Roger Ryan Grabs Over 50 Bench Record

Roger Ryan, 308, bench pressed 716 pounds on Saturday to register the highest bench press in history for someone over the age of 50. Ryan, 52, was competing in the WABDL Southern Regionals in Dallas, Texas. He hit his first lift at 650 pounds, second at 672, and third at 694, before taking the historic lift on his fourth attempt. Ryan's lift ups his own record of 711 pounds.

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"highest bench press in history for someone over the age of 50"! Congratulations Roger!! That is a huge lift!! What a terrific achievment!!!

I'm a regular now on his private forum, but here is a big public CONGRATULATIONS!

Way to go Roger. Great job as always.

SN
Elite Barbell

Great lifting Roger!! You know you have more in ya so get to work.

STUPENDOUS achievement ! Big Congratulations !
astonishing lift !

Thanks everyone. I have to give a BIG thanks to the workout crew at the Lockup Gym in T-ville, IL and to Ken Anderson & Titan support systems. Now back to the gym, 'cause I know there are some people ready to beat 716 any day now.

No excuses! Just lift it!

WOOOOOOH! Way to go Roger! Man you're makin' it tough on use old guys! Did you really break your record in a 1 ply!? Unbelievable!

Buddy the shirt was a single ply F6 made with the Katana type material. GREAT SHIRT!

I had the pleasure of being in Dallas last weekend and watching Rodger lift in person. All 4 attempts were done with no room for doubt.
Outstanding work and an inspiration to us other geezers! Looking forward to more out of him soon.

Robert Harris
Las Vegas, NV

Was there as well - good man, good lifts.
Jamey Mauldin

Mad props, Methuselah...lol

Carl wrote:
Mad props, Methuselah...lol

Many people don't know that Roger was a freshman when Jesus was a SR.

I was there as well. Roger made every attempt look way to easy. Being only 25 and new to competition guys like him are a great inspiration.

Awesome lifting as always Roger. Look forward to even more out of you soon.

nice lifting old man

Mad props!

Thanks again everyone. I wish/hope someone has a video of the lift and posts it somewhere. In my earlier post, I forgot to thank Alex Calvo for the shirt help & handoffs. One of the best things about this sport is that you can travel to a meet alone and someone always steps up to help. Thanks Alex!

just got back from B.I.G., and read this that is awesome. way to go r.r. a true champ

Roger Ryan wrote:
Buddy the shirt was a single ply F6 made with the Katana type material. GREAT SHIRT!

I knew it had to be since it was WABDL and Gus won't let the 2 ply Titan shirts be used. I asked so you would let everybody know it was 1 ply since you don't brag too much on your own!

Jon, a question (and suggestion). When a lift is made in single ply, but at a fed that also allows multi-ply either in some or all equipment; if it is specified (for example in the meet scoresheets) that it was done in single ply could it be counted in the single ply ranking. For example Roger's 716 WABDL single ply bench would rank very near the top I believe. There are a lot of people who have made great single ply lifts in multi-ply feds that don't get their lifts ranked as 1 ply. I know it's been done that way with raw lifters lifting in a multi-ply meet. But is it allowed with single ply lifts? I think it's only fair if it's varified.

mastermonster wrote:

Jon, a question (and suggestion). When a lift is made in single ply, but at a fed that also allows multi-ply either in some or all equipment; if it is specified (for example in the meet scoresheets) that it was done in single ply could it be counted in the single ply ranking. For example Roger's 716 WABDL single ply bench would rank very near the top I believe. There are a lot of people who have made great single ply lifts in multi-ply feds that don't get their lifts ranked as 1 ply. I know it's been done that way with raw lifters lifting in a multi-ply meet. But is it allowed with single ply lifts? I think it's only fair if it's varified.

Buddy,

That's a hard one. If the federation doesn't have a single ply division, how would the lifter's equipment be deemed to have passed a single ply equipment check. Many scoresheets are now impossible to read. I can't imagine them when every lifter's equipment for every lift is also noted. Let's see, first squat single ply, second multi, etc. It seems like making these exceptions might open up a whole can of worms.

Raw lifts aren't included in the Unequipped Lifter Rankings unless done in a raw division.

I have to agree with Jon. The WABDL needs to do away with all double-ply, period. The voters like it that way, so whatever.

I believe the WABDL should be either all single, or all double ply. That's not our decision to make. You can't expect Jon to try to keep track if a lift was done in a single ply in a two ply fed. When I lift in APF or UPA, many times I'll open with a single and then change to a double. It does take something from the single ply stats, knowing that there are higher lifts done in a single ply that aren't listed.

No excuses! Just lift it!

I agree Jon shouldn't have to do all that. What I'd propose would be to put the burden on the lifter who makes a ranking lift in single ply gear. The lifter would need to know he was making a ranking lift, ask the judges to check his equipment on the platform to varify it's single ply like they already would a WR, and simply ask the scorekeeper to signify on the score card/sheet that it was done in single ply. If you ask the judges to do this before the meet and they knew it was coming I don't think they would object in most cases. Then the lifter would simply email Jon and let him know about the lift and the meet and Jon would only have to check the new ranking lifts. We're talking about the very best lifts only so there wouldn't be so many to double check. Jon could inform the lifters on the watch that if you submit a lift that was not higher than the ranked lifts at the time you made it, that the lifter would no longer have the privelege to submit one (if they wast his time).

Roger it was a pleasure shirting you and spotting your lifts. It inspired my highschool kids to see you lift. And so that all may know, it was a single ply F-6 and it went on rather easy (the shirt was not very tight as one might expect). I say he's got another 25 to 35 lbs in that shirt, in a competition environment.