How do some powerlifters achieve rather low levels of bodyfat yet are also stupidly strong? For example some greats like Ed Coan and Kirk Karwoski or Derek Poundstone and Mariusz Pudzianowski.
I know at times they aren't lean at all but at least at some points they are. Now I'm sure genetics and drugs play a strong role in it, but how much of if it is a conscious effort on their behalf to maintain or achieve being lean? And if it is - why? Although I respect it highly, we are told that you need to gain weight to gain strength. They are strength athletes, why is it the case they would be lean?
Just wondering really whether they take a conscious decision or because of mainly genetics and drugs it leads to that outcome.
Also understandable that some may do it to feel better/perform better but it's like Big Z vs Poundstone for example. Quite a big difference in physiques but you don't see Big Z wanting to lose some weight and vice-versa Poundstone stays FAIRLY lean.