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    Upper Body vs. Lower Body strength






    I can bench 225 for 6 reps and squat 295 for 6.
    (I can leg press 7 plates on both sides for 6 reps too).

    What's a good ratio for upper to lower body strength? How bad are my legs lacking?

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    I know many people that can bench more than they can squat, so you are doing pretty well. There is no "optimal" lower to upper body strength measure, unless we are talking about specific sports, which have their own requirements. A better ratio to worry about would be chest to back or quads to hams.

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    I'd say your lower body strength is lacking.
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    Originally posted by plouffe
    I'd say your lower body strength is lacking.
    You can't really tell by just matching up bench press to squat. Some people are just poor squatters...I know I am comparatively to my presses.

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    I agree that not everyone will have a certain proportion of strength- I can't squat well either, and have lots of foot cramps working on calves

    Some is because they could use improvement, but a lot is b/c my feet are flatter than a pancake. I can actually clap with my feet- it's pretty funny
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    i'll totally back gopro. you can't match your upper body to lower body. but corri if you want to try and improve your leg strength you can try what i did. since your able to go 6 reps with 7plates drop it down to 6 or 5 and start running sets of 4or5 for about 10-15. do that for about 3 leg workouts then do a pyramid workout. start at 4or5 plates and keep adding a plate after every set and stop after you hit 7or8 plates. each set in the pyramid is 10 reps only. do that for a few workouts. and keep bounceing between both of them but when you go back to the workout with the set wight workouts add a plate. doing that for the leg press helped me to be able to do around 630-720 for 10-12 reps without a problem. but don't forget to do a good amount of leg curls to hit the hamstrings.
    Every time I step into the gym I know I'll walk out a little stronger.

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