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I recently started weight training and have a question. When some one says s/he bench x lbs, do they mean the 1 rep. max lb. they can press? OR, do they mean the 6-8 rep. max. lb? Also, do they include the weight of the barbell(45 lb.) in the weight?
I would appreciate your answers.
-Bala
 
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I don't NEED weight training. I already weigh enough .
 
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Sometime back I did some weight training for a few weeks, spent 1000 bucks, 500 as jym fees (bcos I hadto signed a contract) and 500 for physical therapy. But I learn't one important thing "NEVER LIFT WEIGHTS"
 
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Originally posted by Bala Krishna:
I recently started weight training and have a question. When some one says s/he bench x lbs, do they mean the 1 rep. max lb. they can press? OR, do they mean the 6-8 rep. max. lb? Also, do they include the weight of the barbell(45 lb.) in the weight?
I would appreciate your answers.
-Bala


You count the weight of the bar. When someone says they bench a certain weight, I guess you could ask them for clarification if needed. I always thought it meant max weight, or otherwise they might say I can bench x lbs n times.
 
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It's one rep and the total weight, bar, clips and weigth on the bar. The bar usually weighs 45lb or 20 kg, the clips may or may not contribute to the weight. My son was a super heavyweight state qualifier his senior year of high school. I went to a lot of these competitions in the three years leading up to that. He always smoked everybody in bench but was somewhat weak in the dead lift and squat, only able to do around 550 each there because he was so tall. He could do around 400 bench or 1 rep. His bench workout was around 275 with 8 reps.
 
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Originally posted by Michael Morris:
He could do around 400 bench or 1 rep. His bench workout was around 275 with 8 reps.


400lbs!!! :roll: I would sooo happy if I could do a set (8 reps) of 275lbs (125Kgs). I am stuck at 220lbs (~ 100Kgs) -including bar, that is. But they say, its not bad if you can lift more than your own weight - and I weigh only 185lbs. So, thats my excuse for now.
And to the OP, from what I have heard, when someone say his max. bench weight is 500 lbs, that means they can do one rep (just once) of 500 lbs.
 
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Thanks for your answers every one, including first two funny ones
 
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400lbs!!!


He was a 6'4", 300lb All State lineman at the time. I can't bench 100lbs anymore All three of my boys are big guys. They call me shorty at a mere 6'0.
 
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