World Best Bench Press Scores

The bench press test is a test of upper body strength, and for many weightlifters is considered the criterion measure of strength. Being able to bench your body weight is a target for many, but the record for the most weight bench pressed is much greater than that.

It must be noted that the different federations have subtly different rules on technique, the equipment that is allowed and whether performance enhancing drugs are tested for. With the advent of bench press shirts, which aid the lift by supporting the lifter's shoulders and provide upward force, the world records have increased significantly.

The current world record "raw" bench press (without a bench shirt) is 335.5 kg / 739.6 lb, set by Julius Maddox Of Owensboro, Ky, USA on September 1, 2019. This just beat the previous record bench press of 335 kg/738.5lbs by Russian Kirill Sarychev on November 22, 2015. These records were achieved using wrist wraps. To be considered raw, no bench shirts are allowed; however, wrist wraps, singlets and belts are allowed. (see record video).

With the aid of a bench press shirt, the current record is by Tiny Meeker, who pressed 1102 lb / 500 kg in 2013. See videos of bench press record attempts.

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