More often than not, lifters get a bit too confident and comfortable with their routine and eventually end up stuck in a rut, because the reality is that if you want to keep making gains, you have to keep inventing new ways to challenge your muscles. And once in a while, you have to ask yourself are you as strong as you think you are?
There’s no room for ego in this game, so let’s get back to the basics. Here are 5 strength tests that can show you exactly where you stand in terms of strength and endurance.
Note of warning: these are designed only for guys who have experience with lifting heavy weights and should not be used as workouts.
#1. Carry a Load Equal to Your Bodyweight in Each Hand
Have you noticed that load carrying is a great exercise for building real, functional power but people seem to avoid it because it can prove as too difficult? Too bad because this is one of the ultimate tests of strength. Grab two dumbbells that weigh as much as you do and try walking with them for 15 meters. There’s no better way to shatter your ego to pieces than this!#
#2. Squat Your Bodyweight for 50 Reps
Having a huge squat number is a classic way to impress people around you. Get under the bar and do 50 reps of deep squats with a weight that equals your bodyweight. Perform all reps in as less subsets as possible. No cheat reps!
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