bench press


Definition of bench press

: a lift or exercise in which a weight is raised by extending the arms upward while lying on a bench

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Other Words from bench press

bench-press \ ˈbench-​ˌpres How to pronounce bench press (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of bench press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Powell, who has a 315-pound bench press and 525-pound squat, has two other official visits lined up in June. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, 11 June 2021 Collins posted a 400-pound bench press and hoisted 350 pounds over his head in the clean-and-jerk for a 750 total that was the best state meet performance across all three classifications. Buddy Collings,, 19 May 2021 Winning the regional title, Berdeal qualified for state with a 205-pound bench press and 180-pound clean-and-jerk, totaling 385-pounds. Brett Shweky,, 26 Apr. 2021 Oweh didn’t record a sack for the Nittany Lions in 2020, but there just aren’t many 6-5, 257-pound athletes who can run a 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds, bench press 225 pounds 21 times and leap 39.5 inches. C.j. Doon,, 31 Mar. 2021 The star of the bench press for IU, though, was defensive tackle Jovan Swann. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2021 The Vikings have shown interest in Togiai, who attracted attention by putting up 40 bench press reps at 225 pounds during his pro day. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Notes: Fuqua did not take part in either the 40-yard dash or bench press. Evan Dudley, al, 9 Apr. 2021 Gonzalez registered a school record with a 430-pound lift in the bench press and added a 270-pound effort in the clean-and-jerk at the state championship. Alex Kushel,, 19 June 2021

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First Known Use of bench press

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bench press was in 1953

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19 Jul 2021

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“Bench press.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bench press

: a lift or exercise in which a weight is raised by pushing your arms upward while you lie on a bench

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