.

edro
10-06-2003, 04:06 PM
Originally posted by: rh71

Originally posted by: Electric Amish
I have no idea. I don't even know how much I can press.Isn't it true that if you can do a single push-up of yourself (slightly inverted, of course), you can at least do your own weight in a bench press ?

Yeah, if you can do them standing on your hands...

tk149
10-06-2003, 04:08 PM
I'm not sure...how much does your girlfriend weigh? j/k ;)

Seriously, back in college when I started weight-training, I started at around 125-135 lbs (3 sets of about 8 reps). Most other guys who also hadn't done any previous training started at about that weight too. Some who were more athletic started higher, others lower.

If you were to grab a random sample of guys from where I work now (white-collar job), I'd be shocked if a lot of them could start at 110 lbs.

atom
10-06-2003, 04:13 PM
When I started really to try and get into shape in HS I started doing reps at 95 and my arms were wet noodles back then. So I'd say the average guy could probably do around 115-120 if not more.

CraigRT
10-06-2003, 04:13 PM
average maybe 130 or something
i could only lift a max or 130 last i tried a few years ago

PhaZe
10-06-2003, 04:15 PM
A male should be able to bench press their own weight.

I don't know how many times but I'm thinking like 5.

Fiveohhh
10-06-2003, 04:17 PM
I'd say 50%-75%

Kyteland
10-06-2003, 04:17 PM
I would guess that the average guy could do 20-30 lbs under his body weight. (his ideal body weight, not his OMG I'm so fat body weight) So that's about 140 maybe?

Fiveohhh
10-06-2003, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by: PhaZe
A male should be able to bench press their own weight.

I don't know how many times but I'm thinking like 5.

5 times your weight?...

CrazyDe1
10-06-2003, 04:19 PM
i'd say about 110-125...when I started right at my senior year of high school I had trouble getting 95 8 times on my first set...

I wasn't too scrawny either...just had never lifted before...all my friends started out around there too but some of them were very very skinny.

zbalat
10-06-2003, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by: rh71

Originally posted by: Electric Amish
I have no idea. I don't even know how much I can press.Isn't it true that if you can do a single push-up of yourself (slightly inverted, of course), you can at least do your own weight in a bench press ?

I can do 60+ pushups without stopping but I can only bench my weight 12-15 times, so I would say that that is false.

BladeWalker
10-06-2003, 05:05 PM
It's obvious that the average guy doesn't know how much he can bench press much less walk into a gym and try it.

I use to be gung-ho about weight lifting (2 hrs, 3 times a week). I maxed out at 240 lbs bench. I am 5'4" 135 lbs. But when I first started benching I could barely lift 95 lbs.

Yossarian
10-06-2003, 05:08 PM
100 lbs or so. the average guy is pretty weak and puny.

BoberFett
10-06-2003, 05:19 PM
Here's a question: How did bench pressing become the standard for comparing physical strength?

The bench press seems like kind of a worthless number when it comes to comparing strength. Seems to me that how much you can curl or overhead press would be a better number if you wanted to compare strength. In day to day life, how many times do you have to lift something versus push something up while laying on your back.

*patiently waiting for Red's joke about ATOT members being on their back*

Red Dawn
10-06-2003, 05:46 PM
Originally posted by: BoberFett
Here's a question: How did bench pressing become the standard for comparing physical strength?

The bench press seems like kind of a worthless number when it comes to comparing strength. Seems to me that how much you can curl or overhead press would be a better number if you wanted to compare strength. In day to day life, how many times do you have to lift something versus push something up while laying on your back.

*patiently waiting for Red's joke about ATOT members being on their back* The deadlift is the measure of ones overall strength.

notfred
10-06-2003, 05:47 PM
Originally posted by: BoberFett
Here's a question: How did bench pressing become the standard for comparing physical strength?

The bench press seems like kind of a worthless number when it comes to comparing strength. Seems to me that how much you can curl or overhead press would be a better number if you wanted to compare strength. In day to day life, how many times do you have to lift something versus push something up while laying on your back.

*patiently waiting for Red's joke about ATOT members being on their back*

Ever install a transmission in a car that's sitting on jackstands?

ed21x
10-06-2003, 05:53 PM
I started barely able to do 75, and after 6 months, worked my way up to 120, which is still pretty weak. But then again, I was smaller and weaker than most guys to begin with, so I'm guessing most guys can do ~100

BoberFett
10-06-2003, 06:04 PM
Originally posted by: notfred
Ever install a transmission in a car that's sitting on jackstands?
You can bench press a car?

I know, you mean the transmission. It's just the first thing that popped into my mind when you said that. :)

But as I said, how many people are transmission mechanics versus how many have to lift something heavy and carry it around. Hell, even an office worker might have to lug a box of paper around in between surfing ATOT and drinking coffee.

lowtech1
10-06-2003, 06:05 PM
The average guy should be able to bench close to his own weight if you don't take into account of over weight people. When I was in high school I was regularly doing 125lbs at 3 sets of 5, and only weight 135 lbs. I am now 155 lbs & haven?t been doing much excise other than running, but am sure that I can bench at least 155lbs.

StageLeft
10-06-2003, 06:19 PM
I'm going to assume the "average guy" as a 40 year old male. I would estimate that the average 40 year old male, without any training or practice (the latter alone can raise one's bench press) with a free weight barbell down to their chest and full arm extension could do in the vicinity of 150 pounds give or take. That takes into account pudgy weak computer geeks and fat men who work on a farm.

You have to realize that although men get weaker cardio wise as they get older I think the average unfit 40 year old will be stronger than the average unfit 20 year old. If we're talking the average 20 year old I'd pull that down significantly to not a hell of a lot more than 100 pounds.
Isn't it true that if you can do a single push-up of yourself (slightly inverted, of course), you can at least do your own weight in a bench press ?Absolutely not. Take somebody who can do 40 pushups and put their weight, including bar, above them. Watch them die trying to do that 40 times :) Fresh I can do my bodyweight (178 right now) 15-18 times and I'm a good bit stronger than the average guy with a max bench in the vicinity of 265 now I estimate.
A male should be able to bench press their own weight.

I don't know how many times but I'm thinking like 5. Should be? Maybe, but I guarantee the average guy can't bench his own weight, let alone 5 times!
How did bench pressing become the standard for comparing physical strength?
I think that of upperbody excercises it involves among the most muscles. Although the lats are the largest upper body muscle (I think the tongue being strongest per ounce or something silly like that), a max strength excercise with them is difficult. So, bench is a good indicator of overall body strength, whereas squats are a good of lower body, and deadlifts are a decent one of overall (stressing legs and back). Really all three are going to give you the best indication of somebody's strength. I have a decent bench press, but my squats are a joke because I have chicken legs. My deadlifts are decent.

BadNewsBears
10-06-2003, 06:22 PM
Originally posted by: notfred

Originally posted by: CT2TXtech

Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

I dunno about that. My friend just got a weight bench and neither he nor his roommate can do more than about 75lbs.


Ummm, are they like 6 years old?

BadNewsBears
10-06-2003, 06:28 PM
Im a sophmore in HS, and when I finsihed off my weights class as a freshman, I benched 170. If I kept working out then 200 def.

I was one of the scrawnier kids in the class, most freshman started at 140~150 and finished off the year at ~190.

Ranger X
10-06-2003, 06:28 PM
The average guy can bench press 45 plates on each side. That's 135lbs. Most people don't bench or lift weights so the average might be even a little less.

Davegod75
10-06-2003, 06:29 PM
150

PhaZe
10-06-2003, 06:29 PM
Originally posted by: Fiveohhh

Originally posted by: PhaZe
A male should be able to bench press their own weight.

I don't know how many times but I'm thinking like 5.

5 times your weight?...

Nah :Q . Your own weight but I don't know how many reps, I was thinking like between 3-5 reps

Turkish
10-06-2003, 06:31 PM
140 average...

i bench 10 lbs more than my weight.

lowtech1
10-06-2003, 06:35 PM
Originally posted by: Skoorb
I'm going to assume the "average guy" as a 40 year old male. I would estimate that the average 40 year old male, without any training or practice (the latter alone can raise one's bench press) with a free weight barbell down to their chest and full arm extension could do in the vicinity of 150 pounds give or take. That takes into account pudgy weak computer geeks and fat men who work on a farm.

You have to realize that although men get weaker cardio wise as they get older I think the average unfit 40 year old will be stronger than the average unfit 20 year old. If we're talking the average 20 year old I'd pull that down significantly to not a hell of a lot more than 100 pounds.
Isn't it true that if you can do a single push-up of yourself (slightly inverted, of course), you can at least do your own weight in a bench press ?Absolutely not. Take somebody who can do 40 pushups and put their weight, including bar, above them. Watch them die trying to do that 40 times :) Fresh I can do my bodyweight (178 right now) 15-18 times and I'm a good bit stronger than the average guy with a max bench in the vicinity of 265 now I estimate.
A male should be able to bench press their own weight.

I don't know how many times but I'm thinking like 5. Should be? Maybe, but I guarantee the average guy can't bench his own weight, let alone 5 times!
How did bench pressing become the standard for comparing physical strength?
I think that of upperbody excercises it involves among the most muscles. Although the lats are the largest upper body muscle (I think the tongue being strongest per ounce or something silly like that), a max strength excercise with them is difficult. So, bench is a good indicator of overall body strength, whereas squats are a good of lower body, and deadlifts are a decent one of overall (stressing legs and back). Really all three are going to give you the best indication of somebody's strength. I have a decent bench press, but my squats are a joke because I have chicken legs. My deadlifts are decent.
I like to see what Mrs. Skoorb have say about the 265 lbs lift ;)

MazerRackham
10-06-2003, 06:35 PM
I think if the "average guy" is roughly 5'7" and 165 lbs, then this average guy should be able to bench about 100 without ever working out. This same average guy should be able max out around 250 with hard training and 6-8 months of time.

Red Dawn
10-06-2003, 06:36 PM
Originally posted by: Xiety
140 average...

i bench 10 lbs more than my weight.And 40 points higher than your IQ! Good Job Forest! j/k;)

Saltin
10-06-2003, 06:40 PM
I think it's safe to say that the average guy off the street cannot bench his own weight.

That's a generalization you can take to the bank.

You guys are overestimating how strong the average guy is (not very), and people who don't lift weights regularly tend to do the same.

Red Dawn
10-06-2003, 06:40 PM
Originally posted by: MazerRackham
I think if the "average guy" is roughly 5'7" and 165 lbs, then this average guy should be able to bench about 100 without ever working out. This same average guy should be able max out around 250 with hard training and 6-8 months of time.
The average guy is a runt? I thought the Average Male was around 5'9"

DaiShan
10-06-2003, 06:53 PM
Originally posted by: CT2TXtech

Originally posted by: rh71
avg? Up to 75lbs.

i say 185-thats pretty basic for a normal guy

I can only do 165 and I work out (weak as crap on bench) I mean I only weigh 127 tho.

DaiShan
10-06-2003, 06:57 PM
Originally posted by: Shanti

Originally posted by: rh71

Originally posted by: Electric Amish
I have no idea. I don't even know how much I can press.Isn't it true that if you can do a single push-up of yourself (slightly inverted, of course), you can at least do your own weight in a bench press ?
No.
EDIT: I'll let the Physics experts explain, but I can easily do 10 push ups and there's no way I can bench my own weight right now.


I'd say no. I can do between 85 and 90 continuous pushups and I can only do like 38lbs more than my own weight on bench. It sucks lol, still trying to put on weight from swimming.

Kelvrick
10-06-2003, 07:00 PM
I'd say 140.

5'10", 145, 20 yo and I've benched 150 twice. No real weight liftin in high school, 3 years track and cross country, injured senior year, nothing in 2 years of college.

Evadman
10-06-2003, 07:03 PM
I haven't benched anything since senior year in high school. The average in my class was line 120 when we started for 1 rep. thankfully I was 2nd best in my class.

whaleskinrug
10-06-2003, 07:04 PM
Originally posted by: Red Dawn

Originally posted by: MazerRackham
I think if the "average guy" is roughly 5'7" and 165 lbs, then this average guy should be able to bench about 100 without ever working out. This same average guy should be able max out around 250 with hard training and 6-8 months of time.
The average guy is a runt? I thought the Average Male was around 5'9"

man: 5'9" / woman: 5'4.5"

HokieESM
10-06-2003, 07:22 PM
Given their first try? I'd say 75~80 lbs. Given a LITTLE practice and a few helpful pointers (or letting them use a Nautilus)? About 100~125 lbs. Free weights take a bit of technique... and some getting used to.

I know technique played a huge difference in my "max" weight when I was in high school bulking up to play offensive line. It had nothing to do with "strength"... but when I had some better instruction, my "max" went up in virtually every lift by varying amounts (some as little as 10%, some as much as 30%).

M0oG0oGaiPan
10-06-2003, 10:35 PM
Depends on the rep speed. Form. Are they wearing a bench shirt? Grip. Dumbells or Barbell? But I'm going to saw ~ 100 barbell BP because I saw some guy today who was struggling with 65.

StageLeft
10-07-2003, 12:42 PM
Originally posted by: M0oG0oGaiPan
Depends on the rep speed. Form. Are they wearing a bench shirt? Grip. Dumbells or Barbell? But I'm going to saw ~ 100 barbell BP because I saw some guy today who was struggling with 65.Bench shirts are ghey! Rep speed generally you're allowed to do whatever speed you are most comfortable with as long as you go all the way down and don't bounce off your rips (AKA the Amused-lift). This would assume barbell too.

amcdonald
10-07-2003, 12:49 PM
definitely ~100

dfi
10-07-2003, 01:11 PM
Let's see, first time I really started benched I did 85x10, couple of sets. That wasn't too hard. At age 19, 5'9, 150, I was not a big guy at all. Pretty darn skinny. Didn't exercise prior to that. That was enough to leave me sore. I remember trying to max 135 at age 14 and feeling like the weight was going to crush me. Needed a spotter to help it up. And at age 19 it took me a few months to work to 135x10, and it was way hard.

So if I considered myself average, then I would guess that since I did 85x10 my first time, I might be able to safely max between 105 and 115.

dfi

Regs
10-07-2003, 01:18 PM
Since the average guy does not work out 5 days a week, I seriously doubt he could bench anything over 90 lbs doing at least 3 reps. It takes physical training, not just strength, to do bench presses consecutively.

alkemyst
10-07-2003, 01:21 PM
I'd say based on the past 70 something posts in the thread, here is the wrong place to ask :)

CPA
10-07-2003, 01:23 PM
I'd say about a little over 1/2 their body weight.

RagingBITCH
10-07-2003, 01:30 PM
This depends on how big the average guy weighs in the first place, height, was he active in the first place, etc. Too many variables to assign a number to

StageLeft
10-07-2003, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by: RagingBITCH
This depends on how big the average guy weighs in the first place, height, was he active in the first place, etc. Too many variables to assign a number toThat's why he said average, you bitch!

dfi
10-07-2003, 01:33 PM
Originally posted by: RagingBITCH
This depends on how big the average guy weighs in the first place, height, was he active in the first place, etc. Too many variables to assign a number to

But certainly you can still find an average by asking enough people, no? Just like you can find an average for age, weight, height, and activity level among the population.

Um, I like Skoorb's answer better. Change mine to that.

dfi

SagaLore
10-07-2003, 01:35 PM
When I started bench pressing in high school, I got about 85.

Right now I'm about 120. But that's after working at it for that last 6 months. I'm weak. :(

bbrontosaurus
10-07-2003, 02:02 PM
Originally posted by: NogginBoink
I just got a home gym (see other thread of mine) and was able to do 120lbs without hurting myself. If I went to do a max, I could probably get in the 170lb range.

I think I'm 'bout average.

Is your home gym an assisted machine (cables and such)? Are you benching with free weights (bar, weight plates, bench)? You will be able to bench more on an assisted machine than you would with free weights.

Jeraden
10-07-2003, 02:17 PM
I think the original question needs to specify whether its benching free weights or benching using a machine. I'd like to think of myself as an average guy who really doesn't work out very often. I tried to get into it a year ago, but that didn't really last very long. I'm not weak, but not strong. Using a machine, I think I could bench like 120 or something. Using free weights I couldn't even get 90lbs up.

vi edit
10-07-2003, 02:23 PM
Is your home gym an assisted machine (cables and such)? Are you benching with free weights (bar, weight plates, bench)? You will be able to bench more on an assisted machine than you would with free weights.

Depends on the machine. I can only do about 2/3 the weight on a Bowflex than I can with freeweights (barbell, not dumbells).

Spamela
10-07-2003, 02:44 PM
when i took a weightlifting class in college
i noticed that most men could do 100-150 lbs. at first,
although a couple of guys could do > 225 lbs.

Amused
10-07-2003, 02:59 PM
Originally posted by: Skoorb

Originally posted by: M0oG0oGaiPan
Depends on the rep speed. Form. Are they wearing a bench shirt? Grip. Dumbells or Barbell? But I'm going to saw ~ 100 barbell BP because I saw some guy today who was struggling with 65.Bench shirts are ghey! Rep speed generally you're allowed to do whatever speed you are most comfortable with as long as you go all the way down and don't bounce off your rips (AKA the Amused-lift). This would assume barbell too.

:P

For your info, I never bounce the bar. In fact, because of a limited range of motion in my shoulders combined with very long arms, the bottom of my bench is about 3 inches off my chest. When I busted my rib, I couldn't get the last rep up, and lightly set the bar on my chest as I called out for a spot. Apparently, 235 lbs is past the weight limit of that particular rib.

:P

snidy1
10-07-2003, 03:12 PM
A man should be able to bench his own weight without working out. But I would say an average man can bench 100 to 125. My weight is 270 and I can only press 210, but when I was working out I could press 320.

alkemyst
10-07-2003, 04:57 PM
Originally posted by: snidy1
A man should be able to bench his own weight without working out. But I would say an average man can bench 100 to 125. My weight is 270 and I can only press 210, but when I was working out I could press 320.

that is also based on Lean Muscle mass and not actual weight for a one time max effort.

The average male can probably get about 145 up once if he really tried, assuming he is fit and about 160-170lbs....

Also don't think all bars at the gym are 45lbs, I have encounted some that weight 55lbs and some that weigh closer to 30ish. Still I don't get stuck on what weight I am using, but rather I am struggling at the end and that I regularly add more every few workouts.

RagingBITCH
10-07-2003, 04:59 PM
Originally posted by: dfi

Originally posted by: RagingBITCH
This depends on how big the average guy weighs in the first place, height, was he active in the first place, etc. Too many variables to assign a number to

But certainly you can still find an average by asking enough people, no? Just like you can find an average for age, weight, height, and activity level among the population.

Um, I like Skoorb's answer better. Change mine to that.

dfi

Well would you like to contribute an average age, weight, height, and activity level so I can give an answer? No? Ok then.

dfi
10-07-2003, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by: RagingBITCH

Originally posted by: dfi

Originally posted by: RagingBITCH
This depends on how big the average guy weighs in the first place, height, was he active in the first place, etc. Too many variables to assign a number to

But certainly you can still find an average by asking enough people, no? Just like you can find an average for age, weight, height, and activity level among the population.

Um, I like Skoorb's answer better. Change mine to that.

dfi

Well would you like to contribute an average age, weight, height, and activity level so I can give an answer? No? Ok then.

Well isn't that part of the question, for you to assume what average is? And therefore all the stuff above, you need to assume on your own. This isn't a scientific study, so there is no need to be precise as long as you can qualify what average person means to you. I am assuming that the average male is around 5'9, in his 30s, about 175 lbs, and does zero activity, and therefore based on those assumptions I think the average max bench is around 100-120lbs. You have to come up with your own opinion of what "average" is for this question. You can use my opinion of average to come up with a number if you really have no idea whatsoever. If your opinion of average differs greatly from the consensus of the others, then that can be the topic of a new thread.

dfi

BG4533
10-07-2003, 06:08 PM
The first time I lifted I struggled with around 100lbs. After 2-3 workouts and learning to control the bar I was up to 135. Right now, without having lifted in almost a year I could probably lift 2x10 with 155. I am 5'10 165lbs.

I am going to say the average guy never having lifted before can lift around 100lbs with normal motivation, probably a bit more if trying to show off.