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Old 01-06-2014, 05:55 PM   #11
David Meverden
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Re: Fair male vs female fight?

Fair enough Dakota.

I did look at some powerlifting numbers also. You're right, even accounting for lean mass there is a large discrepancy. Partly this is due to neurological factors (trained men exhibit higher 1RM for the same 5 or 10 RM), and maybe due to some talent pool issues (though at that level that is probably small). I'd be curious to see 5 or 10RM numbers, but I'm sure men would still be stronger, just perhaps by a smaller margin.

You could try to apply a different weight adjustment factor, but it would end up being semi-arbitrary so that whatever gender lost would accuse the level factor of being unfair.

Ah well.
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