I agree that I should be able to bench more. The problem is a combo of diet and my crappy joints. I may not ever get to a bodyweight bench - but I'm trying HARD to get there, along with dbl bodyweight squat and dead. However, don't tell me I'm not working out. My workouts always involve multi-joint compound exercises, 3-4 times a week for the past 3-4 years solid. I put in my time, even on those days when all my joints ache and I've already wrestled 2 hours.
shrug if you want to satisfy yourself that badly, take a road trip. I'm no Waterbury, but I know lift mechanics and thanks to T-mag, I have learned how to create good programs - or at least steal from the best!
Have you ever HAD a goal, my friend? When do consider yourself to have achieved it? Let's say your goal is to bench 200 pounds. If you only ever got to 190 would you have reached it?
It's called dedication. You think any of this wouldn't bother me if I wasn't dedicated? My goal is 189, and therefore I won't give up until I reach it. That should put me close enough to 10% bf for me to feel accomplished and move to my next goal: adding muscle.
The most respectful thing I can say in reply is that you have no idea how my body chemistry works, and after years of busting my ass to learn all of the science written here, I do.
I HAVE gone up in strength as I've lost weight, but I've hit a big sticking point, having lifted while cutting for years now. During this time I've doubled my own bench and squat, and tripled my deadlift. So I've had plenty of success (god bless this website for that) just none lately.
As to your assertion that my kids don't have any leadership, I dunno. It's hard for me to be objective when I bust my ass for them every day. Maybe you're knowledgeable enough to help me be a leader?
I do know I'm practically a father to many of them. Some of them wouldn't eat without me, nor would they pass their classes. A few have quit gangs
after I introduced them to wrestling, and one of those is likely to be a state champ this year. They trust me enough come to me with their personal problems and that is a HELL of a lot of trust when a teen does that.
I'd call that a success with the kids, and I'm pretty proud. But you make your own call.