“Powerbuilding” – When Bodybuilding & Powerlifting Worlds Collide!

Doing bench press, deadlifts, squats, rowing and similar compound movements will target more than one muscle group.  When working out in this manner it is important to provide your muscles with time to recover. That is why you should rest for half a minute between movements.

The rest and recovery process after powerlifting workout may be difficult. If you are used to bodybuilding training where you focus on each muscle group once per week, this may be tricky. Powerlifters, on the other hand, are not used to train with so much volume, and they also may find this change somewhat challenging.

However, both group of lifters should not have some greater problems adjusting to the new system, since it’s very similar to the one they practice. Once they feel at home with their new routine they can start ripping the fruits of increased muscle mass and added strength.

You might have guessed, the powerbuidling diet lies somewhere in between the bodybuilding diet and powerlifting diet. Powerlifters tend to be overweight, and believe that their belly is the source of their strength.

Of course, this is a great misconception. Reducing the calories can decrease their body weight, without lessening their ability to lift heavy.  The only difference will be the improved look.  On the other hand, bodybuilders who decide to try their hand at powerbuilding may have sacrifice some of the visually impressive muscles since bulk is needed for heavy lifting.

Your diet should include meat proteins (chicken, beef, eggs), dairy proteins like whey, carbohydrates (pasta, rise), and don’t shy away from recovery supplements.  The new training method will put a great strain on your body, so it is very important to be consistent in your nutrition and taking supplements.

This may not put an end to the ever going debate which of the two schools is better. They’ll always have their adherents. Yet, by combining the best of the two, powerbuilding makes a creative training protocol that allows you to enjoy both in increased strength and muscle mass.

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  1. Lukas Hegg

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