Dude, not bashin’ ya, but you are in the wrong gym. I have witnessed Louie Simmons DL 920 at 242 BW, at over 57 years old! Go to a sanctioned IPA,APA, or WPO meet. Andy Bolton just DL’d over 1000 lbs. My stepdad, at 219 lbs, in Zanesville Ohio, April 17th 2005, DL’d 660 at 49 years old. Sanctioned. And also squatted 720 in the same meet, with a 495? bench. Just get PL USA magazine. You’ll see the #s. I’m not a great DL’er, or bencher, but my squats are pretty decent. And if ya really want to be impressed, go to Westside-barbell.com. Look at the 3’s there, performed in a 700+ square-foot gym. Chuck Vogelpohl, Matt Smith, hell, Amy Weisburger, at 132, dl’d over 400! In competition!
I’ve always wondered about this in general…
I mean, seriously. I know I work out at a definitely non-hardcore gym (24hr fitness…), but nonetheless over TWO YEARS here’s the best-observed lifts I’ve seen! :
BP: Maybe 5% of the gym can bench 315 for reps… another 10% might do two plates a side, the other 85% are benching 100-150.
Squat: What, do you think anyone actually squats? Too busy curling, crunching, and pressing. The nice thing is that the squat rack is always free.
I think I’ve seen maybe a dozen people squatting, ever. And half the people who do are using <45lb per side. Funnily enough the biggest number I’ve seen thrown up is by this one relatively scrawny asian kid who squats into the mid 300s, probably at least double bodyweight – pretty impressive.
Deadlift: See Squat, above.
Now, I’m not knocking anyone for not moving around lots of tonnage – my own numbers haven’t even made it from Shit to Suck yet. But the weights people throw around on the internet are so drastically different than what I see in the gym that I wonder sometimes…