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225lb Barbell Standing Press Club

Discussion in 'Fitness Challenges' started by digitalnebula, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. digitalnebula

    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    OK. This is my Mount Everest.
    For many years now, I have been dreaming of the day when I could rack up 4 train wheels and press it over my head.

    Maybe some are already there, and maybe some have a similar dream...

    Well, let's get it!!

    Rules:
    - Cannot be a push press...has to be a strict, no-knee-bend press.
    - You can use whatever layback you want.
    - You can rack it and unrack it however you like. If you want bonus points, you can clean it off the ground first...:eek:
    - No smith machines...it has to be a barbell not attached to anything
    - Starting position has the barbell touching the deltoids or upper chest
    - Finishing position is full lockout overhead
    - Really, that's all I can think of now. If you have additional suggestions, I can edit them in later.

    Good luck to all.
     
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  2. digitalnebula

    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    My "entry form"...

    Current 1RM is 195.
    My goal is to get it by the end of the year.

    From today's workout:

    Standing BB Press
    45 x 15
    95 x 10
    135 x 8
    155 x 5 x 5 sets - New PR!! Mwahaha...:evil:
     
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  3. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

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    I've never tried this, I'm in. No idea where my max is, but would probably depend on how far I leaned backwards.
     
  4. boots

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    Are we pulling this off the floor or starting from the racks?

     
  5. digitalnebula

    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    Good point....I'll need to add that to the rules.
    I take it off a squat rack in the front squat position.

    What do you guys think?

    Having to clean it would make it way harder for me...in fact it would put this on hold until I rehab my spinal erectors...
     
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    Big_D Well-Known Member

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    No reason you should have to clean it, because jerk and push press aren't allowed.
     
  7. squatguy20

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    I was just thinking about starting this thread this morning - what a coincidence.
    My PR's on the OH Press are 80kg(176lbs)x5, and 85kg(187lbs)x3.
    My 1RM estimate is 90kg(200lbs).

    I always clean the bar, I like doing things the hard way. I think the thread should be irrelevant as to whether it begins with a clean or from racks, since its the actual press itself we are trying to improve. (My bar is bent now so I'll either start using a different bar or stop cleaning, cleaning with a bent bar is very bad).

    For the next 10 weeks I will probably be doing top sets of 3, starting at 80kg and adding 1-2kg each session. Once a week (Modified Bill Starr 5x5). 225lbs is quite a way away.

    BW 88kg(194lbs).

    edit : ^above i mean as long as the actual press is strict it shouldn't matter wether it's cleaned or taken from racks. jerks obviously not allowed.
     
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    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    Rules updated...:nod:

    Starting position is up to the individual.
     
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    Haha I'll clean it then, it isn't the clean I have to work on :nod:
     
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    Don't look at me funny, but I think I might have this just by a whisker. I definitely have 205#. The thing about this one is that when you get close to your max, just a touch more weight can feel like a ton.

    I'm on deload this week but I'm in.
     
  11. digitalnebula

    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    :nod: Absolutely.
    I got 195 last week and attempted 205...its "only" 10 more pounds, but I wasn't really that close on the attempt...:lol:
     
  12. digitalnebula

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    You sir are an animal.






    Edit: I also took smith machines out of the equation in the rules by specifying that it has to be a barbell that is not attached to anything
     
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    I wish, I just found out one of my friends can power clean 350 now and another is over 400. I have work to do.
     
  14. Pete5

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    Hell no, 350 and 400!?

    I thought 240 was pretty good.
     
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    I didn't believe it until I made him load up 315 and he got it easily for 4-5 hang reps. :eek:
     
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    How much does he weigh? How much training experience does he have?

    They are squat cleans right?
     
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    350 and 400 are off the ExRx strength standard charts....
    Those dudes are world class...:nod:

    Wow!

    It is...you got me beat....
     
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    It was a power clean he weighs 220 and has been training for 6 years, the 400 lb one weighs 280 and has been training for the same time, I believe.
     
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    I see, I guess those are attainable numbers if you have six years of training experience. Pretty crazy that they didn't even have to squat clean it.
     
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    I didn't see the 350 or the 400, but the 315x5 was easy and power hang cleaned.
     

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