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    The guys that got really strong at low bodyweights

    I was just wondering something. Yesterday, my buddy at the gym was telling me about his friend who pulled 810 lbs. at a weight of 182 lbs. This inspired me.

    See, I want to get strong, but I don't really care for gaining a ton of weight. I'm about 200 lbs. 5 lbs., and I really don't care for getting much bigger. However, I train my a** off, and I would love to be squatting 4 plates and deadlifting 5.

    I know guys that are lighter then me have lifted much better numbers then that even. My question is is did they first gain a ton of weight in order to get their strength up, and then lose weight while maintaining that strength? Or did they just get really strong without having to gain weight?

    Basically I just want to get as strong as possible for 200 lbs. I'm just wondering if it is an unreasonable thing to try and do - squat 405, deadlift 495, and bench 315 at 200 lbs.

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    Those are very attainable goals. Obviously it will be a lot harder than hitting those numbers at a higher weight, but it can definitely be done.

    Train in the lower rep range and eat at maintenance.
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    I don't think it's unreasonable, but I'm new at this.

    It's like the quote about how lifting heavy ass weights makes you stronger, eating makes you bigger... so as long as you're eating enough to maintain 200, you should be able to continue progressing in your lifts, i.e. adding weight each workout or every couple of workouts until you reach your goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brihead301 View Post
    I was just wondering something. Yesterday, my buddy at the gym was telling me about his friend who pulled 810 lbs. at a weight of 182 lbs. This inspired me.
    No he didn't. Only 10 guys under 200lbs have ever pulled more than 800 and your friend's friend isn't one of them.

    Some guys just get lucky and are able to get stronger without gaining a lot of weight. The rest of us have to pack on the mass.

    Oh, and the numbers you put up there are very attainable. (See my sig)
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    Ya, I do eat to maintain 200 lbs. And I train my a** off. So I'm shooting for those long term goals at this weight.

    Drew, maybe my friends' friend is one of those 10 people. He used to be a competitive powerlifter, and he knew a lot of other competitors. Or maybe he was just exaggerating. Who knows.

    Whatever though, I'll hit these numbers one day at my weight!

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    Squatting 4 plates and deadlifting 5 at 200 lbs is VERY VERY possible.

    Right now I am squatting 3 and deadlifting 4 at around 178. With 20 lbs of solid mass I can easily squat 4 and dead 5 in my opinion. With the right training I may be able to do that at this weight. That would require a lot more effort.

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    i squatted 4 plates and deadlifted 5 at 180lbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuage View Post
    i squatted 4 plates and deadlifted 5 at 180lbs
    That is sick, and actually my goal a 5'10''. How tall are you? What kind of split were you running?
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    I'm an inch taller... and no special split. Just a lot of condition and general strength training.

    Consistency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuage View Post
    I'm an inch taller... and no special split. Just a lot of condition and general strength training.

    Consistency.
    That's what Im all about. Good to hear.
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    Yes that is very attainable. I weigh 185lbs and I just recently hit a 405 squat. I'm sure with even 5 years of solid training, anyone could hit that easily
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