Why would anyone take a point of Strength when they'd get an ability score increase, if taking the Athlete feat instead does that and more?
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When you choose an ability score increase, you can get either a +2 to a single ability score or a +1 to two diferent ability scores. Feats like Athlete and Loremaster allow you to get 1 points of ability score (fixed for each feat) and trade the other for a diferent benefit.