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Title: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: the shadow on July 03, 2007, 07:21:40 AM
from imdb.com

Bench-pressed 560 lbs in his prime (age 25). Now, at the age of 50, he benches 400 lbs.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: The Squadfather on July 03, 2007, 07:22:24 AM
no way in a million years, i would doubt that he got anything over 405, great physique though.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: ToxicAvenger on July 03, 2007, 07:28:32 AM
low louie maybe got 405 back in the day for a double..THATS IT...



and i'm talking without a bench shirt..i dont consider bench shirt benches as legit..my weak ass put up 285 for a single  wearing a double ply..and i could barely get 225 up without one..


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: willie mosconi on July 03, 2007, 08:31:44 AM
from imdb.com
Bench-pressed 560 lbs in his prime (age 25). Now, at the age of 50, he benches 400 lbs.

I've been working out at gold's for the past 4 years and I've never seen him do the flat barbell bench, so the 400 lbs bench is highly questionable


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: swilkins1984 on July 03, 2007, 09:09:27 AM
In Pumping Iron he looked like he was going all out with 185 on the incline.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: toolarge4u on July 03, 2007, 10:34:48 AM
Well considering I have actually trained with him several times at my gym when hes on the east coast and visits my family, no he never does barbell. He does do 110-120's on flat for easy 10 though. He usually smith machines upto 275 for 10 -12 as well. Nothing special but on arm day i was blown away when he grabbed 90's and curled them incline seated with his feet up for 10. I got no reason to lie, hes never flat benched with me. But he did say at his best ever he benched low 500 for a single. I believe him as well. Arnold confirmed in front of me before also.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: onlyme on July 03, 2007, 10:40:22 AM
Lou was very strong for his height.  If you remember he did pretty damm well in the World Strongest Man competition.  I never saw him bench but I did see him do shoulders and trained arms with him a few times back in the early 80's and he is strong as hell.  I would doubt he might have benched that.  In Pumping Iron how much is he incline DB curling.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: willie mosconi on July 03, 2007, 10:41:54 AM
Well considering I have actually trained with him several times at my gym when hes on the east coast and visits my family, no he never does barbell. He does do 110-120's on flat for easy 10 though. He usually smith machines upto 275 for 10 -12 as well. Nothing special but on arm day i was blown away when he grabbed 90's and curled them incline seated with his feet up for 10. I got no reason to lie, hes never flat benched with me. But he did say at his best ever he benched low 500 for a single. I believe him as well. Arnold confirmed in front of me before also.

I believe he could still be pretty strong- he still looks pretty solid- especially for a guy in his late-50s


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: IceCold on July 03, 2007, 10:45:15 AM
Lou was very strong for his height.  If you remember he did pretty damm well in the World Strongest Man competition.  I never saw him bench but I did see him do shoulders and trained arms with him a few times back in the early 80's and he is strong as hell.  I would doubt he might have benched that.  In Pumping Iron how much is he incline DB curling.


100's.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: MCWAY on July 03, 2007, 11:32:57 AM
from imdb.com
Bench-pressed 560 lbs in his prime (age 25). Now, at the age of 50, he benches 400 lbs.

I don't consider Ferrigno as being in his prime at age 25, considering he was much bigger and more defined at age 41 when he competed at the 1993 Olympia. He was listed at 315. At the 1975 Olympia, he was 268.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Deadpool on July 03, 2007, 11:42:33 AM
regardless...he's still an obnoxious guy who never won the prize of mr o


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: The Squadfather on July 03, 2007, 11:58:53 AM
Well considering I have actually trained with him several times at my gym when hes on the east coast and visits my family, no he never does barbell. He does do 110-120's on flat for easy 10 though. He usually smith machines upto 275 for 10 -12 as well. Nothing special but on arm day i was blown away when he grabbed 90's and curled them incline seated with his feet up for 10. I got no reason to lie, hes never flat benched with me. But he did say at his best ever he benched low 500 for a single. I believe him as well. Arnold confirmed in front of me before also.
::)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: corinth on July 03, 2007, 12:00:42 PM
I would have to see him do it to believe it.

Of course that would probably cost me 20 bucks.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: The Squadfather on July 03, 2007, 12:02:49 PM
I would have to see him do it to believe it.

Of course that would probably cost me 20 bucks.
uh oh, watch out corinth, "toolargeforyou" is friends with Arnold and Ferrigno. ::)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: dzulboy on July 03, 2007, 12:03:46 PM
no way in a million years, i would doubt that he got anything over 405, great physique though.

dude he was huge in his prime


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: The Squadfather on July 03, 2007, 12:05:20 PM
dude he was huge in his prime
i know he was but there's no way in hell he benched 5 45's and a 35 on each side of the bar, sorry.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: OneMoreRep on July 03, 2007, 12:52:20 PM
dude he was huge in his prime

Looking huge due to steroid use or even looking huge period does not equate to having a big bench.  The guys that actually do bench in the high 700's - 900's even with the use of a shirt and all are way smaller then Ronnie Coleman, yet they can do sets of 10 with 500 as if it were a joke, whereas Ronnie would struggle.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: tommywishbone on July 03, 2007, 12:57:56 PM
No, no he did not.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: JasonH on July 03, 2007, 01:08:44 PM
Lou's got a good chest on him and reasonably short arms for his frame so a good lift on the bench is possible for him.

560 sounds a bit excessive to me but at a push I don't see any reason why he couldn't put up 480-500 for a single.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Matt C on July 03, 2007, 02:51:25 PM
Well considering I have actually trained with him several times at my gym when hes on the east coast and visits my family, no he never does barbell. He does do 110-120's on flat for easy 10 though. He usually smith machines upto 275 for 10 -12 as well. Nothing special but on arm day i was blown away when he grabbed 90's and curled them incline seated with his feet up for 10. I got no reason to lie, hes never flat benched with me. But he did say at his best ever he benched low 500 for a single. I believe him as well. Arnold confirmed in front of me before also.

toolarge4u,

At your max did you deadlift 405 for 17?


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Danimal77 on July 03, 2007, 04:34:18 PM
I read in a 1981 Muscle and Fitness magazine that he benched 420 pounds and with specialize training he could probably do 500 pounds. NO WAY did he bench 560 pounds. I DO believe that he DID bench 420 pounds however.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: pobrecito on July 03, 2007, 04:57:26 PM
Based on what he did on Pumping Iron, I would say NO. Yates and Coleman are probably among the very few BB that could actually BP over 500.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: SirTraps on July 03, 2007, 05:06:48 PM
He pushed a car over when he got really pissed and Bill Bixby turned green and huge.   Hope this helps.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Herc on July 03, 2007, 08:11:12 PM
no way in a million years, i would doubt that he got anything over 405, great physique though.

You must have no concept of wieghtlifing or bodybuilding.  you seriously dont think lou ferigno ever got anything above 405.  The guy wieghed 265lbs of solid muscle and was a monster.  He probably did 405 for 15 reps easily in his prime. Its not possible to look like he did with a bench under 405 especially for how tall he was.  For someone that tall to have any muscularity they will have a big bench. Whether or not he did 560 I dont know but I wouldnt put it past him.  He was a big guy with a big frame.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Herc on July 03, 2007, 08:31:04 PM
Just to put thing into perspective here is what franco columbo did. He was only 5'5" and 198, way smaller then Ferrigno.  If Ferrigno had any power at all he should at least have been over 500lbs on the bench.

Powerlifting world records
Bench press 525 lb (238 kg)
Squat 655 lb (297 kg)
Deadlift 750 lb (340 kg)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Wombat on July 03, 2007, 09:43:36 PM
One would think that in the pumping iron video, that he would have moved alot more weight...Unless that was all faked...


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: pumpster on July 03, 2007, 09:46:24 PM
Not that strong for his weight, and IMO not that ambitious on his own, needed others to push him.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: ReEvolution on July 03, 2007, 10:13:54 PM
doubtful
but who gives a shit


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Bodies on July 04, 2007, 12:03:35 AM
Lou was reportedly on a horrible diet of basically tuna and not much else for Pumping Iron so he was weak as hell when they shot that


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Marty Champions on July 04, 2007, 04:17:02 AM
no way in a million years, i would doubt that he got anything over 405, great physique though.

if my ass did 365 for 2 with sloppy form im sure he coulda got 465


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: The Squadfather on July 04, 2007, 06:50:30 AM
if Ferrigno really benched 560 why did he have to bend his knees to standing press 245 in Pumping Iron?


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: kimo on March 13, 2009, 05:01:33 AM
a guy with similar size tom maggee who was 6 foot 4 inches and 290 pounds squaated 826pounds and benched 573 pounds . .


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 13, 2009, 05:06:44 AM
lou hasn't been 50 for a good amount of years

isn't he around 65 now?


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BIG_STI on March 13, 2009, 05:11:40 AM
Just to put thing into perspective here is what franco columbo did. He was only 5'5" and 198, way smaller then Ferrigno.  If Ferrigno had any power at all he should at least have been over 500lbs on the bench.

Powerlifting world records
Bench press 525 lb (238 kg)
Squat 655 lb (297 kg)
Deadlift 750 lb (340 kg)

Holy shit he deadlifts as much as "Brent"


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Mars on March 13, 2009, 05:20:12 AM
louie couldnt fight his way out of a wet paper sack to save his life these days.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: johnnynoname on March 13, 2009, 05:37:15 AM
I just opened this thread and my wallet just lost 20 bucks


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Mars on March 13, 2009, 05:46:17 AM
I just opened this thread and my wallet just lost 20 bucks

he even rips off twinks nowadays :'(


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: johnnynoname on March 13, 2009, 05:47:08 AM
he even rips off twinks nowadays :'(

he rips them off?!
what a asshole


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: V Man on March 13, 2009, 05:47:52 AM
Just to put thing into perspective here is what franco columbo did. He was only 5'5" and 198, way smaller then Ferrigno.  If Ferrigno had any power at all he should at least have been over 500lbs on the bench.

Powerlifting world records
Bench press 525 lb (238 kg)
Squat 655 lb (297 kg)
Deadlift 750 lb (340 kg)

I recently watched the 1977 WSM competition which both Louie and Franco both competed in. If I remember correctly, Louie placed 4th and Franco placed 5th. Franco was ahead of Louie until the last event where he was injured and could not continue. (He dislocated his knee while doing the refrigerator race.)
I was actually quite impressed with Franco. He was competing at 188lbs, and while most of the other competitors out weighed him by almost 100lbs, he was still very competitive.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: kiwiol on March 13, 2009, 05:49:34 AM

100's.

Hahaha that scene was funny - Lou does an obviously hard set, but when he's done, his dad wipes his own face with a towel, saying,"Whew! What a workout!"

LOL!


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: mass 04 on March 13, 2009, 05:50:56 AM
Hahaha that scene was funny - Lou does an obviously hard set, but when he's done, his dad wipes his own face with a towel, saying,"Whew! What a workout!"

LOL!
Boom! Take a look at this hunk-a-man.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: kiwiol on March 13, 2009, 05:53:17 AM
Boom! Take a look at this hunk-a-man.

I have the director's cut of PI and in that, you can see an extended scene where Lou, his dad, Nelson Mandela and Onlyme have tea on the evening of the day before the Olympia, where Onlyme lifts up Lou's spirits by presenting him with a free 3 pack of Gillette blades.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: mass 04 on March 13, 2009, 05:55:28 AM
I have the director's cut of PI and in that, you can see an extended scene where Lou, his dad, Nelson Mandela and Onlyme have tea on the evening of the day before the Olympia, where Onlyme lifts up Lou's spirit by presenting him with a free 3 pack of Gillette blades.
LMAO.

Thanks Kweith, i weally appweciate tese bwades! Do you want to awm westle and ta winna pways Nelson? Is it twue you know Jonsey fwom Police Academy?


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: oldman on March 13, 2009, 07:25:27 AM
I have a picture of Louie benching over 585lbs in a New York gym...
































I will post if everyone pays me $20 ;D


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: wisconsinBB on March 13, 2009, 07:34:04 AM
At my heaviest, 305 ish, I was repping out 405 for 10 reps.  I guarantee in his prime, Lou could've thrown around 405.   That however does NOT equate to a 560 pound max.   Either way, the dude was huge as fuck and strong as fuck, who gives a shit was his max bench press was.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Playboy on March 13, 2009, 07:38:41 AM
Not that strong for his weight, and IMO not that ambitious on his own, needed others to push him.
It was done for the sake of the movie. I am positively sure he could have thrown way more weight.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: RC Money on March 13, 2009, 08:23:17 AM
I recently watched the 1977 WSM competition which both Louie and Franco both competed in. If I remember correctly, Louie placed 4th and Franco placed 5th. Franco was ahead of Louie until the last event where he was injured and could not continue. (He dislocated his knee while doing the refrigerator race.)
I was actually quite impressed with Franco. He was competing at 188lbs, and while most of the other competitors out weighed him by almost 100lbs, he was still very competitive.
Where can you find that video?


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: dan18 on March 13, 2009, 08:39:08 AM
from imdb.com
Bench-pressed 560 lbs in his prime (age 25). Now, at the age of 50, he benches 400 lbs.
its bb not powerlifting i doubt you can get 135 for 10...


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: V Man on March 13, 2009, 08:54:21 AM
Where can you find that video?

I don't know, I did a search on youtube and found nothing. It came on TV last week, that's how I saw it.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Team Diver on March 13, 2009, 11:22:43 AM
Lou was reportedly on a horrible diet of basically tuna and not much else for Pumping Iron so he was weak as hell when they shot that

My avatar can confirm this, he was there!!!


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: CastIron on March 13, 2009, 11:29:48 AM
Lou benching 400 or 405 is a load of fart. :-X


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: funk51 on March 13, 2009, 11:40:26 AM
lou say" everyone who looks at this thread owes me 20 dollars send it to the incredible jerk at eat shit drive callfornia


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: QuakerOats on March 13, 2009, 11:42:29 AM
i once looked at Lou Ferrigno from 1000 yards away with a pair of binoculars and he sent a carrier pigeon to me with a note saying "you owe me 20 bucks".


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: wisconsinBB on March 13, 2009, 12:51:50 PM
i once looked at Lou Ferrigno from 1000 yards away with a pair of binoculars and he sent a carrier pigeon to me with a note saying "you owe me 20 bucks".


Did you get charged extra for delivery?


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Mars on March 13, 2009, 12:54:17 PM
hes a scandal for humanity.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: wes on March 13, 2009, 01:19:23 PM
no


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: gordiano on March 13, 2009, 01:57:05 PM
RETARD STRENGTH


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: gracie bjj on March 14, 2009, 12:46:40 AM
i heard lou was only strong in curling exercises,other then that he was nothing special,then again hes a bodybuilder not a powerlifter.but imo if your that big you should have a little GO with the SHOW


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: #1 Klaus fan on March 14, 2009, 01:03:42 AM
Didn't he deadlift an insane amount? I remember a number 900 but I don't think he did that much.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: local hero on March 14, 2009, 03:25:07 AM
most gym rats can handle 120's for reps for flats or inclines so thats nothing special at all, no matter how easy he does it


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: wes on March 14, 2009, 04:16:52 AM
I highly doubt if Lou could ever bench upwards of 405 if that even.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: MuscleMcMannus on March 14, 2009, 04:24:51 AM
WTF are you guys talking about?  Everyone creams all over some 18 year old fat fuck with half the size and build of Lou Ferrigno doing 500lbs in the bench yet you guys wouldn't believe big Lou could bench over 500lbs? 


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: onlyme on March 14, 2009, 09:50:57 AM
WTF are you guys talking about?  Everyone creams all over some 18 year old fat fuck with half the size and build of Lou Ferrigno doing 500lbs in the bench yet you guys wouldn't believe big Lou could bench over 500lbs? 

Yea it is amazing what some of these guys think.  I can bet not one of them had ever seen Lou in his prime and how big he was.  And I am pretty sure they didn't have Lou on the WSM just because he looked good.  He was a huge and very thick 275+ when I saw him in person nearly all the time in the gym.  And not one person would ever doubt he could bench at least 405.  Really some of these guys need to get out of the house and go to the gym.  Did anyone eatch Pumping Iron and see with your own eyes Lou incline dumbell curling 100 lb dumbells.  Holy shit!  and you don't think he could bench heavy.   ??? ???


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: MuscleMcMannus on March 14, 2009, 05:57:02 PM
Yea it is amazing what some of these guys think.  I can bet not one of them had ever seen Lou in his prime and how big he was.  And I am pretty sure they didn't have Lou on the WSM just because he looked good.  He was a huge and very thick 275+ when I saw him in person nearly all the time in the gym.  And not one person would ever doubt he could bench at least 405.  Really some of these guys need to get out of the house and go to the gym.  Did anyone eatch Pumping Iron and see with your own eyes Lou incline dumbell curling 100 lb dumbells.  Holy shit!  and you don't think he could bench heavy.   ??? ???

There are lot of stupid teenagers/21ish year olds on this board.  I'm convinced judging by threads like this and others.  Afterall the board steroid "guru" is a whole 19 years old.  LMAO!  What a joke! 


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: gracie bjj on March 15, 2009, 12:43:37 AM
im 100% sure lou couldve done 405 for reps easily in the pumping iron days,but 560 is alot of weight for even the strongest bodybuilders,who knows?i heard casey viator was prolly the strongest bodybuilder in the late 70,s.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: IronFan on March 15, 2009, 08:57:42 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RJBC6Uxkc

Wasn't even in shape for this.  400 would have been a joke.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: TechnoViking on March 15, 2009, 11:51:40 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RJBC6Uxkc

Wasn't even in shape for this.  400 would have been a joke.


I can't believe they even gave Louie those lifts...You have to hold the that shit up...Which Lou could not do...


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: QuakerOats on March 16, 2009, 06:37:44 AM

I can't believe they even gave Louie those lifts...You have to hold the that shit up...Which Lou could not do...
::)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Danimal77 on March 17, 2009, 07:23:26 PM
In the early 80's, he claimed a bench press of 420 pounds for reps for his training for the movie Hercules. Dude was over 6'4" and had a legit 60" chest and 23.5" arms at 330 pounds in 1993.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Eric2 on March 17, 2009, 08:40:22 PM
Pretty sure big Lou could bench over 500. Lou was massive, you just don't get that way without moving some heavy Iron.
   Wes- I can understand judging by your build how you could see it the other way. I myself benched 445 for a single, my best ever. I did this at 225 pounds bw, I have long arms like Lou and, Lou has much more mass than I, Lou had to be strong.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: onlyme on March 17, 2009, 11:42:37 PM
In the early 80's, he claimed a bench press of 420 pounds for reps for his training for the movie Hercules. Dude was over 6'4" and had a legit 60" chest and 23.5" arms at 330 pounds in 1993.

I saw Lou like I said alot at the original World Gym.  He was getting ready to go to Italy for Hercules.  He was HUGE.  He trained in a torn flannel shirt and was just unreal.  I don't remember watching him lift heavy weights.  I did do curls with him a few times.  But, at that time he was the biggest person I had ever seen.  Just awesome looking.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: disco_stu on March 18, 2009, 01:56:13 AM
Pretty sure big Lou could bench over 500. Lou was massive, you just don't get that way without moving some heavy Iron.
   Wes- I can understand judging by your build how you could see it the other way. I myself benched 445 for a single, my best ever. I did this at 225 pounds bw, I have long arms like Lou and, Lou has much more mass than I, Lou had to be strong.

i agree. the guy was 6'6"..and thick across the pecs.

He got to 315 in contest shape.

i cant see any reason why he wouldnt have benched high 500s for a single..if he chose to.

heck, 400 for reps seems very weak for a 330+ lb guy to me.

either way, he was big enough to be able to do, or he was just not mechanically configured for good benching so didnt do it.

if it was based on size alone, then you'd think he could do it.



Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: wes on March 18, 2009, 02:34:52 AM
Pretty sure big Lou could bench over 500. Lou was massive, you just don't get that way without moving some heavy Iron.
   Wes- I can understand judging by your build how you could see it the other way. I myself benched 445 for a single, my best ever. I did this at 225 pounds bw, I have long arms like Lou and, Lou has much more mass than I, Lou had to be strong.
Who cares,I benched 300 at 155 pounds!!

Lou wasn`t as strong as he looked.........big does not always equate to strong.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BIG_STI on March 18, 2009, 02:55:37 AM
There are lot of stupid teenagers/21ish year olds on this board.  I'm convinced judging by threads like this and others.  Afterall the board steroid "guru" is a whole 19 years old.  LMAO!  What a joke! 

The only thing cumdizzle is a expert on is the use of a 12 inch black dong.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: FREDO on March 18, 2009, 04:28:58 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RJBC6Uxkc

Wasn't even in shape for this.  400 would have been a joke.
great clip ...you have to love 70's tv.....4 things i noticed....1. i never realized matty ferrigno was gay 2. lou was incredibly skinny off the juice which i assume he was  he had "spaghetti arms"  3. for a guy who made his fame through bodybuilding/lifting weights he had the worst form of anyone on the clip     4. even matty realized his son/bodybuilders weren't athletes


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: rccs on March 18, 2009, 05:06:54 AM
Based on what he did on Pumping Iron, I would say NO. Yates and Coleman are probably among the very few BB that could actually BP over 500.
Levrone, Ruhl, Wolf...


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: rccs on March 18, 2009, 05:12:14 AM
What was Arnold max BP? I always read that Arnold was the best bpresser of his generation...


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 18, 2009, 06:32:27 AM
What was Arnold max BP? I always read that Arnold was the best bpresser of his generation...

u always read wrong. Arnold wasn't a good bench presser. He had longer arms than most and plus when he moved to america he stopped training heavy and started doing a lot of supersets (chest and back for example). He didn't train for 1 rep maxes or anything. Franco could move some heavy weight on the bench press because of his short arms, but he had awful form.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: MisterGX on March 18, 2009, 06:56:20 AM
The World's Strongest Man Competition was in 1977, and out of a field of 8-10 competitors, Lou was fourth.  He won the steel bar bending event, and the car lifting event.  And for some of you old wrestling fans, Ken Patera was third in that event.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Meso_z on March 18, 2009, 07:33:05 AM
Holy shit, one of the best bb pics here.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: JasonH on March 18, 2009, 07:41:51 AM
The World's Strongest Man Competition was in 1977, and out of a field of 8-10 competitors, Lou was fourth.  He won the steel bar bending event, and the car lifting event.  And for some of you old wrestling fans, Ken Patera was third in that event.

This pretty much about sums it up.

I would reckon that Lou could have done 560 for bench without a problem if he can get a respectable result like that in WSM.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: rccs on March 18, 2009, 08:30:06 AM
u always read wrong. Arnold wasn't a good bench presser. He had longer arms than most and plus when he moved to america he stopped training heavy and started doing a lot of supersets (chest and back for example). He didn't train for 1 rep maxes or anything. Franco could move some heavy weight on the bench press because of his short arms, but he had awful form.
Probably if I read it "Magoo" style I might have read it wrong... >:( I've read it right, but probably who ever wrote it didn't write the truth...


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 18, 2009, 09:52:03 AM
Probably if I read it "Magoo" style I might have read it wrong... >:( I've read it right, but probably who ever wrote it didn't write the truth...

then you need to find more truthful articles to read my friend  ;D


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: RC Money on March 18, 2009, 10:25:43 AM
Levrone, Ruhl, Wolf...
Dennis Wolf??? what makes you think that, repace that with Dennis James and you're on the money


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 18, 2009, 10:35:06 AM
Dennis Wolf??? what makes you think that, repace that with Dennis James and you're on the money

Dennis James doesn't bench tho.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: RC Money on March 18, 2009, 10:36:53 AM
Dennis James doesn't bench tho.
true, but neither did dorian and hes on the original list, DJ has inclined 495 on some vid before tho


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 18, 2009, 10:40:05 AM
true, but neither did dorian and hes on the original list, DJ has inclined 495 on some vid before tho

well yea true incline. I was just referring to flat. I didn't notice Dorian was on the list.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: funk51 on March 18, 2009, 10:48:43 AM
great clip ...you have to love 70's tv.....4 things i noticed....1. i never realized matty ferrigno was gay 2. lou was incredibly skinny off the juice which i assume he was  he had "spaghetti arms"  3. for a guy who made his fame through bodybuilding/lifting weights he had the worst form of anyone on the clip     4. even matty realized his son/bodybuilders weren't athletes
                                                             at the time lou was said to weigh 225lbs the same as when he made that dreadful movie sinbad. so apparently when he's off or on low dose he leans down to 225 at 6 ft 5 that ain't a hunk of man.....


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Eric2 on March 19, 2009, 08:45:10 PM
Joe weider put out some training tapes some years back. There was a shot on one of them of big Lou repping 405 like its nothing. I am going to look for it in my collection.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: kimo on July 19, 2011, 05:34:52 AM
yes very possible he could squat 600 pounds for reps and pull 800 pounds


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Heywood on July 19, 2011, 05:43:33 AM
The guys who really do bench 560 these days do so with 10 bed sheets wrapped around themselves.  The bedsheets bench about 300, and the lifter presses the other 260.....



Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Pet shop boys on July 19, 2011, 06:10:19 AM
He used to bench 5 plates (no wraps) few good reps, used to squat 5 plates all the way down no wraps either.


WOOOSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


WOOOSSSHHHHHHHHH


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BILL ANVIL on July 19, 2011, 06:13:15 AM
I did 365 at a puny 210 Im sure Lou could hit the mid 400s lol. I read somewhere he did 475, sounds pretty believable to me... The guy could barely fit through doorways for fuck sakes.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Dr Dutch on July 19, 2011, 06:15:16 AM
Guy's archaic..


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: The True Adonis on July 19, 2011, 06:16:53 AM
That Oldfield guy is in a wheelchair with a Cane these days.  Looks like Lou is the winner here.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BILL ANVIL on July 19, 2011, 06:23:50 AM
Levrone, Ruhl, Wolf...

Ruhl and Wolfe??  ???


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Tito24 on July 19, 2011, 07:08:50 AM
Yea it is amazing what some of these guys think.  I can bet not one of them had ever seen Lou in his prime and how big he was.  And I am pretty sure they didn't have Lou on the WSM just because he looked good.  He was a huge and very thick 275+ when I saw him in person nearly all the time in the gym.  And not one person would ever doubt he could bench at least 405.  Really some of these guys need to get out of the house and go to the gym.  Did anyone eatch Pumping Iron and see with your own eyes Lou incline dumbell curling 100 lb dumbells.  Holy shit!  and you don't think he could bench heavy.   ??? ???

welcome back Keith, im glad it was all a bad dream.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Fortress on July 19, 2011, 09:38:26 AM
Lou was a huge dude, yeah, but 560? Nope.

I'd give him a press somewhere in the high 400s but that's it.

Bench press prowess is specific and requires specific training, as do all the fundamental lifts. A huge guy will likely press a lot, relatively speaking, but nowhere near what are world-class numbers.

Mendelson has the biggest raw press at 715 and that lift had zero pause (nice press command, Ed Coan  ::) ).

A five hundred-pound bench is HUGE. I mean, how many drug-free and raw lifters can even hit that weight ... guys who specialize?! I've never seen one.

Let's not forget photo shoots, etc. often employ fake plates, too.

Louie, at his biggest (a.k.a. most gassed) would probably bang out 405 for five to eight reps, and none with anything resembling a pause.





Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Nails on July 19, 2011, 10:14:00 AM
he clean and jerked an pressed 250 BFTO for like 10 reps ..  and not sure but he was doing about 80-100lb incline DB curls as well .... so 500 might not be so far reached



 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt-8Q54Hvws


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Tito24 on July 19, 2011, 10:14:45 AM
The incredible Jerk


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Nails on July 19, 2011, 10:15:38 AM
Lou at the Strong man competition, he Musters up 310lbs for 1 fast rep of standing press


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RJBC6Uxkc


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: kimo on July 19, 2011, 11:56:58 AM
ifbb secretary roberts told me he was the strongest bodybuilder in the first outing of the strongman contest in 1977. meaning that he was stonger than franco.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Irongrip400 on July 19, 2011, 12:07:10 PM
Shit yeah he could do that.  I benched 410 at 22 years old on not even a fraction of the shit these dudes were taking.  I was 243 @ 6'3 and didn't look half as muscular as that dude.  He would be a pussy if he couldn't.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: mesmorph78 on July 19, 2011, 12:17:05 PM
cant see why not with his size and the amount of food and whatever drugs they took he should be doing that


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: JP_RC on July 19, 2011, 12:24:24 PM
The incredible Jerk

lol


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: JasonH on July 19, 2011, 01:10:09 PM
Lou's got a good chest on him and reasonably short arms for his frame so a good lift on the bench is possible for him.

560 sounds a bit excessive to me but at a push I don't see any reason why he couldn't put up 480-500 for a single.

Haha, it's weird reading what you wrote over four years ago. I still agree with myself though.  :)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Viking11 on July 19, 2011, 01:14:57 PM
Based on what he did on Pumping Iron, I would say NO. Yates and Coleman are probably among the very few BB that could actually BP over 500.
Yates never benched 500. He really didnt bench after his first year or two training. Very good on Inclines though- got a few reps with 425 at one point.  Lou was heavier than Yates with a bigger chest and arms so I believe the 500 bench. Dorian would kill Lou on back or legs though.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BB on July 19, 2011, 01:43:59 PM
Don't believe #560 for Lou, atleast not a clean bench. I do think he could get into the low #500's, but not that high. I'm basing that on what other dedicated Powerlifters, Strongmen, OL'ers, and Track and Field guys were doing at the time. #560 was and is,  a huge number. You'll see it today even with raw lifters, etc...... once they break into the low #400's, it's a big fight for every pound after that point.

I'm also grading it by the old standards, which would be feet on floor, head on bench, minimal arch, with decent press commands. Not the any-how style that most gym lifts get graded on.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Nails on July 19, 2011, 01:47:56 PM
Based on what he did on Pumping Iron, I would say NO. Yates and Coleman are probably among the very few BB that could actually BP over 500.

Kevin Levronie could bench over 500 easy
Franco Columbo also beched 500
and Frank Mcgrath also benched little over 500lb for a couple reps

thats just a few


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Fortress on July 19, 2011, 01:52:51 PM
Don't believe #560 for Lou, atleast not a clean bench. I do think he could get into the low #500's, but not that high. I'm basing that on what other dedicated Powerlifters, Strongmen, OL'ers, and Track and Field guys were doing at the time. #560 was and is,  a huge number. You'll see it today even with raw lifters, etc...... once they break into the low #400's, it's a big fight for every pound after that point.

This.

Listen, folks, there's no way he pressed 560. That is a HUGE weight to press. Many of you fail to understand that, just because so and so pushes 400-plus-change, doesn't mean there's not a WORLD OF difference between 425 and 560! It isn't some smooth and linear climb in poundage as some suggest. Heavier weight requires greater and greater amounts of force and size.

Few elite powerlifters press between 500 and 600, raw. Heck, Coan never hit 600, and he is, despite having the personality of a clam, one of the very greatest.

Get a clue, folks.  


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BILL ANVIL on July 19, 2011, 05:27:11 PM
This.

Listen, folks, there's no way he pressed 560. That is a HUGE weigh to press. Many of you fail to understand that, just because so and so pushes 400-plus-change, doesn't mean there's not a WORLD OF difference between 425 and 560! It isn't some smooth and linear climb in poundage as some suggest. Heavier weight requires greater and greater amounts of force and size.

Few elite powerlifters press between 500 and 600, raw. Heck, Coan never hit 600, and he is, despite having the personality of a clam, one of the very greatest.

Get a clue, folks.  

A 500lb bench press is huge. Thats the ultimate benchmark in all strength sports, so for a guy as monstrous as Lou thats not really far fetched. 60lbs heavier than that is though, theres a big difference. Not buying the 560 claim either bro.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Fortress on July 19, 2011, 10:40:16 PM
A 500lb bench press is huge. Thats the ultimate benchmark in all strength sports, so for a guy as monstrous as Lou thats not really far fetched. 60lbs heavier than that is though, theres a big difference. Not buying the 560 claim either bro.

You're a man who knows, clearly. Yes, it is a massive divide between a 500 press and a 560 press. The ever-increasing horsepower to push smaller and smaller increments of weight is major.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: burn2live on July 20, 2011, 02:46:23 AM
low louie maybe got 405 back in the day for a double..THATS IT...



and i'm talking without a bench shirt..i dont consider bench shirt benches as legit..my weak ass put up 285 for a single  wearing a double ply..and i could barely get 225 up without one..


If you only got 60lb out of a double ply shirt you're doing something wrong  :)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Figo on July 20, 2011, 08:40:51 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pTwFGBX2Atk/ThACc2Wz2eI/AAAAAAAAAeQ/HVSAvb2dLjw/s1600/lou+6.jpg)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Figo on July 20, 2011, 08:47:51 AM
(http://www.nowhavefun.com/celebritypictures/d/102567-2/19+Lou+Ferrigno+picture.jpg)



Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Figo on July 20, 2011, 08:50:57 AM
chuck owns everyone, here he makes lou a twink

(http://mastersofnone.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/chuck-norris-and-lou-ferrigno.jpg)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Nails on July 20, 2011, 08:55:25 AM
chest looks thick enough for 500+ to me


(http://s4.hubimg.com/u/1094699_f260.jpg)


(http://www.schwarzenegger.it/mro/ferrigno/lf163.jpg)


(http://athlete.ru/fotos/profi/lou_ferrigno/lou_ferrigno_034.jpg)


(http://athlete.ru/fotos/profi/lou_ferrigno/lou_ferrigno_010.jpg)


(http://athlete.ru/fotos/profi/lou_ferrigno/lou_ferrigno_005.jpg)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Fortress on July 20, 2011, 09:06:28 AM
chest looks thick enough for 500+ to me

What does chest thickness have to do with ultimate bench-press prowess, especially when we're talking about poundages in excess of 450 pounds? Most huge pressers are mostly triceps/shoulder effort. Anyone who knows anything about bench pressing for huge numbers knows it's best to minimize pectoral work so as to both prevent tears and to fully engage the triceps/shoulder/back effect.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: liquid_c on July 20, 2011, 09:34:57 AM
What does chest thickness have to do with ultimate bench-press prowess, especially when we're talking about poundages in excess of 450 pounds? Most huge pressers are mostly triceps/shoulder effort. Anyone who knows anything about bench pressing for huge numbers knows it's best to minimize pectoral work so as to both prevent tears and to fully engage the triceps/shoulder/back effect.

If your talking shirted benching, then yes the chest is not nearly as important as triceps/shoulders.  However for the raw bencher, chest is quite important. 


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Fortress on July 20, 2011, 09:38:14 AM
Sure, but some of the greatest and largest chests have been built with much less than 500 pounds. Lee Haney had a thoroughly thick chest and he struggled to do several reps with 405.

Many of you simply have no understanding of how heavy a 500-pound press truly is. Having done a halfways OK rep with 365 or even 405 doesn't allow one to usually fully grasp the feat of pushing five or 600 pounds.  


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: OTHstrong on July 20, 2011, 09:59:23 AM
500 is nothing nowadays, hundreds can do it, including myself  8), but in Lue's day only a handful could.....its possible for him to have done 560 considering he was 330 at onepoint and in the strongestman comp.....but maybe not, 500 for sure though


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Fortress on July 20, 2011, 10:28:19 AM
500 is nothing nowadays, hundreds can do it, including myself  8), but in Lue's day only a handful could.....its possible for him to have done 560 considering he was 330 at onepoint and in the strongestman comp.....but maybe not, 500 for sure though

a) Did you press 500 drug-free?

b) Did you press 500 raw?

c) Lou was 330 in the early '90s (much less in his classic era) ... and I can guarantee you he never pressed anything over 400 (if he barbell benched at all) during his comeback training. I trained with him and Platz around this time when I was an editor at MuscleMag and visted Venice World Gym/Gold's. Huge, but not a heavy trainer.

d) The WSM contests at the time in which Lou participated were not anything CLOSE to what they have become. When Ferrigno competed, he was up against friggin' pro ball players, etc.

 


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Dr Dutch on July 20, 2011, 10:29:31 AM
Ferrigno never had a prime..


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: OTHstrong on July 20, 2011, 10:54:45 AM
a) Did you press 500 drug-free?

b) Did you press 500 raw?

c) Lou was 330 in the early '90s (much less in his classic era) ... and I can guarantee you he never pressed anything over 400 (if he barbell benched at all) during his comeback training. I trained with him and Platz around this time when I was an editor at MuscleMag and visted Venice World Gym/Gold's. Huge, but not a heavy trainer.

d) The WSM contests at the time in which Lou participated were not anything CLOSE to what they have become. When Ferrigno competed, he was up against friggin' pro ball players, etc.

 
q-a..........no, juiced to the gills
q-b.......no bench shirt, elbow, wrist wraps
q-c.........maybe he didn't, but I believe we are talking if he was strong enough to do so
q-d.......didn't know that


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Stavios on July 20, 2011, 10:57:11 AM
500 is nothing nowadays, hundreds can do it, including myself  8), but in Lue's day only a handful could.....its possible for him to have done 560 considering he was 330 at onepoint and in the strongestman comp.....but maybe not, 500 for sure though

I will never bench 500lbs in my life bro  :o


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Fortress on July 20, 2011, 10:57:51 AM
q-a..........no, juiced to the gills
q-b.......no bench shirt, elbow, wrist wraps
q-c.........maybe he didn't, but I believe we are talking if he was strong enough to do so
q-d.......didn't know that

Thanks for the honest answers, dude.

He might have had the capacity at one time to do so, but without specific training over a period of several months, he would have been crushed like a bug under 560.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: OTHstrong on July 20, 2011, 11:04:24 AM
I will never bench 500lbs in my life bro  :o
Bench is something you either have or you don't...not trying to brag but a year off the gym,no juice, eating doughnuts everyday, can easily crack 315 in my second chest workout, but some people can't bench even weighing 300 lb with a big chest.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Stavios on July 20, 2011, 11:06:27 AM
Bench is something you either have or you don't...not trying to brag but a year off the gym,no juice, eating doughnuts everyday, can easily crack 315 in my second chest workout, but some people can't bench even weighing 300 lb with a big chest.

yeah that's true. Some people a good at bench, other at deads..

myself, I am good at tanning. I can have a great tan

;D


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: OTHstrong on July 20, 2011, 11:07:56 AM
yeah that's true. Some people a good at bench, other at deads..

myself, I am good at tanning. I can have a great tan

;D
lol ;D


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Nails on July 20, 2011, 11:11:37 AM
yeah that's true. Some people a good at bench, other at deads..

myself, I am good at tanning. I can have a great tan

;D

So true, i can Deadlift 450 easy, but 185lb on the bench feels heavy as shit, but i also had major ligament reconstruction on my wrist too


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Overload on July 20, 2011, 12:49:00 PM
Bench is something you either have or you don't...not trying to brag but a year off the gym,no juice, eating doughnuts everyday, can easily crack 315 in my second chest workout, but some people can't bench even weighing 300 lb with a big chest.

This is true.

Some people are just good at certian movements.

Mine was always the deadlift. I used to bench a shitload of weight, but today after taking a few years off training, my bench is shit. My deadlift on the other hand, has still remained somewhat decent. I hadn't deadlifted in over 2 years and did reps with 315 like it was a warmup a few weeks after i was back into training.


8)


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BILL ANVIL on July 20, 2011, 04:54:38 PM
What does chest thickness have to do with ultimate bench-press prowess, especially when we're talking about poundages in excess of 450 pounds? Most huge pressers are mostly triceps/shoulder effort. Anyone who knows anything about bench pressing for huge numbers knows it's best to minimize pectoral work so as to both prevent tears and to fully engage the triceps/shoulder/back effect.

Agreed. Chest thickness has nothing to do with it, it has more to do with chest girth and overall upper body mass and power as a whole.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: OTHstrong on July 20, 2011, 04:58:07 PM
Agreed. Chest thickness has nothing to do with it, it has more to do with chest girth and overall upper body mass and power as a whole.
I would also add joints tendons and ligaments


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BILL ANVIL on July 20, 2011, 05:04:26 PM
I would also add joints tendons and ligaments

Absolutely. Thats one of the more important things for strength, so genetics and time in the gym surely contribute to that. I always had a hell of a time on the bench just because my wrists are so small and I feel the weight in my elbows before I do my chest.

I know Lou was skinny to begin with, and maybe alot of his size was drugs but you cant deny the fact that he must of been scary huge in person back in the day. Whenever I saw him on that TV sitcom, he walked into the room and beside normal people he look humongous, like a damn giant. The bigger men like that have an easier time handling the bigger weight of course.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Coach is Back! on July 20, 2011, 05:23:58 PM
They didn't have bench shirts back then.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: MB on July 21, 2011, 06:54:19 AM
Bench is something you either have or you don't...not trying to brag but a year off the gym,no juice, eating doughnuts everyday, can easily crack 315 in my second chest workout, but some people can't bench even weighing 300 lb with a big chest.

The bench doesn't seem like it's a true test of strength.  The NFL combine should be using an exercise like clean and press to gage strength instead of bench press. 


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: OTHstrong on July 21, 2011, 08:26:55 AM
The bench doesn't seem like it's a true test of strength.  The NFL combine should be using an exercise like clean and press to gage strength instead of bench press. 
True strength?.....Deadlifts is the only true strength in my opinion. I have met lots with strong bench and weak everything else. Every single person I have met with a strong deadlift is strong in any lift.Deadlifts also recruit muscle from everywhere in the body and its an exercise you can put every once of power into it....I have seen stars after moving some heavy weight with deads.. sounds cheesy but true,lol


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Figo on July 23, 2011, 12:29:31 AM
Ferrigno never had a prime..


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: kevcat on July 24, 2011, 02:10:54 PM
Yeh the strongman shit he did was still pretty good.I see some people saying its shit compared to what they do now, but overhead pressing 200+ in the shape of a barrel or bending rods is strength no matter when ti was done.
Agree about the you either have it or you dont.My chest is one of my better bodyparts but my bench weight is piss poor.I rarely bother with it anymore cos i seem to get shoulder pain anyway.Whereas my back exercises im pretty strong on.


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Ursus on July 24, 2011, 03:17:05 PM
I am reasonably strong but I do have to work on the bench. if i miss it or mess it up a couple of workouts it feels way way harder.

I am gonna give training a real good hard run the next 6-8 weeks see if I can add 10lbs or so to my bench!


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BILL ANVIL on July 24, 2011, 06:12:27 PM
I am reasonably strong but I do have to work on the bench. if i miss it or mess it up a couple of workouts it feels way way harder.

I am gonna give training a real good hard run the next 6-8 weeks see if I can add 10lbs or so to my bench!

Same here, if I miss a chest workout I wont hit my max the next time. I really need to keep on it if I wanna maintain a 315lb+ bench. Its almost not even worth the effort.
Deadlift is totally opposite, I can take a month off from them and pull 405 for 8 with a hangover and little food. Little effort there.


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Ursus on July 25, 2011, 11:04:36 AM
I think chest thickness in general is a good indicator of strength.

When have you ever seen a guy witha  thick chest who was not strong (405+)


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: BILL ANVIL on July 25, 2011, 04:21:55 PM
I think chest thickness in general is a good indicator of strength.

When have you ever seen a guy witha  thick chest who was not strong (405+)

Yeah true, despite what some people say I firmly believe that in order to maintain a big chest you need to do some sort of bench press dumbbell or bar. Im not talking about pec depth or beauty here, im talking pure chest ribcage mass and overall girth. Thats what requires big numbers.


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: kimo on June 07, 2012, 06:07:55 AM
lou was very strong . dont think otherwise . big boned man too .


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: gracie bjj on June 07, 2012, 06:25:19 AM
Yeah true, despite what some people say I firmly believe that in order to maintain a big chest you need to do some sort of bench press dumbbell or bar. Im not talking about pec depth or beauty here, im talking pure chest ribcage mass and overall girth. Thats what requires big numbers.

i agree, i think the heavy dumbells are the best


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Fortress on June 07, 2012, 10:19:53 AM
lou was very strong . dont think otherwise . big boned man too .

Well, sure. When the man was gassed to the tits and got his bodyweight towards 300 ('70s) or OVER 300 (early '90s), yeah, he would have been strong as hell, almost by default.

However, again, there is a WORLD of difference between hitting several reps with, say, 405, and pressing 5-fuckin'-60! Arnold built a massive chest with well under 500 pounds on the bench. The guy was lucky to hit a few good reps with four plates at his biggest and best.

In 2012, the very best bench pressers, raw but juiced heavily, move between 550 and 650, generally. There have been two guys who have officially done over seven ... and one of these, Scot Mendelson (715), hardly paused the bar, as is required for a lift to be truly legal. The press command came from Ed Coan and he says he was scared shitless for Scot so rushed the "press!".

Perhaps if Lou had specialized in the bench press all those years back he could have done upwards of 600 pounds; perhaps more. But he didn't and he never came close.   


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: orion on June 07, 2012, 11:43:23 AM
I saw Lou at some show when he was still doing the Incredible Hulk.  Someone asked him how much he could bench and I remember he replied 585.  I don't know one way or another.
I remember seeing video of Arnold with 455 on the bar, but Arnold never lifted to see how much he could lift.  I would like to see all those who claim to lift huge poundages try to do Arnolds workout.  He would do a set of bench and then do a back exercise and with less than a minutes rest add more weight and do bench for strict reps of ten  The difference between lifting at an intense tempo like that and doing sets of three with five or ten minutes rest is like comparing pond hockey to an NHL game.  If Arnold wanted to do a workout like that I'm sure he could bench over 500 but he would consider that a wasted workout and he did't waste workouts.
It's not inconceivable tha Lou could bench high numbers.  He had the shoulder strength and that is what is really required for a good bench


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Dr Dutch on June 07, 2012, 12:00:03 PM
lou was very strong . dont think otherwise . big boned man too .
Do you have permission to re-open ancient worthless threads, "kimo" ?


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: OneMoreRep on June 07, 2012, 12:05:21 PM
Do you have permission to re-open ancient worthless threads, "kimo" ?

That's what I was thinking. This thread is as worthless as starting a debate about who should have won an Olympia 30+ years ago.

"1"


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: indie-lad on June 07, 2012, 03:35:44 PM
He pushed a car over when he got really pissed and Bill Bixby turned green and huge.   Hope this helps.


 :D


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: oldtimer1 on June 07, 2012, 04:16:42 PM
The bench doesn't seem like it's a true test of strength.  The NFL combine should be using an exercise like clean and press to gage strength instead of bench press. 
QFT


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: kimo on June 08, 2012, 10:29:33 AM
wothless thread . . maybe . do we have time to waste . ...


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: njflex on June 08, 2012, 10:33:21 AM
lou looks great in those pics,frickin huge.looks older there 20 yrs ago then today must have been the heavy sauce....


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: NarcissisticDeity on June 08, 2012, 11:25:10 AM
Looked pretty awesome here


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Cutlet767 on June 08, 2012, 11:50:11 AM
I can definitely believe he got 500lbs up.


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: OTHstrong on June 08, 2012, 11:50:23 AM
Looked pretty awesome here
A lot of the late 70's and 80's guys can do that pose but almost no one can do that pose anymore. The pose is meant so that your waist is showing  (kind of sucked in) at the bottom and the top of your waist burdens the thickness, but it is hidden by your arms, so the illusion is your chest sticks out way in front of your waist, unfortunately today's pregnant bodybuilder won't look good in this pose anymore, one of the few poses that actually looked good on tall bodybuilders.


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: NarcissisticDeity on June 08, 2012, 12:04:01 PM
A lot of the late 70's and 80's guys can do that pose but almost no one can do that pose anymore. The pose is meant so that your waist is showing  (kind of sucked in) at the bottom and the top of your waist burdens the thickness, but it is hidden by your arms, so the illusion is your chest sticks out way in front of your waist, unfortunately today's pregnant bodybuilder won't look good in this pose anymore, one of the few poses that actually looked good on tall bodybuilders.

I think I know what you're talking about  ;D


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Dr Dutch on June 08, 2012, 12:05:19 PM
Looked pretty awesome here
Indeed..never saw this one I think.


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: orion on June 08, 2012, 12:27:30 PM
I think I know what you're talking about  ;D

I like Ronnie but Arnold wipes the floor with him with that pose.


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: funk51 on June 08, 2012, 01:16:18 PM
I think I know what you're talking about  ;D
;D


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: funk51 on June 08, 2012, 01:17:13 PM
 :o


Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: funk51 on June 08, 2012, 01:18:58 PM
why was there never a picture with larry scott and dave draper  together?


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: doriancutlerman on June 08, 2012, 01:38:27 PM
Thanks for the honest answers, dude.

He might have had the capacity at one time to do so, but without specific training over a period of several months, he would have been crushed like a bug under 560.

Agreed.

Didn't he fight like hell to get maybe 12 reps with a 205 incline when we first see him training in "Pumping Iron"? 

Granted, I suppose it's possible that was one of his later sets and he was tired, but fuck ... a gassed 270 lb. dude struggling with anything less than 365 on the incline isn't too impressive -- I don't give a shit if his arms are a mile long. 

Then there were his standing presses with 245 or so.  "Duh, how many Hank?"

"I wanna see TEN, Louie!  Come on, you're gonna wipe him out!"

"Ugh, ugh, ugh, uh, uh, duh, duh, AHNOLT, AHNOLT, AHHHHNOLT!" 

I freely admit I probably can't do strict standing presses with 245.  I've not even tried the movement in 10 years.  But Louie's strength was singularly unimpressive on film.

I won't even mention how badly he embarrassed himself in that "Superstars" show.  I hear he slimmed down a good bit for that, but even if he was down to 230ish, he couldn't even push-press 290 and hold it :\



Title: Re: Lou Ferrigno - did he bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Nails on June 08, 2012, 01:44:47 PM
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!! TAKE A LOOK AT THIS HUNK'A MAN!!!!

 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJgsxoTMwpE


Title: Re: did lou ferrigno bench 560lbs in his prime?
Post by: Sexybeast777 on December 23, 2017, 04:27:20 PM
u always read wrong. Arnold wasn't a good bench presser. He had longer arms than most and plus when he moved to america he stopped training heavy and started doing a lot of supersets (chest and back for example). He didn't train for 1 rep maxes or anything. Franco could move some heavy weight on the bench press because of his short arms, but he had awful form.
awful form? gtfo of here with that bullshit, I've seen video of Franco benching 405 lbs for 10 reps with very clean form