The world record bench press is 1,075 lbs held by Ryan Kennelly. Brent Mikesell holds the record for squats with 1,074 lbs. MORE?
The bench press is an upper body exercise. The person performing the exercise lies on his or her back, lowers a weight to chest level, and then pushes it back up until the arms are straight. The exercise focuses on the development of the pectoralis major muscle as well as other supporting muscles including the anterior deltoids, serratus anterior, coracobrachialis, scapulae fixers, trapezii, and the triceps. The barbell bench press is one of three lifts in the sport of powerlifting and is used extensively in weight training, bodybuilding, and other types of lifting fitness training to develop the chest muscles.
Ryan Shawn Kennelly (born in 1974) is an American powerlifter who specializes in the bench press. He currently holds the World Powerlifting Organization (WPO) and has held the all-time world record in the assisted (geared) bench press with a lift of 1075.0 lbs (487.6 kg) from November 2008 until April 2013. This world record is classified as an equipped world record, meaning the lift is performed with the aid of a bench shirt. Kennelly has also bench pressed an unequipped 650.0 lbs (294.8 kg) in competition.
Progression of the bench press world record
Brent Mikesell is a powerlifter from the United States. On March 27, 2002, he set a world record by squatting 1075 pounds. He surpassed this record by squatting 1141 pounds in 2004.
Brent Mikesell is also famous for his squat of 517.5 kg (1,140.9 pounds) by squatting to full depth with this weight in WPC gear. This, and his raw best at 410.0 kg (raw) with no assisting equipment, makes him arguably among the greatest squat lifters of all time.
Bench press world records are the international records in bench press across the years, regardless of weight class or governing organization, for bench pressing on the back without using a bridge technique. The advent of bench press shirts, which support the lifter's shoulders and provide upward force, have increased records significantly since 1985 (for example, when the shirted record was 965 lb (438.64 kg), the unshirted record was just 713 lb (323.41 kg)). Today, the world record bench press without a bench shirt is 722 lb (327.5 kg), set by Eric Spoto (USA) in May 2013.
Eugène Rychlak Jr. is a former powerlifter from the United States, who specialized in the bench press. He was the first person to perform a bench press of over both 900 lb (410 kg) and 1,000 lb (450 kg).
Rychlak's bodyweight is in excess of 345 lb (156 kg). Rychlak previously held the record for the world's heaviest assisted bench press of 1010 lb (457 kg) December 16, 2006 in Lake George, NY. This record is now held by Ryan Kennelly, who has lifted 1075 lbs in the same lift.
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