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Ryan Kennelly's 1074 Bench Press, New World Record

http://www.powerliftingwatch.com/node/8578

He is about 330 or so in the video, looked fast and easy great bench press.

the speed with that kind of weight is amazing.

All i can say is amazing…

That’s not human. I wonder what he would total in a full powerlifting meet, benching what other elites squat.

[quote]Evensen wrote:
That’s not human. I wonder what he would total in a full powerlifting meet, benching what other elites squat.[/quote]

Don’t expect his total to be too high. He’s a bench specialist.

[quote]robo1 wrote:
the speed with that kind of weight is amazing. [/quote]

That’s probably due to the suit. Not to take anything away from him, though. His lockout strength is incredible, even though he struggled at the top. That’s a solid ass bench. I’m sure he’ll get 1100 soon.

1100 cannot be far off

his legs do not look big at all so i would also be unsurprised if his total was weak
good bench though

his 3-lift total is irrelevant. he’s dedicated himself to being a bench monster. plus he has discussed his squat stats many times before. He believes in squatting quite regularly to maintain balance in his strength and physique. i can’t remember the exat numbers he was claiming on squats but they were relatively high for a guy who competes bench only

[quote]undeadlift wrote:
robo1 wrote:
the speed with that kind of weight is amazing.

That’s probably due to the suit. [/quote]

No. its because of his technique

[quote]robo1 wrote:
undeadlift wrote:
robo1 wrote:
the speed with that kind of weight is amazing.

That’s probably due to the suit.

No. its because of his technique[/quote]

Absolutely. That and just how his body works. I am trying to remember the one big bench that happened recently and the guy just ground it out. Didn’t look like he was going to even approach lock-out. Came back and hit more on his next attempt in the same fashion.

Contrast that with a Kennelly or Siders. On bench, I’m like that too (obviously with not near as much weight.) It either flyes or I miss. I don’t let handlers pick my bench attempts b/c the way it looked and the way it felt are entirely different.

[quote]bignate wrote:
his legs do not look big at all so i would also be unsurprised if his total was weak
good bench though[/quote]

He had pretty decent legs by the looks of it. His back is just so monstrous you wouldn’t guess that.

Very impressive. Im suprised he didn’t just go for 1100 since he nearly had it a while back…

he did. 1074 was his second attempt. he attempted 1107 aftre that and missed it

Does the fed he competes in not require a pause? Obviously not taking anything away from him as that is just plain insane. I do have a legitimate question though: do shirts tear? And if so, at what point? I aks because it seems pretty dangerous to hold a weight over your face that’s about 400lbs more than you could without the equipment. That’s more trust than I could give.

His wife didn’t slap him in the face this time :(.

lol, beastly lift!

[quote]robo1 wrote:
he did. 1074 was his second attempt. he attempted 1107 aftre that and missed it[/quote]

My bad. The link to PLwatch didn’t work for me so I just searched for the 1074 attempt.

[quote]WhiteFlash wrote:
Does the fed he competes in not require a pause? Obviously not taking anything away from him as that is just plain insane. I do have a legitimate question though: do shirts tear? And if so, at what point? I aks because it seems pretty dangerous to hold a weight over your face that’s about 400lbs more than you could without the equipment. That’s more trust than I could give.[/quote]

Technically it has to hit the chest motionless. Judges in UPA are pretty quick on the press command so it can often appear touch and go versus the long count you often see in IPF. Based on the rules of that fed, I don’t see anything wrong with the lift. And yes bench shirts do tear and the weight Ryan is handling is incredibly dangerous which is one of the reasons why it’s so impressive. no fear

[quote]WhiteFlash wrote:
Does the fed he competes in not require a pause?[/quote]

There is no pause, the rule states in almost every fed I know of that uses a press command - when the bar becomes motionless on the lifters chest, he will be given a press command. Somewhere along the way that morphed into a “pause”.

[quote]WhiteFlash wrote:
I do have a legitimate question though: do shirts tear? And if so, at what point? I aks because it seems pretty dangerous to hold a weight over your face that’s about 400lbs more than you could without the equipment. That’s more trust than I could give.[/quote]

They do blow out, and it is usually pretty fast. I’ve seen Tiny Meeker have a blowout with 900 on the bar, spotters were quick though and he was fine.

[quote]robo1 wrote:
WhiteFlash wrote:
Does the fed he competes in not require a pause? Obviously not taking anything away from him as that is just plain insane. I do have a legitimate question though: do shirts tear? And if so, at what point? I aks because it seems pretty dangerous to hold a weight over your face that’s about 400lbs more than you could without the equipment. That’s more trust than I could give.

Technically it has to hit the chest motionless. Judges in UPA are pretty quick on the press command so it can often appear touch and go versus the long count you often see in IPF. Based on the rules of that fed, I don’t see anything wrong with the lift. And yes bench shirts do tear and the weight Ryan is handling is incredibly dangerous which is one of the reasons why it’s so impressive. no fear
[/quote]

A shirt blow-out in any situation is ugly. In this situation it could be catastrophic. Definitely fearless.

The one thing I have noticed that I find interesting is I have noticed a trend in UPA, etc. of making a lifter hold the bar at the end for what seems to me an extended period of time.

I just find it ironic in that soft-handoffs are allowed, press calls are fast (which I don’t take issue with as long as it is consistent) but then you have to hold the weight at the end.

Some would argue it proves lockout but I have seen several presses where the lifter is clearly not locked, made to hold it for several seconds, nothing changes, and they are given the lift.

It’s like if you can hold it at the end you have proven it’s locked.

Thoughts?