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tophat Val_Killmore
Since: Mar '17
pushpin 301 - 2 Reviews


in your prime, what was your max bench press?







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tophat 50sXfittr
Since: Nov '15 Vip  
pushpin 1342 - 18 Reviews


Around 275 at around 150 body weight.  Don't know exact numbers as this was probably 30 years ago.

Today @175 body weight and almost 60 yrs of age:

Bench press - 225 (don't bench very often in crossfit)

Back squat - 280

Dead Lift - 390

Shoulder Press - 160

Power Clean - 190








Lineman
tophat Jettn
Since: Jul '14
pushpin 1455 - 34 Reviews


Best competition lift, 455lbs. Didn't even place in the top 10 BUT I wasn't juicing either. Didn't want the bitch tits, long term effects and 'roid dudes never seemed "naturally" strong when they were off cycle?











tophat Elvis P
Since: Jan '16
pushpin 922


My best gym lifts were a 500 lb squat, a 475 deadlift, and a 275 bench at 170 lb bodyweight. My bench kinda sucked, but most guys into powerlifting generally focus on their squats and deads more than their bench.







tophat Testedmethod
Since: Oct '15
pushpin 74 - 1 Review


385. I keep saying im going to train again and shoot for 405 but ive been saying that for years. Im lucky if i hit 275 right now







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tophat Srcalguy
Since: Nov '17
pushpin 147 - 1 Review


Not much at all really. 220 bench Max,  but then again I was lean and cut, could do 60 non-stop perfect push-ups,  22 pull-ups,  and a 6 minute mile.  Nothing record breaking but I was lean and rippled like the reincarnation of Bruce Lee.  And still was insecure as fuck.  Looking back on it, I'm not sure why I didn't walk around shirtless fulltime. 







tophat relativitygold
Since: Nov '14
pushpin 220 - 13 Reviews


365 for 5 reps bench

365 for 15 reps ass to grass squats

18 pull-ups

2mile run in 15min


I weighed 230lbs at the time.


Now im a fat mess lol







tophat Thedon28
Since: Apr '15
pushpin 1467 - 24 Reviews


I wonder how many of you fuckers had to use the Smith Machine to achieve those numbers lol




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tophat Sausage
Since: Dec '16
pushpin 696 - Qr 17 Reviews


About 315 for bench press, but then I tore my shoulder. 


On the leg press machine, I used to have about 9 plates (45 pounds each) on each side, but that was 25 years ago. 


Here's a photo from me in my younger days. I tried make my head larger to match my body, but I just couldn't do it. :)









tophat Jurde
Since: Aug '17
pushpin 47 - 2 Reviews


I picked up a 50 pound box, idk if that counts 







tophat Elvis P
Since: Jan '16
pushpin 922


I picked up a 50 pound box, idk if that counts 

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Picking up a 50 pound box, is 10 times harder than bench pressing 50 pounds, so to me, it counts







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tophat flimflammed
Since: Jun '14
pushpin 645 - 40 Reviews


500 lb squat is impressive (especially at that body weight) as I've only seen it once in person.







tophat Elvis P
Since: Jan '16
pushpin 922


500 lb squat is impressive (especially at that body weight) as I've only seen it once in person.

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In the late 80's-early 90's, I worked out in a hardcore gym that catered to serious local bodybuilders and powerlifters. At one point, IFBB pro Scott Wilson temporary managed the place. Guys benching 500 wasn't uncommon. There was a fat Japanese guy who benched in the low 600 lb range. He was a record holder in one of the less-popular powerlifting organizations. 


This was no boutique gym with a swimming pool and sauna. Just a squat rack, a competition bench, a wooden platform for deadlifts, and TONS of free weights. The worst feature of the gym, was the gross little restroom, that was only 1 notch above the typical gas station pit stop.







tophat Val_Killmore
Since: Mar '17
pushpin 301 - 2 Reviews


those were the gyms to go to back in the day. I call those the real gyms. Nowadays gyms are watered down and have gone away from the basics. Instead of gyms then are clubs now. I understand some people want a family oriented place to work out at but come on. Too many gyms are copying the Planet Fitness and In-Shape model. Gold's Gym is not even what it use to be.







tophat Elvis P
Since: Jan '16
pushpin 922


*Gold's Gym is not even what it used to be."


I concur. Gold's gym had to sell out to the "sissy-gym" model to attract a mainstream audience. I remember the days when you said Gold's Gym, the first thing that came to mind, was in the movie Pumping Iron.







Lineman
tophat Jettn
Since: Jul '14
pushpin 1455 - 34 Reviews


Don't forget the pill bottles, needle & syringes, water bloat and really bad back acne












tophat Elvis P
Since: Jan '16
pushpin 922


Don't forget the growth hormone, insulin, synthol, 10-12 meals a day diet, and huge distended abdomens.


This is modern bodybuilding. What you're describing sounds like the 70's. 


Classic 70's bodybuilder

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Modern bodybuilder


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tophat Val_Killmore
Since: Mar '17
pushpin 301 - 2 Reviews


not gay or anything like that but Arnold's chest is one of the best I have seen. Very well balanced. He did it all flat bench, incline, decline, flys, free weights, and of course a massive amount of steroids to top it off.







tophat Elvis P
Since: Jan '16
pushpin 922


Yes, BBers back then stuck to basic compound movements with freeweights to build their chests.  


And yes, Arnold used massive amounts of Dbol, and a weak derivative of testosterone called Primobolin. BBers didn't have access to test back then. If he did HGH, insulin, synthol,  and ate 12 times a day like today's BBers, he would have been just as huge as anyone today, but probably with a huge gut to match. 







tophat snatchsingle
Since: Jul '17
pushpin 379 - Qr 10 Reviews


My prime is hard to describe.  My best ever bench is 325 and I did it this month.  I currently can deep squat about 500 or so depending on how my back feels that day and that is done with free weights and not a Smith Machine.    I walk around today around 192 at 5'9.5 and just tested at 14% body fat with a 32 inch waist.  


I was a wrestler in HS and college and never weighed competed higher than 150 and was crazy lean and ripped in those days.  We were routinely body fat tested back then and I was usually around 6%.  We lifted a lot in college but we never focused on bench or squat.  More of what would be considered endurance lifting.  We needed our muscles to work nonstop for a 7 minute match.  We would also challenge each other to push up and pull up competitions and I once did 500 non stop push ups and 75 pull ups.  In college I could bench 265 and squat 455 at 155.  We were all crazy fit runners and most of the team could run sub 5 minute miles.  


I finally retired from coaching wrestling. last season and for the first time in my life I began a gym routine that focused more on strength than endurance and I have been seeing some results.  I am taking some over the counter T boosters from GNC and use Muscle Milk protein powder.  I'm in the gym about 8 hours a week and I do about 2000K reps of abs each week.  I really like the way I look now and the ladies compliment my body all the time.  I have nice, thick arms, shoulders and back and chest and If I avoid junk food for a week I can see a 4 pack lol.   I cant do much about the wrinkles on my leathered face and neck or my baldness though LOL.  







Lineman
tophat Jettn
Since: Jul '14
pushpin 1455 - 34 Reviews


Ahhhh......NOW it makes sense. When you said "[email protected] 6'9.5 I was like....WTF?!










tophat snatchsingle
Since: Jul '17
pushpin 379 - Qr 10 Reviews


LOL  I thought I edited that before it posted.    Fat thumbs on a phone don't mix well.  







tophat Gym_Rat1235
Since: Oct '16
pushpin 3 - 5 Reviews


Pegged you for a wrestler from the handle, i wrestled about 6 years but went to a college that didn't have a team, staed involved through refereeing and a local club.  Max bench is 325 as well prob about 3-4 years ago.  I don't lift much anymore really, I mainly do full body kettle bell workouts, jiu jitsu, etc.  (guess I should change my handle lol) between the heavy lifting and wrestling in my

youth my shoulders can't handle bench too well.  But as long as I got quick hands and can choke out 90% of the people I come across then..who gives a fuck 🤷‍♂️  Was fun lifting heavy while it lasted tho 







tophat Val_Killmore
Since: Mar '17
pushpin 301 - 2 Reviews


I went to the gym earlier and hit the smith machine press. The smith machine is your friend as you age or have shoulder problems. For squats and bench. Lord knows my joints have suffered over the years, nothing wrong with the smith for older guys or for rehabbing an injury.







tophat Elvis P
Since: Jan '16
pushpin 922


365 for 5 reps bench

365 for 15 reps ass to grass squats

18 pull-ups

2mile run in 15min


I weighed 230lbs at the time.


Now im a fat mess lol

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A fat mess, really? Guys who were buffed and/or super strong usually get skinny (I.e. their muscles shrink to their original size) after they cease training, unless they were fat to begin with, like some of the suoer-heavyweight powerlifters and Olympic lifters.