In a recently resurfaced video from Anne Andres, a biological male who identifies as female and competes in women's powerlifting, Andres is heard questioning why "women’s bench is so bad?"
In Andres’ most recent competition, the Western Canadian Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships held on September 23, 2022, Andres bench pressed 270 lbs. For comparison, the second-place finisher in the Women’s Raw 185+ Open bench pressed 220.4 lbs. The seventh-place finisher bench pressed 176.3 lbs. Andres lifted nearly 40 lbs over any other biological female competitor.
"Welcome to Anne says something controversial," Andres said in the Instagram video from November.
"Why is women’s bench so bad? I mean, not compared to me, we all know that I’m a tranny freak so that doesn’t count. And no, we’re not talking about Mackenzie Lee, she’s got little T-rex arms and she’s like 400 pounds of chest muscle apparently."
"I mean, standard bench in powerlifting competition for women, I literally don’t know why it’s so bad," Andres continued. "My son, he weighs 45 pounds. His max bench is like 33, I’m legit seeing some women in competition who are doing something like 50 pounds, and I just don’t understand it."
"I don’t understand why so many women are skipping bench and focusing on everything else," Andres concluded. "That’s my controversial thing today. I’m gonna go do some bench now."
The Independent Council on Women’s Sports (ICONS) posted the video to Twitter, adding that Andres is the Alberta, Canada women’s powerlifting record holder in bench, and will be competing next month at the 2023 CPU National Championships in the women’s category.
Andres’ Instagram bio reads: "Alberta powerlifting record holder for bench at 120kg (253lb) in 84+. Aiming for deadlift and 600 world record! Yes I’m a transwoman, get over it."
Over the last four years, Andres has won 8 of 9 competitions in the women’s 185+ category.
In a July 2022 competition, Andres bench pressed 259 lbs over the woman who bench pressed the second most amount, 198.4 lbs.
An April 2022 competition saw Andres come in first overall for the meet in points as well as first in the Women Raw 185+ Open division, bench pressing just shy of 100 lbs more than the second-place finisher.
Sports Scientist Dr. Ross Tucker addressed the differences in upper body strength between biological males and females at ICONS 2022 conference, saying, between men and women competing in the same 55 kg weight class, men can lift 30 percent more. Between men and women who weigh 108 kg, that difference increases to 40 percent.
"The biological differences between males and females are so large that unless we continue to defend the protection of a women’s sport category, those who do not possess that advantage would basically disappear from the sport."
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