Bench Press World Records: Greatest Weight Bench-Pressed in a Given Time

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THE RULES

(If you want to break a record that is published in a record book or governed by an international authorithy, there may be other or additional rules. See here for more information.)
  1. The records are for the greatest weight benchpressed in a given time.
  2. Breaks can be taken at the discretion of the record breaker, but the clock remains running during such breaks.
  3. The weight to lift can be chosen by the record breaker. It can be changed during the attempt whenever the record breaker wishes. For the replacement of the weight plates, assistance by other persions is permitted.
  4. For team records, the weights pressed by the team members are added. No substitutions are allowed.
  5. A documentation should contain:
    • Logbook of repetitions and weights.
    • A video of the whole attempt (allowing to judge whether the weight has been pressed up correctly.)
    • Statements of two witnesses who have counted the number of repetitions and have supervised the weight of the bar.
    • The equipment (and in particular the bench-press shirts) must comply to the International Powerlifting Federation rules.


30 MINUTES, MEN

kg
reps
record holder
date and venue
38454,986

Erwin Knoller (GER)
Augsburg, 28. 1. 81
39235

Karl-Eugen Reck (GER)
27. 5. 84
47634
935 x 51 kg
Hans-Otto Wöhrle (GER)
Würzburg
49920

Wolfgang Bücken (GER)
Aachen, 5. 6. 88
52200
1044 x 50 kg
Karl-Eugen Reck(GER)
Basel, 2. 10. 88
52500
1050 x 50 kg
Wolfgang Bücken (GER)
Aachen 4. 2. 89
52650
1053 x 50 kg Karl-Eugen Reck (GER)
Albstadt, 26. 5. 89
53350
1067 x 50 kg
Wolfgang Beck (GER)
Rottenburg, 4. 4. 91
53500
1070 x 50 kg
Karl-Eugen Reck (GER) Albstadt, 27. 3. 93
55350
1107 x 50 kg
Karl-Eugen Reck (GER)
Albstadt 27. 4. 96

In 2003, Eamonn Keane (IRE) pressed 138,480 kg in one hour which clearly supersedes all records for 30 minutes listed above.

30 MINUTES, WOMEN

kg
reps
record holder
date and venue
23525
941 x 25 kg
Gerlinde Fessler (GER)
Faak am See, 15. 9. 84
30075
1203 x 25 kg
Petra Mayer (GER)
Albstadt, 2. 4. 93

30 MINUTES, MEN, TEAM OF FOUR

kg
reps
record holder
date and venue
87010
Max Bergbauer, Friedrich Seese, Gernoth Unrath, Jusup Wilkosz (GER)
Esslingen
88550

Franz Haas, Ernst Jung, Karl Wendl, Albert Fischer (AUT)
Amstetten, 31. 10. 80
142935,544

Eduard Weiß, Robert Binapfl, Siegfried Schuber, Erwin Knoller (GER)
Augsburg, 28. 1. 81
143220

Karl-Eugen Reck, Bülent Isgören, Jürgen Boss, Michael Zeiler (GER)
Albstadt, 27. 5. 84
204320

Karl-Eugen Reck, Bülent Isgören, Jürgen Boss, Michael Zeiler (GER)
Zürich, 12. 10. 85

30 MINUTES, WOMEN, TEAM OF FOUR

kg
reps
record holder
date and venue
78350
3134 x 25 kg
Gerlinde Fessler, Margit Nitsche, Elfriede Schlag, Simone Gerlach (GER)
Ludwigsburg, 29. 1. 83
81750
3270 x 25 kg
Gerlinde Fessler, Margit Nitsche, Elfriede Schlag, Simone Gerlach (GER)
Faak am See, 15. 9. 84

1 HOUR, MEN

kg
reps
record holder
date and venue
138,480
1,280 x 200 lb 493 x 100 lb
Eamonn Keane (IRE)
World Gym, Marina del Rey, USA, 22. Juli 2003

1 HOUR, MOST REPS WITH OWN BODYWEIGHT, MEN

reps
kg
record holder
date and venue
655 67.5 kg Jack Atherton (GBR)
Featherstone,  22. 3. 86
940
57.6 kg Vincent Manson (GBR)
Gartree, 3. 5. 87
1052
60.5 kg
Jack Atherton (GBR) Featherstone, 1. 4. 88
1438
67 kg
Michael Williams (GBR)
Gosport, 17. 4. 89

12 HOURS, MEN

kg
reps
record holder
date and venue
535,835

Chris Lawton (GBR)
Solihull, 3. 6. 94
815,433
11378 x 158 lb
Glen Tenove (USA)
Irvine, 17. 12. 94
Note: Glen Tenove did not use a bench-press shirt during his record attempt.

24 HOURS, MEN

kg
reps
record holder
date and venue
305,800
5560 x 55 kg
Horst Schwerdtfeger (GER)
Bruchsaal 21./22. 2. 1987
315,700
5740 x 55 kg
Horst Schwerdtfeger (GER)
21./22. 2. 87
316,800
5760 x 55 kg
Horst Schwerdtfeger (GER)
Frankfurt/Main 7./8. 11. 87
507,600
8460 x 60 kg
Karl-Heinz Kraft (GER)
Moers, 19./20. 2. 88
720,000
12000 x 60 kg
Horst Kempke (GER)
Burgdorf, 23./24. 3. 89
In 1994, Glen Tenove (USA) pressed 815,433 kg in 12 hours which clearly supersedes all records for 24 hours listed above.

24 HOURS, WOMEN

kg
reps
record holder
date and venue
253,500
10140 x 25 kg
Petra Mayer (GER)
Albstadt-Ebingen, 27./28. 12. 1994

24 HOURS, MEN, TEAM OF NINE

kg
record holder
date and venue
1,234,200
Gymfit Sports Club Leicester (GBR)
London, 27./28. 5. 84
2,175,865
Gymfit Soud (Oman) Leicester (GBR)
London 12./13. 4.. 86
3,869,011 Hogarth Barbell Club (GBR) London 18./19. 7. 89
4,025,120
Forum Health Club (GBR) Chelmsleywood, 19./20. 3. 1994
4,322,150
HMP Wayland (GBR) Griston, 19./20. 4. 97
4,500,000
Pulse & Fitness Studio in Reading Reading, 31.5./1.6.97
4,748,283 Pontefract Sports and Leisure Centre (GBR) Pontefract, 11./12.4. 98
5,018,200 David Franklin, Pete Fisher, Steve Fisher, Mike Joseph, Steve Sodeau, Lee Cripps, Spencer Gray, Nach Vidyarthi, Nagi Kandil (GBR), First Health Club in Berkhamsted
Berkhamsted, 16. 2. 02



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