I did my very first bench press today! Actually I did 5 of them... 3 sets of 5 of them! Number 6 invariably involved me going about a third of the way up and completely stalling. Sadly, these were all done with the bar alone. No weight.
But hey! It's a new lift! Yippee!
The caber-tosser was there (Actually, he looks more Mediterranean, but has the body of a caber-tosser, you know?), and I asked if he'd teach me how to bench press. He was stunned that I'd never tried it before, and when I pointed out I've only been lifting for 4 weeks he said, "Really? You look like you've been working out all your life."
So not only did I do bench presses, but I got complimented, too... Kick Ass!