11-29-2012, 10:26 AM
From Brooks. . .
1. The Two Hands Military Press with Barbell
Pressing a barbell equal to your own body
weight for one rep is rated as SUPERIOR STRENGTH.
Body weight plus 50 lbs. is rated as UNUSUAL
Body weight plus 100 pounds is rated as WORLD CLASS.
Note that we're talking about STRICT pressing. No
leg drive, no knee kick, no back bend. Just stand
on your feet and push the bar overhead with arm and
2. The Two hands Barbell Curl
These are the standards for the STRICT barbell curl.
(STRICT! -- no cheating.)
One rep with 80 pounds under body weight is rated
One rep with 50 to 30 pounds under body weight is
rated as SUPERIOR.
One rep with anything approaching body weight is
rated as WORLD CLASS.
Note: WORLD CLASS means as strong as the World and
Olympic champions in weightlifting. John Davis, for
example, curled 205 pounds at a body weight of about
3. The Bench Press
Once again, we're talking strict. No bouncing. A pause
at the bottom. No raising the hips. No back arch.
Body weight plus 50 lbs. -- SUPERIOR STRENGTH.
Body weight plus 100 lbs. -- the goal of an ADVANCED
Body weight plus 200 pounds -- WORLD CLASS.
Marvin Eder, weighing 195 lbs., bench pressed 480
Chuck Vinci, a two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner,
pressed 325 lbs. at a weight of only 125 lbs.
Remember, these were RAW lifts!
4. The Squat
No knee wraps. No super suits. No bouncing. Strict
style all the way.
One rep with body weight -- achievable by any man.
50 lbs. over body weight -- starting to develop
100 lbs. over body weight -- your goal to work toward.
This should be achievable with hard work.
200 to 300 lbs. over body weight -- WORLD CLASS.
5. The Deadlift
Body weight plus 150 lbs. is rated as being within
200 lbs. over body weight is rated as SUPERIOR STRENGTH.
300 lbs. over body weight is rated as ADVANCED LIFTER
400 to 500 lbs. over body weight is rated as WORLD
I hope that gives you food for thought and helps with
setting real-world goals for strength and power
Yours in strength,
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