T-nation usually has pretty high-quality posts but once in a while you get nonsense like this — http://www.t-nation.com/training/are-you-stronger-or-just-better
Truth is — there's no such thing as "raw physical qualities".Every
movement (i.e. physical quality) is based on specific skill set. Any horizontal/vertical push/pull involves a specific skill. Squat, deadlift, press, row, carry, throw, hip hinge, etc. — all of these involve neuromuscular adaptations.
You get stronger through
those movements and skill is improved naturally by practicing the movement (e.g. via progressive overload).
Skill --> better form and higher loads --> increases in strength due to adaptation to those loads and patterns. This is a holistic process; can't just separate it.
How can one get stronger without improving a skill set in particular movement? Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy? Isolation movements? This is silly.
Yes, if you want to look good nekkid (tm), you can (sometimes) get away with disregarding strength and skill. There's no point in practicing highly-technical movements like snatch.
But if you actually want to get strong — overall strong — practicing that same snatch might just make you stronger overall
. And even help with other movements (not talking about multitude of other benefits like improved shoulder and ankle mobility and stability).
/cc +Garrett Smith