Skor, trying to compare lifts across federations is futile. There are so many differences among the types of gear allowed, how that gear can be worn, squat depth, bench pauses, judging, etc. even the quality of drug testing varies from fed to fed, which is why the classification standards differ. If you want to compare you’re strength just pick one fed and compare yourself to that one.
He hit it on the nose with this one. I would suggest to make it more precise, pick a fed that competes in the same manner as you train. i.e. you train RAW, pick a raw fed. you use single ply gear, USAPL. You use one of those suits that can double as a bulletproof vest, WPO.
And i see the best way to compare yourself is to actually get out and see how you match up 1st hand by competing. I know you said you didnt want to, but hey, its a trophy on the shelf and you can know for sure what you are dealing with. [/quote]
I don’t see use in picking one federations and following it since I’m just looking for “benchmarks” of strength. I don’t use any gear at all (not even a belt) and the only federation that matches that is 100%Raw. But a total of 712 at 165 lb is easily attainable (225/185/305) and is nothing to write home about (for me).
I might compete if/when my raw total goes over 1000. At this point, I aim for 970lb raw total as a long-term goal (315/250/405).