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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.

Submaximum loads may be used to estimate one rep maximum values using the One Rep Max Calculator.
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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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Old 12-18-2009, 02:29 PM   #5
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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   #6
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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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Old 12-18-2009, 02:45 PM   #7
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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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Old 12-18-2009, 09:33 PM   #9
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The jump from advance to elite are like looking at the travel time to Mars...
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These charts seem accurate to me and for me.

Lifting 19 years with maybe half of those focused and I fall midway between intermediate and advanced on all lifts.
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