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*)

Now:

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.)

## Bookmarks