Strength training and muscle size are complex in nature. While we often think that the bigger someone is the stronger they must be, but it has been proven that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many factors contribute to strength from training style to the strength of individual muscle fibers. When first starting a training regimen there is very little correlation between size and strength, and while with time the correlation does get closer, size doesn’t necessarily equate to strength.
- People can perform the exact same exercises yet have different results regarding muscle size and strength.
- Having a bigger muscle size does not relate to having more muscle strength compared to somebody with smaller muscle size.
- Muscle strength indicators come from other sources such as muscle fibers, attachment points of the muscle to the bone, how much muscle the nervous system activates, and contractile force.
“Larger muscle fibers generally produce more force than smaller muscle fibers, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise.”