Recently the strength of a man on his independent grind making workout videos and publishing them to YouTube and Instagram was demonstrated in a clip that received a lot of attention.
Long Nguyen, a former high school weightlifter from Florida bench pressed 165 kilos, or about 360 pounds. Then, that was increased to 395 pounds, with a body weight of 151 pounds.
The thing is, his body weight isn’t much at all. According to one article: “Long Nguyen, from Florida, regularly posts workout videos to his YouTube and Instagram channels, but one of his most recent videos showed the other people in the gym being blown away by his strength. He bench pressed a few different weights throughout his session, and when Long started benching almost triple his body weight the gym goers couldn’t tear their eyes away.”
Then, he increased the weight he was lifting to an incredible 179 kilos, or 395 pounds. He asked a person in the gym to spot him and make sure he didn’t collapse, but not as if he didn’t believe in himself.
Exchanging a few words with the spotter he said:
“No lift off and I’ll say spot if I need help. I won’t stop pushing so you don’t need to deadlift today.”
He described the lift as slow, but with the weights constituting nearly three times his own weight, he still managed to complete the rep.
After he accomplished this feat, Long dismissed his spotter and lowered his weight back down to 165 kilos. From the looks of it, he achieved this bench press with not a lot of effort at all.
By this moment, a real audience started to surround the man. First a couple other people at the gym started watching, and then another who had been exercising with an incline press decided to stop and watch what was going on.
As he published the video online, Long wrote:
“First, thank you for the tremendous support you’ve shown in recently uploaded videos. You continue to surprise me and I wanted to try to thank you with another quick upload.
During editing of this video, I discovered one of the coolest (in my opinion) reactions I’ve ever witnessed. Wish I was more aware during the workout, I would’ve walked up to the guy and thanked him for the good vibes.”
The viewers of the video reacted with much positivity, with one comment reading:
“I don’t get why dudes aren’t congratulating you for the massive amount of work it takes to get to that point. You do more than 2.5 times your body weight, I’d be hounding you for any knowledge you have”
How is it possible for a person with such little body mass to lift so much? Perhaps it’s more in the way the muscles are, the way they have had practice exercising in the past rather than the mass of a person’s muscles.
Some people don’t seem to accumulate much body mass at all no matter what they do, but that doesn’t mean the muscles they do have aren’t experienced.
When a person uses their muscles in the right way, enough of them at once with the correct balance, they can accomplish more than people may be able to believe.