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01-06-2011, 12:19 AM
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Briere Up There*
 
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I could bench 335lbs when I was 17 years old. There wasn't a kid on any of the 3 teams I played on (High School, split Midget, local junior) who came within 50lbs of it. And guess what? It was absolutely useless. Being able to bench 135 35 times or 225 20 times was way more important than the max. Truth be told I can probably count on my hand the amount of times I was able to fling someone due to my chesticles. It just isn't an important thing in hockey.

I worked out at Boyle's the summer of my freshmen and sophmore years. Very few kids (many of them elite prep and even college) could bench 225. Sure, a freak like Mark Stuart probably benches 350, but he's pretty atypically built, wouldn't you say? Look at the guy's neck. A guy like Chara doesn't even waste his time trying to max out.

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