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by Johan 08-26-2009, 07:14 AM

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Many of you know that I compete as an amatuer powerlifter. One thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is that there are a lot of guys that believe the bigger you get and the more bodyweight you carry the stronger you will get. This was pretty much undisputed in the past.


All you had to do was look up all the world records in the squat, bench and deadlift and you’d find that the super heavyweights weighing 300 lbs and more dominated all the record boards regardless of age.


I’m not sure exactly when it started happening, but the tides are turning. When you look up the powerlifting rankings you’ll see that today the top numbers at many of the biggest powerlifting events each year are not always held by the heaviest guys.

In fact on forums across the Internet people are arguing that the strongest guys in the world today are representing the 198, 220, 242 and 275 lbs classes.

And I’m not talking about short fat guys that weigh less than their taller counterparts. These are lean powerlifters that look like they compete in bodybuilding.

The world famous strength coach and owner of Westside Barbell Louie Simmons is an advocate of having his powerlifters push a weighted wheelbarrow and do sled drags. You can read about it in many of his articles.

What does this have to do with Lean Hybrid Muscle, Mike? Well, there’s a new breed of powerlifters that are taking over and they do cardio! Can you believe that, powerlifters doing cardio? Well they’re doing hybrid cardio or resistance cardio.

Not only are they improving their fitness level, but they are increasing their overall or “absolute strength” which seems to be carrying over to their max strength powerlifting results.
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Nope,not at all. When training for strength,I believe some additional body weight can be beneficial to some degree. At some point though it will compromise your speed and or endurance.

I think the most impressive feats of strength will always involve the most lifted. However,if the most lifted is by someone that shouldn't be doing it,then it's only more impressive.
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Nope,not at all. When training for strength,I believe some additional body weight can be beneficial to some degree. At some point though it will compromise your speed and or endurance.

I think the most impressive feats of strength will always involve the most lifted. However,if the most lifted is by someone that shouldn't be doing it,then it's only more impressive.

^^^This!

It is far more impressive to watch a 165lb guy pull 600lbs than it is to see a 300lb man do so.
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