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Strongest Guy in the Gym

If your gym keeps records, lets discuss. How do you relate to the guy on the board?

The guy with the top DL doesn’t have the top bench or squat, and vice versa at my gym.

Obviously half/quarter shit doesn’t count.

Who cares? Meet numbers are the great equalizer and actually valid. If you want to compare yourself to others, get up on the platform.

As a side note I’m one of the weakest in the gym luckily though most outweigh me by 100+ lbs.

My university gym doesn’t keep any sort of records, but as far as what I’ve seen actually happen, there’s a guy who benched 400, the biggest squat I’ve seen is something like 415, and I haven’t SEEN anyone pull more then my 385x3, but the guy who squatted the 415 transfered from the same school I did, and I saw him pull 505 with straps there.

Not all that impressive really, but I have seen quite a few guys that are pretty strong at chins FWIW. There’s a short muscular guy who works there, a former wrestler, and I saw him crank out 15-20 chins with no struggle.

I am pretty sure some of my records still stand at the college I attended. My 340 power clean and 700 deadlift are still there. I squatted 655 and thats the highest for a d-linemen but an olinemen got 725 shortly after I was done playing. I had the best bench for about 15 minutes. I think the records stands now around 455.

out of the regulars, I’m the strongest Conv dead, oly squat and clean+press. That isnt saying much though. Those that do squat with decent depth tend to be newbs and no one actually cleans+presses

[quote]LiquidMercury wrote:
Who cares? Meet numbers are the great equalizer and actually valid. If you want to compare yourself to others, get up on the platform.[/quote]

Obviously if your gym keeps records, people care.

Theres a few guys in my gym who don’t compete but would still be considered very strong and find it motivating to want to get their name on the board. These lifts are considered valid (i.e. if someone does a 4-board press higher than someone else’s bench its not counted)

Also, PL meets don’t happen as often as I’d like, but I’m in the gym 3 times a week. Plenty of time for comparisons there.

[quote]LiquidMercury wrote:
Who cares? [/quote]

lol

Just workout at home and write your name on a board with #1 next to it. Good for the ego.

lol… I can actually picture some people doing that too

My gym keeps a record board of meet lifts. The prospect of getting your name on the board is a great motivator.

I am a long way from making it to the board in the 275lb class:

Squat – I am around 450lbs away
Bench – around 300lbs away
Deadlift – around 200lbs away

Ironically enough, the SHW numbers are much lower than the 242, 275 and 308 numbers. So maybe I’ll eat my way to 309 and get to write my name on the board. Either that or stuff a 25lb plate under my shirt when I weigh in.

[quote]StormTheBeach wrote:
I am pretty sure some of my records still stand at the college I attended. My 340 power clean and 700 deadlift are still there. I squatted 655 and thats the highest for a d-linemen but an olinemen got 725 shortly after I was done playing. I had the best bench for about 15 minutes. I think the records stands now around 455.[/quote]

Thats some strong shit.

I gota question for Storm, since you played college ball. It seems like power clean numbers for football players seem to top off in the mid 300 range. I hear of a lot of guys hitting 300 or 315, a few guys from my high school team were able to get there, but I’ve never heard of a football player getting close to 400. It just strikes me as odd, because in high school, I knew several people who got up to 300 or so on bench, or 400 or so on squat, yet those numbers go up significantly for college players, but the power clean doesn’t really go up much.

My question is, is there some sort of limiting factor that keeps college players from getting up towards that 400 range? I know football players have been known to have less then great form on power cleans, but there’s plenty of ball players without great form on the other lifts who still progress, your thoughts?

We kept a record board at the club I used to train at. I had the highest numbers at my weght, but the all time club records regardless of weight class were an 850 squat, 600 bench, and a 730 pull ( I think). Squat and bench were the same guy, deadlift was another.

Yes

I’ ve seen some crazy pulls/benches at my gym. But I’ve only seen on person squat heavier than me (to depth) with a 500 lbs box squat. Best I’ve gotten there was 455 and I haven’t seen anyone do 405+ in at least a year.

My apartment complex has a pretty small but legit gym with a squat rack. I hold the top squat, front squat, push press and deadlift due to the fact that I am the only one who does these exercises. I need to start writing my lifts on the wall by the rack to baffle the curlers.

One day I will take on the leg pressing monster and the light bulb bench presser (I may already have him actually)!

[quote]Chris87 wrote:

[quote]StormTheBeach wrote:
I am pretty sure some of my records still stand at the college I attended. My 340 power clean and 700 deadlift are still there. I squatted 655 and thats the highest for a d-linemen but an olinemen got 725 shortly after I was done playing. I had the best bench for about 15 minutes. I think the records stands now around 455.[/quote]

Thats some strong shit.

I gota question for Storm, since you played college ball. It seems like power clean numbers for football players seem to top off in the mid 300 range. I hear of a lot of guys hitting 300 or 315, a few guys from my high school team were able to get there, but I’ve never heard of a football player getting close to 400. It just strikes me as odd, because in high school, I knew several people who got up to 300 or so on bench, or 400 or so on squat, yet those numbers go up significantly for college players, but the power clean doesn’t really go up much.

My question is, is there some sort of limiting factor that keeps college players from getting up towards that 400 range? I know football players have been known to have less then great form on power cleans, but there’s plenty of ball players without great form on the other lifts who still progress, your thoughts?[/quote]

Since we’re talking anecdotally, I know a guy that went to school with Brian Urlacher and he said that he power cleaned 400+ pretty regularly.

I was awarded the “strongest geezer award”, they said you need an AARP membership to qualify.

Our gym keeps a board of the highest meet lifts by weight class. I’ve got the 198 and 220 across the board but it’s a pretty small team (lot of young guys start up, make big gains over a meet or two, and vanish) and no one has really come along in those classes to push it. My DL is beatable and a bench specialist could easily take my benches. Squat and total, not so easy.

I’m the only guy I know that really squats and pulls heavy at my gym. On the other hand, there are a few bench specialists that hold some state records here, one with a bench over 800 (multi-ply)