How much can you bench press? According to Metro, the average guy can only bench between 130 and 160 pounds.
Amazing Feat of Strength
Sy Perlis, a 91-year-old weightlifter, set a new world record for his division when he lifted 187.2 lbs at the National Bench Push-Pull Press and Dead Lift Championships in Phoenix, Arizona. He beat the previous record, set in 2005, by over 50 pounds.
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According to the DailyMail, “while Perlis’ age may seem like a reason for concern, experts say there’s not much to worry about. ‘The risk of leading a sedentary lifestyle is much greater than anything related to exercise,’ said Chhanda Dutta, chief of the Clinical Gerontology Branch at the National Institute on Aging. ‘I think it’s important for people to realize that age alone doesn’t determine the intensity of your workout’.”
Started Weightlifting at 60…
What makes Perlis’ record even more extraordinary is that he didn’t begin weightlifting until he was 60 years old. And he only started competing in his mid-80s.