Random health and exercise thoughts - Page 3027
This is pretty funny considering that everyone at the PL club I lift at is bigger than the guys at the typical mainstream gyms in my city where "aesthetics" or BB is the goal. Even the girls have bigger legs than most of the guys at the other gyms.
If we want to bring up the whole experience card that so often is rated here, I think most people should visit a real powerlifting gym and train there a couple of times or go to a meet before they diss the sport. In my experience, its a different atmospehere altogether.
No trying to be snarky, I just think the training environment is tons better where I train now in relation to the mainstream gyms and the competition form of powerlifting appeals to me way more than BBing. And that is not exclusive to powerlifting, but something I think all serious sports training share. I'm sure there are some great gyms out there solely for bodybuilding, I just haven't been there.
Differences of opinions, that is all. For some people, the PL aesthetic (like those Charly posted) is more desirable than a BB aesthetic. I do olympic weightlifting, mostly because I think it is fun and challenging, although I also think that the top lifters in the -94 & -105 categories have a physique that I find desirable. I mean, I guess you could argue that with BB you can achieve those physiques as well, but some people just prefer taking a different route to their destination.
Plus, there might be some psychological differences in pursuits. It would be interesting to do a survey and see if there are any personality or environmental factors that influence which strength sport a person decides to pursue.
autists = weightlifters
fucking crossfit man, literally wtf
also my rogue dowins are falling apart, strap is gonna rip pretty soon I think. I do put them on ridiculously tight, like so tight i usually have to take them off between sets so thats probably wearing them out. Should I just buy more rogues or buy something cool? Anything available other then nikes and adidas?
Edited by fuji - 6/21/14 at 2:33pm
I'm not going to say that these are great reasons, but here's a few that come to mind.
Firstly, the "strength is good" mantra is an easy way to get introduced to the weight room, especially for guys that have not been introduced to weights in high school or college (ie - guys who have never considered themselves athletic). A strength mantra is easier to swallow than "I do this for looks".
Followed by... fewer movements than bb, which allow you to obsess over details of the lifts rather than the details of your biceps. It's also more home gym friendly. I do ~10 movements which includes the big 4, although I do 10x10 in 30 minute things these days.
However, what do you really mean by powerlift? Most people here do the big four and accessory movements. Is that really bb or pl?
Besides, I think your premise is wrong. You think that if everyone just started bb'ing that the physiques would start blowing up outta this thread? Everyone would generally look the same as they do today.
for the record what you describe is some hybrid of powerlifting. here's what an arm day looks like for me as i only have bb related goals in mind...
close grip push up ladders, 10 x 15
pushdowns, 5 x 10
dips with 100lb dumbbell, 5 x 10
french press, 5 x 10
barbell curls, 5 x 10
hammer curls, 5 x 10
preacher curl, 5 x 10
cable curls, 5 x 10
i do battle ropes for 4 minute circuit, crunches with 50lb dumbbell and 3 sets of 15 hanging leg raises every day i train. i train 6 days on, 1 off. everything gets hit 2x a week