written by: Nem
Besides muscle mass, there are many other factors that influence muscle strength. You might have seen individuals in your gym or online achieving amazing feats of strength who don't appear that strong or muscular.
To give you an example, here are a couple of videos showing amazing feats of strength by individuals who don't appear very muscular:
Cheryl Anderson (bodyweight 97 ibs) lifting 315 ib
Man bench pressing 410 ibs at 154ibs bodyweight
Weightlifter Chen Wei-Ling (bodyweight 100 ibs) squatting 440ibs
Jennifer Thompson bench pressing 315ibs
17 Year-old outpeforming many professional athletes.
Then there are individuals on the opposite end of this spectrum. People who appear very strong and muscular that don't display impressive levels of strength. For example, bodybuilders (people whose goal is to maximize muscle mass) often get overpowered by smaller power lifters (people whose goal is to maximize strength).
Whenever I talk to my clients on this topic, I always get reminded of the video when a muscular baseball fan tryies to open a water bottle during a game (video below).
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