benching a lot of weight seemed a funny way to gauge strength being on the job guys that could bench press 350 lbs barely could carry the same lumber a skinny kid carried easily
I have a friend who used to say the same thing.
He could take an 8lb sledgehammer hold the end of the handle his arm straight out the hammer straight up in the air. Then slowly using wrist strength lower the head kiss it, then raise it vertical again.
Some muscle head was constantly picking on him on a job. He asked the guy “can you do this with a hammer?” Then showed him that he could.
The muscle head said “if a scrawny piss ant like you can then I can”.
It didn’t end well. Got past the point of no return lost control of the hammer, caved in his face knocked himself out and left in an ambulance.