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    Not necessarily.
    Flex wasn't strong;
    Heath neither;
    Dexter as well.
    Dorian,Cormier, Johnnie and Bertil Fox were.
    They had dense thick muscles,with a solid look.
    According to Charles Glass,
    it doesn't matter how much you lift,but how you look.
    Bodybuilding is about muscle growth, not muscle strength.
    Surely strenght brings higher weights, but it's all about 8/12 reps and not Max strenght.
    The ergophysiology of a powerlifter involves resistance in strenght and maximum strenght.
    Bodybuilding is about size, symmetry and definition.
    JOJ was not the biggest guy,but he had massive traps from deadlifts.

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    I'll play devil's advocate and say the best bodybuilders ARE also strong

    Nowadays being the best bodybuilder isn't just about what you do onstage. It's about how you are perceived and training is a major part of that. Heavy training is just more fun to watch. It's no coincidence that Dorian and Ronnie are still spoken about for their training videos as well as physiques. Phil is one of the all time greatest... Onstage... Social media is important to all bodybuilders and big lifts makes interesting viewing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeUK View Post
    I'll play devil's advocate and say the best bodybuilders ARE also strong

    Nowadays being the best bodybuilder isn't just about what you do onstage. It's about how you are perceived and training is a major part of that. Heavy training is just more fun to watch. It's no coincidence that Dorian and Ronnie are still spoken about for their training videos as well as physiques. Phil is one of the all time greatest... Onstage... Social media is important to all bodybuilders and big lifts makes interesting viewing.
    There are a good amount of bb's on IG who don't compete, just post clips where they lift super heavy weights - and some of them have anywhere from 500K to a few million followers! So there is a demand for it.

    My only point is that often the stronger guys don't have great physiques - they tend to be blocky or just weird shape and structure. It's rare that someone is both super strong and has an awesome physique. They definitely stand out.
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    Stan Efferding is/was strong, he didn’t win any pro shows.

    Mike Francois was strong, he won several pro shows.

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    Some of the best ever were surely super strong but chose to train wisely and keep injuries at bay! I’m sure Jay, Shawn Ray, Flex wheeler, Flex Lewis Phil & Haney could all move serious weight but took a safer approach & it paid off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Raymond View Post
    Some of the best ever were surely super strong but chose to train wisely and keep injuries at bay! I’m sure Jay, Shawn Ray, Flex wheeler, Flex Lewis Phil & Haney could all move serious weight but took a safer approach & it paid off!
    True mate. Just yesterday I thought about squatting 700lbs for 15 reps then thought “nah”....haaaah. Righttttto.

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    Train smarter not harder. But I love big Ron going off in the gym! Yeah buddy!

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    Everybody loves watching these guys push the enveloped and flirt with disaster in every workout. But the fans aren't the ones who will have to live with a lifetime of pain, limited mobility, and the medical bills from surgeries.
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