Well, soemtimes maybe, but not all the time.
This has become more apparent to me lately as my clubell training has progressed. I became bored with training only my 15# or only my bruiser, so I divided my training sessions between them. In addition, I began to sophisticate my work with my 15# clubells, working on motions where I felt I was weak.
The first thing I noticed was that the change in motion also meant a change in the demand placed on my grip - I began to wonder if I had made any progress at all in my grip strength!
Next, i noticed what I now recognize as a deeper CNS stimulation. I felt more "alive " in the areas most affected by the new motions.
What I didnt notice was a gain inmuscle mass. From years of weightlifting, I still ahve the habit of judging the effectiveness of an exercise by whether Im getting "pumped up". Depite my old habits though, I continued to experiement with sophistication.
Last night, I returned to the gym ive trained at just to chat, and one of the few fighters Ive trained with who Im scared of showed up - he is getting ready to fight again after a year long layoff from ankle surgery. Mike is the total physical package, - 6'9" tall, 300 # and agile , and only one loss as an MMA competitor. I decided to roll, because like I said, Mike scares me, and Im silly like that
Now, in the past, Mike would overwhelm me , the combination of size strength ,and agility made him too much to handle. Unbelievably, last night, I did very well agaisnt him. While he was obviously the dominant man ( and we wont talk about how many times I tapped ), I found it much easier than in the past to control his arms, elbows and wrists, and he had a heck of time due to my increased grip and wrist strength. And , when we were done, he was done too- for the first time in my life I was able to give the big man a good workout .
What seemed to be different this time was a heightened sensitivity to the force he exerted, and the abilty to respond to counteract him at all the weird angles that a grappling session requires.
So, by putting effort into sophisticating my exercise with the smaller clubells, I gained a great deal of funtional strength , more than I was gaining from only using the bruiser.
So the answer to the age old question is bigger better, I would have to say that the answer is sometimes, but not always.
Now Im just waiting for my challenge clubell to arrive