What would you consider strong


#1

I just have a quick question, is there some sort of chart that says what exactly each weight class should be able to lift to consider strong?


#2

There is some good info in this article by Mike Boyle:


#3

This is a common one - Mark Rippetoe’s Strength Standards chart (1RM):

http://www.crossfit.com/cf-journal/WLSTANDARDS.pdf

However, I would advise strongly against putting yourself in a box. For example, I am BW 220 with the following lifts that I train with any regularity:

SQ: 455 (Advanced)
DL: 505 (Advanced)
BP: 225 (Intermediate)

It’s tempting to say “Well I’m strong enough according to this chart, so I’m good! Just need to focus on other stuff.” That’s the danger of these charts. I still work hard on all of my lifts, even if the gains don’t come as quickly as they used to.


#4

I understand Kyle, I was simply looking for guidelines (not set rules) as to levels of strength. From the judge of this I have a long way to go strength wise. I’m around untrained to novice in all of the major lifts right now.

BTW whats the difference between a press and bench press? I’m guessing a press is like a overhead press?


#5

[quote=“Priceless”]I understand Kyle, I was simply looking for guidelines (not set rules) as to levels of strength. From the judge of this I have a long way to go strength wise. I’m around untrained to novice in all of the major lifts right now.

BTW whats the difference between a press and bench press? I’m guessing a press is like a overhead press?[/quote]

Yes, the Press is a standing overhead barbell press.

And we all started somewhere. Don’t worry.


#6

[quote=“kyleb”][quote=“Priceless”]I understand Kyle, I was simply looking for guidelines (not set rules) as to levels of strength. From the judge of this I have a long way to go strength wise. I’m around untrained to novice in all of the major lifts right now.

BTW whats the difference between a press and bench press? I’m guessing a press is like a overhead press?[/quote]

Yes, the Press is a standing overhead barbell press.

And we all started somewhere. Don’t worry.[/quote]

It just means I have more room for improvement. :twisted:


#7

Couldn’t have said it better myself. I envy those who are able to put 15 pounds/week on their squat/deadlift/bench. Those days were so simple…