Long story short, pm’d the guy, and said to post it out here in a thread and I’d get my answer ‘by quite a few people’. Yes I’m just gonna copy/paste cause I’m a lazy mo-fo.
So without further a-do:
Why do you dislike relative strength?
I can understand if it is because someone is say, controlling their weight to dominate a weight class, but suppose you have someone who isn’t and can legitimetly(sp?) bench 300lbs at 120lbs bodyweight, and are still attempting to make gains in both size/strength…now it would seem that would be very impressive, but still less impressive then say a 240lbs person who benches 600lbs(sorry needed a quick example, so just doubled numbers)…my question is why? Odds are the 240lbs person is naturally bigger, and so he doesn’t even have to do the ‘catch-up’ work the 120lbs person would have to do when gaining size/strength…
Done and done, should get some interesting feedback on this.[/quote]
You basically got the responses I thought you would, but I’ll clarify anyway.
First, I train for strength as well as size. In fact, I am sure most of the more successful bodybuilders had the same approach. Relative strength may have been an innocent term when it was created but it immediately began to get latched onto by any little guy who wanted to act like his accomplishments deserved praise in spite of people not really being impressed.
In fact, if you deny that, there really isn’t much point in going forward because those types of people are what many take offense to.
Relative strength has a place ONLY when discussing weight classed strength competitions. Outside of that, it makes little sense. I could care less if a midget can press twice his body weight…a whopping 140lbs!! Hell, he only weighs 70lbs, shouldn’t we all be impressed?
Sadly, no, we are not all impressed because some of us are actually impressed by HEAVY WEIGHTS no matter who lifts them.
Bench pressing 600+lbs is a feat of strength some might even pay to see. It seems mostly smaller lifters are the ones who give a shit how much the competitor weighed in that scenario.
It seems to be a fact that stronger lifters are going to focus on the weight lifted and not how much the guy weighed lifting it…at least not unless it involved some freakish scenario that deserves the attention.
“Relative strength” seemed to become the battle cry for those afraid of gaining muscle mass. If someone is a strength athlete in competition with weight classes, more power to them. May they succeed and be great. If, however, some 140lbs jackass is using his 140lbs to act like his bench press (what some larger guy might use as a warm up) deserves a standing round of applause, excuse me for not getting excited.