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  • For maximalstrength, barbells are undoubtedly the best. Nothing really compares in intensity to deadlifting 700lb from the floor or squatting with 600lb on your back. You'll never be able to achieve similar strength levels with just dumbbells or bodyweight exercises (certain gymnastic moves iron crosses, levers/planches, one arm handstands, one arm muscle-ups, etc. require tremendous levels of high body tension but it's still not the same). If you want to be strong really strong you'll need a heavy external object of some sort.