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Gene Rychlak


Gene Rychlak is the first man to bench 1000 pounds! Not only that, Gene Rychlak was the first person to break the 900 pound mark as well. Gene is a pioneer of big benching, learning to adapt to new gear and training techniques to constantly increase his bench press.

Until only a few months ago, Gene Rychlak held the world record bench press at 1005lbs. This record was recently broken by Scot Mendelson who recorded a bench of 1008 pounds. Gene Rychlak and Scot have been pushing each other for years. Gene is confident they'll push each other to the 1100 pound mark!

Gene doesn't have a set training routine like most lifters, instead he designs his routines around the time between competitions. The workouts generally last about 2-2.5 hours and he likes to bench about every 5 days. Other major exercises include heavy squats and a lot of tricep strength work. Gene Rychlak is an amazing powerlifter, nice guy and bench press record holder. We've included some pics of Gene Rychlak in action below...enjoy!