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The Latest 700lb Raw Bench


Julius Maddox


That’s a stout boy, ha.


Hands inside elbows grip!



There was a picture on Josh Bryant’s IG where Julius and another giant are standing next to Josh. Josh is close to 300lbs but he looked tiny in that picture.


I think there is something to it. “Conventional wisdom” (noobs on PL forums) dictates that the widest possible grip is best because of the shorter ROM but some of the top benchers right now like Maddox, Jeremy Hoornstra, and James Strickland (who coincidentally are all coached by Josh Bryant) use a narrower grip. It reduces strain on the shoulders as well as minimizing the risk or pec injuries, both of which are a huge deal when you are benching over 600, plus they all have massive triceps which they put to good use. Other well known lifters and coaches have also opted for a closer grip, such as Jim Wendler and Konstantin Konstantinovs.


He just hit 705 in comp. I think he can break the WR if he stays healthy.


Give him a few months and the record will be his unless Kirill increases it.


Look Out, Russians!




I’ve been watching Maddox for some Friday, and it has to be written that he has obvious talent.

However he will not break Sarychev’s WR. Especially if Sarychev has a real potential on 350 kg. :slight_smile:

(18x 200 kg!) ↓ ↓ ↓


@chris_ottawa Now, I noticed that you mentioned Sarychev too, but what I wrote is and will true.


Only time will tell, it looks like Sarychev hasn’t made any progress in two years while Maddox’s numbers are steadily moving up. He almost got 723, that’s only 15.5 away from Sarychev’s record. The way I see it, the only way that Maddox won’t surpass the current record is if he gets injured. That doesn’t stop Sarychev from setting an even bigger record, but that is yet to happen.