bench press

noun

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

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Allen, 47, is considered one of the strongest players in NFL history, once bench pressing over 700 pounds. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Football Hall of Famer Larry Allen trims price on Danville mansion," 2 Aug. 2019 Incidentally, Jones also tore a pectoral muscle three years ago while bench pressing 185 pounds during a pre-draft workout with the Orlando Magic. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "How Damian Jones will try to cement a long-term future with the Warriors," 3 July 2019 The Activity Stage at the Exposition Center hosts the AAU National Judo Championship, amateur dance groups, a bench press competition, Brew City Wrestling and the WSMA World Music Youth Showcase. Brian Sodoma, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have a blast at the Wisconsin State Fair on any budget," 14 June 2019 The powerlifting competition calls for three major lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton powerlifting on the rise," 17 Feb. 2018 Bierria was one of the first athletes to congratulate Griffin after his bench press. Shannon Green, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Shaquem Griffin's NFL Combine bench press is winning over critics," 4 Mar. 2018 Reaves was one of more than a dozen former Jaguars who went through the various combine-style drills at Pro Day, including the bench press, broad jump, vertical jump, 40-yard dash and cone drills. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "South Alabama's Jeremy Reaves used NFL combine snub as motivation for Pro Day," 6 Apr. 2018 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, SI.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Brantley tailback Amani Brown thrives despite losing right foot as a child," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of bench press

1953, in the meaning defined above

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bench press

noun

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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