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300 LB Bench

bench_press_300_club_mugPhung finally hit a 300 LB bench press. What can I say except, “well done”!! It has been almost 2 years since Phung started his training to bench press 300 lbs. Sure there are plenty of people who bench press 300 lbs. Many people can incline press 300lbs, behind the neck press 300 lbs, snatch 300 lbs and even someone who may be able to curl 300 lbs. But it’s not about the weight! It’s not about the bench press, it’s about what it takes to set a goal, work toward a goal and finally accomplish the goal. Most people live their whole life never really pushing themselves to a physical and psychological point to where there is extreme discomfort, extreme sacrifice and complete commitment to every detail to be successful. To be successful at this level it takes focus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days per year. Every little detail that you can possibly think of has to be accounted for. What you eat, when you eat, how hard you train how easy you train, how much you rest and even how you control the anxiety of everything put together. Everyday you train has to be meaningful. It cannot be mindless. You can never relax or let your guard down for one minute. Every set performed requires perfect technique even with the lightest weight. One little technique flaw when you train heavy may be the difference in making the lift. Please don’t misunderstand, there were many failures during his quest, many down days but never a moment to when Phung wanted to quit and throw in the towel. We had to regroup and train through injuries many times. When it was all said and done, he did it! He reached his goal. There’s something about lifting a heavy weight that very few other humans can lift. Pushing with every ounce of your being. When accomplished there is a feeling that is hard to explain, but when realized one becomes a new person in regards to attitude and confidence. You look at life different. Life looks at you different. Congratulations on a job well done Phung!

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