Newb moments don't count! What are the greatest gains you've ever made atleast during your intermediate level?
Not really exactly strength gains, but after driving to a PL gym and really hammering away at my squat form, it went from ~425 to 475 in a meet. That was with about 3 workouts at the place.
You can make 50 lb gains on your lifts with form tweaks and changes in about 10 minutes, when it could take you 5 years to gain 50 lbs of brute strength
23 years old
6'3, 308 lbs
I was preparing for the a meet and the most I had ever deadlifted was 500, and that was in the gym. I got to the meet and pulled my opener of 475. I went back to the end of my flight and someone told me to sit back a bit more because my back was coming up when I was pulling. I pulled 500 on my second attempt, and by my third I ended up pulling 565. So a 65 PR in one day just by tweaking my form.
I fixed my squat form one day and went from 295 to 315 no sweat.
400(335) Bench Press
600(520x3 2xBW) Dead Lift
500(495x1) ATG Squat
365 Front Squat
consistency and intensity.
In the past two months of testing a squat max I found that from my previous max of 336 I was able to do 357 at my most recent meet, was real happy about that.
Last edited by Brian Hopper; 07-06-2009 at 07:28 PM.
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Improving technique DOESN'T COUNT! This thread is for strength gains only. Sorry guys...
No it's not. Improving your technique is a form of "acceptable cheating". Bigger weights doesn't always equal to greater strength. Dimas can ATG squat 700 pounds... A powerlifter who can squat 700 pounds doesn't usually mean he's stronger than Dimas, he just uses the type of squatting technique that makes his squat bigger.
WOW, I hope you realize how rediculous you sound man. Im sorry but you make no sense. Technique helps you gain strenght in the muscles needed for the lift.
A powerlifter who squats 700lbs with good form is always stronger than someone who squats 600lbs with sloppy form or even different form. Why you ask? Because 700>600.
Calling a parallel squat acceptable cheating is an oxymoron. What on earth is acceptable cheating? If it's the rules, it's not cheating.
So let me ask you this. How much do you squat???
I'm not gonna argue any further and just settle with being wrong...