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What is the average male bench press?

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The average man can bench press 160 pounds in a single repetition, according to Elite Feet. Adjusted for body weight, the average man can bench press between 100 percent and 149 percent of his body weight in a single repetition, according to Men's Health.

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A man whose maximum single-repetition bench press is less than his body weight is considered below average or weak, according to Men's Health.

While the maximum single-repetition bench press is an acceptable means of testing strength, bench pressing less weight for more repetitions is a more effective way to build muscle strength and mass, according to Muscle and Brawn.

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