Training motivation: Can you bench more than a 15 year old girl?

Well, it depends on the girl.

Maryana Naumova is a Russian powerlifter who has bench pressed in excess of 255 lbs raw.

Go ahead and take a look.

Embarassed? You should be.

I know some of you will take issue with the form she uses, particularly in the video I’ve linked to. Others might point out the somewhat short pause at the bottom of the lift. Those are, in my opinion, valid criticisms. Until you remember that this isn’t a 200lb grown man – its a teenage girl. Most men couldn’t come close to finishing that lift – regardless of the pause or the form.

255 lbs is definitely an above average lift for a grown man. Granted, this is mostly due to the fact that the majority of men don’t visit the gym at all, and of those that do roughly half have no fucking idea what they’re doing. But, suppose for a second we ignore that and live in a better world where men everywhere hit the iron with a vengeance on the regular.

255lbs is still a respectable feat of strength for a man. And there’s a teen girl who can bench it.

Next time you’re going to bitch out and skip training, ask yourself if you’re really okay with being weaker than a fifteen year old girl.

Prodigy or not, she was still a teenage girl. Time to get pressing fellas.

 

 

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