Who's the Best Bencher?

Fri, 11/18/2005 - 17:59 -- admin
Gene Rychlak
10% (72 votes)
Scot Mendelson
31% (226 votes)
Brian Siders
7% (53 votes)
Matt Lamarque
5% (36 votes)
Shawn Lattimer
1% (10 votes)
Tiny Meeker
4% (28 votes)
Ryan Kennelly
22% (162 votes)
Ted Arcidi
20% (148 votes)
Total votes: 735


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
How about the guys who taught those guys how to use gear Bill Crawford top 10 Mike Miller top 10 Sebastian Burns top 5 in weight class Joe Mazza 1st in the USA 2nd in the world in 165's Please Tiny Meeker has the guuy done a legit 750

Submitted by admin on
All great choices. Do you think any are better benchers than say a Mendelson, Kennelly or Lamarque though? Of Crawford, Miller and Burns who do you rate the better bencher. It's hard to include Mazza in this list if Schick isn't included. Tiny and Latt don't appear to be crowd favorites at this point do they?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Don't forget the immortal Bill Kazmaier. He may have done a 661 but remember it was without a bench shirt. What would he have totalled in today's scene?

Submitted by admin on
Kaz was also a great bencher. I figured Teddy Arcidi was the best of the old school benchers though, so I included him instead. Over 700 in the mid 1980's with a single ply that couldn't have given him a lot of carryover. Way ahead of his time. The nature of today's game is making it increasingly difficult to judge past lifters totals against modern numbers. For the most part, in other sports those arguments can still take place. However, equipment advances are rapidly changing the face of powerlifting and making those arguments next to impossible.

Submitted by ZTrain on
Anthony Clark in the poll? # First man to reverse grip bench press 700 pounds 1992 # First teenager to bench press 600 pounds # 800 pound bench press record at the Arnold Classic 1997 # He has successfully benched 700 pounds or greater 17 times in competition... This guy is the prototype for the modern (supported lifting) super super heavyweight and the role model for alot of modern supers who picked up the weights for the first time in the early 90's. Arcidi, (not a big fan of bench shirts) competed against him at the Joe Weider IFBB Mr. Olympia Bench Press Challenge in 1991 and lost due to a callback on his form - his elbow required surgery, and we never saw Ted Arcidi lifting competitive weights (or against Clark) again... An ambassador for modern supported lifting, and the first to breathe the rare air of many superhuman attempts, he let others talk the talk, while he re-wrote the records... He will be truly missed.

Submitted by ZTrain on
Jason "Action" Jackson This guy just competed against and beat everybody on the list at Bench America 3... Stronger than all the supers with a 777lb at 242!!! When it really counted he didn't bomb, and he has $10,000 greenbacks to back that statement up...

Submitted by admin on
Jackson put on an impressive performance at BA3. Lifting as much as Kennelly and Siders but doing it as a 242 is quite a feat. And beating Meekers to boot. Of course, Meekers missed his 865 opener. Good arguments for Jackson. Let's see how he follows this up.

Submitted by admin on
I know Anthony had a lot of followers inside and outside powerlifting. It's definately our loss.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If I were to examine today's lifters and exclude the likes of Arcidi, Kaz, and Clark - I would say that Mendelson is the best. He recently set the all-time raw bench mark and continues his assault on the assisted mark. All while dealing with injury and surgery. Rychlak is crazy strong, as all of the elite are, but I don't see anyone keeping up with Mendelson if he stays healthy.

Submitted by admin on
If Mendelson can capture the assisted number as well, that makes it a tougher argument to keep him out of the top spot.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Submitted by admin on
Chabot is another great name for the list. There's been talk around that he may once again step up on the platform. Mendelson, for one, has said he welcomes the challenge. If his return materializes it should be good for powerlifting.

Submitted by Peter Vuono (not verified) on
I used to wrtite articles about Powerlifting in the 80's in PLUSA,and Muscular Deveolpment. The greatest bench presser in the history of the sport was Pat Casey,a police officer who passed away 4/22/05.In 1959 at the age of 20,Pat bench pressed 500 lbs. at a bodyweight of 237. Pat never in his life used steroids. Dr. John Zeigler did not invent Dianabol until after the 1960 Olympics. They were almost unheard of in Casey's day and he was always dead set against them when they were popularized. On June 17,1967, Pat bench pressed 617 to become the first man to do so. The same year he became the first to squat 800 and total 2100.He never took steroids and on the day he benched 617,he wore only a one piece wrestling singlet with no shirt at all underneath. Please see my article in the April 1983 issue of PLUSA. All the other benchers in your poll are certainly strong but pale in comparison!

Submitted by admin on
Pat Casey was one of the pioneers and his lifts certainly stand the test of time.

Submitted by bigiron on
Tommy Harrison is in drug tested divisions and is hitting in the mid 800's weighing in the 275lb class, new comer! WABDL/ APF/AAPF

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Mike Macdonald has to be the best bencher of all time...all time best in 6 classes and raw...

Submitted by admin on
That's a pretty strong argument. Although Jeremy Hoornstra just took his 242 record.

Submitted by Mike Kuhns (not verified) on
There's a guy out in California, Michael Booker, competes in the AAU who has on more than one occasion benched 3 times bodyweight RAW, I dont think theres many, if any other guys around who can touch that coefficient.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Personally think highly of Ron "Lionheart" Palmer! He amazes me every time!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You have got to be kidding me. Ron "Lionheart" Palmer's bench was his worst lift. Even geared to the maximum allowed, and lifting at 20lbs or more over his weigh in weight, and his use of drugs couldn't get his bench over the top.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Why are you only looking at heavyweight benchers? Wheres Rob Luyando or Tommy Harrison? Oh I forgot there not in show class. Now are you going to use heavy weight women as well? Because everyone is for power not little numbers.. I choose none of the above. Rob and Tommy!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Have you guys forgotten about Chris Confesser, Julian Lee no one could touch these guys pound for pound and how about george halbert their is no bencher alive strong as him and as for heavy weights jim willams was incredable and my all time favorite has to be ted aridi.