Title catchy enough? I hope so. Sorry in advance if this turns into a TLDR wall of text.
I've been thinking a lot on bodybuilding training versus powerlifting training recently, specifically in regards to naturals (i.e. relevant to me).
I see the popular natty bber's on youtube and also several people on this forum, and I can't help but notice that many of these guys get basically as strong as many powerlifters at their bodyweight. Maybe not on the deadlift, but many of them get pretty close on squats and from what I've seen most of them actually end up stronger on the bench press. I believe with just a few minor training adaptations such as hitting a heavy squat and deadlift every so often (more to train the CNS), there wouldn't be much disparity in strength at all.
I mean just looking at supersaiyan's "how do you train" he basically says "I would do 315 for 3 reps, but I never really gave a shit about barbell bench or maxing strength" or from gregrons "I hit 315 for 5 without a spotter, and I hadn't even done barbell bench in like a year." There are tons of other examples. Gmoore's got very respectable numbers all around for a 181. I killed my shoulders and elbows with max weight and got stapled under many a barbell to get to the point of repping 315 for 3-5, and here are a bunch of bodybuilders who basically just did it accidentally, and they don't even fucking care!
The reason I specify naturals is that I think gear allows for much more specialization. Lifters who are heavily assisted can focus their training (and their injectables for that matter) to more specifically target building tons of muscle or building tons of strength. But for us naughty nattys, how much difference is there really between trying to build muscle and trying to build strength? There are quotes floating around about "back in the old days the only difference between powerlifting and bodybuilding was a contest prep diet". Especially back in the days before steroids were even really utilized.
All this leads me to wonder how different we really ought to make our training methods out to be. It's making me rethink many of my presumptions about the best way to get strong.