How Many People Can Bench 225?

Bench pressing 225 pounds or “2 plates” is a huge milestone.

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Bench pressing 225 pounds or “2 plates” is a huge milestone for lifters and exercise enthusiasts. 

So, how many people can bench 225?

Approximately 1.3 million Americans can bench press 225 lbs, or about 0.4% of the population.

  • Untrained and novice male lifters of any weight will never bench 225 lbs. 

  • Intermediate male lifters who weigh 220 lbs and above can bench 225 lbs. 

  • Advanced male lifters who weigh 148 lbs and above can bench 225 lbs. 

  • Elite male lifters who are 114 lbs and above should be able to bench 225 lbs. 

  • Only elite female lifters who are 199 lbs and above should be able to bench 225 lbs. 

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So What About Americans?

How many Americans can bench 225 pounds? Here’s my math.

USA Population


Americans Who Hold An Active Gym Membership


Active Members Who Visit Gym At Least 2x/Week


Gyms Typically Lose 50% Of Members Within The First 6 Months


How Many Americans Can Bench Press 225 Pounds?


I cover this in much more detail in my article.

Did You Know?

And there’s a reason my team cares so much about bench press. It helps:

  • Increase bone mineral density

  • Increases joint strength

  • Increase muscle size of your upper body

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