Some people think powerlifting and bodybuilding is the same thing because many of the goals are the same. However, powerlifting is actually a sport evolved from bodybuilding, and is of relatively modern origin; with the first formal competitions occur in the mid-1960s. This sport is open to both men and women.
If you are involved in bodybuilding, you can benefit from powerlifting, and vice versa but the main difference comes at the competition level. When bodybuilding, your goal is to look as big and well defined as possible. While in power-lifting, your goal is to lift as much weight as possible.
Powerlifting competitions are divided into 3 parts: the squat, the bench press, and the dead weight lift. When powerlifting, the winner is determined not by how big your muscles look, but rather, how much total weight you lifted. Competitors are placed into classes determined by things such as age and experience and are asked to lift in each of the three competitions.
Regardless whether you’re a bodybuilder or a powerlifter, you’ll want to eat a healthy diet. It’s not enough to just eat enough calories in a day to optimize muscle building; you also need to eat the right foods. You’ll want to stay away from bad carbohydrates, such as potatoes, and fried foods. Instead, your diet should include lots of pasta, green vegetables, and protein. If your body type requires it, you may need to cut back on certain foods in order to lose weight.
You must know that powerlifting is not a measure of body fat or how well your muscles are defined, so packing on a few extra pounds won’t affect how the judges view you. Having less body fat, though, will promote a healthier lifestyle altogether, and you will be able to feel better in the gym when you are weight training if you cut the junk food out of your diet.
You will want to maintain a regular workout routine at the gym, just as you would if bodybuilding. While workouts are very important, it’s also necessary to give your muscles some time off to rest, so they can recover and build in between workouts. You should also consider taking a full week off every 8 -12 weeks. This method is encouraged by many trainers and has been found to be beneficial for most people because it reduces stress, allows your body to breathe, and helps you stay committed to your sport.
If you enjoy competitive sports, such as powerlifting, you can find it to be both beneficial to your health and rewarding. To get the most out of it, you should set goals for yourself before each competition, and focus on competing against your own goals instead of simply beating the other powerlifters. If you’re dedicated to your diet and training and if you keep a positive attitude, you can succeed and enjoy the powerlifting world.