Originally Posted by 5kgLifter
As the title says...though everyone likes to see huge numbers being shifted and it's always great to watch...do you prefer to gauge people by their relative strength or absolute strength? Competitions etc notwithstanding, since we know that contests are about absolute strength.
Personally, though I like to watch feats of absolute strength and take nothing away from the overall stronger lifter, I prefer to gauge people's strength by their relative strength.
I personally Like to watch the All-around strength sort of events, and tailor my own workouts (to a degree around this premise).
Please no one take offense to what I am about to post. This is not my intent.
a powerlifter might be able to bench press 600 lbs at a body weight of 280 lbs, but maybe he can only do 4 pull ups, and couldn't run a block to save his soul. At the end of that block, all that strength means NOTHING. Because he can not breath, and is basically useless. (This assumes no cardiovascular conditioning)
A 175-180 lb guy (for example
) can only bench 315, but he can bust out about 30 pull ups, run 2 miles rather effortlessly. And, at the end of those two miles, his relative strength is still there and can still use it.
So let me ask you, who is really stronger? Better yet, which person’s strength would you wish to have? Sorry, but I’d rather be the smaller guy, but this is just me.
This is just Personal preference. I support all personal goals. What ever they may be.