Those guys are usually gifted to be naturally strong or they have spent several years training. Usually the guys moving big weights will be big guys. The skinny but freakish strong guys aren't that common. That's why they have weightclasses for powerlifting. A 140lb guy will rarely be stronger than a 200lb guy.
bjohnso- Yeah I guess that doesn't make much sense gaining strength without muscle mass or does it. Why is it I see these power lifters at the gym whom appear just as slim as myself(yet ripped)lifting like 4x their body weight while some of the huge dudes can't lifting as much. Sometimes I will even see some pretty scrony looking guys lifting some pretty heavy weight, even more than the big gyus.
I will accecpt some weight for added muscle but I'm looking for strength in greater porportain to size. Is this possible to make strength gains with little mass gains?
That 15-20lb of muscle would also make you much stronger. Strength really boils down to two things:
Davidelmo- "But like I said there's no reason you can't be bigger AND healthier/more athletic."
I think thats what I'm after. Perhaps 15-20 lbs will not effect my race times too much and I still won't be considered overweight for my size. But it's not just 15-20 lbs of good, healthy looking muscle I'm after. It's increased strength. Man, I swear I am the weakest person ever to join my gym. My legs are strong but thats about it.