by Christian Duque
The worlds of strong man and bodybuilding boomed when Brian Shaw's decision to throw his hat into bodybuilding went viral. The 4x strongest man in the world, who stands 6: 8, is not afraid of a challenge. Shaw, who is very active on social media, has been battling the world's strongest man, Eddie Hall, for years. Hall, who stands at 6 & 3; 3, seems to be up to the challenge, but the only question is whether one of these guys can really transform his body into that of the famous strong man / bodybuilder Larry Wheels.
This type of crossover could be very large, bringing bodybuilding fans to strongman and strongman fans to bodybuilding. It would really be a show within a show because wherever these two fought, many fans came out and bought tickets to see their two strong heroes on stage. The plus for the event is that they can't see all the other competitors and world-class production, provided these guys choose the NPC. If you have the ability to compete, it's a no-brainer to want to compete with the best. Critics, on the other hand, do not think this is possible. Both guys are in good shape for a strong man, but they would have to lose a lot of body fat, and they would most likely lose muscle to be competitive in a body-based sport. Worst than losing muscle, these guys will most likely lose strength. Is it worth?
Here are a few things to consider. A look at social media to begin with, and it's perfectly clear that these guys love to compete. They are competitive and friends. They are also extremely gifted with the ability to lift massive shots and the stamina to compete in a sport that offers few, if any, short cuts. Powerlifting is also a strength sport, but I would say that a strong man takes it to a completely different level. None of these guys can afford to lose their lead in their main sport. Bodybuilding and strength-based sports are by no means on the same playing field. The training methods are different, the calorie intake is different – they are simply two different worlds.
If these two guys are serious, the first question I want to ask is whether they want to compete against each other just to see who gets closer to the look of a bodybuilder – or if they both take this challenge so seriously that they're in the Generally how do bodybuilders want to look? If their goal is to win, they would have to completely change their physique. Larry Wheels has the best of both worlds, but that's also his calling card. I don't like to sound defeatist, but not every strong man can do what Larry has. In fact, I don't even think that's negative. It's just real.
It's one thing to strengthen your entire career like Larry Wheels, Mike O & # 39; Hearn, Johnny Jackson, or Ben White, but it's quite another to simply take this approach out of nowhere and expect immediate results. Anyone who thinks that even top athletes can do this overnight is crazy. Yes, some athletes have the genes and work ethic of 10 men, but Rome wasn't built overnight. And why test the limits at all?
If you are at the top of the world, any drastic change can have serious consequences. What if after your bodybuilding challenge you try to recover, eat more, but find that you have lost strength? Even a 2-5% loss of strength, which would be minimal for us, could be a business disaster for them. Others could argue that even if their diet and training changed drastically over a period of 4 to 6 months, their strength would not deteriorate. But who says that 4-6 months would be enough time at all? These guys have stopped metabolism, their bodies react to x calories, to a certain type of training; I just don't see how they can transform in just a few months. That would take years. All the more I call bullshit.
There is also a possibility that this challenge is just for fun. Maybe they'll get a few laughs and maybe they'll make an impressive, if minor, transformation. This is the only way that this challenge would be possible without impairing their skills as a strong man. As long as it is marketed as such, that could be fine. The disadvantage, however, would be if your transition to bodybuilding were hyped as the best of the strong man to be the best bodybuilding. If they reappeared and looked like crap, they would not only embarrass themselves, but would also embarrass all of the strong man's sport. If you are doing this just for fun, you must also be sure that you are not making fun of bodybuilding. I mean, bodybuilding is a serious sport. So if you want to mock, it's not a good sign for you financially or in terms of PR and branding.
We don't know much at the moment. We have some interesting quotes, we know these guys are both very competitive and we are all stuck at home, bored with tears and reading everything in the news. Something like that seems very fascinating and has a snowball effect everywhere. I personally doubt that these guys will make the leap, and I bet they'll say in a week or two, maybe a month at most, that it was a bad idea and / or distance themselves completely from it. I will bet on the latter.
What do you think? Do you think that two of the most successful strongman champions in the world who make a lot of money and get a lot of press would jeopardize all of this just to compete against each other in a bodybuilding show? If yes why? And if not, could this be a clickbait or a little April Fool's joke?
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