Bench Press Competition

              University Bookstore 14th Annual                                Bench Press Competition

                        Saturday February 21, 2015



125 War Memorial Hall on Virginia Tech Campus

Schedule of Events:

  • Friday February 20, 4-7 pm- Early weigh-ins
  • Saturday February 21
    • 7:30-8:30 am, day of registration
    • 9:00 am, last weigh in conducted
    • 9:45 am, Rules briefing
    • 10:00 am, Competition begins

Cost of Event:


  • $15- Current Virginia Tech Students, Faculty, Staff
  • $25- All Other Participants

(Pre-Registration open until Thursday, February 19 at 5pm)

Day of Registration:

  • $20- Current Virginia Tech Students, Faculty, Staff
  • $30- All Other Participants

*Add $10 to compete in second Division* 

Walk Up Registration will be from 4-7 pm Friday, February 20 and 7:30-8:30 am Saturday, February 21.         

Register Online

Information Sheet


Awards will be given to top 3 lifters of each weight class. Overall winners of each division will be pulled from their individual weight class to receive a prize. 

Weight Classes

Women's Open
122lbs and below
122lbs to 140lbs
140lbs and above
Mens' Raw
165lbs and below
165lbs to 198lbs
198lbs and above
Men's Open
148lbs and below
148lbs to 165lbs
165lbs to 181lbs
181lbs to 198lbs
198lbs to 220lbs
220lbs and above

Weigh-In and Day Of Information

  • Lifters competing in the Raw Division are NOT allowed to wear any assisting shirts.
  • Lifters who are competing in 2 divisions are allowed 3 lifts. For example, the first lift may be raw and the following 2 lifts may be raw or open.
  • Early weigh in begins Friday, February 20 from 4-7pm. Day-of weigh ins will be Saturday, February 21 from 7:30-8:30am sharp. Due to flighting requirements, no one will be weighed in after 9:00am
  • Rules briefing will begin at 9:45am. Competition begins at 10am.
  • Weigh ins and Competition will be held in War Memorial Hall Gym 125.

Basic Rules

  • Shoulders and buttocks on bench,
  • No bouncing or sinking of bar,
  • Press command with pause,
  • Wrist wraps allowed, No elbow wraps,
  • One lifting shirt allowed (any ply),
  • No baggy clothing

Parking, Lodging, and Spectators

  • Parking: Visitors can park in most lots, please note that you should not park in handicap and service vehicle spots. Meters may be monitored so if you park in a metered spot, you may be ticketed (check the meter for instructions).
  • Parking (Early Weigh In): Visitors are required to obtain a Visitor Parking Pass from parking services if arriving before 5pm.
  • Spectators: Family, friends, and all spectators are welcome to attend the 2015 Bench Press Competition. Admission is free of charge
  • Lodging: Holiday Inn University - 900 Prices Fork Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060 - $71 per night. Please call 540-552-7001 to book a room with this reduced price.

Sample Training Programs

  • 8 Week Beginner Program
  • 8 Week Training Program
  • 10 Week Training Program
  • 2014 Results

    Women's Open - Kat Cody
    122lbs and below - 1st: Tanya Halliday
    122lbs to 140lbs - 1st: Rebekah Brook
    140lbs and above - 1st: Kailey Baker; 2nd: Brook Warren
    Mens' Raw - Cliff Rhodes
    165lbs and below - 1st: Richard Jones; 2nd: Chris Kang; 3rd: Calvin Barrow
    165lbs to 198lbs - 1st: Tim Lewis; 2nd: Paul Shelton; 3rd: Andy Stack
    198lbs and above - 1st: Brandon McClaugherty; 2nd: Jan-Michael Cox;
    Men's Open - Armando Mineiro
    148lbs and below - 1st: Richard Jones; 2nd: Chris Kang; 3rd: Robert Stevenson
    148lbs to 165lbs - 1st: Lucas Pribble; 2nd: Phillip Grambo
    165lbs to 181lbs - 1st: Paul Shelton; 2nd: Tyler Church; 3rd: Douglas Hearney
    181lbs to 198lbs - 1st: Jason Buzzard; 2nd: Al-Titus Glover;
    198lbs to 220lbs - 1st: Cliff Rhodes; 2nd: Kevin Hamm; 3rd: Mackie Waller
    220lbs and above - 1st: Jonathan Woods;