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1000 Pound Squats and 800 Pound Bench Presses?

Author: http://muscleandbrawn.com | Created: Sun Dec 22 08:38:05 UTC 2013 | Last Updated: Mon Sep 08 20:54:38 UTC 2014

From http://muscleandbrawn.com What is strong? We live in a world filled with 1000 pound squat and 800 pound bench press Youtube videos. There are a couple of key things you need to know about most of these lifts.

How are these guys able to move Herculean amounts of weight? Here are 2 major reasons.

#1 – Training Gear. The guys putting up these monster numbers are for the most part using training gear. What is training gear? Training gear includes the use of specialized squat suits and bench shirts that are designed to help powerlifters add hundreds of pounds to each lift.

So when you see a guy benching close to 800 pounds with a bench shirt on, there’s a good chance he “only” benches 500 without a bench shirt. The same goes for squats suits.

A squat of over 700 without a squat suit is fairly rare. Add in a squat suit, along with knee wraps and squat briefs, which go under a squat suit to help move even more weight, and these guys are squatting over 1000 pounds.

Training gear is not magical though. It requires an amazing amount of dedication and practice, and few can master it.

#2 – Drugs. Another factor adding to these monster totals is an obvious one – steroid and human growth hormone usage. Now it is certainly not my intention to label everyone with a big lift as a drug user.

I’ve seen some pretty staggering natural lifts in my day. With that said, drug use is fairly common in the sport of powerlifting, and I’m not going to lie to you and pretend it’s not.

There are some natural-only federations. Outside of this realm, your guess is as good as mine as to who is clean and who isn’t.

Anti-Gear, Anti-Steroids?

Before we move on any further, I want to make something very clear. The point of this article isn’t to bash lifters who use training gear or drugs.

This article exists to provide natural and raw strength standards to lifters who will never use either. Period, end of story.

I respect the iron, and the men and women who move it, and am not here to judge or stir up debates. For the complete article go to http://muscleandbrawn.com

Raw, Natural Strength Standards

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Raw Natural Strength Standards Based On Weight – Men

Pro Natural Raw Strength Standards

Men – By Weight

Weight

Squats

Bench

Deadlifts

 132

 430

 270

 440

 148

 460

 300

 470

 165

 500

 330

 540

 181

 540

 350

 580

 198

 570

 380

 610

 220

 610

 410

 640

 242

 640

 430

 660

 275

 670

 450

 680

 308

 700

 470

 700

 

Elite Natural Raw Strength Standards

Men – By Weight

Weight

Squats

Bench

Deadlifts

 132

 400

 250

 410

 148

 425

 280

 435

 165

 465

 305

 500

 181

 500

 325

 535

 198

 530

 350

 565

 220

 565

 380

 595

 242

 595

 400

 610

 275

 620

 420

 630

 308

 650

 435

 650

 

Extremely Strong Natural Raw Strength Standards

Men – By Weight

Weight

Squats

Bench

Deadlifts

 132

 325

 205

 330

 148

 345

 225

 355

 165

 375

 250

 405

 181

 405

 265

 435

 198

 430

 285

 460

 220

 460

 310

 480

 242

 480

 325

 495

 275

 505

 340

 510

 308

 525

 355

 525

 

Very Strong Natural Raw Strength Standards

Men – By Weight

Weight

Squats

Bench

Deadlifts

 132

 290

 185

 300

 148

 310

 210

 320

 165

 340

 225

 365

 181

 365

 240

 395

 198

 385

 260

 415

 220

 415

 280

 435

 242

 435

 290

 445

 275

 455

 305

 460

 308

 475

 320

 475

 

Strong Natural Raw Strength Standards

Men – By Weight

Weight

Squats

Bench

Deadlifts

 132

 250

 155

 255

 148

 265

 175

 270

 165

 290

 190

 310

 181

 310

 205

 335

 198

 330

 220

 350

 220

 350

 235

 370

 242

 370

 250

 380

 275

 385

 260

 390

 308

 405

 270

 405

I used the following multipliers to determine these numbers:

  • Elite = Pro x 92.5%
  • Extremely Strong = Pro x 75%
  • Very Strong = Pro x 67.5%
  • Strong = Pro x 57.5%

The Last Word on Natural Strength

Most of you aren’t competitive powerlifters, nor do most of you have the goal of weighing 270 pounds or more. So with that in mind, I want to end by presenting you with an easy set of natural strength standards to remember.

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The following goals are perfect for the lifter who wants to get big and strong, but who may never have any interesting in competing in bodybuilding or powerlifting. Reach these goals while focusing on conventional hypertrophy (muscle building) rep ranges, and you will not only add muscle to your frame, but also have the power and strength to back it up.

  • Bench Press – 300 pounds
  • Squats – 400 pounds
  • Deadlift – 500 pounds
  • Power Clean – 225 pounds
  • Overhead Press – 225 pounds
  • Barbell Row – 300 Pounds

For the full article go to http://muscleandbrawn.com

Good luck, and smash PRs!

 

 

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