The internet definitely has a way of making us average folk feel worse about ourselves from time to time. Whether it’s videos of child piano prodigies or even this guy who can perfectly imitate a police siren, YouTube is just teeming with the latest, greatest (and sometimes weirdest) displays of human capacity.
It should come as no shock, then, that there exists a dude on the internet who can casually bench press 410 pounds (186 kilograms) at a bodyweight of only 154 pounds (70 kilograms).
Actually, scratch that; it’s still pretty damn shocking. Get ready for legitimately one of the most ridiculous pound-for-pound bench presses of all time:
What makes it all the more amazing is that Long Nguyen, who goes by the YouTuber username of UFpwrLifter, is by all intents and purposes just an average guy.
He stands at an average height of 5’10” and possesses a body of relatively average musculature — certainly not the massive 200+ pound frame you would expect on someone who can bench 400 pounds. He does say, however, that he has been benching since he was 12.
On top of that, he’s a family man who goes to work at a regular job and enjoys fishing in his spare time — not an Instagram powerlifting influencer whose life seemingly revolves around lifting.
He also works out at a variety of commercial gyms (one of them being the notorious — and not in a good way — Planet Fitness), where he uses normal-people weights instead of the specially-calibrated powerlifting plates at special powerlifting gyms. Catching normal-people reactions to his decidedly not-normal lifts is a running theme throughout his YouTube channel.
And perhaps most impressively, Nguyen uses very minimal arch in his bench press setup — just like a normal, everyday bro benching at the gym. For the uninitiated, arch is the extent to which your back is curved during a bench press, effectively reducing the range of motion and, thus, the level of difficulty (see video below). Almost any comparable bench press you might be able to find (and you have to look into the powerlifting world records to find them) utilizes rather… excessive arch. That Nguyen can push the weight he does without this oft-ridiculed bench hack is nothing short of mind-blowing.
Nguyen’s unbelievable feats of strength have earned him legions of faithful followers on YouTube as well as, of course, haters and doubters. As of this writing on April 12, 2019, Nguyen has comments disabled on all of his videos, presumably to stop the flow of “fake weight” accusations.
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Don’t let the jealousy and insecurities of the average gym-goer fool you, though: Nguyen’s strength is absolutely real. If you’d like to learn more about how he trained for it, check out his blog post at Gravitus and make sure to subscribe to him on YouTube.