Wanted to post a few thoughts on the importance of strength benchmarks to physique goals and create a discussion.
Benchmarks for strength on major lifts is what yields results in appearance for the majority of trainees. Without this base dieting and bodypart specialization is usually the wrong goal.
300 Bench 400 Squat 500 Deadlift:
This is the level of the intermediate. At this level dieting and specialization for weak bodyparts will yield a light/middle weight strength athlete physique for most men. This is the zone of fitness models sprinters etc… Most of the guys in the gym never pass this level.
400 Bench 500 Squat 600 Deadlift:
Advanced level. Diet down and blast your weaknesses and most men will be a middle/heavy weight. This is the range where most will resemble a running back or heavyweight boxer type physique and also where most will start to look like the popular idea of what a bodybuilder looks like.
500 Bench 600 Squat 700 deadlift:
Elite or Bad Ass level. Get to this level or greater and diet down to shredded and you enter the physiques of Arnold and beyond. Safe to say you are now a freak that strikes awe in the hearts of lifters as well as regular people.
We all know those that blast these guidelines out of the water and of course there are many different variations of exercises to choose from but for most of us these guidelines are good starting points for setting physique goals by using strength.
If your serious about improving your physique and you haven’t reached or surpassed the intermediate level a strength/size bulking routine should be your primary goal in my opinion.
There it is discuss or flame away!