Saw this article resurface recently, and it got me thinking: how common are 500lb squats & deads? For all you lifters out there who can squat/dead 500, do you feel/know that you’re in the front of the pack? I lift at my community college’s gym, and aside from a few football players who rep 405 on squats, I don’t see many strong people. There is a huge dropoff from the athletes to the regular folks who workout for reasons other than transferring D1.
One of my lifetime goals is to squat 500 and deadlift 600, either in a gym or comp – doesn’t matter to me. Quantify it however you like, but I’m really curious as to where I’m at with my lifts currently, and whether my lifetime goals (assuming I achieve them eventually) will be brag-worthy.
I understand that in the general population, a 315 squat is good. A 315 deadlift can be considered good. A 225 bench for a few reps can be considered good. But in the gym population, how common are 500lb squats & deads, and as a bonus question: what is the threshold that someone has to pass before they can be considered an elite lifter? Answers can be subjective or objective, but since I’m one of the stronger people in my gym and I’m not super strong, I’d like to hear other perspectives on this.