Who is strongest? Adjusting lifting performance for differences in body weight

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Dan Cleather

Strength and conditioning coaches are often faced with the problem of comparing the relative strength of different athletes. For instance, how can the lifting performances of two athletes be compared if they have different body weights? Consider the following example. Who is the strongest weight lifter,Mutlu (top left)or Rezazadeh (top right)? Both weightlifters won gold medals in their respective weight categories at the Athens’ Olympics. Both athletes are the current world record holders for the combined total of the snatch and clean and jerk lifts. Mutlu has totalled 305kg at a body weight of around 56kg whereas Rezazadeh’s world record is 472.5kg at 160kg. Which is the better world record?

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