With the increasing popularity of strength training and strength sports, the upper limit seems to be getting pushed higher at a fast rate. World records are climbing, and more freaks are appearing every year.
This makes it hard for us to decipher what constitutes "strong" for us mortals.
Luckily, we can use strength standards as our guide. I've laid out some fair standards for most of the population to shoot for in the three powerlifts. And depending on where your numbers are within those standards, you'll fall into one of the following categories:
- Killin' It – You'll be among the strongest in most regular gyms.
- Good – Respectable, you've done good, kid.
- Less Bad – Keep working at it.
- Seek Help – Do it now.
- Killin' It – Over 1.5 x bodyweight (male), over 1 x bodyweight (female)
- Good – 1.25 to 1.5 x bodyweight (male), 0.75 to 1 x bodyweight (female)
- Less Bad – 1 to 1.25 x bodyweight (male), 0.5 to 0.75 x bodyweight (female)
- Seek Help – 1 x bodyweight or less (male), 0.5 x bodyweight or less (female)
Squat and Deadlift
Since people are usually built for one or the other, go with your strongest.
- Killin' It – Over 2.5 x bodyweight
- Good – 2 to 2.5 x bodyweight
- Less Bad – 1.5 to 2 x bodyweight
- Seek Help – Less than 1.5 x bodyweight
So, are you strong?