Arnold Schwarzenegger's best recorded bench press is said to have been 500 pounds, but this was not set at a formal powerlifting competition. It is not clear whether Schwarzenegger performed the lift with a pause at the bottom of the repetition.
Schwarzenegger's highest verified bench press was 440 pounds. This record was set at the 1968 German Powerlifting Championship, which was the last powerlifting competition that he participated in as a competitor. Schwarzenegger also set a deadlift record of 710 pounds during his youth and has recorded squats of in excess of 440 pounds. Schwarzenegger also competed in Olympic lifting competitions.