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The heaviest bench presses of all time (in competition)

The second lift in any sanctioned powerlifting competition, after the squat and before the deadlift, is the bench press. This is a basic movement for muscle hypertrophy and strength gains in the elbow extensors, shoulder flexors, and horizontal adductors. (1The foundation of the bench press is widely attributed to George Hackenschmidt, but was an underused elevator until the 1940s.

The heaviest bench presses of all time

Nowadays, the bench press is practiced in training and in competition both as a raw and equipped lift. Some notable athletes are specialists in this lift, such as world record holder in the gross bench press Julius Maddox.

Gross versus equipped

Raw powerlifting in competition usually means that no additional equipment is used. However, most rough powerlifting competitions may allow approved lifting belts, wrist guards, knee pads and / or chalk.

Single-layer and multi-layer combinations generate elasticity and, therefore, more strength. A single layer suit has one layer of fabric, while multi-layer suits have two or more layers. If a competition allows unlimited equipment, weightlifters can wear any bench shirt with no restrictions. This means that athletes can wear different equipment even if they are participating in the same competition.

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The heaviest competition bench presses ever

Below are the heaviest bench presses ever made with raw equipment and various in competition. These elevators were intersected using Open weightliftingdatabase of.

Julius Maddox – 355 kilograms (782.6 pounds) | Raw

Maddox has apparently been in a class of his own since winning the world record in gross bench press. Kirill Sarychev. In August 2019, Maddox lifted 335.5 kilograms (739.7 pounds) – half a kilogram more than Sarychev’s second, still heaviest, bench press of 335 kilograms (738.5 pounds).

Maddox holds the current gross bench press world record of 355 kilograms (782.6 pounds), scored during the Hybrid Showdown on February 21, 2021. Since standing atop the gross bench press throne, Maddox has set his sights on being the first human to score a 362.9 kilogram gross bench press. (800 pounds). He attempted this step at the World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) ‘Feats of Strength’ Beasts of the Bench event in June 2020, but was unable to make a legitimate attempt due to a loading error.

Avril Mathis – 207.5 kilograms (457.5 pounds) | Raw

April Mathis is not just a bench press specialist. She currently holds the gross squat world record of 278.9 kilograms (614.7 pounds) in addition to the 207.5 kilograms (457.5 pounds) gross bench press world record. Mathis broke this world record at the Gritmas Classic 2016 of the Southern Powerlifting Federation (SPF).

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Jimmy Kolb – 508 kilograms (1,120 pounds) | Single fold

Bench press specialist Jimmy Kolb scored the Heaviest single-layer bench press ever with 508 kilograms (1,120 pounds) at the 2021 International Powerlifting Association (IPA) Spectacular Strength Championships on June 27, 2021 at the York Barbell Club in York, Pennsylvania. This lift was a jaw-dropping jump in weight from Blaine Sumner’s previous world record of 455 kilograms (1,003 pounds). Sumner set this previous world record in the super heavyweight division. Kolb’s all-time world record, shown in the video below, was achieved in the 140 kilogram class.

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Rae-Ann Coughenour-Miller – 242.5 kilograms (534.6 lbs) | Single fold

Rae-Ann Coughenour-Miller achieved the heaviest female monoply bench press ever at 274.4 kilograms (605 pounds) * in July 2021 at the 2021 Metal Militia (MM) National Power Lifting Invitational at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA. However, this lift was done in unlimited competition. The all-time single-layer lifting world record is its 242.5 kilogram (534.6 pound) press, noted in the weight category +90 kilograms. She advanced the previous world record held by Sandra Lönn of 7.5 kilograms.

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Little Sweet – 500 kilograms (1,102.3 pounds) | Multiply

December 14, 2013 Tiny Meeker set current world record for 500 kilograms (1,102.3 pounds) multilayer bench press. Since making his powerlifting debut at the age of 24 in 1996, Meeker has competed in 77 sanctioned competitions. He finished either on the podium or without totaling in each test. He is the 1998 Natural Athlete Strength Association (NASA) World Cup champion and 10-time World Association of Bench Pressers and Deadlifters (WABDL) champion (2001-02, 2005, 2007-13).

Becca Swanson – 272.5 Kilograms (600.8 lbs) | Multiply

Becca Swanson’s name is next to the multi-layered world record of 272.5 kilograms (600.8 pounds). She marked this lift at the 2008 American Powerlifting Federation (APF) Big Iron In-House Open held on March 8, 2008. Check out the lift below, courtesy of SDBD Videos‘YouTube channel, in which Swanson’s eccentric elevator movement moves at an icy pace – a testament to the control she maintained until lockdown.

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Will Barotti – 503.4 kilograms (1,109.8 pounds) | Unlimited

In 2021, Meeker was the promoter of the International Powerlifting Association (IPA) Baddest Benchers competition which saw the powerlifter Will Barotti be at the top of the podium via a 501.2 kilogram (1,105 pound) lift. Barotti is the all-time bench press world record holder in the Unlimited category, which means there are no restrictions on the type of bench press shirts weightlifters can wear. Barotti surpassed this lift at the 2020 MM World Championships when he posted a bench press of 503.4 kilograms (1,109.8 pounds).

Katrina Bielomyza – 275.5 Kilograms (607.4 lbs) | Unlimited

The heaviest bench press ever achieved by a woman via the Unlimited competition belongs to Katrina Bielomyza. She successfully lifted 275.5 kilograms (607.4 pounds) during the 2021 Revolution Powerlifting (RPS) Union Maine State Powerlifting Championship on September 18, 2021.

The future of the bench press

The current bench press world records are extremely heavy. However, it still seems like there is room for the records in each division to rise. Considering that Kolb, Maddox, Bielomyza and Coughenour-Miller hit their current records in 2021, who knows how heavy the lifts will be in 2022. The potential for the very first 800-pound bench press could be on the horizon when Maddox s ‘will face off in a bench press battle against Danial Zamani in Iron Wars V on January 24, 2022. While the record books are eternal, the records they contain are not.

The references

  1. Mausehund, L., Werkhausen, A., Bartsch, J., & Krosshaug, T. (2021). Understanding Bench Press Biomechanics-The Need To Measure Dumbbell Lateral Forces. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 10.1519 / JSC.0000000000003948. Advance online publication.

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