Thursday, February 13, 2014

Crazy Comparison

Here is an interesting video comparing the ability of 4 different iron game athletes to squat body weight for max reps in 5 minutes. There is a weightlifter, a powerlifter, a bodybuilder, and a strongman competitor.
Does it prove anything?
Or even shed some light on which type of training is superior?
NO, of course not.
There is no attempt to insure that these individuals are equally adept at their disciplines, have equal training experience, or are matched for lean body mass...etc. A single trial with a sample of one athlete per discipline is insufficient for serious study.
 Nor is the ability to squat bodyweight for 5 minutes straight a valid measure of anything relevant.
Yet, it was fun to watch (although not much fun to do) the different styles of squat technique and the different body types lifting simultaneously. Is it a good idea to replicate? I don't think so, unless you like lactic acid or want to know what rhabdomyolysis feels like.

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