Isn't that the 'functional' strength Mike was talking about? Meaning, lifting explosively will lead to explosive, powerful movement? That's the impression I was under, and I've been training hard and fast so that I can function hard and fast (punches, kicks, throws, etc.). I am with Mike on this one... In another example, a bodybuilder may be HUGE, but because he lifts different than a powerlifter, he will not be able to lift as much as the powerlifter. The powerlifter would have said functional strength. That's my understanding, please correct me if I'm wrong... I may have to rethink my workouts!