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Thread: How much should you be able to bench press based on age?

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    robowar
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    How much should you be able to bench press based on age?

    I'm wondering if there's some sort of medical information I could get as to how much weight you should be able to do 8-12 reps of bench pressing depending on your age. I'm 15 and I'm wondering what's the average for guys my age and what should I be able to lift?

    Thanks.

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    its not really age that matters its size. Id say you should be able to bench close to your own weight. i am 16, I weigh 190 and I bench 185. which is alright since I am strong because I play football. smaller guys should be able to bench close to their weight guiys who are like 120-135 pounds. But once you start getting heavier it will be tougher to bench your own weight.

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    First off, bench is way overrated... I don't understand why people base strength off of "benching" -__________-

    Anyways...

    Age really has nothing to do with how much u can bench

    Height, Arm Length, Natural Build is all determining factors (im sure im missing others as well)

    The taller you are, the longer your arms are, so the farther you have to move the bar... Which means less weight... Im talking REALLY tall...

    I see kids with shorter arms bench the same as me (225) with ease...

    btw, if you are doing 8-12 reps a set, your bench will be pretty low, higher reps = less weight/more tone.... less reps = more weight/bulk(muscle mass).

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    heres som help

    I am 17 and I am benching 165 in reps and I weigh 120 my body is lean if you keep lifting youll be able to bench more than your weight eventually
    but yes the other are write age doesnt matter.
    but also remember dont just bench work your entire body and youll see better results
    Last edited by Viper_w2; 04-13-2006 at 01:45 AM.

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    ya

    i was wondering the same thing im 14 and weigh 125 im also 5'3 so how much should i be benching around 115?

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    I'm not sure I understand what the point of this is - yeah I go to the gym & do weights but do people really focus this much on just one exercise?

    You're much better off doing something more practical IMO - do some climbing, get good at running, do some boxing training, that kind of thing. Gives a much better workout, gets you properly fit (rather than just building muscle) and means you actually learn something rather than just pushing weights around.

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    Actually tim, doing bench press is a GREAT core strength exercise!

    Its sounds like you are quite negative to the 'pushing weights around' activty. Why is that? Weight training is often overlooked by women, who do not realise that they can actually become SMALLER by regularly lifting HEAVY weights. It does great things for running, swimming, cycling.

    I laugh my head off when I hear my friends (who do not lift weights) say things like..
    "I do REAL activities, like running, biking, climbing, hiking ... etc'

    I have a skinny friend who says things like "I don't respect guys who go to teh gym.. I do REAL sports like biking and hiking'


    I just laugh, because he is obviously threatened by guys who go to the gym and do things he can't!

    Obviously, tim, if you are just pushing weights around, you are not doing them properly. Nothing wrong with building muscle, it can really help with your running training, triathlon training etc. and is one of the best ways to lose fat!

    to the OP, it has nothing to do with age, but more to do with your strength, and in that area of your body.

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    heh, I do go to the gym and I do press weights! was just there earlier. I just find the "how much can you bench" attitude a bit weird - I use it to make me better at the other stuff I do rather than for its own sake.

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    Yey and over 100 posts now

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    Quote Originally Posted by timlondon [Register to see the link]
    heh, I do go to the gym and I do press weights! was just there earlier. I just find the "how much can you bench" attitude a bit weird - I use it to make me better at the other stuff I do rather than for its own sake.

    ha I know you do.. I was just going off on a tangent because so many guys I know, my friends actually have this thing against people who do weights...

    Its true that most guys I know at the gym seem to ask" So how much can you bench?" as some sort of word of truth for how strong a guy is.

    For me, my shoulders are the strongest, next is squats.. and its not like anyone ever asks me 'so how much can you shoulder press?" ha ha!

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