And did this video show him going to complete failure, was there a reason he went "just to parallel" (did you know his exact goals and training history at the time)?
Yes, bodybuilders are relativley strong compared to just about every other athlete, but their goals are different and I'm sure Mariuz would kick Ronnie's ass in a strong man contest, just as Ronnie would beat Mariuz in bodybuilding (notice how I didn't say 'kick his ass').
I really don't see how you are justifying that Ronnie is "a hell of a lot stronger in the legs".
Do you have a link?
I know to you it's "only 310kg", but personally I think that's a whole lotta weight and I'd love to see it.
ok, before this gets all crazy, lets look at a few things. first some simple stats. Marius is 6'1" and 290 lbs. Ronnie is about 5'10" - 5'11" (although thats not what they tell you) and 320lbs or so in the off season.
thats a huge difference in height vs. weight. second, marius doesnt perform squats "only" to parallel, he performs them in a much more olympic style fashion than does ronnie, straighter back, more sitting down than back, etc. (he also goes below parallel where as from what ive seen of ronnie he barely hits parallel if at all).
and finally, this argument is redundent, they perform in different sports and shouldnt be compared as such. also if you really want to get into it, ronnie has rediculous amounts of drugs in his body, whereas marius' has limited amounts. and by the way, the strongest man in the world is Hossein Rezazedah .
This Ronnie-touting is about half as annoying as the "body-builders are weak" argument. Meaning it's really freaking annoying.
It's also ridiculous to start compare squat numbers of extremely big and strong men without also comparing their body-types and goals, especially because someone can then bring up Hossein R. who probably front squats at least 600.
I've seen the video, and he says that he's lifting 800 pounds at one point, and then later says that he's lifting 310kg. On another site some said that when he says 310kg he's not taking into account the bar's weight and the innermost plates or something. Plus, he's not wearing a suit.