Originally Posted by globetrotter
it seems to me that I am really not improving my bench press as much as I would like. I squat just over 1.5 what I bench, closer to 1.7. anybody who knows what they are talking about have any ideas about this? what is reasonable? what should I be aiming for?
Genetics make it hard to generalize. My bench has always been near my squat, for two reasons. One, my legs have always been weak. They aren't small for my body (maybe my calves), but they've just always been a weak point. And two, my chest has always been my strong point, even before I lifted. That's just the way it is for me, and it will always be that way.
If you can squat 1.5 times your bench, that's pretty good - assuming it's because your legs are much stronger than your chest, not because you have a crappy bench...if that makes sense.