As I mentioned, for the time being it matters little to me as I'm happy with my routine and progress.
Yeah, this is what really matters. Are you better than yesterday?
You're not competing with anyone but yourself. You don't need to hit any ratio or any of that to make progress, or to be happy with where you are. You just have to be better than where you were yesterday and be able to look yourself in the mirror that you're giving it as much as you should.
But yes, Doc is right, and the stages etc do help with programing, and fixing yourself when you're in a rut and the like. Just don't get caught up in trying to be an intermediate for the sake of calling yourself one, or trying to hit some arbitrary number because it will make you an advanced lifter.
Focus on achieving your goals, and how you're going to get there, and the rest of it will fall into place.
Dude, focus on the ratio.... 1RM/BW. That's where I think the difference between beginner, intermediate and advanced lie. The BF part was just to account for people who are overweight. If you think the BF% should be higher, OK, good for you -- whatever.
You are completely missing my point. Or ignoring what I'm trying to say. I'm not sure at this point.
Your lifts or 1RM/BW ratio, ultimately don't matter, what-so-ever, standing alone, in determining what stage you are at.
They just don't, not on their own, and in some instances not at all.
Will it help you program? Sure, but not as a stand alone ratio, not at all. You have to factor in a plethora of other things.
And if you think there's more to it than that, OK. Express your thesis.
I have been. What more can I say?
But you should understand that just because you disagree doesn't mean everyone else is wrong.
I don't think everyone else is wrong, I know you are in this instance. You're too focused on one piece of a much much much larger puzzle.
But you'll figure this out in time on your own.
Have you considered posting over at bodybuilding dot com? I think you'd get better reception over there.
Didn't know I didn't get a good reception here. (Outside of teh stephon kid... lol)
But you know what, why would anyone want to hear an "opposing" opinion. People make such great progress in a vacuum, never considering new or different information. What was I thinking? God forbid people look at things from more than one angle.
And if that is some sort of stab at my methods or approach to training, my results speak for me. I'm one of the most open people on this board about my progress, it isn't hard to find.