Due to lack of better term I call this lifting to body weight ratio. Lemme explain what i mean. Considering one's body weight, that person should aim to lift a certain amount (depending on the exercise) of their body weight to be considered "strong." I use the term "strong" loosely.
For instance, I think benching 1.5 times one's body weight is a great goal
Leg press might be 2.5 and so on.
What are good "ratios" for squat, deadlift, barbell row and military press?
IMO, I don't see a point in looking at ratios. Just aim to lift big, and then lift big.
Last edited by fixationdarknes; 03-03-2005 at 06:25 PM.
this way you have a nice balance of strength throughout your body. If you just aim to lift big regardless, then it seems their is lack of direction. I mean it's good to get stronger as times goes by and thus, results occur. But it's something to think about.Originally Posted by fixationdarknes
Last edited by Ares; 03-03-2005 at 06:33 PM.
Agreed. Shaolin, can you maybe rephrase your post? I didn't understand it either.Originally Posted by Ares
Last edited by fixationdarknes; 03-03-2005 at 06:36 PM.
give or take:
Squats work better than supplements.
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Anyone who could do those lifts, regardless of bodyweight, would be strong in my opinion. Leg press on the other hand, minimum 15 X BW for it to be even remotely impressive.Originally Posted by Paul Stagg
Is it bad for me to weigh 170 and only bench 150? To that thing above it says i should be benching 255. Im not really that fat eather. With a shirt on you cant really tell. lol What should a normal 15 year old bench? am i normal?Originally Posted by Paul Stagg
your crazy! 15 x BW! I would have to leg press 2550!Originally Posted by TheMachine
Don't worry. I weigh 150 and can probably only max about 130. It's not that you're not normal. Just keep lifting and keep eating, and try to make those gains.Originally Posted by Maddawg
That was a joke. The leg press is such a circus lift someone could tell me they leg pressed 300000lbs and I wouldn't really be impressed. At one point I could leg press 12 plates per side for sets of 15 and you know what? My squat still stunk. Leg press is ok for beginners but it won't take you very far.Originally Posted by Maddawg
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350lb Incline Bench
285lb Push Press
True dat. Squats are much better.Originally Posted by TheMachine
Man gun for 2X bodyweight ratio on ur bench and you get some serious respect in the gym...I currently have like 1.6-1.7 times my body weight on the bench...
To a certain degree I agree with ya Mix. I mean I'd respect them as a good bencher, but as a serious lifter, they wouldn't garner the respect that a well balanced lifter would.
Fuck, fight, or hold the light.
I'm not talking about equipped PLers or professionals. They can do whatever they want. If Gene Rychlak (sp?) can bench more than he squats, who cares? I'm definately taking about us nomal lifters.
lmao, I just found the point of reference there...Originally Posted by MixmasterNash
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as long as you consider yourself strong, thats all that matters IMO.
The ideal max lift to body weight ratio is actually a very simple equation -- established in ancient Greece by the Greco Roman wrestler Claudisious Maravendious -- that takes into account two factors:
Your Weight (y)The Weight of the Guy Who Wants to Kick Your A$$ (y)
If x > y, then it is more likely than not (assuming both you and your opponent work out and can bench at least your own respective body weights) that you are at your IMLTBW ratio (ideal max lift to body weight) and can be considered capably strong.
If, however, x < y, then it is likely that your are below the IMLTBW ratio and need to increase the poundages of your lifts prior to any altercation with the individual associated with the variable y. The reason for this is that should indiviudal y sit on you during said altercation, you would have no chance of pressing him or her off of you. (Interestingly enough, this formula also applies for certain sexual positions where the female is "on top" and the man is on the bottom. Hence the addage: If you can't press her, don't undress her.)
Uhm...what is 'x' ? Just some random variable?Originally Posted by Ugly Genius
I dont like any of these ideas, it really depends on your proportions. I weigh 281, and can bench my own weight, maybe slightly more for max......but from what i have seen in the gym it is much easier for lighter folks to bench their own weight and then some.
Point is that it is impossible to come up with an equation that suits everyone, everyones body is built differently. There are guys im my gym that can benc h the same weight as me, yet only weigh 190-200 lbs. Can they rep out 365 on squats....i doubt it. But i can. So who is stronger? If anything it should be a sliding scale, not linear. I see little guys in the gym repping out 15+ pullups liek it was nothing, but then agian...they weigh NOTHING. I cant do more than a couple of pullups at my weight...but by no means am i WEAK. I do pulldowns with 200+ with strict form, and am progressing.
As long as you are making progress...you are kicking butt. Thats all that matters.
Yeah -- a typo.
And in the imaginary formula, x would not equal your weight but your max for a given lift. But fixing typos and algebraic inaccuracies in a made-up formula is cutting it rather close to being kinda pointless.
I should note, however, that for the most accurate results, another variable, z, should be included, where z = the difference between the circumference of your wrist and his/hers. (Measurements should be taken in the morning before breakfast exactly two days after an arm workout using the same measuring tape. Measure the area behind the hand and in front of the wrist bone.)