I kind of know the answer to my question already, so when I’m asking it I will probably wind up answering it while explaining, but I wouldn’t mind if anyone would like to touch on the subject further or add thoughts.
I’ve made a few observations at the gym recently which have reinforced some of the beliefs and principles that I have learned over the years.
Muscle size and strength are directly related to an individual lifter, however, they have nothing to do with eachother when you compare one lifters stats to anothers.
I compare myself to guys at the gym. I glance over and see how much they are lifting, and what kind of exercises they are doing etc, to base how far ahead of the game I am. I’m sure everyone has done/does this.
The biggest conclusion I have made is that, compared to many older guys, I am only 18, I can lift a decent amount more than a lot of guys the same size as me as well as guys bigger than me muscular wise. Now I’m not talking about the guys who look like they belong in the Olympia, but the more general gym population of guys who have probably been going to the gym for ten plus years, and a lot of guys in there early twenties too.
I see guys walking around with ripped 18 inch pipes and I’m using more weight on basically every exercise I do, and I’ll tell you my form is exactly the same as theres.
The conclusion I came to was:
a: The older you get the more dense your muscles will look regardless of your strength increase. ie. I lift the same amount of weight for 15 years straight, my 18 year old muscles will not be as dense as my 33 year old muscles even though I am just as strong.
b: I guess everyone is made different and you shouldn’t underestimate people.
Kind of a rant, but it’s been on my mind lately.