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http://www.wwe.com/inside/wwe-superstars-max-bench-press-26161895/page-2

Keep in mind, some (with an *) numbers are for reps and not maxs. Also, take into account their height and body weight. For example, Antonio Cesaro is extremely lean where as Big Show is heavy set.

Based on body type (height, weight, BF%) I think Roman Reigns and Cena are the strongest on Bench overall. Swagger is just upsetting.

Ryback = 550 lbs.
What is the most you have ever bench pressed?
Five hundred fifty pounds. Even though right now I feel like I’m good for between 560 and 580, 550 is my official best.

How important is strength training to a WWE Superstar?
Strength training is pivotal in my performance. It’s extremely important. At the same time, remaining healthy is also a priority. With all the power moves that I do in the ring — moves that you don’t see a lot of guys do today — it is extremely important for me to keep my strength as high as possible, while keeping my health the same level.

Who is the most impressive bench presser you have witnessed in person?
Myself. I’m thoroughly impressed with myself each and every day that I wake up.

What’s the best way for a person to increase his max bench press?
You gotta train heavy. Set goals for yourself and then each and every week slowly chip away at it until you reach your goal and don't stop. So if my goal is to bench press 580 pounds and I’m at 550, I’m going to try to better that number every week and try to go 555, 560, 565 until I get to 580. You might have some weeks that you’re stronger than others, but your goal is to keep moving forward.

Titus O'neil = 545 lbs.
What is the most you have ever bench pressed?
Five hundred forty-five pounds.

How important is strength training to a WWE Superstar?
Strength training is very important. But implementing some conditioning, along with your strength training, is even more important.

Who is the most impressive bench presser you have witnessed in person?
In WWE, Big E Langston. Outside of WWE, Mo Collins, who I played college football with. He was a first-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders. He benched about 575.

What’s the best way for a person to increase his max bench press?
Be on a four- to six-week strength cycle where you’re doing low reps, with an adequate amount of weight, to work up to a one-rep max.

Antonio Cesaro = 405 lbs.
What is the most you have ever bench pressed?
Four hundred five pounds, but who cares how much you bench?!

How important is strength training to a WWE Superstar?
What’s important is your functional strength. You can’t be a WWE Superstar without doing strength training. Well, looking at some of the guys, you apparently can. But I highly recommend not doing it. If you want to be the best in the ring, you have to be in the greatest shape that you can. To me, it’s about being in better shape every single day. That’s how you should live your life. You should be better every single day. You should be better tomorrow than you were today.

Who is the most impressive bench presser you have witnessed in person?
Who cares?! (Editor’s note: When pressed for an answer, Cesaro revealed it’s Big E Langston.)

What’s the best way for a person to increase his max bench press?
Ask Big E Langston!

Kane = 520 lbs.
What is the most you have ever bench pressed?
Five hundred twenty-five pounds with no [bench] shirt, no wraps, nothing.

How important is strength training to a WWE Superstar?
It’s very important. If you’re stronger than your opponent, you definitely have an advantage.

Who is the most impressive bench presser you have witnessed in person?
Mark Henry. He is an incredibly strong man. Everything Mark does in the weight room is impressive.

What’s the best way for a person to increase his max bench press?
Eat a lot. Go heavy and go hard!

Jack Swagger = 457* lbs.
What is the most you have ever bench pressed?
Three hundred fifteen pounds for 16 reps. So that comes out to about 457 for a max.

How important is strength training to a WWE Superstar?
It’s very important, because it protects your body and keeps you safe. When you get bumps and bruises, the better shape you’re in, the faster you recover.

Who is the most impressive bench presser you have witnessed in person?
Leading up to WrestleMania, the Mark Henry vs. Ryback bench press challenge with 225 pounds was very impressive. The speed and sheer amount of reps that they did was phenomenal. It was cool to see live.

What’s the best way for a person to increase his max bench press?
Go lower weight, higher reps at first. You get stronger than when going for just one or two reps. And also do a lot of supersets. Do bench press and then light dumbbell flys. You can also do that with incline bench, then flys. Have about six total different ways to work the muscle and go low weights and keeping working at it. You’ll see the results.

Roman Reigns = 445 lbs.
What is the most you have ever bench pressed?
Four hundred forty-five pounds, but that was on a Monday morning before Raw.

How important is strength training to a WWE Superstar?
It’s pretty crucial, because there’s obviously a standard and if you don’t match up to it, you get destroyed.

Who is the most impressive bench presser you have witnessed in person?
I’m going to take full credit for this: Big E Langston. While we were in developmental, I spotted him on 575 pounds. I’m convinced that he would not have been able to do it without me there.

What’s the best way for a person to increase his max bench press?
Negatives. Focus on negatives and do a lot of dips.

Big Show = 500* lbs.
What is the most you have ever bench pressed?
Five hundred pounds for 12 reps.

How important is strength training to a WWE Superstar?
Strength training is very important. With the way we knock our bodies around, it’s very important to keep a good physical fitness routine to protect your joints, back, shoulders and neck. The more functionally strong you make yourself, the longer you can keep your career.

Who is the most impressive bench presser you have witnessed in person?
Big E Langston.

What’s the best way for a person to increase his max bench press?
When I first started out, I wasn’t benching 500 pounds. I think the first time I ever benched, it was about 350 pounds. Then, I would do one- to two-rep sets, trying to go heavier, giving myself plenty of rest in between each set. When you’re trying to put that kind of mass on, it’s a different theory than high reps. It’s low rep, heavy weight and controlled. If you’re going to be a legit bencher, it’s not bouncing the weight off your chest like some kind of goofball screaming in the gym. The guy I like to watch work out is John Cena. He throws around a massive amount of weight and you’d think he’s sitting there doing his taxes. He’s not a yeller or screamer in the gym. He’s a very efficient weight lifter.

John Cena = 465 lbs.
What is the most you have ever bench pressed?
Four hundred sixty-five pounds.

How important is strength training to a WWE Superstar?
I think it all depends on style and approach. It’s not an integral piece, but certainly being strong will help you.

Who is the most impressive bench presser you have witnessed in person?
Big E Langston. Five hundred seventy-five pounds raw.

What’s the best way for a person to increase his max bench press?
Bench!

Big E Langston = 575 lbs.
What is the most you have ever bench pressed?
Five hundred seventy-five pounds.

How important is strength training to a WWE Superstar?
It’s essential, especially for me. Some people use their agility, some people use different facets of athleticism, but strength is very important to what I do in the ring and I think it shows.

Who is the most impressive bench presser you have witnessed in person?
In person, I haven’t seen anyone bench more than me.

What’s the best way for a person to increase his max bench press?
The best way to improve the bench press is by bench pressing — like anything in life. But I like to do different things — like bench pressing with chains and bands — as a way to put different stress on the muscle and vary things.
 

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Why do you have Cesaro listed as 500lbs when the quote says 405lbs.
my mistake, thanks. fixed.

But I bet he could anyways.

edit - fixed a few things actually.
 

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I wonder how much :brock can bench now. I know back in 2004 or so he could bench a ungodly amount. But now with all the surgeries he has had i wonder if that has taken out some of the his strength.
 

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I remember seeing a cutscene/documentary with Cena, in the documentary it showed a hole in the wall and Cena stated it was when he punched it after benching 650 pounds.
 

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Cesaro has said in the past he isn't a big bench presser. His workouts focus on compound movements rather than pure strength which is why he can lift people up easier than someone like say Ryback who solely focuses on strength rather than the body as a whole.
 

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Getting back into lifting myself as of late. Obviously I'm nowhere close to these guys' level but it's fun to watch their videos.

Big E's was pretty cool. You know you're doing something right when people stop what their doing just to watch you lift weights. I hope Big E continues to move up the ladder and becomes at WWE Champion some day and definitely I.C. Champion in the near future. Maybe he could also become a new Paul Heyman guy which could help lead to those title opportunities.

It'd be better than Foodback.
 

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Cesaro has said in the past he isn't a big bench presser. His workouts focus on compound movements rather than pure strength which is why he can lift people up easier than someone like say Ryback who solely focuses on strength rather than the body as a whole.
The bench press is a compound movement. However, it can be conceded that the movement pattern really isn't applicable to most wrestling moves.
 

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I'm impressed Titus can actually bench that much. I'm not sure I trust that, but if that's true, that's really impressive. I got new respect for him if so.

and lol @ Ryback's response to "who impresses you the most":

Myself. I’m thoroughly impressed with myself each and every day that I wake up.
What a dick. :lmao


Cesaro has said in the past he isn't a big bench presser. His workouts focus on compound movements rather than pure strength which is why he can lift people up easier than someone like say Ryback who solely focuses on strength rather than the body as a whole.
wtf? Ryback works out his entire body, not just his upper body for lifting strength. Look at it. Every muscle on him his gigantic while most wrestlers have tiny legs because they're just working on their arms and torso for "the pro wrestler look" and just wear knee pads to hide their small calves and quads. Ever seen Punk without pads? Not pretty. Then we have Cody who has tiny calves, but a great-looking upper body.

I wouldn't say Cesaro can lift people up easier either, because he isn't doing the same difficult lifts Ryback is like the Shellshock, which is far more difficult than what's basically a piledriver lift with a different grip like Cesaro's Neutralizer. That move requires less strength and balance than the Shellshock. You aren't even lifting their entire body weight for the Neutralizer. Cesaro just pulls their lower body weight up as he shifts their upper body weight onto his legs and rests them there.

Try each move on a friend, I guarantee you probably can't do the shellshock on anyone who isn't really small (especially if you do the front leg hook lift), yet you can probably neutralize your fattest friend unless you're really weak or you have a super fat fattest friend.

Those moves are not equal in difficulty. Not even close. You probably think the AA lift is the same as the side Shellshock lift too I bet. It isn't.

I wonder how much :brock can bench now. I know back in 2004 or so he could bench a ungodly amount. But now with all the surgeries he has had i wonder if that has taken out some of the his strength.
He was listed at 575 lbs officially. :) He could probably hit 600 lbs though if he was pissed and fully healthy with full energy I bet.
 
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