Noz4nuz
Bench Press/5K run 3/15/2007 2:32PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I put this on the "how much can you bench" thread but thought it warranted discussion all its own.

I recently came across a brochure for an event called the Press & Run, a bench press and 5K run competition, near Madison, Wis., on May 13. It works like this: Participants lift an amount that corresponds with their age and body weight (example: I'm 36, 5' 10" and 167 pounds, so I would have to bench 165 pounds). The age/weight charts provided in the brochure are different for men and women and show the amount one is required to lift decreasing with age.

So the lifting starts at 8 a.m. For each rep you do, 20 seconds is subtracted from your 5K time. The 5K race starts at 9 a.m. There are very detailed instructions for what constitutes the lifting and the competitors are all weighed, so cheating wouldn't be easy.

The event is sponsored by a gym and undoubtedly dreamed up by a meatheads looking for a way to beat skinny runners in a race. But would they? What sort of athlete do you think would excel at an event like this? How well do you think you would do?

For the record, being neither strong nor fast, I would suck at this, I know it.

The age/weight tables in the brochure are available here as a PDF: http://www.ftfitchburg.com/
Chuckie Junior
RE: Bench Press/5K run 3/15/2007 2:42PM - in reply to Noz4nuz Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
this is sometimes called a pump and run. I did one a few years back. They rounded your body weight up to the nearest 5 pounds. So if you were 167, you would have to press 170. They also took 30 seconds off of your time for every rep. 30 was the max reps allowed.

The older guys (40's) had the advantage because they only had to bench 80% of their weight. Many of them could still run in the 17's or 18's for the 5k, and bench this weight 30x.

The winner clocked in at 1620ish and benched the max 30x. His total time was 1:20. Pretty tough to beat.

I can only bench my weight (165) 10 times, so I was nowhere near winning this thing.
midwaste
RE: Bench Press/5K run 3/15/2007 2:44PM - in reply to Noz4nuz Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
My guess is that most meatheads would be hard pressed (pun intended) to run much under 21 minutes for a 5k. I'd say middle D guys who can bench way more than their weight and could still run a 15-16 min. 5k could rule this competition.
Chuckie Junior
RE: Bench Press/5K run 3/15/2007 2:48PM - in reply to Noz4nuz Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Here is the top 50 mens results from the Arnold pump and run a few weeks ago. As you can see the 5k is still somewhat competitive, with quite a few guys in the 16's. Most runners I know can't even come close to benching their own weight 30 times. I sure as hell cant.

ARNOLD PUMP & RUN 5K

MENS RESULTS

COLUMBUS, OHIO

SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2007


GRP/ALL 5K P&R
PLACE NAME HOMETOWN AGE TIME REPS TIME
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1 1 DAMIEN BRANDON WESTERVILLE, OH 30 17:36 30 02:36
2 2 ERIC BECK MANSFIELD, OH 33 17:41 30 02:41
3 3 VAUGHAN O'BRIEN WASHINGTON, DC 31 18:04 30 03:04
4 4 ANAND KAPUR DUBLIN, OH 29 18:34 30 03:34
5 5 MICHAEL BLAKE STEVE SCOTT DEPOT, WV 31 18:38 30 03:38
6 7 SHANE LOGAN PONTIAC, MI 28 16:30 25 04:00
7 8 JOE TORZOK CLEVELAND, OH 39 19:01 30 04:01
8 9 NATHAN AICHELE WESTERVILLE, OH 25 17:57 27 04:27
9 10 BRYAN GLIBA MASSILLON, OH 31 19:12 29 04:42
10 11 DANNY HIGH DUBLIN, OH 39 19:42 30 04:42
11 12 BLAIZE O'BRIEN COLUMBUS, OH 36 17:52 26 04:52
12 13 GEORGE TOTONCHY LAKE OSWEGO, OR 29 19:24 29 04:54
13 14 WES HOLLIDAY COAL GROVE, OH 37 19:59 30 04:59
14 15 FINN CHRISTENSEN POWELL, OH 44 20:00 30 05:00
15 16 TODD ELLWOOD POWELL, OH 48 20:19 30 05:19
16 17 JAKE KERWIN SCHOOLCRAFT, MI 27 19:25 28 05:25
17 18 PATRICK MILLER CARMEL, IN 42 20:25 30 05:25
18 19 DAVID HEIRD CHESTERFIELD, VA 42 20:31 30 05:31
19 20 DANIEL PORT COLUMBUS, OH 24 20:33 30 05:33
20 21 JAMES BOYD HERMITAGE, PA 39 19:04 27 05:34
21 22 CHRIS CRUMP CANTON, GA 44 20:38 30 05:38
22 24 BRUE HOYT COLUMBUS, OH 39 18:19 25 05:49
23 25 LANCE HAUERSPERGER DELAWARE, OH 43 20:22 29 05:52
24 27 GRANT HARTANOV GRANVILLE, OH 21 20:24 29 05:54
25 28 TIM SAVISKY PITTSBURGH, PA 46 18:58 26 05:58
26 29 BRYAN FRAZER POWELL, OH 30 20:05 28 06:05
27 30 JOHN MCHALE MONCLOVA, OH 41 19:20 26 06:20
28 31 JAY SIZEMORE DUBLIN, OH 27 17:52 23 06:22
29 32 MARION HOCHSTETLER AKRON, OH 28 21:25 30 06:25
30 33 RANDY BARNHART AKRON, OH 45 21:27 30 06:27
31 34 MARTY COOK LOUISVILLE, KY 44 19:02 25 06:32
32 35 JAY KLINGBEIL WESTERVILLE, OH 34 19:42 26 06:42
33 36 KYLE WITT WESTERVILLE, OH 26 21:48 30 06:48
34 37 JOSEPH HAAKE SPRINGFIELD, IL 26 18:34 23 07:04
35 38 TYLER BOWERSOCK ROANOKE, VA 26 19:10 24 07:10
36 39 PAUL JEREMIAH N. CANTON, OH 42 22:12 30 07:12
37 40 JAY OWENS FENTON, MI 44 18:52 23 07:22
38 41 CHRIS ADKISON CINCINNATI, OH 33 22:01 29 07:31
39 42 DENNIS ALLEN WHITEHALL, OH 43 22:35 30 07:35
40 43 R. TODD REDMAN GALION, OH 36 22:00 28 08:00
41 44 STEVEN KNAPP MANSFIELD, OH 44 21:00 26 08:00
42 46 GABE RAINWATER FRESNO, OH 19 18:04 20 08:04
43 47 ERIC JOHNSTON KIRTLAND, OH 29 20:35 25 08:05
44 48 KRIS MOONEY ST. LOUIS, MO 37 22:38 29 08:08
45 49 KEITH SHARROCK REYNOLDSBURG, OH 46 23:08 30 08:08
46 50 RICH HUDAK SOUTHINGTON, OH 26 20:43 25 08:13
47 51 JACK PIERSON CANFIELD, OH 54 23:14 30 08:14
48 52 NATHAN MCKEE RIPLEY, WV 30 17:47 19 08:17
49 53 MARTY MOSTYN COLUMBUS, OH 40 20:21 24 08:21
50 54 WILLIAM STOOTS HERMITAGE, PA 37 22:24 28 08:24
DenverRunner
RE: Bench Press/5K run 3/15/2007 2:49PM - in reply to Noz4nuz Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Noz4nuz wrote:

I put this on the "how much can you bench" thread but thought it warranted discussion all its own.

I recently came across a brochure for an event called the Press & Run, a bench press and 5K run competition, near Madison, Wis., on May 13. It works like this: Participants lift an amount that corresponds with their age and body weight (example: I'm 36, 5' 10" and 167 pounds, so I would have to bench 165 pounds). The age/weight charts provided in the brochure are different for men and women and show the amount one is required to lift decreasing with age.

So the lifting starts at 8 a.m. For each rep you do, 20 seconds is subtracted from your 5K time. The 5K race starts at 9 a.m. There are very detailed instructions for what constitutes the lifting and the competitors are all weighed, so cheating wouldn't be easy.

The event is sponsored by a gym and undoubtedly dreamed up by a meatheads looking for a way to beat skinny runners in a race. But would they? What sort of athlete do you think would excel at an event like this? How well do you think you would do?

For the record, being neither strong nor fast, I would suck at this, I know it.

The age/weight tables in the brochure are available here as a PDF: http://www.ftfitchburg.com/


My time for the 5K after subtracting for the lifting would probably be around 13:00. I'm 5'6", 135 and can bench that at least 12 times, maybe more.

Good luck meatheads... Better pay attention to the cardio side of things as well (although I work in a gym with a couple of them and seeing them attempt to run is comical).
organic chemist
RE: Bench Press/5K run 3/15/2007 2:52PM - in reply to Noz4nuz Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
i'm not sure what kind of runner would excel, but i agree with above.

we did one of these my senior year in high school, we had to bench our body weight and got 15 seconds subtracted off of our time etc.

i wasn't able to do it at all (i was, and still am, pretty weak) but the average for the team was about 5. the coach, who is also my dad, tore all of us a new one. hes 5'3'', weighed 125. he thought that wasn't fair so he said he would bench 140. he did it 30x and then stopped voluntarily, he wasn't done. no lie, we were all very impressed. he went out and ran something like a low 23 minute 4 mile. his adjusted time was in the upper 15's. second closest was 19 something.

thought i'd throw that out there.
Chuckie Junior
RE: Bench Press/5K run 3/15/2007 2:54PM - in reply to DenverRunner Reply | Return to Index | Report Post



My time for the 5K after subtracting for the lifting would probably be around 13:00. I'm 5'6", 135 and can bench that at least 12 times, maybe more.

Good luck meatheads... Better pay attention to the cardio side of things as well (although I work in a gym with a couple of them and seeing them attempt to run is comical).


Your time of 13:00 would have gotten you 140th place at the Arnold Scwharzenegger 5k pump and run earlier this month. Looks like the meatheads have the advantage.
older runner
RE: Bench Press/5K run 3/15/2007 3:00PM - in reply to Chuckie Junior Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I did one a couple of years ago. Here, age 40-49 was 90% of your body weight, 50-59, 80%, etc. You got 30 seconds off for each rep. I managed 22 reps and ran 19:21 for the 5K so my time was 8:21. It was a small race, only about 85 people in it. The winner had 30 reps (at full body weight, I only had to do 80%) and ran 19:26 so his final time was 4:26. It was fun and ok for someone who already does some lifting. The winner was relatively muscular but not a meathead.
210
RE: Bench Press/5K run 3/15/2007 3:04PM - in reply to Noz4nuz Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
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