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300 Barbell Bench club

Discussion in 'Fitness Challenges' started by Merk, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Dalton

    Dalton Active Member

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    Ah, 300lbs. That seems like a nice goal. Right now I'm at 225, so 300lbs will take a while. Anyone have experience with having a 1rm of 300lbs compared to what kind of weight you can do with a 3x5 program? I'm never good at gauging progress, and this would give me a better grasp of what me goal for sets should be.
     
  2. goonie

    goonie Active Member

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    225 is a max effort single?

    If you're following something like the progression scheme from Starting Strength, I'd just start around 75%, and build your way up.

    There's really no risk in starting low, and staying constant with 5lb jumps, as compared to starting high, and/or getting greedy, which will screw all kinds of things up.
     
  3. Dalton

    Dalton Active Member

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    I know where to start and how to progress with my current max, but I'm wondering what I would be able to do, with full effort, at 300lbs instead of 225lbs. That'll give me an indicator as to when I'm getting close without necessarily having to max out.
     
  4. goonie

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    Sorry, would help if I could read. :doh:

    I'd go with an estimate like 270 for a top 5RM set, and let's say ~10 lbs less than that to cover fatigue for the multiple sets, so somewhere around 3x5x260.

    Start getting up there, and depending on weak points, you should find yourself close to a 300 lb 1RM.

    And if I'm still missing the translation you're looking for, I'm quite sorry. :blank:
     
  5. Dalton

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    Well, if by some miracle I don't stall for the next 15 weeks of lifting, I should be around there by the end of June :lol:
     
  6. goonie

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    Well, take a run at it for the first stage, but coming into things at your level, it's more about being able to predict the patterns under which you probably will stall, and the inevitable intensity cycling mechanisms which need to be followed in one form or another.

    1. downcycle/deload
    2. ramp up
    3. break into new PR territory
    4. peak
    5. repeat
     
  7. Dalton

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    I was planning on adding 5lbs per workout until I stall, attempting three more times (next three sessions for the specific lift), and if I still can't do it deload by 10% or something. Do that a couple times, and then take a week or two off before starting again.

    Regardless, I'll report back next time I max out, which will be 5 weeks from now.
     
  8. Lone Wolf

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    Despite not updating my journal, I am still lifting hard.

    I attempted a bench press max in December and didn't even get my previous max from 2 months earlier (275). After that I took a couple weeks off and now I've been going hard for 6 weeks.

    My last session for bench press I was able to do 8 x 225, 8 x 225, then 7 x 235.

    Deadlift I have built up to 7 x 305.

    Back squats I have built up to 6 x 275.

    I am within reach of the 300 pound bench press. I probably won't attempt for a while, but who knows. It's nice to see that I have improved since November, though.

    It should also be noted that I weigh between 182 and 185 now.
     
  9. Dalton

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    Alright, I'm aiming for mid-May for this challenge. Hopefully it works out.
     
  10. CA$ON

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    300lbs on smith before BB bench.... Fail. Maybe next time. :lol:
     
  11. Dalton

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    Did 245lbs today, which is an improvement from two weeks ago. I did it once, haven't been able to do it again, but that's how it goes sometimes.
     
  12. Pete5

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    Praise the Lord, I finally got a "clean" (no trampoline chest) single with 253 pounds at a bodyweight of 185 pounds. I'd missed this weight fifteen or twenty times and I made a slight alteration with my foot placement to enable more of a heel drive.
     
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    Jesus christ pete you are looking amazing now (in a non gay manly way)
    Nice going there :tu::tu:
     
  15. Pete5

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    HAHA, nah man it's all good. Putting in work, that's for sure.
     
  16. tensdanny

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    Agreed Pete you have an awfully nice physique. Look kind of like Gerard Butler in 300 from the neck down.
     
  17. Pete5

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    Nice! Thanks man. :tu:
     
  18. MichaelT

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    Amazing stuff Pete :tucool:

    I'll aim for 225/250 myself 1st before I can aim for that 300. Right now I can do about 210 as 1rm, which is about 20% more than my body weight. Seems like I have a long way to go until I can compete with you guys though!
     
  19. digitalnebula

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    What the hell....might as well chase this one too...


    05.28.13

    BB Bench
    45 x 10
    95 x 10
    135 x 8
    185 x 5
    225 x 2
    245 x 1
    265 x 1
    225 x 5, 3
    185 x 5
     
  20. FatLenny

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    I'm not overly surprised that my name isn't already on this one. I have not ever really enjoyed any type of pressing. This needs to be done for the sake of self-respect.

    I started thinking about it and pushing for it about two months ago.

    Estimated 1RM is currently 260(based on rep maxes).

    Giving myself until June of 2014.
     

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