Originally Posted by Chillen
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.
For example: 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.
I think all-round strength is important, as you say. That's what I train for too.
Call it walking-around-strength, functional strength, or whatever you like. I don't have enough interest in any one sport to devote myself solely to increasing those lifts; so I aim to be able to squat, bench, overhead press, and deadlift a lot as well as clean-and-press, bust out chin-ups, and have a superhuman grip to boot.
Basically, I'm like the guy in my avatar. haha