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    Is strstd legit? Any way to measure where you're at for lifts?

    It says my lifts are intermediate but I doubt that, seeing as there are people on here about my weight benching 225 lbs for reps.

    Weight: 140 lbs
    1 rm maxes
    Bench: 175 lbs
    Squat: 225 lbs
    Deadlift: 285 lbs

    Some questions I would appreciate answers for

    1. Is strstd a good way to measure where you're at?
    2. Are there other reliable ways of measuring where you're at?
    3. When is it time to switch to an intermediate routine for strength?


    I haven't been on a strength routine just push pull legs mostly 3x8 and hypertrophy work but for the big three I've been following a basic strength scheme I guess. 3x5, lifting heavy, adding weight until I stall then deloading.

    4. Does being on a split really slow down my strength gains that much?
    5. Since I don't think my lifts are that heavy I read that my CNS recruitment isn't big enough to worry about overtraining. So is it ok for me to be training 5/6 days a week like I have? I know the body needs rest but I really enjoy lifting and look forward to it. I try to offset this by sleeping a lot, about 12 hours a day, srs. Its summer vacation.
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    6 days is a bit too much imo, and 5 is pushing it. If you eat a ton, you can get away with 5. I'd prefer 3-4.

    Your lifts are intermediate. On a bodybuilding forum, there are gonna be a ton of people who lift more than you, obviously. Compared to the general population, yes you are prolly intermediate. Best way to know where you're at... is to max out yourself. But those estimates tend to be fairly accurate. Don't even stress it man. Your max today won't be your max next week so just worry about putting more weight up every week
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    1. Yes
    2. Probably
    3. Doesn't matter
    4. Sounds good, I use PPL too and make good strength gains. Only thing is for Bench/Squat/Deadlift instead of just 5 reps try 1-5 reps
    5. I train 5/6 times a week and it works for me, do what you gotta do. For me I'll get bored and feel lazy if I don't lift almost every day
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    PL is 3~4 times a week. BB is 5~6 times a week.

    I use strstd.com so I never actually have to 1RM and I can get in more than a few reps.
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    Originally Posted by l3ulls3y3 View Post
    6 days is a bit too much imo, and 5 is pushing it. If you eat a ton, you can get away with 5. I'd prefer 3-4.

    Your lifts are intermediate. On a bodybuilding forum, there are gonna be a ton of people who lift more than you, obviously. Compared to the general population, yes you are prolly intermediate. Best way to know where you're at... is to max out yourself. But those estimates tend to be fairly accurate. Don't even stress it man. Your max today won't be your max next week so just worry about putting more weight up every week
    yeah i think you're right about 6 days, i'll drop it to 5. thanks for the advice man.

    Originally Posted by MuscleMigraine View Post
    1. Yes
    2. Probably
    3. Doesn't matter
    4. Sounds good, I use PPL too and make good strength gains. Only thing is for Bench/Squat/Deadlift instead of just 5 reps try 1-5 reps
    5. I train 5/6 times a week and it works for me, do what you gotta do. For me I'll get bored and feel lazy if I don't lift almost every day
    ok

    Originally Posted by cuzimjj View Post
    PL is 3~4 times a week. BB is 5~6 times a week.

    I use strstd.com so I never actually have to 1RM and I can get in more than a few reps.
    guess ill drop it to an even 5. good luck on hitting the 1000 lb club bro
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    1. Depends. Some people are better at maxing out than others but when you get around 6-8 reps it starts skewing. Maxing has a mental side to it and some people just struggle with confidence.

    2. Max out.

    3. Sometime around / before 2-3-4 bench marks.

    4. As long as you don't go on a crazy dumb split your fine.

    5. The weight might be "light" but at the same time your CNS might not be conditioned enough compared to upper level lifters. In my experience I've seen a lot of new lifters (>1 yr) try training 5-6 days and they eventually start stalling and slowing down.
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