The Complete BenchAmerica 3 video is now online at http://www.houseofpain3.com/wlsnews/index.php
BenchAmerica 3 took place in 2005 in Chicago. That year's event kept the benchpress super shirts limited to single ply material. BenchAmerica 3 was also a drug tested event and all prize winners were tested and had to pass their tests prior to their getting paid. All of the officials were affiliated with either the USPF , the USAPL , the APF or a combination of the three. Except for a few controversial "belly bench" calls on the part of the judges the meet was exceptionally well ran.
Bench America 3 was aired on Comcast Sports Net nationwide. Joe Mukite , the top co-sponsor, producer and promoter, paid out over $20,000 in cash prizes in addition to his bringing the sport of professional benchpressing to the general sports fan public.
Professional Benchpress Competitors Included: Brian Siders, Ryan Kennelly, Jason Jackson, Matt Lamarque, Kara Bohigian, Mari Asp, Brad Kelly, Bart Kelly, Joe Smith, Joe Mazza, Ray Hickman, Wade Hooper, Horace Lane, Kenny Dinolfo, Tony Succarotte, Dennis Cieri, Jennie Hollier and many other talented iron pressers.
The title sponsor for BenchAmerica 3 was Xanadu Builders of Chicago and I strongly urge anyone in the Chicagoland area (who's looking for a general contractor) to give them a call. Their website is http://www.xanadubuilders.com/
Additional Sponsors: House of Pain IronWear, Ivanko Barbell Company, Jiffy Lube of Chicagoland, Powerlifting USA Magazine, The US Marine Corps, Elgin Community College, Holiday Inn, XSport Fitness, Inzer Advance Designs, Titan Support Systems and Bovine Strength Systems.