# Why the 225 lb bench?April 13, 2005 12:03 PM   Subscribe

Why do football scouting combines use 225 lbs as the weight to bench press? What is the significance of 225 lbs? Is it just some historical leftover?
posted by jikel_morten to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total)

Best answer: The number comes from the combination of four standard 45 lb weight plates combined with a 45 lb bar. Why the gear hasn't ever been rounded off (bumping everything to 50, say) I don't know.
posted by ChuqD at 12:21 PM on April 13, 2005

I thought they let a potential do as many repetitions as possible on a lower weight set and use a formula to convert it to max weight and number of repetitions if equal to 225lbs. I think it's for safety reasons.

And what ChuqD said.
posted by geoff. at 12:24 PM on April 13, 2005

20kg=44 lb. Given casting tolerances on most weights, might as well shoot for a nice round 45 lb. Least, that's how I figure. What ChuqD said on four plates plus bar=225.
posted by notsnot at 12:34 PM on April 13, 2005

225lbs = about 100kg (102.05828), which is a nice round number.
posted by Mach5 at 4:33 PM on April 13, 2005

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