Viewing Bench Press Standards will allow you to compare your weightlifting progress against other weightlifters. It uses advanced statistics to find the average that you should be lifting, considering your skill level.
What do the Male Bench Press Strength Standards mean?
All of the above weights do include the weight of the bar, so a 100kg bench press would be 80kg worth of weights added to the bar.
The above table is a fantastic way to measure your strength against other lifters, alongside checking your experience and whether you're making the right progress.
For example, if you are an experienced weightlifter, weighing 120kg and are struggling to lift over 100kg of weight, you're not progressing as well as you should be. This is an excellent barometer of your progress.
If you've been training for 5 years, and can hit a 180kg+ Bench Press, this shows that you're progressing quite well against the competition. You can look at these standards and use them as a monitor, to see what you should be lifting on average.
The weight classes have been separated, defined by the following:
- Beginner – You have started training in the last 6 months.
- Hobbyist – You're training more frequently, but it's still more of a hobby than a significant lifestyle to live. At this point, you'll be stronger than around 20% of other gym members.
- Intermediate – You have trained for 2 years, at this point stronger than 50% of others.
- Advanced – You have dedicated 5 years to consistent training. At this point, you will be stronger than 85% of other gym members around the same weight.
- Professional – You have been training for over 5 years, dedicating yourself fully to the fitness lifestyle. You're considered a professional, stronger than 95% of lifters.