Warm-up: Joint Mobility
MetCon – Regionals Event 3:
3 Rounds for time –
10 Dumbbell Snatches (100/70lbs, alternate arms each rep)
Before I can ask a question, we have to define some terms…
Absolute strength is raw strength expressed as lifting a weight , whether it be barbell, stone, what have you, without regards for body weight. The powerlifter is the best example of this. Forrest posted a video of a powerlifter squatting over 1,000lbs (with a lot of gear) on our Facebook page a few days ago. This guy has worked to increase his absolute strength as it applies to three barbell lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. I adding weight to his frame helps him move more weight on the bar, so be it.
Relative strength is, as the name implies, relative to something. That something here happens to be bodyweight. An apropos example for you movers of barbells would be the Olympic weightlifter, or for the non-Olympic lifting people out there, which we are constantly trying to reduce in number, any other weight class athlete that displaces heavy objects. Sorry about the double non-restrictive appositions there. Really, those aren’t even appositions. I miss Miranda.
So we have absolute strength – moving big weights regardless of how much the person weighs. And we have relative strength in which we care about the load moved, but we look at it is a percentage of bodyweight. Taylor Layman, at 235lbs, deadlifts 550lbs. Impressive. Buck Ashe weighs in around 150lbs and deadlifts 365lbs. Also inspiring. Taylor’s deadlift is 2.34x his bodyweight. Buck’s is 2.43x his bodyweight.
This is a quick example. I neither truly know how much either of them weigh, nor do I possess the knowledge of everyone’s deadlift personal best in the gym. I have Brandon Bergin for that.
I am curious as to what Ktown thinks is more impressive. Answer in the comments. You can say, “Relative.” Or you can say that you think absolute strength is more important and start a big pother in the comments. Either way, I want to hear from you.