Relative force

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In sports medicine , the relative strength describes the relationship between the maximum strength and the body weight of the respective athlete. So it is a measure of how well the athlete can convert his body weight into strength development. Relative force also plays a major role in endurance sports such as cycling , as the load consists in moving the body weight (plus bike) as quickly as possible.

If you compare a weightlifter with an ant that can lift up to fifty times its body weight from one to five milligrams, it turns out that the ant has a much greater relative strength.


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