This is going to seem like old news, but just bear with me for a moment.
For the last few weeks I’ve been casually “observing” my fellow gym rats, their routines, and ultimately their physiques. Here’s what I noticed:
1. There seems to be little correlation with the amount of one's bench press and the size of their entire physique. Granted, all of these people do not have perfect form, but enough of them do to make this observation somewhat compelling.
2. At the other end of the spectrum, there is a definite correlation as to the amount of one's squat (again, those with good form) and the size of one's physique.
The bottom line is that I see plenty of "skinny bastards" throwing up large amounts of weight on the bench, with little or no size to show for it. However, I have yet to see someone squat 315+ for sets of 10 (or 5 sets of 5 or whatever) that aren't...well...BIG.
As for me, I’ve been stuck at the same body weight for a while now, and it’s interesting to note that my body mass plateaued at about the same time my squat plateaued (335 for 5 sets of 5). I have no doubt that I’ll work my squat up to 405, and I also have little doubt that when I do I’ll have another 10 to 15 pounds of muscle to show for it, regardless of the weights I may use on other exercises.
Anyhoo, just thought I’d share this information. Comments, anyone?