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« Reply #75 on: March 18, 2009, 06:06:54 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.
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« Reply #76 on: March 18, 2009, 06:12:14 AM »

What was Arnold max BP? I always read that Arnold was the best bpresser of his generation...
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« Reply #77 on: March 18, 2009, 07:32:27 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.
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« Reply #78 on: March 18, 2009, 07:56:20 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.
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« Reply #79 on: March 18, 2009, 08:33:05 AM »

Holy shit, one of the best bb pics here.
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« Reply #80 on: March 18, 2009, 08:41:51 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.
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« Reply #81 on: March 18, 2009, 09:30:06 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... Angry I've read it right, but probably who ever wrote it didn't write the truth...
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« Reply #82 on: March 18, 2009, 10:52:03 AM »

Probably if I read it "Magoo" style I might have read it wrong... Angry 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  Grin
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« Reply #83 on: March 18, 2009, 11:25:43 AM »

Levrone, Ruhl, Wolf...
Dennis Wolf??? what makes you think that, repace that with Dennis James and you're on the money
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« Reply #84 on: March 18, 2009, 11:35:06 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.
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« Reply #85 on: March 18, 2009, 11:36:53 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
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« Reply #86 on: March 18, 2009, 11:40:05 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.
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« Reply #87 on: March 18, 2009, 11:48:43 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.....
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« Reply #88 on: March 19, 2009, 09:45:10 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.
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« Reply #89 on: July 19, 2011, 06:34:52 AM »

yes very possible he could squat 600 pounds for reps and pull 800 pounds
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« Reply #90 on: July 19, 2011, 06:43:33 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.....

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« Reply #91 on: July 19, 2011, 07:10:19 AM »

He used to bench 5 plates (no wraps) few good reps, used to squat 5 plates all the way down no wraps either.


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« Reply #92 on: July 19, 2011, 07:13:15 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.
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« Reply #93 on: July 19, 2011, 07:15:16 AM »

Guy's archaic..
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« Reply #94 on: July 19, 2011, 07:16:53 AM »

That Oldfield guy is in a wheelchair with a Cane these days.  Looks like Lou is the winner here.
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« Reply #95 on: July 19, 2011, 07:23:50 AM »

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Ruhl and Wolfe??  Huh
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« Reply #96 on: July 19, 2011, 08:08:50 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.   Huh Huh

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« Reply #97 on: July 19, 2011, 10:38:26 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  Roll Eyes ).

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.



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« Reply #98 on: July 19, 2011, 11:14:00 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



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« Reply #99 on: July 19, 2011, 11:14:45 AM »

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