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tophat Val_Killmore
Since: Mar '17
pushpin 279 - 2 Reviews


in your prime, what was your max bench press?







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tophat 50sXfittr
Since: Nov '15 Vip  
pushpin 1202 - 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 1420 - 32 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 845


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 70 - 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 34


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 203 - 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 1437 - 23 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 530 - 15 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 17 - 2 Reviews


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







tophat Elvis P
Since: Jan '16
pushpin 845


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 571 - 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 845


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 279 - 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 845


*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.







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tophat Jettn
Since: Jul '14
pushpin 1420 - 32 Reviews


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












tophat Elvis P
Since: Jan '16
pushpin 845


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 279 - 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 845


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.