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"realistic" strength gain goals for 2004

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2004/01/01 15:45:17 (permalink)
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"realistic" strength gain goals for 2004

I'm never too realistic with my goals anyway, so here's mine for the big three:


now in 6 months in 12 months

bench 95 115 137.5

squat 150 175 182.5

deadlift 175 210 227.5


basically i'd like to have 500kg total in 6 months time and then reach the 300/400/500 bp/sq/dl by the end of the year.

I know all this is very man made and obsession with numbers, but i want to create goals for my self which can be reached with hard work and good smart training, but are not easy to reach.

Do you gurus think these totals are attainable for a relative newcomer, natural trainer like me?

What are your specific lifting goals for 2004?
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    Robert
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/01 17:39:37 (permalink)
    youd better scoff them nuts matey....

    personally, i reckon you can. hard work always pays off imo. are you going to stick with westside for the whole 12 months?? adding 50k to he dead might be hard, and neraly 40k to the bench will be v.hard. but not unachiveable. dig out lad!
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/01 17:53:32 (permalink)
    I think your 6 month targets will probably be more realistic as 12 month targets.
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/01 20:46:23 (permalink)
    M5, i agree, though i think my squat target for the year can be achieved. Bench, lol, don't know, i really suck bad in bench. But if anything, westside will address that.

    I'm thinking of sticking to westside as long as it feels right. At the moment i'm happy with it, but due to back injury, and basically life getting in way i haven't felt like I've yet been able to truly get the momentum going with westside.

    si, your progress has been phenomenal mate, i hope you can keep it up on 2004!

    Upwards and onwards guys, let's go!
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/01 23:53:58 (permalink)
    Hi mate, I think that's do-able if you have a good year. Of course you won't be able to make that kind of progress every year, but it's achievable if the year goes really well for you IMO. Good luck!
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/02 14:06:36 (permalink)
    vegan, are you relatively new to bbing? or are you seasoned? cos if you are seasoned, those goals are shooting high (nearly 50% on bench) IMO. my current bench 1rm is about 120-125 im goin for 140 as a target. and thats with the sauce!
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/02 14:11:30 (permalink)
    Vegan, I would lower your targets for bench. Better to surpass your targets and keep your motivation high than set too high a target and be upset when you fail to achieve it, no matter how much you have improved.
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/02 15:19:21 (permalink)
    agreed with bencher.
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/02 18:11:56 (permalink)
    si, don't do reps mate, just heavier singles. Besides now when being on westside, i don't deadlift as much anyways.

    pete, i am relatively new to PROPER training, i did move weights, yes, but i've been training properly about 6-8 months now, so big gains are possible, not guaranteed, but possible.

    bencher, i hear you, and like M5 said, the 6 months targets are maybe more realistic. I think i'll just leave it blank for the post-6 months, and see how my progress is until then. I'll break the 6 month target into smaller chunks as well.

    No matter what though, by the end of this year will be the first time i can call myself strong
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/06 11:29:58 (permalink)
    This is what I was informed of a few years ago - a well trained athlete/sports person should set his strength gain goals at between 2 - 5% increase, year on year. Anything more is unrealistic.

    Perhaps think of setting a more realistic goal at 5% increase and look towards 10%.

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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/06 12:02:08 (permalink)
    6-8months proper then its poss that you could get it. but still realistically aim for your 6 month taget on the 12month period
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    RE: "realistic" strength gain goals for 2004 2004/01/06 19:35:43 (permalink)
    its good to set these goals mate however i have been training for 10 years and i have found no real secrets. for me progress seems to come in fits and starts. i can start going great guns on the squat then just one week come in a find 1 poundage seriously heavy. thats when you have to get your mind on track and not to let it play tricks on you. you can easily talk yourself into a lighter weight or new rep range when you just need to knuckle down harder. all the same train hard but smart
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