Strength vs. Form in Real Life Situations

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    Aug 14, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    So, while at the Europa event here in Dallas, I got roped into doing this hummer pull by my buddy. As you can see, my time wasn't great. I saw guys who I KNOW aren't as strong as me do it faster. I think my form was sloppy.



    My question is, Does form almost always trump strength in real world situations like this?
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    Aug 14, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    Says that the video is private. icon_sad.gif

    Anyway, by what standard do you deem yourself "stronger" than the other guys who did it faster?
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    Aug 14, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    ksig121 saidMy question is, Does form almost always trump strength in real world situations like this?
    Not "almost" but "always"...in the long run anyway.
    Improper form will eventually catch up with you and put you in the hospital.
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    Aug 15, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    Yes/no/maybe. It really depends on the situation/movement. Some tasks can be accomplished with a combination of strength and technique.

    I think rope climbing is another example. A lot guys will try to use pure upper body strength to get themselves up. If they can do it, that's cool. But it's more efficient/faster if you use a combination of your upper body and legs. But mostly legs.
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    Aug 15, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    It all depends. I preach good form. I would much rather workout with much less weight and have perfect form. However, in real life, I would use whatever muscles I could to get the job done.

    If I was doing a pull up to gain back strength, I would use just my lats to pull me up. If I was climbing over a wall, I would use poor pull up form, and utilize all my other body muscles I could to get over the wall.
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    Aug 15, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    Technique will overcome brute strength when the variance in strength is low. However, at a certain level of brute strength you can overcome a technically perfect but weaker opponent.

    For an example of technical prowess over brute strength, watch arm-wrestling contests.

    Also judo. Greco-Roman. Clean-and-jerk. Shot-put. Pole vault. High jump.
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    Aug 16, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    Sorry guys, it was my first video upload and i didn't know that it was private...

    Thanks for the thoughts. It kind of validates what I believed. I know that if I practiced this a bit my time would be faster. The video is public now, btw...