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upper body/ lower body strength ratios

What’s an optimal ratio between squat max and bench max. For example my max bench is 285, what would be considered a decent squat max? My max squat is only 325 which is pretty close to my max bench.

raw measurements in dinosaur training (totals the author thinks you should strive for):

squat 2.59 x BW
DL 3.03 x BW
bench 1.82 X BW

Considering the classic threshold benchmark for an “advanced” lifter is a 300 bench, 400 squat, and 500 deadlift, you aren’t too far off. This is just a guideline though, your mileage may vary. :slight_smile:

There is no optimal ratio between squat and bench.

Some are stronger at one than the other.

I agree with iamnobody and bino for “decent” main lifts. Try always to add weight to Squat,Bench press, Deadlift. Prioritize the Squat in your first training day.