I walked into the gym for the first time in a few weeks last night, back from a case of gastro. First thing I noticed as I walked over to the flat bench to start my chest/tri workout was that the gym now has a weights record board. The board is broken into gender and further into weight divisions. I noticed, thanks to my attack of gastro, my weight division had the highest lifts of all; the current bench press record was 150KG. Having done reps in my usual sets before at 150KG I was pretty confident I could take that record. However, I hadn't worked out for a while so thought it may be challenge.
I thought I'd go for 151.25 kg, the minimum amount more I could do (added a 1.25kg plate to the left side of the bar). I warmed up with 20 reps of 60KG and 5 reps of 140KG before attempting a lift.
I surprised myself my managing the lift without straining. I could have done 160KG and probably should have. Oh well, I'll go back and have another go if it gets beaten.
I also tried the pushup record. Pushups had to be chest to floor each rep and I managed 58, not getting the record of 60. I was really surprised by that failure because I currently hold the pushup record (91 in 50 seconds). Then again, I didn't just do 151.25kg bench press just prior to that... At least the guy that has the pushup record doesnt' have any others.