Thursday, December 20, 2012

Powerlifting vs. Bodybuilding

To some people, powerlifting and bodybuilding sound the same. Although they have a few similarities, they are actually quite different.

The goal of powerlifting is to develop strength. It involves competitive weightlifting where participants focus on being able to lift the heaviest amount of weight in one of three powerlifts – squat, deadlift, or bench press. In order to be successful at this, they usually strive to gain weight with the hope that it will lead to greater muscle mass to increase strength. While nutrition is important, bulking up means taking in more calories.

Bodybuilding is also competitive, but it is based on aesthetics. Rather than trying to showcase strength, participants are judged on muscle symmetry and definition. The goal is to appear muscular, leaner, larger, and more defined. The proper diet and appropriate exercises help achieve this. Bodybuilders have a decreased caloric intake with a diet that is meant to burn more fat.

While some people might think that you can’t combine the two training styles, it is possible. This is sometimes referred to as powerbuilding. It focuses on heavy compound movements and weight progression. It follows a healthy diet, but it is not as restrictive as the one that bodybuilders use. By combining powerlifting and bodybuilding, one can maintain a more balanced physique of lean muscle and power.

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