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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bench-press \ ˈbench-​ˌpres \ transitive verb

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The strength and agility testing will include: vertical jump, bench press, a lane agility drill, and a ¾ court sprint. Jake Fischer And Matt Babcock,, "An Agent’s Guide to Navigating the NBA Draft Combine," 15 May 2018 Brown then qualified for regionals in weightlifting as a 139-pound ninth grader by bench pressing more than 200 pounds and hoisting 160 pounds over his head in the clean and jerk. J.c. Carnahan,, "Lake Brantley tailback Amani Brown thrives despite losing right foot as a child," 15 June 2018 Vea has top-end strength, bench pressing 225 pounds 41 times at the combine. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2018 defensive line rankings: Washington's Vita Vea, a 347-pound ex-RB, tops list," 19 Apr. 2018 Finally, Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin had an impressive combine, bench pressing 225 pounds an amazing 20 times while using a prosthetic on his left arm. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Dave Birkett's Inside the Lions: 10 things I learned at the NFL combine," 5 Mar. 2018 New Smyrna Beach Buzz: The two-time Class 2A state champion tied the FHSAA finals bench press record (325 pounds) for the 139-pound weight class and totaled 575 to win by a 60-pound margin. Buddy Collings,, "Boys weightlifting All-Area team," 11 June 2018 Hurst worked out with weights twice a day and pounded gallons of milk, increasing his weight from 225 pounds to 250 and his maximum bench press from 250 pounds to 405. Jonas Shaffer,, "Five things to know about Ravens first-round draft pick Hayden Hurst," 27 Apr. 2018 Brown, an All-American who was expected to go in the first round, managed just 14 bench press reps, ran a plodding 5.85 40 and produced a vertical jump of 19.5 inches. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "NFL combine winners and losers: Josh Allen's performance great news for Browns, Colts," 5 Mar. 2018 Theo Riddick, Michael Williams, Chris Greenwood, Jonte Green, Amari Spievey, Aaron Brown bench press from pro day, per; Titus Young vertical from pro day, per Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions NFL draft database: Compare the team's picks since 2009," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bench press

1953, in the meaning defined above

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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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