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Is the 1.5x bodyweight rule a fair measure for comparison?

It is difficult to use any specific gauge to measure yourself against other lifters. Percentage of body weight has different bearing depending on your current weight and size. For example it is much easier for a 5'3" 130lbs lifter to achieve a 1.5x body weight squat than it is for a 6'3" 350lbs lifter to achieve since it requires more work to move a heavier amount of weight a greater distance. The 1.5x bodyweight is not a hard and fast rule but is more of a general guideline and a good beginning goal for lifters new to the sport. The most important thing is to gauge your progress from where it was in the past, if your lifts are going up and you're getting stronger, than that's all that matters.

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