Bodybuilding Or Powerlifting – Can You Do Both?

The difference between bodybuilding and powerlifting can be confusing to some. The best and quickest way to describe this is bodybuilders go for symmetry putting on as much muscle as possible but keeping body fat levels in the low-single digits while powerlifters are going for pure strength. Bodybuilding is physique and cosmetic based. Powerlifting is simply to lift as much weight as possible. The diet and training techniques have some variations from one another due to their different objectives.

I want to give you my personal outlook here, which is the reason for writing this article. I was always a skinny kid throughout my childhood and couldn’t gain weight to save my life. So being big and strong is very important to me and probably always will be. On the same token, I don’t want my gut hanging over my belt either so in that sense I do care what my physique looks like. I’ve always felt I would be way too small if I ever got bone-ripped as what a bodybuilding competition would require, and in the past when I’ve tried to stick to a super strict diet (even with eating a lot of protein) my strength dropped substantially. So I choose to stay in the middle of the road with bodybuilding and powerlifting, using techniques for both Best SARMs for Sale causes. Since I simply do this for myself and do not compete in either, I can get away with it.

I’m not saying all powerlifters are fat, but they do tend to carry more over all weight simply because they’re missions has little or nothing to do with how they look. Bodybuilders on the other hand must go through a rigorous dieting phase several weeks before a competition in order to drop body fat. Unfortunately during this process strength can drop significantly too, as well as size. Bodybuilding has often been called an illusion because when you’re ripped with striations popping out, you will appear bigger and stronger due to your symmetry (smaller waist line with bigger legs, thicker back and wider shoulders equals quite an impressive look). However, this can be mentally and physically taxing as most of us hard core lifters know how losing size and strength can play mental tricks on us. When those XL shirts start feeling loose, you feel you’re going to end up in the nut-house.

The point of all this is that if you’re not competing and just weight train for your own benefit and sanity, you can certainly bodybuild as well as powerlift. Actually, some compete in both sports though these are usually genetically gifted creatures. However, I don’t want to say that it can’t be done, good genetics or not.