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Powerlifting vs bodybuilding, what are the differences? On the surface they might look like the same thing, but in reality there are some important differences in how a professional bodybuilder or powerlifter has to train and structure his workouts.
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@michaelzwarszawy Same for me. I always measure my progress by looking for increases in the reps or weight I can handle.
Nothing better to do at 6 am, evil? 😉
Great video, as always.
@michaelzwarszawy I don’t think that’s true. Maybe not 200kg but there’s plenty of guys walking around that can bench 100kg that by looking at them you could never tell.
Ingmar H says
@michaelzwarszawy You’re not going to bench 200kgs without steroids either ;p
@MrGunwerk I have the concept in my head and rehearse the next part where I put the text tables in, which is why I started using them in the first place 😉 I actually thought about a teleprompter, but then realized that would make things rather unnatural.
@TheCymonster Thanks, Cy! What a great compliment! 🙂
@RoccoDaOne Haha, you caught me 🙂 The first upload of this one failed, so I started it again and after waking up put in all the details.
@michaelzwarszawy Sometimes there’s even a huge difference between 100 and 105 🙂
Seriously, it has happened to me that I increased weight by an itsy bitsy amount and to my amazement then couldn’t even reach my minimum reps on all sets.
@Evilcyber It’s pretty easy for me to control your timing, I’m from Poland so we have similar time zones 😉
It has been helpful, you are welcome, thanks for the post, until next time ! BYE BYE !
I knew some of the differences but this video helped explain it a lot better. Another great video Cyber
So bodybuilding is building a physically appealing body, huh.
Are growth hormone guts appealing? Its like a teddy bear, right?
Also Evilcyber, I thought powerlifting was about reaching your maximum potential. You know, training your Central Nervous System to lower the safety restriction that does not allow you to use all of your muscle at once to prevent tear/damage to your muscle and tendons. I heard that we don’t use 100% of the muscle that we already have because of our CNS limiting us.
Basically, powerlifting was about the most weight you can pull at a lower body weight.
Its not about gaining more muscle, it’s about recruiting more % of your muscle fibers. The fibers, or other 80% of your muscle that your CNS does not let you use, right?
So if you can bench 200 pounds, and that is 20% of the muscles your CNS lets you use.
Then if you train your CNS to let you use 100%, then your bench becomes 1000 lbs. Right?
Yes, I know using CNS training increase muscle damage
@YangSword9x At some point a professional powerlifter will have an optimal mind-muscle connection.
I agree on full range of motion when exercising a muscle because I want to build active muscle filament protein throughout the full range of motion.
I’m just guessing that full range would make the muscle grow bigger than a short range.
No scientific data to back it up, but I’d like to know just what does the full range do for the muscle if I find out.
Powerlifting = watching your colon prolapse when you cant squat 1000 pounds. Powerlifting = pissing on yourself when you try to clean and jerk 700 pounds. Power lifting = having that 400 pound rock fall on your head when your trying to lift it over your head. SO whats better Bodybuilding= big muscle, looking good, gets the girls, hateful stares from the guys OR Powerlifting= shitting yourself, pissing yourself, and having heavy rocks fall on your head
lol good one. had a big laugh, cause i am a powerlifter myself, i compete, and have to agree wat you saif hahahahahha but still i love, youre born as a powerlifter
You’re a fucking idiot. Bodybuilding equals having no show all go muscles and wearing your mothers panties on stage. Powerlifting is about being strong as your body can possibly be. Also there are plenty of powerlifters with low bodyfat percentages, but not because they have to be. Also powerlifters aren’t strongman or olympic lifters so they don’t lift rocks or clean & jerk. But they’re all infinitely cooler than bodybuilding, which is 99% diet.
I like making smiles, anyways have not seen the Olympic powerlifting side we only are able to watch damn swimming and gymnastics here, whos got Gold??
I am slowly changing my mind not to powerlifting but a hybrid or Lifting, Looks, and MMA. Whats good about being a bodybuilder if you cant back that muscle up in a fight. anyways I still stand by the pissing and shitting on yerself if you havent seen the youtube vids on it and dont forget the rocks falling on Samus’s head anyways PEACE OUT
search for IPF at youtube.
Buttered Toast says
i like listening to you talk
I already had these opinions, but you expressed them very clearly and sensibly.
This is one of those “lets-clear-up-all-of-the-misinformation-that’s-on-the-web-right-now” videos. Very well presented and so easy to understand and put into perspective for each person’s personal goals. I stick with basic compound exercises to increase my strength and gain some size and incorporate few isolation exercise for sculpting. I try to build muscle to look good and stay healthy but I have no goals of becoming a pro bodybuilder or powerlifter. Both approaches will keep you in shape.
Grateful Phish says
Easy answer to the title. Powerbuilders build strenght and bodybuilders build muscles…
Leo Nemtsev says
It may or it may not, it will surely make you more fit though.
Leo Nemtsev says
Hahaha, comments like these show that you don’t know what powerlifting is. At all! Powerlifters do not clean jerk, do not lift rocks. Oh, and I’ll tell you another thing powerlifters don’t do…steroids.
Patrik Axelsson says
Powerlifters do use steroids, and in many cases ALOT! The only difference is that bodybuilders use steroids for muscle-hypertrophy, and power lifters use it to get better strenght gains, and to be able to train harder!
Leo Nemtsev says
I am a powerlifting competitor and have not used any steroids and was for quite sometime one of the best in my weight class. You forget that steroids give you more mass than strength, BUT powerlifters do not want mass at any cost because then you will have to compete at a heavier weight class. Therefore in powerlifting steroid use is not favourable, I am a lightweight powerlifter and I refuse to use steroids.
for those who are drug free powerlifting is the only key to bodybuilding
you’ve got such a german accent! 😀
Jesse D says
i often see a lot of fat guys on TV who could lift tons of weight, would those ppl be considered powerlifters? I mean cause bodybuilders have a more strict diet & are more muscular.
Powerlifting=more injuries from doing 1repmax. Bodybyilding=being in stage with pink panties low fat%. Training wise no difference. You need muscle+strength in both.
Jongbin Lim says