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How is my progress?

I just benched 200 pounds, after bench pressing for half a year. Is that good progress, or is it slow? What is a reasonable amount of time to achieve a 200 lbs bench? How long did it take you? Also what is a reasonable amount of time to do 300?
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What's your weight? Can't really give an answer with considering that.
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...terrible progress if you started benching at 195lbs!

Context is everything...hebs
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Not to be critical, but I think that's below average progress. I think most 200 lb men can bench at least 150 without training. If that's true, you would have increased your bench press by a maximum of 50 lbs over the course of 6 months. Anecdotally. I think most beginners can increase their bench press by more than 10 lbs per month on average over their first 6 months.

Getting to 300 is a different story, it could take you years if you ever reach it.
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Ahhh it's ok. At least you're still in the gym.

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eiad77 wrote: Not to be critical, but I think that's below average progress. I think most 200 lb men can bench at least 150 without training. If that's true, you would have increased your bench press by a maximum of 50 lbs over the course of 6 months. Anecdotally. I think most beginners can increase their bench press by more than 10 lbs per month on average over their first 6 months.

Getting to 300 is a different story, it could take you years if you ever reach it.
Yeah that's what I'm worried about, I'm not progressing as fast as I should. I started at 135, got up to 175 very quickly but it took me the last few months to reach 200. I do think you're wrong about average 200 lbs guys benching 150 untrained, most probably can't, or at best they could manage 1 half-rep.
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Cheapo-Findo wrote: Ahhh it's ok. At least you're still in the gym.
I bench at home, gyms are too expensive. How much can you bench?
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BeapChastard wrote:
eiad77 wrote: Not to be critical, but I think that's below average progress. I think most 200 lb men can bench at least 150 without training. If that's true, you would have increased your bench press by a maximum of 50 lbs over the course of 6 months. Anecdotally. I think most beginners can increase their bench press by more than 10 lbs per month on average over their first 6 months.

Getting to 300 is a different story, it could take you years if you ever reach it.
Yeah that's what I'm worried about, I'm not progressing as fast as I should. I started at 135, got up to 175 very quickly but it took me the last few months to reach 200. I do think you're wrong about average 200 lbs guys benching 150 untrained, most probably can't, or at best they could manage 1 half-rep.
Actually, I think you are right, According to this link, an untrained male should bench 135. I think your progress is actually not bad then. It's pretty normal to have progress slow after the first first months.
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BeapChastard wrote:
Cheapo-Findo wrote: Ahhh it's ok. At least you're still in the gym.
I bench at home, gyms are too expensive. How much can you bench?

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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eiad77 wrote:
BeapChastard wrote:
eiad77 wrote: Not to be critical, but I think that's below average progress. I think most 200 lb men can bench at least 150 without training. If that's true, you would have increased your bench press by a maximum of 50 lbs over the course of 6 months. Anecdotally. I think most beginners can increase their bench press by more than 10 lbs per month on average over their first 6 months.

Getting to 300 is a different story, it could take you years if you ever reach it.
Yeah that's what I'm worried about, I'm not progressing as fast as I should. I started at 135, got up to 175 very quickly but it took me the last few months to reach 200. I do think you're wrong about average 200 lbs guys benching 150 untrained, most probably can't, or at best they could manage 1 half-rep.
Actually, I think you are right, According to this link, an untrained male should bench 135. I think your progress is actually not bad then. It's pretty normal to have progress slow after the first first months.
Also, form is part of the context. From the link:

"In order for these standards to apply, the bar must make contact with the chest above the bottom of the sternum with a momentary pause and be pressed to full elbow extension."

I don't know what it is but so many people at my gym (every gym, I guess) just do half reps and then continue to load the bar even more. Why???
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OP, I recommend switching to dumbbell bench presses to work other muscles that don't get worked when you're doing a regular single bar bench press.
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kenchau wrote: OP, I recommend switching to dumbbell bench presses to work other muscles that don't get worked when you're doing a regular single bar bench press.
Not needed depending ln how his program is built.

If you want a bigger bench, don't neglect your back (rows help), floor presses are a great one to help build a bigger bench.
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How is the back involved in the bench? I thought the bench just worked the chest and a little bit the triceps.

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