2015 National Bench Press Competition

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2015 National Bench Press Competition

bench-champion*NB this is an article from a few months ago. I was just digging through my drafts and found this.

The ‘Powerlifting Association of the Philippines’ had ‘Dew Foam National Bench Press Championships’ at the Robinson’s Place Mall, in Antipolo.

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PHILIPPINE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
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This was my first time to participate in this meet. Although my Bench Press PR is 109kg in practice i opted for 82.5kg as there are so many rules to observe.

Such as Can’t lift butt off bench, can’t lift feet off floor, three commands each with around two second pauses (Down, Press and Rack). You get three lifts. I was competing in the -66kg category weighing in at 64.9kg. I warmed up and then chose 82.5kg as this was a manageable weight. The problem came not with the weight but getting used to the commands, on the first attempt it wasnt a smooth press as the right elbow dropped a bit. Then on my second attempt i racked it while the command was rack not after which was also saw red flags.

The Commentator then gave me encouragment on the third lift saying “Will he lift this or bomb out of the competition” luckily the third attempt at 82.5kg was successful, and gave me a Gold in the Novice and Bronze overall in my weight class.

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