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Powerlifting vs. Bodybuilding

Do you want to train to become strong or just look good?  It’s really hard to have both unless you are the Renaissance Man of Health and Fitness, Mike O’Hearn and follow his principles. Mike is the Founder of Power Bodybuilding and trains for strength as a Bodybuilder.

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Most Bodybuilders train many more body parts, do many more sets and many more repetitions. Most Powerlifters train for strength do less exercises, less sets and less repetitions.  Powerlifters conserve their energy for 3 basics lifts: Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift.  They work their way up to maximum weight on each lift and try to best their lifts.

Bodybuilders train different body parts daily and try to hit that particular body part twice a week.

Bodybuilding is more about aesthetics than strength. Getting blood into the same muscle over and over within an intense 1 hour training session. A standard rest period between sets for a competitive Bodybuilder is 1 to 2 minutes depending on what body part you are training.  It’s all about breaking down the muscle to make it grow.

Powerlifters are more concerned about the weight increments between sets, than time. As I mentioned it’s more about getting to the maximum weight in their session.

Where Bodybuilding and Powerlifting are completely different is diet. Most Bodybuilders stay very close to their competitive weight. Powerlifters have the luxury of eating basically anything they want, but in all fairness competitive Powerlifters eat many more clean calories than a Bodybuilder.

Dieting for a Bodybuilding show is demanding and very tough if you aren’t use to depriving yourself of cheat meals.

Dumbbell Club believes if you are undecided on whether you want to train to become a Powerlifter or Bodybuilder you can’t go wrong following  Mike O’Hearn’s path @mikeohearn. The proof is in the results.

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