355 lb Bench Press, 255 lb OHP, Proper Abbreviation For Pounds, Strength, Buy My Book and Squatting Big

December 30, 2012 — Leave a comment

This was the final week of 2012 and I managed to squeeze out a few PR's after fueling up on a big Christmas dinner:

355 lb Bench Press

255 lb Overhead Press

230 lb x 3 Overhead Press

Not bad!

I wanted to get a 550 lb deadlift as well, but only managed to get it to my knees.

On a side note, I discovered the proper abbreviation for "pounds" is "lb" and not "lbs" as I have written for a long time 😐

This applies to single and plural usage of "pounds" (when it comes to mass, that is).

Anyways, came across some good articles this week. Check it out!

  1. What Is Strength And Why Do You Need It by Charles Stanley
  2. "Happy Holidays, Now Buy My Fitness/Nutrition Book" by Brian Hill
  3. Squatting Big by Blaine Summer (who is an IPF Powerlifting World Champion and World Record Holder)



John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

Quick Stats
Height: 5'4" on non-squat days
Weight: 200 lb 210 lb ~220 lb (FOREVER BULK BRAH)


  • Texas Method: March 4, 2011 - April 28, 2013
  • Smolov Jr for Bench Press: June 4 - 22, 2012
  • Starting Strength: Nov 29, 2010 - March 4, 2011