Nice input brother very trueIm much older than you some let me give you some sage advice
I bench, squat and curl much less than my buddies. I also look much better than them (they are bigger, but blocky/soft)
Bodybuilding is largely about aesthetics, and minimally about strength.
At the nd fo the day, your numbers will always be relative to you and only matter to you.
If your bench goes from 225 to 250. Big flipping deal. Who really cares.
If you go from 200 @ 15% to 200 @ 8%, that's money to me, all that matters.