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Old 12-18-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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Untrained

Expected level of strength in a healthy individual who has not trained on the exercise before but can perform it correctly. This represents the minimum level of strength required to maintain a reasonable quality of life in a sedentary individual.

Novice

A person training regularly for a period of 3-9 months. This strength level supports the demands of vigorous recreational activities.

Intermediate

A person who has engaged in regular training for up to two years. The intermediate level indicates some degree of specialization in the exercises and a high level of performance at the recreational level.

Advanced

An individual with multi-year training experience with definite goals in the higher levels of competitive athletics.

Elite

Refers specifically to athletes competing in strength sports. Less than 1% of the weight training population will attain this level.

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Old 12-18-2009, 02:26 PM   #3
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Intermediate and advanced are gray areas. There are some intermediates that "don't get it", whatever it is...and haven't made any progress for 20 years.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:26 PM   #4
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Those numbers are 1RM. I thought they were a workout weight.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:51 AM   #6
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Among mortals this is more or less accurate, however when your a competitor,you can never, ever lift enough, you may hit a standard but that number will always change. Still its nice to be "elite" at Press assuming its push, and the deadlift. Being advanced in the Bench press and in the squat.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:29 PM   #7
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it makes me feel decent about myself

bench- intermediate
dead- intermediate
squat-intermediate
press- novice

hopefully by the end of the year i'll move to the advancedd section
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:38 PM   #8
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The standards seem reasonable. My lifts are:

Press 1RM = 240 (ish) = Advanced
Squat 1RM = 450 = Advanced
Deadlift 1RM = 500 = Advanced
Bench 1RM = 340 = Advanced

I am right beyond advanced on all my lifts. When I hit my advanced stage, the strength gains slowed or became difficult. So I think this chart is very good.

There's a world of difference between advanced and elite, that's for sure. Elite ain't no joke!
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just saying...
no one in my school is elite... although one kid i heard just got a 505 deadlift and he wieghs probably 180... so hes pretty close.

more people in advance (not too many though) and i want to join them.
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that graph made my press and bench feel good.

made my deadlifts look like shit though
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