Philosophical Reflections on Physical Strength: Does a by Mark A. Holowchak, Terry Todd, J. S. Russell

By Mark A. Holowchak, Terry Todd, J. S. Russell

A suite of essays that philosophically examines energy, thought of in its brute, actual feel.

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MAH: Let me ask you a question about efficiency—that's something I'm very interested in. ZS: Efficiency is very important, because being a great strongman is very hard and it takes several years and you have to work hard for it. It's not just something that you decide to do and then do it in a day. It's a lifestyle, basically. And if you have an injury, it won't happen. MAH: Let me ask—say something more about efficiency. One of the things I'm pushing towards is linking up efficiency with beauty in sport.

Many repetitions are not possible, due to the heaviness of the stones. Overall, maximal single repetitions in an event are always preferable to maximal multiple repetitions. Concluding Thoughts In this final section, I return to an issue I had put aside earlier in the chapter—the notion that the three lifts in the sport of powerlifting may themselves be sufficiently suitable tests to determine the strongest man in the world. Comprising the squat, bench press, and deadlift and focusing on single repetitions with as much weight as a lifter can manage, powerlifting is unquestionably a great test of brute strength.

In a casual conversation in 2001 with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer, cofounders of the annual Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, Todd observed several problems with the WSM format. First, he noted that the relatively light weights and 90-second time limit of some events sometimes made it more likely that a less strong but better conditioned athlete would beat someone with greater raw strength and lesser conditioning. Second, he noted that there were too many events for a contest designed to determine the strongest man in the world and that the number of events was likely responsible for the many serious injuries over the years of WSM.

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