Most bodybuilders with small joints, would get dislocated wrists and knees if they trained like a strongman.
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compared to who? If you are comparing doing 315 deadlifts for a few sets of 10 that is physically stronger than 90% of America. And even though I can do much more than that, to me that is still very strong.
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My father a few years back would do nothing but eat Ramen, Muscle Milk drinks, and some fish. He was 6' 275lbs at maybe 12-15%bf.
The guy would go to the gym with me and incline press 315lbs for around 12 reps for a few sets, then hit flat presses with 405 for around 10 reps for a few sets. After that we'd do a few more pump sets... Then wait a few minutes and hit legs. He'd hit 495lbs on the squat for about 8-10 reps for a few sets, then do a few pump sets.
The day after we'd do back and he start off with deads and be knocking 500lbs for 6-10 reps for a few sets, then BB rows with 405 for a few solid sets.
Always had picture perfect form, and strong as a fucking ox. Never had an off-day with strength.
Now he is 6' 230lbs at about 10% bf, and a lot more into family time and is still knocking 405 for about 8 reps for a few sets on the flat bench.
To me, that is strong, especially for just being an average gym rat kind of guy that is in the gym maybe 3 days a week.
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High reps with heavy weight are always impressing the shit out of me.
Like seeing someone blast 20 reps on the frontsquat with 225. Or doing 10 chin-up with a 45 pound plate, or 10 dips with two or three.
It is strange though, as I have done a 2 x bw bench and more than a 2 x bw squat, and I am currently working towards a 3 x bw DL. How does that work then, as I'm definately not stronger than a Strongman comeptitor ?! Bodyweight goes up and the ratio's come down?..
What are the bodyfat ratio's of you vs a stongman? That definatly comes into play, even looking at body structure in relation to skeletal structure. Shorter smaller framed individuals have "mechanics" in there favor as well, less distance to move the same objects (think of moments and torque ratios).
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You've got to keep in mind that we are a freaky cult-like sub culture...that may not be THAT much in our little cult like community, but compared to the rest of the world its strong as all hell.
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