Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Weight Training Or Body Building? (Part 1) :

Weight Training Or Body Building? (Part 1)
Weight training vs. body building or strength training is a misunderstood area of weight workouts. Many people use the terms interchangeably but this is in fact incorrect. Strength training is NOT body building. The goals of the various disciplines involving the lifting of weights are all different.

The number one goal of body builders is to develop a proportionately muscled physique. Male and female body builders have increased muscle mass, with appetites to match. Men are usually very heavily muscled, while the women are highly muscular with chiseled figures.

In power lifting the goal is to primarily build strength and the ability to move heavy objects relatively easily. The word relatively relates to the definition of heavy object. Some people want to move trucks and others just want to move the furniture when they are cleaning the house.

When considering weight training vs body building, you probably really don't want either extreme. You probably want the best of both worlds - a muscular body that is toned, trim and athletic with functional strength.

The weight training vs bodybuilding debate is quite controversial. There are those that believe that body building is the worst thing that could have happened to strength training. They believe that the muscle size is huge compared to the strength achieved. They think the body builder's muscles are over-developed and less effective.

On the other hand there are those body builders who don't see the point of pushing themselves to the limit with heavy training if they can't see the visual impact on their muscles.

The controversy actually comes down to functional training vs. cosmetic training - or training for athletic ability vs. body building for cosmetic or artistic reasons. By definition body building is cosmetic or artistic because in competition bodybuilders are judged by how they look, not how they perform. The measures are qualitative rather than quantitative.

👉 Weight Training Or Body Building? (Part 2)

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