The Best Measure of Strength -- More Reader Responses!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Here are more responses from your fellow
Dinos about the best measure of strength
and power:

1. A Clean and Press Vote.

"I say the clean and press. It has both a
strength component, taking a weight from
the ground to overhead, working the entire
body, and it has a cardio and endurance

Thus, it measures most attributes of an
athlete, specifically strength and strength

John G.

 2. A Vote for the Clean and Push Press.

"Personally, I lean toward the clean and
push press. It allows a heavier weight
than the strict press, and uses more
muscles in the pressing part of the
movement. And the heavier weight
makes the clean much harder.

The Olympic lifts are so technique
dependent that they demonstrate
more than pure strength.

The three lift powerlifting total is a
close second in my opinion, despite
the lack of an overhead lift.

But, as you say, there is no "right"

Had you asked which single lift was the
best measure of athleticism, the quick
and simple answer would be either
Olympic lift!"

Bill T.

3. A Five In One Answer!

 "The best measure of strength and power
is obviously the five lift total of the three
power lifts and the two Olympic lifts.

Power (the measure of strength times
speed) is best measured by the Olympic
lifts. Speed is critical in the snatch and
the clean and jerk.

The best measure of strength is the power
lift total. Using the total as a measurement
helps balance out the mechanical advantages
a lifter may have in any one lift.

Isn't it funny that powerlifting measures
strength and Olympic lifting measures

Jim D.

4. How About Manhood Stones?

"Clean and press along with dead lift seem like
the obvious answer. But I think strongman gets
it right when all is said and done. Yokes and
farmer's walks, dragging, pushing and carrying.

The learning curve is very nominal. It's how we
all get around. Who can move around with the
greatest burden?

We also can look a little further in our collective
past and notice how many cultures utilized heavy
stones to test their male population. They weren't
called manhood stones for nothing!"

Ray J.

Those are all good answers. We'll cover more
later in the week!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

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-- Brooks Kubik