I made the mistake of reading the comments. Are 95% of the lifters out there doing it to prove something? Is ego-lifting the dominant motivator for doing the damn thing? I love having some kind of “rational” and quantitative milestones to compare myself against as much as anyone, but there’s something about the “what strength level are you” conversation that seems particularly fragile and validation-seeking.
Jeff does a good job framing the conversation in his video to be about using these tools to help inform us about what kind of programming might be best for us. It’s too bad that it seems like so few of his commenters took that message to heart. Myself? My squat and deadlift strength levels fall comfortably in the middle intermediate level of his chart, with my bench press (surprisingly to me) approaching the “advanced” column. According to Jeff, this means I’m primed for some nonlinear lifting strategies, and that works for me. I’ve been moving towards building in a mix of rep ranges into my training for the last little while already. I find it reassuring to see that my thinking seems to be more-or-less in alignment with his recommendations.
Anyway, the video ends with some footage of the wonderful recent records hit by the now officially freaky Jessica Buettner, who has quickly become my favorite lifter to watch–she expresses so much joy when she lifts! So, that’s a bonus.
How strong should you be? As strong as you are. But, if you’re looking to figure out what to do next to improve your game, maybe these guidelines will help you focus your training to get to the next level.
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