Westside Barbell- The Strongest Gym In The World

TOP FIVE: PART II. THE BENCH

Posted on October 13 2016

I wrote an article in 1993 entitled “Three of a Kind”. Westside was the only gym to have three 600-pound benchers: Kenny Patterson, George Halbert, and Jerry Obradovich. Things have changed since then. Today Westside has developed 32 men who have benched over 700 pounds, and a 525-pound bench by a 165-pound female, Laura Phelps. We also have five who bench over 800 pounds, with Dave Hoff at 900 pounds at 257 body weight with a 2770 total. The top five average 852 pounds. All of these lifts were performed by members who have gym bags, not visitors with suitcases. But how? 

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