For barbell exercises, can most people lift heavier weights when benching or squatting?

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For trained lifters, the squat should generally be significantly higher than the bench: Compare “full meet squat” and “full meet bench” at open powerlifting records.

That being said, there are certainly bench specialists that bench more than they squat. On the other end of the spectrum, beginners not-infrequently have higher bench presses, as the squat is somewhat more technical and can take longer to develop proficiency in.

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