Regardless of your training style, it would be fair to assume that you enjoy the bench press. Building a stronger chest, arms, and shoulders, it’s a must-have for weightlifting. But, if you need motivation to hit the bench one more time, let pro powerlifter Daniel Zamani to offer some motivation with a gargantuan new personal best.
The Iranian powerlifter has shown his prowess off the bench time and time again and is often hailed as the man who could knock fellow royal Julius Maddox off the top spot for a world record raw bench press.
To add fuel to the fire, Zamani posted a video on his Instagram page that showed off his heaviest bench press to date – a 350 kg (771 lb) PB. You can watch the video below:
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For context, the current world record for a dumbbell bench press is 355 kg (782.6 lb), held by Julius Maddox. In 2020, Maddox pulled for an 800 lb (362 kg) deadlift, but the bar was loaded incorrectly on his first attempt. After a second 800lb lift attempt, Maddox injured himself and retired from a third and final shot at the WR.
Ahead of the event, Maddox said: “It’s been a long journey, from the start of the coronavirus. I had the most consecutive training sessions until no injuries, everything was smooth. .. All my thought process over the past two months Can anyone get over it Can I really get over missing two of the biggest lifts of my life, going on the day of the meet and set up an 800-pound bench? I’m in that mindset when the time comes, I’m going to produce. And I keep saying nothing’s going to stop me.”
If you’re looking for pointers on your bench press, current Commonwealth Bench Championships gold medalist Dan Magee advises: “When you put your hands on the bar, a lot of people will put the bar on the bottom of their fingers to the right. at the top of the palm. And what I try to get people to do is put the bar just above the thumb. This is where I make her sit because then when you unclip the bar, your palm is loaded. You can read the rest of Magee’s bench press tips here.
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