Is there some magic formula IFBB pros take to make them so damn STRONG?[/quote]
Other than training four to six days a week for 10 to 20 years while keeping a specific goal in mind? Nah, probably not.
That’s not a real sentence. I think you left out a word or three.
I swear it’s like people don’t read the articles here anymore. [frowny face, teardrop] Bodybuilders are absolutely not always “just as strong” as pro strength athletes, partly because of their training methods and partly because they simply don’t need to be. It depends on the exercises and circumstances we’re talking about.
As I wrote in an article just last week:
Want to see a bodybuilder’s functional strength at work? Let’s look at what happened in 1993 when Tom Platz and his epic quads had a friendly test of strength against Fred “Dr. Squat” Hatfield.
Platz was well-known for his phenomenal leg development built by heavy squats, high-rep squats, and heavy squats for high reps. Hatfield, who earned the nickname “Dr. Squat” by successfully squatting well-over 1,000 pounds in several competitions, was clearly no slouch in lower body strength.
Yet, when the two legends had a “squat off” and each squatted 505 for max reps, Platz came out the clear winner, racking up 23 reps to Hatfield’s 12. That, my friends, is why you don’t challenge a bodybuilder to a weighted “max reps” contest. It’s where their functional strength shines - performing multiple repetitions with a moderate to heavy load - and it’s no coincidence that it also happens to be an ideal way to build muscle.
However, earlier that day, when the two men compared their max squat for a single rep, guess what happened? Hatfield dominated by lifting 865 to Platz’s 775 (supposedly with a spotter giving him more-than-a-little help out of the hole). Again, challenging a powerlifter to a one-rep max contest is not a good idea. Functional strength, fully demonstrated.