Contributed by Ian Deighton
If perhaps there is a division within the lifting world and perhaps, dare I say some
discrimination and rivalry it would be the divide of power lifters and body builders
primarily because of the goals each athlete has. Ok and yes they are both athletes and
I kind of want to try and heal the rift. Body builders look at power lifters and view
them as people with no sense of dietary control and ignorant of technique, power
lifters view body builders and posers and self absorbed pretty boys or egotists. But
really there actually is not much difference between them and here is why. Both spend
a dedicated amount of time to their sport and both are disciplined within their field
and both can actually learn from each other.
I have decided as part of my regime that I would adopt both sides of the training coin.
Although primarily wish to build for physique competitions, I do actually want to
have some strength to put behind the muscle and some functioning muscle as well. I
think it looks awesome when done that way and I feel way better about myself. Ok
my diet may differ slightly from a power lifter but I eat just as much now as a power
lifter but with a slightly different plan and foods. When you power lift and here is
something t reflect on you are for all intents and purposes lifting a massive weight
from point a, to point b. imagine taking down the weight just slightly so that instead
of doing it once you do it two or three times but with a body builders control but
a power lifters, well power, you then have the potential for something unique and
Take dead lifts for instance, I regularly do 4 sets of 8 with a few minutes in between.
Once or twice a month though I load up not quite to my max and perform three reps
for four sets. Results are that the body still works the same I use the same technique
I merely change from one style to another that equals gains that I want. Really when
you get down to it both sports developed form one common form and that is moving
weight, but in a controlled manner i.e. technique. Although power lifters sometimes
seem to look as though there is no technique just brute force nothing could be further
from the truth their technique merely relies on a quicker more powerful movement
rather than the controlled slower movement of a lifter.
Getting to the point of the versus thing really there should be no question of versus
merely a standing respect will hopefully occur after this article and remind people
why they did this in the first place and of course the answer is for the sense of
achievement it brings keep training and keep progressing, rather than rivalry both
parties should really move closer together to support each other and recognise the
massive dedication this needs to achieve the final goal whatever it maybe.