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Old 06-06-2007, 04:39 PM   #1
Andrew G. Greenberg
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Today I benched 215 at a bodyweight of 165. Not really an impressive PL number but still pretty good!

I've always had a weak upper body -- or should I say, I used to have a weak upper body -- so this is quite an achievement for me. Next goal is 225 - two plates, baby!

Thanks to Crossfit and especially Russ Greene for his support.
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:03 PM   #2
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Today, back squat PR:

300x1

Two in two days!
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:09 PM   #3
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WOW! Strongman comp, here you come! Great job, and continued success.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:57 AM   #4
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andrew-

congratulations! nice work! i am in the same boat as you! when i started CF i weighed 165 and could only bench 185, and after six months my 1RM went up to 220. now it's 235. keep up the good work! oh, and those PR's came without really benching that much, just from doing the WOD's.

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Old 06-11-2007, 08:08 AM   #5
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Being strong for your weight is always more impressive than just being strong. I know that for years I have been fairly average in terms of absolute strength, but relative strength has always been a strongpoint for me, and always a source of pride.

Not much in the lifting world compares to being the smallest (weight) person to perform a certain lift at a given weight. I coach my wrestlers to strive for high realtive strength, and it pays off on the mat.

Congratulations on 215(B) and 300(BS) @ 165!

Just wait until you see how it feels to bench 4 plates, and to squat 6. You feel like a king the first time you complete a lift with an additional full plate on the bar. I STILL remember my first 225 bench and first 315 squat. My first 315 bench was also a milestone.

Age? Length of time lifting?

PS- benching 225 is normally considered to be benching 4 plates- not 2. Be PROUD of adding those full plates, man! Count ALL of them!

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Old 06-11-2007, 05:55 PM   #6
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thanks for the comments, patrick.

I'm 28, and I started lifting seriously in maybe June of 2006. I used Starting Strength as a guide.



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Old 06-11-2007, 11:20 PM   #7
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While I appreciate you thanking me, I am more intimidated by your rapid progress. It is both gratifying and scary to have someone you've helped out start to catch up to you.

I hit 285 for 3 in the back squat (think I am good for at least 315 in a single) and am going to get a 235 lb. power clean pretty soon (did 215 X 2,2,2,2,1 today, after squats). No idea where I am on the bench.
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