What are the Max bench press weights for MLB pitchers

I know pitchers dont train for a big bench, but out of curiosity I am interested in knowing what therr one rep max is.

This would vary quite a bit from person to person.

Thanks, that narrows it down. What about an average range or some examples of the top pitchers currently in the league

This is too variable. Some people train for heavy bench (Gabe Kapler was a former bodybuilder) but most probably don’t.

I see this is a problem. How about Cliff Lee, Zack Greinke, Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay or Justin Verlander?

It’s just such a hard question to actually expect an answer to. I could tell you they all bench there body weight and you have an answer but I doubt it’s right. Unless people here have spoken to them or there trainers specifically it’s all just going to be speculation really.

why are you asking this question man?

The range is probably somewhere between 180-300. There ya go.

I’d guess maybe 200.

If I were to make an educated guess, I would say that all the professional pitchers should be able to bench press their body weight at least a few times.

However, if you look at MLB pitchers, they all come in different shapes and sizes. You have guys like Lincecum who look like they have never lifted a weight in their life, and then you have Zambrano who could be an NFL fullback. It just varies.

Lincecum started lifting weights when he was 14. But Tim trained to be an all-around athlete, a reason why his bench is probably pretty low.

Probably closer to the 200-300 range for some of the better built, strong like bull Texan types like Wood or Beckett. Most people with decent training/strength can do atleast one rep with their bodyweight, and when you weigh over 215-220, I could easily see a 250 pound bench for a 1RM. I’m sure John Lackey puts up a shit ton, hes a fucking tank.

My personal best is 215 @ 170 :slight_smile:

I think Zambrano or C.C. would. Those are some bigass dudes.

Ive never been able to bench my body weight. Would being able to do this increase my velocity? The most I have ever done was in high school 165 @ 185 lbs. Now IM 220 bigger stronger but havent had a chance to flat bench in a while.

Im asking this question because unless your genetically gifted, you need to be strong all around to be able to pitch at a major league level. No matter how much a 6’ 170 pound normal athlete throws odds are that he’ll never pitch 90 unless he puts on muscle and weight. Im that average guy and my current strength level doesnt allow me to throw over 90, yet the more i train and lift the closer and closer I get. It’d be nice to train with a goal in mind.

2009
5’8 145 pounds
Bench 170
68 mph

2010
5’9 160 pounds
Bench 200
81 mph

2011
5’10 175 pounds
Bench 225+
?? mph

Goal is 90+mph

[quote=“MkLoe”]Im asking this question because unless your genetically gifted, you need to be strong all around to be able to pitch at a major league level. No matter how much a 6’ 170 pound normal athlete throws odds are that he’ll never pitch 90 unless he puts on muscle and weight. Im that average guy and my current strength level doesnt allow me to throw over 90, yet the more i train and lift the closer and closer I get. It’d be nice to train with a goal in mind.

2009
5’8 145 pounds
Bench 170
68 mph

2010
5’9 160 pounds
Bench 200
81 mph

2011
5’10 175 pounds
Bench 225+
?? mph

Goal is 90+mph[/quote]
I don’t think that the bench is the only factor you should be looking at. I would look at the three lifts that train the body, being squat, hang clean, and bench. Remember that a pitcher cannot just use his arm, he needs to be explosive as well, and that is what these other two workouts achieve. Hang clean is about power of the body as a whole, squat is more about leg and core strength. What are your numbers for those?

Also, have you been clocked using a jugs or a stalker?

I agree [quote]you need to be strong all around to be able to pitch at a major league level[/quote]

I dont like squat, I heard its really bad for knee’s so I do leg press, My max leg press is 750 and I havent really included hang clean in my wokrout routine but I can try it out and let you know

I was clocked on a jugs the past 2 years. Why?

I agree [quote]you need to be strong all around to be able to pitch at a major league level[/quote]

I dont like squat, I heard its really bad for knee’s so I do leg press, My max leg press is 750 and I havent really included hang clean in my wokrout routine but I can try it out and let you know

I was clocked on a jugs the past 2 years. Why?[/quote]
I personally feel that it is good to squat because you get the whole body into the workout, and if it is done properly, it shouldn’t be bad for your knees. I would for sure try and incorporate the hang clean into the workout, it is a good way to build explosiveness.

As for the jugs vs stalker, there can be a 1-2 mph difference in either way, I was just curious if you had only been clocked with one versus the other.

So is like 4.3:1 leg-press to body weight ration good?

What about a 1.3:1 Bench to body weight?

And what would be a good ratio for hang clean.

I know there is no magic number, I’m just wondering what the ballpark range is that professional pitchers are in

Around 200-250 or for a big guy like one C.C. or lackey or anyone else probably around 300