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    Who's Stronger: Bodybuilder's, Olympic Powerlifter's, or Stongmen?

    Pretty Straightforward, and by strongmen I mean the big guys who compete in strongmen competitions on ESPN and such.
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    Generally not bodybuilders. They're designed to look strong, but don't primarily have to be strong.

    For the other 2, it is different types of strength. For example, an oly lifter would be more powerful and explosive, however, I would expect a strongman to have better endurance.
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    I think we all know the answer.

    Either Olympic Powerlifers or Strongmen.
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    what a dumb thread, in general bodybuilders obviously are not strongest, each of these groups train for a specific purpose and specialization that the other groups dont.
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    Originally Posted by Mr_O_2020 View Post
    Generally not bodybuilders. They're designed to look strong, but don't primarily have to be strong.

    For the other 2, it is different types of strength. For exaple, an oly lifter would be more powerful and explosive, however, I would expect a strongman to have better endurance.
    x2. Olympic lifting also requires a great deal of skill and technique. I would probably expect a power lifter or strongman to have better static strength.

    Theirs probably allot more steroid use in power lifting and strongman competitions, I'm not sure how they drug test or how strict they are.
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    Each are strongest in there respective feild:

    Olympic lifters will be strongest in olympic lifts.

    Strongmen will be strongest in their competitions

    Bodybuilders will look strongest on stage.

    This is why people choose to specialize in one of the three and not all.
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    olympic lifters will probably have most total strength/power over strongmen. If powerlifters are included then they would mainly have specific lift strength, although not always the case. But I havent heard of ryan kenelly squat 1000+.
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    Powerlifting = Limit Strength
    Olympic Lifting = Explosive Strength
    Strongman = A mix of all strengths
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    rofl
    why the hell are bodybuilders even in consideration??? lmao

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    bodybuilders are very strong, but compared to actual weight lifters..there basically nothing! doh.
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    strongman easily has the most functional strength
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    so many variables...
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    Bodybuilders would be out of the equation due to them concentrating on their body rather than massive strength. It would be a close race between powerlifters and strongmen. That's a good question.
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    Originally Posted by thejoeflow View Post
    Pretty Straightforward, and by strongmen I mean the big guys who compete in strongmen competitions on ESPN and such.
    Strongman > Olylifting > PL'ing > bodybuilding.
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    im not aware.
    whats the difference between powerlifting and strongman?
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    Originally Posted by FroSTxx View Post
    im not aware.
    whats the difference between powerlifting and strongman?
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    powerlifters compete in with the big three lifts, squat, dead, bench, highest total wins each weightclass.

    strongman-lifting odd heavy **** mostly like flipping tires, pulling cars, lifting atlas stones, etc.

    olympic lifting- compete with the two competition lifts, snatch and clean and jerk.

    bodybuilding- try to get big and not care about strength usually using failed philosophies like training to failure.
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    Originally Posted by d34dlift View Post
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    powerlifters compete in with the big three lifts, squat, dead, bench, highest total wins each weightclass.

    strongman-lifting odd heavy **** mostly like flipping tires, pulling cars, lifting atlas stones, etc.

    olympic lifting- compete with the two competition lifts, snatch and clean and jerk.

    bodybuilding- try to get big and not care about strength usually using failed philosophies like training to failure.
    oh thanks for enlightening me. repped
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    Id be most afriad of a strongman easily

    Well actually it depends, theyd have to be a strong man .. if they were 180lbs and i was full grown well 180lbs is 180lbs.. if you hit them first and your 220+ there going down.
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    so ronnie repping 5 plates on bench over and over isnt strong?
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    strong bodybuilding hate in this thread
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    Olympic lifter are the most athletic and have the most work capacity
    Then Strongmen are the most powerful.
    Powerlifters are strong I think they would get a higher rating for raw plers.
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    Linked this once earlier in another thread but I think this relates to this topic 99%.

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    Originally Posted by Baker19 View Post
    Olympic lifter are the most athletic and have the most work capacity
    I disagree. Olympic weightlifters are specialized athletes. Although the lifts are great for athletic develoment, weightlifters themselves compete in a specialized, barbell only sport.

    Originally Posted by Baker19 View Post
    Then Strongmen are the most powerful.
    Olympic lifters are hands down, the most powerful. The highest power outputs ever displayed in sport occur in the second pull of a snatch. Weightlifting is all about explosive strength, or power.

    Originally Posted by Baker19 View Post
    Powerlifters are strong I think they would get a higher rating for raw plers.
    Powerlifting is about strength without a time component... limit strength. Maximum force production.
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    I have a better example

    4 People, 5'10, 200lbs 1 pler, 1 bber, 1 oly lifter, 1 strongman

    Oly lifter would be able to jump and dunk a basketball, have a low bodyfat, run really fast and be pretty strong. He would also have the best work capacity.

    Strongman would be heavier on his feet but would have the best when it came to doing those heavy things like moving **** and pushing a car out of a ditch. Bodyfat would probably be decent.

    The Pler would be very heavy on his feet, not very explosive at all. They would be strong in situations where they had to push or pull something a short distance. But not very useful in real world situations. Bf would be meh.

    Only thing that the bodybuilder would have is low bf. And strong looking glutes.
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    I also doubt that olympic lifters have the highest work capacity. Although the volume of their training is high,it is the Strongmen that actually must have the highest level of GPP and for whom conditioning specifically matters in the competition aspect of their sport.
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    Originally Posted by Baker19 View Post
    The Pler would be very heavy on his feet, not very explosive at all. They would be strong in situations where they had to push or pull something a short distance. But not very useful in real world situations. Bf would be meh.
    yeah powerlifters aren't explosive at all.....
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