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World's Strongest Man Or Mr. Universe? Which Title Would You Prefer To Have?

Updated on January 12, 2013

Performance or Looks?

I have been having this discussion with some of my friends for quite some time now, and am taking it to Hubpages to settle the discussion once and for all. This is the classic example of performance vs looks, or "All Show No Go!" The question I am looking to have answered is would you rather be the world's strongest man and be able to perform superhuman feats of strength or would you want to be called the best bodybuilder on the planet. For me this is an easy decision and would hands down want to have the title of The World's Strongest Man. No disrespect to bodybuilders because they work very hard at their craft and it is amazing but you are winning a title for posing and making your body as big and symmetrical as possible. Now don't get me wrong because some times the world's strongest man competitors are somewhat tough to look at. Some of these men just look like huge human beings, and sometimes even a little sloppy, but have trained their bodies to amazing things. The reason I like the world's strongest man competition more is the fact that they are men's men, and don't care what they look like they just want to perform. The two competitions are totally different but I think it is a great comparison and topic of discussion.

The World's Strongest Man

The World's Strongest Man competition takes place once a year in an exotic location where strongmen from all over the world come to test themselves against other countries best strongman. Each year these strength athletes get together in a multi-event competition to see who is The Strongest Man in the world. The event sponsor is Met-Rx the supplement company who gives out the RV Trophy to the winner. The World's Strongest Man has been around since 1977 and has crowned champions form a variety of different countries. The events that take place are power lifting events along with some events based on mythological feats of strength. Some of the most popular events are:

Atlas Stones- 5 rounds stones weighing between 220 to 352 lbs have to be picked up from the ground, carried a short distance and placed on a stand. The fastest time wins.

Truck/Airplane Pull- The competitors are harnessed to one of these vehicle and have to pull it down a 100 ft course as fast as possible.

Squat - The competitors have to squat the heaviest weight that they can.

Hercules Hold - The competitors stand between 2 hinged pillars, gripping handles to hold the pillars from falling for as long as they can.

Dead Lift- An Olympic lift usually for maximum weight or for reps.

Since 1977 Americans are in the lead with 21 total medals for this event and 8 times an American has been crowned The World's Strongest Man. Iceland is in second place with 13 medals, and thanks to Mariusz Pudzianowski, Poland is in third with 8 overall medals. I am a huge fan of the World's Strongest Man competition and believe that this is the superior title to hold.

Mr. Universe

Now on to the other side of the story and the Mr. Universe competition. This is a competition where bodybuilders from all over the world come to see who is the top physical specimen. These men take their bodies to a whole different level in muscular development. Of course the Mr. Universe competition was made famous in the 60's when Arnold Schwarzenegger won three in a row. Now here is a competition that is based on appearance instead of performance, and that is why I have a problem with it. These men work so hard getting their bodies to freakish proportions to just stand on a stage and pose. The judges are looking for definition, size, and symmetry, but at no time are they asked to do anything else. Not taking anything away from bodybuilders because it takes a lot of work to get where their bodies are, but I am not a fan. All the shaving and tanning is all too much for me and I think it send the wrong message to today's youth.

If You Could, Which Title Would You Want To Have Or Compete For?

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      Matthew Foreman 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I go performance more than looks. I believe if you exercise the right way, the results will show. Everyone has different goals they want to attain, I personally exercise for longevity and better quality of life. I like to balance my routines between strength training, cardio, and yoga. Even if I take time off weightlifting I still do the important compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, bench press, and core workouts.

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      kjrzeek1 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Thanks for the comment..Yes, that picture is 5 time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski of Poland, he is amazing.

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      That first picture is awesome. He looks like a god. Inspiring.