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Old 10-29-2010, 09:34 AM   #1
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How do you measure strength? Let's say you're 175 lbs ( and a fairly new lifter ), is it fair to assume you should be at least benching your own bodyweight? So what if you're 220? The same rule applies? Does it pertain to squating / overhead presses / deadlifting?

I'm kinda new to this and I'm not throwing around any impressive weight ( at least compared to what I read here ) but am putting in max-effort on every training session. Got diet and intensity in check. So if you never achieve to move mammoth weights does that make your training wrong? Maybe I'm not understanding the how's/why's/when's of progression.
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How strong you can actually become depends on a lot of factors. We are all different in regards to our age, muscle mass, connective tissue, and skeletal makeup. There are some generally accepted guides as to strength levels that a majority us should be able to achieve.

A couple of basic to shoot for.

bench your bodyweight
squat 1.5X bodyweight
deadlift 2X bodyweight


I don't have a lot of time right now to really get into this. This is actually a fairly big subject. However, even when you have reached those basic levels, then it becomes a question of how many reps you should be able to do at those weights.

Dan John, who is a well respected strength coach has some thoughts on this subject. I'll see if I can find his article. Look at the front of this site, as there is a huge library of articles, and you will find some good info there as well.

Don't worry about anybody else's numbers. We all started at the beginning, and we are all at different spots in our training.

Just a final thought for right now. I don't think that the bench press is as important a lift as the overhead press is. I would spend more time with overhead pressing as opposed to benching.
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Very cool. Thanks gl.
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Nice! Although I realize it's not a "one size fits all" this is what I was looking for. Thanks!
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Nice! Although I realize it's not a "one size fits all" this is what I was looking for. Thanks!
Yikes! After seeing where I rank I'm kinda sorry I asked!

I got a lot of work ahead of me...
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Its simple. Out lift everyone at everything so they can't call you weak. Tis the secret to being strong! hahaha
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