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  • Apparently I'm Freakishly Strong? Huh.

    Today was deadlift day. I've never been a huge deadlift fan, but they're necessary and I admit they've grown on me over the years. Anyway, I've decided lately I want to up my deadlift weight a bit. No good reason why, just want to add maybe 50 pounds to it eventually.

    I figured I needed to have someone watch my form before I start beefing up the weights, just to make sure I'm not going to kill myself, so I asked one of the trainers I know at the gym if he could watch me pull a couple and tell me if he saw anything bad. I'm pretty sure I have great form, but I've gotten way better about not taking risks with my body the last couple years.

    The trainer walked over and watched me lift 275 a couple of times. This isn't a huge weight for me, but it's challenging enough that it would trigger a form break if I was going to have one (for reference, I'm 5'9", maybe 5'10", and somewhere between 150 and 155 right now. Very lean, not bulky, but good muscle).

    He said my form looked great, and then said "Holy crap, that's a lot of weight for a guy your size!"

    I was like..."Really? Because I feel like I should be able to deadlift substantially more than I can bench."

    He said "Wait, you bench 275?"

    "Yeah, I can put that up for a couple of sets of 4 or 5. I don't really like to try much heavier with my janky shoulder..."

    At this point a huge dude near us jumped in with "I weigh 220 and no way I'd deadlift 275. That's heavy. You seriously bench that much, too? Holy balls."

    I was seriously confused. I mean, 275 doesn't seem like a lot of weight for a deadlift, or bench, really. Am I wrong here? I dunno, maybe I'm freakishly strong. I can do 1-arm pullups, so I guess that's an indicator, but I think that's mainly because I'm also pretty light and grew up a gymnast.

    Well...that's it. Cool story, bro.

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    Whoa, those guys haven't seen a lot of folks who lift seriously, have they?! I'm a woman of similar size and can deadlift 250 with a goal of 300 this year. I think of 275 as a decent deadlift, but not freakish for a guy.

    A 275 bench is pretty sweet, though. And dude, one-arm pullups definitely mean you're freaky strong in my opinion. Just not necessarily a freakishly strong deadlifter.

    edited to add: not necessarily a freakishly strong deadlifter *yet*.
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    • #3
      Cool, man. I don't know what a deadlift is, but that's plenty of weight! I can only do one one-armed pull up per arm, still haven't gotten to two reps. I don't work on it enough.

      EDIT: Just looked up deadlifts. Yeah, I can see at least 250 on that. It's just picking the thing up with good form.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
        Cool, man. I don't know what a deadlift is, but that's plenty of weight! I can only do one one-armed pull up per arm, still haven't gotten to two reps. I don't work on it enough.
        I never train one-armers. I do a bunch of weighted pullups, though. The other day I just wondered whether I could do any or not so I tried some. Did three per arm and called it good. I was pretty surprised, actually.

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          • #6
            Yeah, that is a pretty strong bench for a guy your size. Way better than me and I have a 10lb or so advantage. Then again I almost never bench. But I deadlift pretty often. 405x3 is my current record.

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            • #7
              The gymnast training and conditioning stays with you for a while. Up until I was 48, it was no problem to lift like that. 5' 9 1/2" and was 166lbs at the time. If it were not for some none exercise injuries I believe I would still be able to do it.
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              • #8
                You have just been quietly working away doing great work. It's cool to get great feedback like that! Happy day.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
                  According to that... for me (at my current weight - too heavy lol) I should be able to deadlift 275 to be elite! And I'm like... 4'11" and female haha. As it is... I currently deadlift about 125 (but that's not 1 rep max... that's whatever we did at CrossFit... I have no idea what my 1 rep max is).

                  Anyway, it's sometimes funny to see how strong some people can be! They really surprise you!! I aim to one day be surprising . (Well I am to "normal" people... as in... I have surprised many people by how much I can lift... but I think I'm just generally underestimated because I'm so short, which isn't really fair).

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                  • #10
                    Dude, I'd like to think so too...... but, I'd consider myself "untrained", meaning I only recently started doing deadlifts, and I'm up to around 325 lbs. Looking at Dirlot's link I'm intermediate in most categories. I think it's more likely that we (flippers through this thread) are functional human beings of decent stregth and most of the people we see, even the ones by the power rack at the gym.... are very much not. Big ups on the one arm pull ups, tho.... I'm jelous as hell!

                    Very cool story, bro!
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                    • #11
                      It all clicked when you said gymnast.

                      that is freakishly strong! 275 lb bench at your weight is bordering on weightlifter.

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                      • #12
                        Sorry to be a party-pooper but a 275 deadlift when you can bench 275 is quite a bit out of whack - I'd expect it to be closer to the 400+ mark.
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                        • #13
                          the exrx.net standards that dirlot linked are pretty much what i've always gone by. your bench is almost to the "elite" category (which is awwesome), but your dead is about 200lbs off. so in that regard, you're not freakishly strong. you're chest dominant. which can lead to terrible shoulder and posture issues down the road, if they haven't already. if i were you, i'd spend some time deadlifting. where does your squat fall?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                            the exrx.net standards that dirlot linked are pretty much what i've always gone by. your bench is almost to the "elite" category (which is awwesome), but your dead is about 200lbs off. so in that regard, you're not freakishly strong. you're chest dominant. which can lead to terrible shoulder and posture issues down the road, if they haven't already. if i were you, i'd spend some time deadlifting. where does your squat fall?
                            I almost never do 1-rep maxes (like once every couple years). I dunno why--maybe I just feel like the risk of injury is too high, or because I usually work out solo and maxing out seems unsafe on my own. I don't know what my current 1RM is on most of my lifts right now, but I fall in the Intermediate to Advanced category.

                            275 isn't my max deadlift; that's just what I loaded up to have him check my form. I'll typically pull 325 a few times on heavy deadlift days.

                            Squats are definitely my weakness, since I hate them and just do them because I know I need to. A typical squat workout I'll do my heavy sets of 3-4 reps at 205lbs or so (all the way to the ground). I've made a goal fairly recently to start focusing on squats and DL more and trying to up my lifts on those. We'll see how motivated I stay on those...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
                              I almost never do 1-rep maxes (like once every couple years). I dunno why--maybe I just feel like the risk of injury is too high, or because I usually work out solo and maxing out seems unsafe on my own. I don't know what my current 1RM is on most of my lifts right now, but I fall in the Intermediate to Advanced category.

                              275 isn't my max deadlift; that's just what I loaded up to have him check my form. I'll typically pull 325 a few times on heavy deadlift days.

                              Squats are definitely my weakness, since I hate them and just do them because I know I need to. A typical squat workout I'll do my heavy sets of 3-4 reps at 205lbs or so (all the way to the ground). I've made a goal fairly recently to start focusing on squats and DL more and trying to up my lifts on those. We'll see how motivated I stay on those...
                              i used to do 1RMs when i was 22-23-24-25, but when i started dealing with repeated bouts of shoulder tendonitis, creaky knees, and bad discs from a car accident, i stopped that. nowadays, i tend to work out anywhere in the 4-8 rep range for strength training. for shoulders and squats, i stay around the 8rep range. for bench, i will go down as low as 4 reps. and for deads i'll get down to 3-4 rep sets.

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