My buddy just started hitting the gym hard over the last several months. He's one of those guys I've read about that have little-to-no experience, but are just naturally strong. Well, it wasn't long before he got all of his noob-gains out of the way and he hit the 275 bench wall. He got up 280 for 3 last night.
Anyway, I think he might be getting a little frustrated because he's not seeing the gains nearly as fast as when he first started. My concern is that he'll throw in the towel. He wants to bench 400+. I know that diet, age, training, and body-type certainly play a part in everything, but I figured I'd ask the community if anyone has any personal experience on reaching certain goals. How long did it take you to hit 400ish (give or take a bit)?
I told him that I imagined it could take a few years to get from where he is now to 400. I think he believes it can be done much sooner. I'm not saying it can't, of course, but figured the community here knew a lot more than me when it comes to stuff like this.