Look, you're arguing for the sake of arguing here--
Originally posted by chris mason
If you just want strength without a commensurate increase in size, you can train to optimize the nervous system. Otherwise, increased strength=increased muscle size. Now, people can argue this point all they want, but the facts are what they are. Yes, training with higher volume and reps might stimulate more growth of the non-contractile components of the musculature, but in a natural trainee this is a slight difference at best. As an interesting note, bodybuilders and powerlifters lifted in basically the same fashion for years and years. This was before steroids and other drugs entered the picture. Bodybuilding shows used to also include weightlifting in the competition. What does this tell us? Well, to me, it helps to drive home my point.