Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

49 x 225

At a football scouting combine, Stephen Paea set a new record with 49 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press.

Here is the video.

I've already heard the second-hand comment that this is a mere 75% of his bodyweight. Sure, but how many people can crank out 49 perfect pushups? And a pushup is usually measured at around 50-60% of your bodyweight as resistance. In other words, this guy is pushing around a significant weight (a bar plus two plates on each side), in excess of what you'd expect most folks can do with just bodyweight, for 49 reps. Nice stuff.

AOL has a pretty nice article on it as well here.

I'm impressed by his good technique, too - he's got the reps down, and he's keeping tight, his elbows tucked, pulling the bar down with authority and pressing it back up to a full (but not overly-extended) lockout. Nice.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, 49 reps is incredible! Nice find Peter! Cheers Rob

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