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Old 09-21-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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What would you consider the perfect ratio of your max lifts?

Like for example, you would want your deadlift to be the strongest right? Then ratio of your back squat compared to front squat throw in your overhead presses, bench press and clean and what do you end up with as far as ratios go? I am wondering because I think my deadlift is relatively weak compared to my cleans and other lifts. Clean 210lbs, Shoulder Press 165, DL 297, Front Sq probably around 250. I am working on finding my maxes for the others but am in a cycle right now of 5,3,1 rotating Upper body lift, Lower body lift, and full body lift every other work out. Will know the others with time.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:16 PM   #2
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Re: What would you consider the perfect ratio of your max lifts?

rippetoe uses dead/squat/bench/press 500/400/300/200 as a rough guide. You could look at the ratio of world records (raw) in your weight class for another guide. My PR's of 315/270/165/117.5 fits rippetoe's ratio pretty well.

everybody's going to be a bit different depending on their anatomy. I'm short and small for a guy with a long torso, short arms, and even shorter legs. It makes my dead and squat easier because I have less distance to travel, and my bench harder because my chest doesn't puff out like it does on a big guy... I think those advantages/disadvantages are evident in the PR's.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:20 PM   #3
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Re: What would you consider the perfect ratio of your max lifts?

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rippetoe uses dead/squat/bench/press 500/400/300/200 as a rough guide.
Huh, if that's the case, then I'm right on track. deadlift 410lb, squat 315lb, bench 195lb, press 137.5lb.

However, I've noticed others who deadlift the same weight can lift more in the other weights. Like pressing 160-170lbs, benching 250lbs, etc.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:04 AM   #4
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Re: What would you consider the perfect ratio of your max lifts?

If they were all roughly double what they are right now.




Of course, if that were to ever happen, my answer would be unchanged.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:54 AM   #5
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Re: What would you consider the perfect ratio of your max lifts?

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Huh, if that's the case, then I'm right on track. deadlift 410lb, squat 315lb, bench 195lb, press 137.5lb.

However, I've noticed others who deadlift the same weight can lift more in the other weights. Like pressing 160-170lbs, benching 250lbs, etc.
I think you deadlift more weight than most people who squat, bench, and press what you do.

I deadlift 405, squat 345, bench about 230, and press 170.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:28 AM   #6
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Re: What would you consider the perfect ratio of your max lifts?

Yeah my bests for the big three are around 500/400/300

Dont think there is an ideal ratio as everyones frame and natural strengths are different.

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Old 09-22-2010, 09:43 AM   #7
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Re: What would you consider the perfect ratio of your max lifts?

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Huh, if that's the case, then I'm right on track. deadlift 410lb, squat 315lb, bench 195lb, press 137.5lb.

However, I've noticed others who deadlift the same weight can lift more in the other weights. Like pressing 160-170lbs, benching 250lbs, etc.
Lots of people overemphasize bench and underemphasize deadlifts in their training.

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Old 09-22-2010, 09:48 AM   #8
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Re: What would you consider the perfect ratio of your max lifts?

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Lots of people overemphasize bench and underemphasize deadlifts in their training.

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I view that as most illogical given that the deadlift has the most application in day to day life (I can think of quite a few occasions where I've used the muscles involved in a good deadlift to move heavy/awkward objects at work and at home).
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:31 PM   #9
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Re: What would you consider the perfect ratio of your max lifts?

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I view that as most illogical given that the deadlift has the most application in day to day life (I can think of quite a few occasions where I've used the muscles involved in a good deadlift to move heavy/awkward objects at work and at home).
People are usually such logical creatures
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:59 PM   #10
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Lots of people overemphasize bench and underemphasize deadlifts in their training.

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This. My bench is my highest lift because I've only recently begun to start training the other lifts. I'm very confident with my form with the bench as it is the only one of the major lifts I have ever trained prior to the past few weeks.
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