500+ lbs… Hmm
Got no % of the gym population numbers for you but I’d be impressed if I saw 5+ biscuits on a barbell at least at the commercial gym I frequent. Maybe 2 dozen dudes that I’ve seen and more outside the hours I go. Caters more for bodybuilders and your general crowd to be fair so the focus is more on upping the dose than upping the weight. When I’m training with powerlifting buddies, at powerlifting gyms or rocking up to comp tho…
If you think you’re in front of the pack just browse social media for a bit. Short of being an ATWR record holder, holding the all time wilks record (Yury Belkin) or not judging yourself by powerlifting standards e.g. strongman you’ll find it pretty humbling.
Instagram would have you believe everybody is hitting those numbers for lels but it’s probably that the “worst” lifters on Insta are already in the top 1%. On Instagram you have light weight men and women chasing down huge numbers e.g. Stefi Cohen so it certainly does not reflect the general gym population.
To the people unfamiliar with lifting nice big round whole numbers sound impressive enough 400, 500 and on. Probably would make no difference if you told someone you picked up 400 or 600lbs.
I don’t really have lifetime goals (maybe just lift more). Certainly no world record aspirations ala @Vincepac1500. Am closing in on 600lbs DL myself (sumo tho so doesn’t count). Only a matter of time after a good peak and weight cut into the 83kg class.