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Can Muscle Size Predict Strength Levels

Discussion in 'Training' started by Zillagreybeard, Jun 11, 2022.
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Can Muscle Size Predict Strength Levels ?⭕️

Strength is a skill that is perfected only through years of practice, which keeps being perfected even long term.

This “skill” is specific, meaning that it’s specific to the movement patterns trained which allow a faster, stronger and more efficient execution thanks to the combination of adaptations that happen in the brain and the spinal cord to allow us to perform to the best of our abilities.

Interestingly enough, there’s always been a strong debate of whether or not strength “correlates” to muscle mass, and while it’s certainly not a perfect ratio, it strongly contributes to it.

A bigger muscle is a stronger muscle because when hypertrophy is created, more fibers ultimately contribute to producing force.

An interesting new study conducted by Ferrari et al. (2022) was able to build a mathematical model to predict strength levels of competitive Powerlifters (of various experiences) via the measurements of anthropometric individuals, for both sexes. And it did so very accurately.

Bottom line: getting stronger at the exercises that you want to progress on, depending on your goal, is what you *really* should be focusing on. Leave the rest of the “fluff” to the side, and focus on what really matters.

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