I came across an article the other day that talked about what the average strength should be for an ‘advanced’ bodybuilder. Now, I’m not sure what ‘advanced’ means, or if it’s talking about being on gear, but here were the numbers.
For a guy my size, 260lbs:
Squat – 550
Bench – 440
Dead – 600
OHP – 295
Barbell Curl – 205
Are you f’ning kidding me? No joke, my numbers right now are closer to the guy who weighs in between 105-120lbs. Of course, I’ve only been doing free-weights for a year and a half, but still, I don’t know if in 10 years I’ll be that strong. Hell, the 105-120lb guys are apparently suppose to be able to do a 170lb OHP. I’ve only seen one guy in my entire 2 years in commercial gyms do the weight I use in OHP, but he was doing it sitting, with dumbbells, and weighed about 300lbs, so I seriously doubt any guy weighing 120lb is throwing around 170lb.
I then began to do some searching and saw things like “Strong on the bench is putting up your bodyweight 10 times”. Or that a person should be deadlifting twice their bodyweight. People see this, especially beginners, and feel immensely discouraged, because they’ve been at it a year, and just celebrated hitting 185 for a single on the bench.
However, you have to remember that most guys who say this, say it because they can do it. They’ve also been at it for 10+ years. There’s also guys who say shit like “If you can’t bust out 15 pull-ups and squat 315, you have no business working arms”. Well, that makes for solid advice, because I can do about 1 bodyweight pull-up. So, according to them, I should be walking around with a thick chest & back and arms that look like paper-towel tubes.
Don’t listen to anyone about what strong is, or isn’t. If you feel strong, then you’re strong. If you’re making progress, then you’re strong. Strength is the will to hit the gym and improve your damn self. To improve on those numbers. Me, for the longest time I just wanted to be able to dead, squat, and bench 225 for reps, because I figured that’s about the heaviest you’re ever gonna have to deal with when it comes to the average guy, and if I were to get in a fight, I could handle that. Sounds weird, I know, but I was bullied a lot in school, so it warped me psychologically, heh. Anything past those numbers I consider a win for me.
Now, if you go into the gym and see a guy repping 315lb on the Bench, or Squat, or hoisting up 120lb dumbbells on Incline Bench, before you feel bad for only doing half that weight, ask him how long he’s been at it. I guarantee he’s gonna give an answer higher than 10, and not tell you he’s only been at it for 6 months. So, remember, this all takes time. A lot of freaking time.
Unless you’re on the juice. Then you should just be in the parking lot of the gym throwing around cars for your workout.
Alrighty, let’s get it.
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