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Eric Spoto- The Uncrowned King

Eric Spoto has been the talk lately. His youtube exploits are fascinating, but will he take the platform and take what many think is rightfully his? The Bench King Mendelson may have something to say about that, as well as Meszaros and lets not forget the inhuman benching ability of the one and only Jeremy Hoornstra! With the ball in Spoto's court now... we are waiting....

"Eric tried to go for a double cause it was so easy but we did not have side spotters and I don't think I could hold that much weight if something went wrong but we tried it again and he hit it for a double, still don't think he will smash the record????"

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It's been years since Mendelson has done a raw bench in competition, so I doubt he'll be an issue. I don't think Meszaros and Hoornstra are quite as strong as Spoto at the moment, but what is different is that Spoto has never done his lifts paused and in a meet--while Meszaros and Hoornstra have.

The person Spoto will have to compete with (if he eventually does a competition) is Kyrill Sarychev, a monster bencher from Russia who recently did 694 paused in competition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmmLKZVoEFI

Spoto's video actually appears to be 695, so he and Sarychev are right around the same ballpark right now.

I could be wrong, but looking at the video, it appeared that Eric didn't even touch his chest. He got close and then blasted it up.

Concerning Mendy, I believe Eric used to work for him.

Spoto vs sarychev for the undisputed raw WR thats it

He didnt touch his chest but touching and pausing are two different things, especially in this case where hes coming within like an inch of touching. Hes getting ZERO momentum at the bottom part by not touching and you dont really have to bounce the bar off your chest to get that effect. Check out glen chabot's and james henderson's 600x3 vids to see what I mean, they arent bouncing but theyre definitely getting some rebound off their chest. Obviously theres a fine line between the reduced ROM from not touching vs. that added momentum but I think in Eric's case hes coming so close to touching that it actually makes the lift a bit more difficult than if he were to actually touch. Plus, after training with Mark and Stan so many times, I'm sure they would have said something to him regarding not touching; point is, he and other knowledgeable, experienced PLers are aware he does it and yet he continues to do it, gotta be a reason for it. Pausing on the other hand....thats a different story, but hes got time to work on it (if he doesnt already) if he chooses to compete at kings of the bench.

Mendy I doubt will be a threat, like wade said its been so long since hes done a raw bench. Kennelly IMO would have been a contender but hes out of the picture. And Meszaros I don't think is quite at spotos level of strength. Only people I can see being in the same ball park as Eric, provided adding a pause doesnt take a huge amount off his bench, are Sarychev, Hoornstra(especially if he goes up a weight class)and possibly Al Davis. Granted Sarychev is 23(?) and has age on his side but the progress Eric has made since posting his first 600x3 video has been remarkable.

Nonetheless, we won't know anything until something happens.

Amazing lift, whether comp legal or not. The bar speed was incredible.

Nowhere is the ball :) You'll wait long for the reply just because some unclear movement with wrapped elbows in the gym even though with hellish weight has nothing in common with paused bench at official contest. Said persons are the sportsmen, while Spoto has been the in-gym record breaker and it is his turn to show us something under official conditions at last

ifwade wrote:
It's been years since Mendelson has done a raw bench in competition, so I doubt he'll be an issue. I don't think Meszaros and Hoornstra are quite as strong as Spoto at the moment, but what is different is that Spoto has never done his lifts paused and in a meet--while Meszaros and Hoornstra have.

The person Spoto will have to compete with (if he eventually does a competition) is Kyrill Sarychev, a monster bencher from Russia who recently did 694 paused in competition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmmLKZVoEFI

Spoto's video actually appears to be 695, so he and Sarychev are right around the same ballpark right now.

Yep.

J Hack.

1800RAW wrote:
He didnt touch his chest but touching and pausing are two different things, especially in this case where hes coming within like an inch of touching. Hes getting ZERO momentum at the bottom part by not touching and you dont really have to bounce the bar off your chest to get that effect. Check out glen chabot's and james henderson's 600x3 vids to see what I mean, they arent bouncing but theyre definitely getting some rebound off their chest. Obviously theres a fine line between the reduced ROM from not touching vs. that added momentum but I think in Eric's case hes coming so close to touching that it actually makes the lift a bit more difficult than if he were to actually touch. Plus, after training with Mark and Stan so many times, I'm sure they would have said something to him regarding not touching; point is, he and other knowledgeable, experienced PLers are aware he does it and yet he continues to do it, gotta be a reason for it. Pausing on the other hand....thats a different story, but hes got time to work on it (if he doesnt already) if he chooses to compete at kings of the bench.

Mendy I doubt will be a threat, like wade said its been so long since hes done a raw bench. Kennelly IMO would have been a contender but hes out of the picture. And Meszaros I don't think is quite at spotos level of strength. Only people I can see being in the same ball park as Eric, provided adding a pause doesnt take a huge amount off his bench, are Sarychev, Hoornstra(especially if he goes up a weight class)and possibly Al Davis. Granted Sarychev is 23(?) and has age on his side but the progress Eric has made since posting his first 600x3 video has been remarkable.

Nonetheless, we won't know anything until something happens.

Amazing lift, whether comp legal or not. The bar speed was incredible.

What happened to Kennelly?

Unfortunately he was busted three times in under a year for steroid possession and distribution.

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/10/14/2227799/tri-city-powerlifter-accused-of.html

I havent seen any credible source regarding his sentence, although I have seen many people on youtube post that hes gonna be in prison for 18 years. Even if all those comments are BS, hes definitely going to do a decent stretch of time.

Well that is pretty awsome. I agree not touching and being just short of it I think would be much much harder. I think if he touched and had more leg drive or push off the bottom it would have been a much easier lift. That guy is a bench monster he made that look easy. Maybe he does not care that much about lifting in a fed. Maybe he is just a guy that wants to be of unreal strength and that is enough. I would say he is. The way we all argue and disagree over all the different feds I do not think it strange he is just doing what he wants to do and that is be one of the strongest humans in bench there is out there. Nice job. Ken Ufford

Looks like he will be competing at the SPF meet at SuperTraining in Sacramento on Nov 3rd. I will be there. This will be exciting to see!

Those inzer elbow sleeves will give you some extra on the bench. But regardless he certainly could break the record. Looks like he could've doubled it.

Come Nov 3rd, There will be a new record holder, no doubt. Every video I have seen with him, I have not seen him strugle at all. Will be exciting to see this happen. Congrats to him on his huge gains within the last few years.

If we are talking about pausing, take a look at Mendys record lift and see if that was a motionless bar.

Don't blame Mendelson. The head referee who gave the press call was Ed Coan. As I remember, there was no love lost between the two men. Coan could have put the screws to Mendy on that lift if he chose to do so by delaying the call for another second or two. On that day, however, I don't think it would have made much difference.

1800RAW wrote:
Unfortunately he was busted three times in under a year for steroid possession and distribution.

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/10/14/2227799/tri-city-powerlifter-accused-of.html

I havent seen any credible source regarding his sentence, although I have seen many people on youtube post that hes gonna be in prison for 18 years. Even if all those comments are BS, hes definitely going to do a decent stretch of time.


Well that stinks hope he comes out all right.

You know he doesnt touch...he has the wraps on...blah blah blah From one big bencher to another this guys got what it takes. Pisses me off all to high hell after my 635 my shoulder injuries have been so bad that I haven't made progress.

Hats off to eric, his bench should only encourage the rest of us to have a goal to shot for.

not to mention watch the kid walk by the camera...HUGE i would like to know his age and weight

You guys did read the description under the video right? They got spotters and tried it again. He got that same weight for a DOUBLE!!! Can't wait until November when he proves what he can do.

I train at that very gym from time to time once a week. Yes the weights are real yes the bench sucks and yes he will break the record

Semper Fi
SGT ROCK
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