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# What should a 16-year-old, 175-pound person's average bench press be?

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A 16-year-old male, that weighs 175 pounds, has an ideal maximum bench press of 262.5 pounds, according to Men's Health Lists. This calculation is based on 1.5 x 175 pounds. Males are considered to be of sound upper-body strength if they are able to bench press 1.5 times their body weight.

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A person can improve his bench press by executing each lift with proper form, which includes lifting in a swift, controlled manner. Men's Health recommends alternating between two workout strategies for maximum efficiency. First, the individual starts by pressing 40 percent of the maximum weight for nine sets of three repetitions each, with 60 seconds of rest between each set. Three days later, they would perform three sets of either flat, inclined or declined presses to muscular failure at their maximum weight.

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To get a big chest, perform a series of chest exercises on a bench, including a decline dumbbell bench press, barbell bench press, decline barbell bench press and incline barbell bench press. Do the series twice a week, completing three sets of each exercise while gradually increasing the weight.

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According to Men's Health, the average male bench presses up to one and a half times his own body weight. A 15-year-old, who weighs 130 pounds, could work his way up to bench pressing 195 pounds. This calculation is based on his weight of 130 pounds multiplied by 1.5.

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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.