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How much can you bench? It’s the clichéd question for anyone who obviously lifts. And the fittest celebrities get asked, too. We set out to figure out exactly how much some of those jacked stars could, at their best, bench for one rep. A few rules: Celebrity status is limited to actors or musicians. We’ve tried to verify all lifts, ideally with video. We’ve often estimated one-rep maxes from multi-rep sets (and rounded these up if the sets were part of exercise circuits) using a one-rep calculator. Verification status is noted for each number: Unverified = claimed, Witnessed = neutral observer, Verified = video evidence or official event, Disputed = conflicting information. So, let’s get on with it. What’s the truth? How much can or could these celebrities bench press?

How much could ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER bench press?

500 lbs. (227 kg.) Unverified. Arnold’s biggest verified bench was 441 lbs. in a powerlifting meet when he was 20, but his strength likely peaked a few years later when he was winning Mr. Olympias. He recently claimed his best bench press was 525, but legends can grow with time. More often through the years he said 500. The big 5-0-0 might have been rounded up, but Arnold certainly was in that neighborhood.

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How much could JOHN CENA bench press?

487 lbs. (221 kg.)  Verified. This 2015 bench press is the only videoed one-rep-max on our list. Wrestler/actor John Cena was 38, and those are 25 kg. (approx. 55 lb.) plates. Cena was so close to the exclusive 500 Club. If he’s joined it since, he’s yet to let us know.

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How much could DAVE BAUTISTA bench press?

450 lbs. (204 kg.)  Unverified. It’s a big number, but Dave Bautista has been a big man for a long time. It seems doable by him, back in his WWE days.

How much could DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON bench press?

450 lbs. (204 kg.)  Witnessed. College football teammate, Leon Searcy, remembers Dwayne Johnson as a freshman: “He was out-squatting and out-benching guys who had been there three to four years at Miami. He was benching over 400 pounds, squatting about 500.” Presumably, The Rock, who claims 450 at his best, grew even stronger in subsequent years.

How much could LOU FERRIGNO bench press?

445 lbs. (202 kg.) Unverified. The Hulk is in a virtual tie with The Rock and Bautista. Long arms hurt all three tall men from benching even more. We used 23-year-old Ferrigno‘s video-verified 245-pound overhead press for 10 reps to estimate his one-rep bench press. Could he bench more in later years? It’s possible but unconfirmed.

Related: How Strong was Lou Ferrigno?

How much could TERRY CREWS bench press?

405 lbs. (184 kg.) Verified. We’ve seen claims of a 475-lb. bench press for Terry Crews, but cannot verify that big number. Crews is the one person here who did official bench presses in a measured event—the 1991 NFL Draft Combine. When he was 22 and weighed 237 at 6’2″, he benched 22 reps with 225 lbs. This equates to 390 lbs., but because it’s hard to accurately equate one-rep maxes with high reps, we’ve rounded that up to four plates per side. His weight, listed at 245, didn’t increase much during his five seasons in and out of the NFL, but did his bench press?

How much could 50 CENT bench press?

405 lbs. (184 kg.) Unverified. Claims for 50 Cent range from 405 to “more than 415.” These are big numbers for the rapper/actor who has typically kept his weight under 220. However, he was a workout fiend, and a 2015 Muscle & Fitness profile mentioned him incline-pressing 275 for reps, observed by the article’s author, so 50 may indeed be in da 400 Club.

How much could LL COOL J bench press?

405 lbs. (184 kg.)  Unverified. In 2017, the then-49-year-old rapper/actor tweeted: “Hit 225lb 20x on bench today [NFL] combine style then hit 335lb for a freshen up. Felt pretty light. Gonna test my max in a couple weeks.” (20 x 225 = 375 x 1) In a response to the tweet, LL Cool J, a long-time gym rat, claimed his personal best was 405. Mama said knock out four plates?

LL Cool J bench press
LL Cool J raps / YouTube

How much could BUSTA RHYMES bench press?

400 lbs. (181 kg.)  Verified. A 2013 video shows the XL rapper Busta Rhymes incline pressing five reps with 315 but stopping four inches short of his chest each time. We gave him three good incline reps to calculate his one-rep bench press (typically, you’re about 80% as strong in the incline as the flat press).

How much could WILL SMITH bench press?

385 lbs. (175 kg.)  Unverified. Though he first got jacked for Ali (2001), according to his trainer, the superstar rapper/actor Will Smith hit this bench press personal best prepping for I, Robot (2004).

How much could SYLVESTER STALLONE bench press?

385 lbs. (175 kg.)  Disputed. In his 2005 fitness book Sly Moves, Stallone claims to have been able to bench press 385-400 before tearing his pec in a bench press contest with his trainer, Franco Columbu, prepping for Rocky II (1979). But in a 1979 New York Times article, Sly said: “I was working with Franco Columbo….At the end of a workout he said, ‘Let’s see you bench‐press 200 pounds.’ I said, ‘I’m kind of tired and I hate to press,’ but he said, ‘Just once,’ so I laid back and pressed 200. ‘Try 210,’ he said. I didn’t want to, but he insisted so I did. ‘Now 220,’ and I said, ‘Franco, knock it off.’ ‘Just once,’ he said, so I tried 220 pounds and the weight fell on me and I heard a pop.” His pec had torn. So, 26 years before the 385 claim, he said the weight he successfully benched was only 210. Did he do more before or (with a reconstructed pec) after? It certainly seems like a Rocky-sized workout fanatic should’ve benched at least 285, but, based on Stallone’s own contemporary account, 385-400 is dubious.

How much can METHOD MAN bench press?

345 lbs. (156 kg.) Verified. On December 4, 2020, the 49-year-old rapper/actor, who is currently on a personal fitness quest, posted to Instagram a video of himself benching 315 for four reps. Using a one-rep calculator, we converted it to a max single. Middle-aged Method Man may still up this mark in the future.

How much could MARK WAHLBERG bench press?

335 lbs. (152 kg.)  Unverified. To play a juiced bodybuilder in No Pain, No Gain (2013), the 5’8″ Mark Wahlberg increased his bodyweight from 165 to 205 in seven weeks and claims to have similarly upped his bench press to an impressive 335.

Mark Wahlberg bench press strength
Where’s the bench? Wahlberg beefed up for “No Pain, No Gain.” / YouTube

How much could ERIC BANA bench press?

330 lbs. (150 kg.)  Unverified. In 2009, Eric Bana, who starred in 2003’s Hulk, said, “I used to lift very heavy weights in my mid-twenties. I used to bench press over 300 lbs. The most I ever lifted was 330 lbs.”

How much could MICHAEL B. JORDAN bench press? 

325 lbs. (147 kg.)  Unverified. Michael B. Jordan‘s personal trainer claimed he benched 315 for two reps while beefing up to his biggest muscular weight for Black Panther (2018). We converted this to a one-rep max.

How much could GERALD BUTLER bench press?

320 lbs. (145 kg.)  Unverified. While prepping for 300 (2006), Gerald Butler was supposedly benching 225 for 10 reps in a circuit with other exercises. Did the Butler do it?

How much could HUGH JACKMAN bench press?

315 lbs. (143 kg.)  Unverified. The Aussie actor was reportedly able to bench three plates when prepping to play Wolverine in X-Men (2000). By the way, 15 years later, the then 46-year-old Hugh Jackman Instagrammed that he benched 235 along with a 355-lb. squat and 410-lb. deadlift all in the same workout for a 1000-lb. powerlifting total.

How much could HENRY CAVILL bench press?

300 lbs. (136 kg.)  Unverified. While training 300-style (lots of exercise circuits) for Man of Steel (2013), Henry Cavill‘s higher-rep bench press set weights were said to be based on his ability to do a single with 300.

How much could CHRIS HEMSWORTH bench press?

300 lbs. (136 kg.)  Verified. Chris Hemsworth is not a low-rep guy, and, focusing on functional strength, he prefers pushups to bench presses. In a 2018 video, Hemsworth reps out bench presses with 195. Because this was part of an exhausting eight sets of bench presses (and was at least a 10-rep set), we’ve estimated Thor’s one-rep strength then at 300.

Chris Hemsworth bench press strength
Thor hammers the bench press (those are 25-lb plates, 195 lbs. total). / YouTube

How much could CHRIS PRATT bench press?

300 lbs. (136 kg.)  Unverified. This is based on Chris Pratt‘s reportedly benching 10 reps with 210 in circuits while training for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

How much could BRAD PITT bench press?

280 lbs. (127 kg.)  Unverified. We computed a one-rep max based on the 8 reps with 225 Brad Pitt reportedly benched when getting yoked for Fight Club (1999).

How much could NELLY bench press?

270 lbs. (122 kg.)  Witnessed. According to a tweet by sportswriter Spencer Hall: “For the record, Nelly‘s bench press was around 270 at one point. Perfectly respectable.”

How much could KEVIN HART bench press?

240 lbs. (109 kg.)  Verified. That’s an impressive 71% more than Kevin Hart‘s bodyweight. We calculated the 140-pound comedian/actor’s one-rep max based on a video of him benching 225 for three reps in 2017.

How much could GAL GADOT bench press?

100 lbs. (45 kg.)  Unverified. When training for Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot claimed to bench 85 lbs. for “several reps.” Depending on how many “several” is, it equates to 95-105 for one.

Gal Gadot bench press
Wonder Woman running to the gym / Warner Bros.