I started the summer at 210 pounds and gained 10 pounds of weight in 3 months. All my lifts went up and my chest and shoulders have gotten wider.[/quote]
Was increased bodyweight and strength your goal for the summer? If so, are you comfortable with your current fat level?
As a side note, try to get your squat a fair bit higher than your bench. [/quote]
I’ve always felt this was complete garbage. I don’t know why people suggest this.[/quote]
I think for the most part, especially with beginners, an “imbalanced” strength ratio like that can give insight to improper program design at the very least. Some people might just be natural pressers to sort of explain the difference, but that can also be a crutch-excuse some guys use.
If a guy benches bodyweight and squats bodyweight, there’s a good chance he’s either overemphasizing upper body work (or, more particularly, the beach muscles) and/or under-emphasizing lower body work. This kind of imbalance could lead to, at best, muscle size discrepancies that need to be addressed down the road or, at worst, set the guy up for injuries (over-strong pushing muscle and relatively-under-developed pulling/stabilizing muscles).
Kind of like if a guy can overhead press almost-bodyweight but deadlift “just” bodyweight. It’s a much-less-likely scenario, but the same principle. If we didn’t know any more details (like we don’t with the OP), wouldn’t we tell that guy “Hey, um, something’s out of whack, you really should get your deadlift up ASAP”?