Below is a brief history of the bench press record. For as long as men have measure strength they have been competing to be the strongest man and there is currently no other record that is esteemed as high as the record for highest bench press.
From George Hackenschmidt’s 361lb bench press record in 1898 to the current record of 1075lbs held by Ryan Kennelly the bench press has a rich history. 712lbs separates current bench press record holder from the original and raw power coupled with human ingenuity has allowed modern day powerlifters to push the envelope of what is humanly possible.
YEAR WEIGHT RECORD HOLDER 2008 1075 Ryan Kennelly 2007 1050 Ryan Kennelly 2006 1010 Gene Rychlak 2004 1004 Gene Rychlak 2003 900 Gene Rychlak 1999 802 Tim Isaac 1995 740 Jamie Harris 1993 735 Anthony Clark 1985 705 Ted Arcidi 1983 *** Bench Press Shirt Invented by John Inzer 1972 675 Jim Williams 1971 661 Jim Williams 1967 615 Pat Casey 1953 500 Doug Hepburn 1951 450 Doug Hepburn 1950 400 Doug Hepburn 1916 363 Joe Nordquest 1898 361 George Hackenschmidt