Those standards were measured against American football players, not powerlifters. So yea, if you use lifting as a supplemental activity and spend the majority of your training time training for football instead and can hit those numbers, you're probably an elite level football player, but if you spend all of your training time on lifting, it's not accurate at all.
But hey, now kids can tell all their friends that they're intermediate lifters!
Please, these standards are golden. These are not for the T-Nation superstar powerlifters. That's a bad comparison. And OP, in the average Joe department your doing fine. You are on the right track at 145/320, but in the T-Nation category...eh
To be fair, though, Tim does explicitly say that he's talking about average people and not powerlifters. Granted, this is the powerlifting forum, but I don't think that the OP would classify himself as a powerlifter.
I think we can all agree that a pull of 320 at 145 is extremely okay, and it certainly has the potential to go up.
I have no idea, I havent competed in a while. Best comp bench was 412 raw like 4 years ago. I got an easy 430 close grip with the fat bar a few weeks ago. I just tripled the elite squat with a safety squat bar with a 5 second pause between each rep. The only one I have not met is the clean. My best ever is 340. I am a failure.
The standards there are influenced by PL and WL, but are not developed for them is the impression I got based on reading about the standards on that page. In Elite, it says that only 2% of the weightlifting population reaches that level. So basically, walk into random gyms and only 2 out of hundred people are going to be that strong.
I can believe that. Outside of a PL or football gym, I've never even seen a 500lb legitimate squat. I've only seen a couple of people bench 400lb and one person bench 500 (I've seen these #s plenty in a PL gym). Sure, in the higher levels of strength sports, these standards don't mean jack shit, but for the vast majority of the population, it makes since.