Here's something we definitely don't recommend trying at home.
Eric Spoto, a powerlifter who trains in Las Vegas, broke the bench press world record with a 722-pound lift at Super Training Gym in Sacramento, California. He topped Scot Mendleson's record of 715 pounds, according to records on SeriousPowerLifting.com.
Spoto had two attempts before succeeding at the 722-pound mark on his third, an accomplishment met by terrifying cheers from men who seem to be as large as him.
Last year, Spoto spoke to Raw Bench Madness about his training and explained his secret to success lies in weighted dips. "You can get the same feel as bench, use crazy weights and no need for spotter. I try to have my elbows flare same as bench not tucked all the way and not out directly to the side," he said.
I want to thank all my friends and family that supported me to break the Bench Press World Record, Couldn't have done it without you.
— Eric Spoto (@EricSpoto) May 20, 2013