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MrBulknCut
05-03-2010, 10:08 AM
Just wondering your reasons on why you chose this route?

seK
05-03-2010, 10:29 AM
BB ... to look good nakid.

I don't compete so I don't lift for strictly strength gains.

Hazerboy
05-03-2010, 10:31 AM
Bodybuilders wanna look strong, I'd rather be strong.

Basically I wanted to compete in something, and I'm not down with the whole self conscious mental game I'd have to put up with for bodybuilding. If I'm going to worry about something, I'd rather it be my total vs. my bodyfat percentage or my lagging bis.

stik
05-03-2010, 10:33 AM
This is how: When I was a kid, I was always told I was too skinny. If people picked on me, I would throw them down the bleachers, strangle them, or whatever it took. There was a mechanic at the bike shop I hung out at as a younger man. He picked the front end of an extended fork chopper up and put it down about five feet away. He was a small dude. I was amazed. He said he was a flyweight powerlifting champ in prison. I decided I could be small and strong at the same time. Two years ago, I began when my first son was born. With good advice from Gerry Frank, Devin Cagnalotti, Buddy and Beverly McKee, Brandon Bankston, and Louie Simmons; I plan to be really strong pound for pound in the next few years.
This is why: The biggest reason would be to get stronger, not just physically either.

Sean S
05-03-2010, 10:56 AM
I'm not crazy about the ridiculous dieting necessary. I'm not crazy about slathering my body with wood stain, I mean fake tan lotion. I not crazy about getting dehydrated and going into full body cramps while "posing". I'm not crazy about getting into a banana hammock and flexing my muscles for a bunch of other dudes.
I also don't like the subjectivity in judging. At least with powerlifting it's relatively straight forward. I either make the lift or I don't.
In all seriousness, I have tremendous respect for bodybuilders who put in all that time and energy in preparation and have the guts to actually get on stage and compete. It's just not my thing.

drew
05-03-2010, 11:27 AM
I like to continuously lift heavier weight. I hate to diet. I don't want to look like a bodybuilder.

tnathletics2b
05-03-2010, 11:56 AM
I'd rather eat what I want and just move big weights. I know bodybuilders are/can be strong, too, but my strength has translated so well to things I need to get done- when I moved to my house, cutting down, chopping, and splitting 3 maple trees in my back yard, etc. It is nice to be strong - relatively, of course :)

Nicky
05-03-2010, 12:22 PM
I saw a shirt that said: "I'd rather be fat and STRONG AS HELL, than skinny and weak". that pretty much sums it up for me.

Here it is. :) http://images2.cafepress.com/product/107769642v4_240x240_Front_Color-Charcoal.jpg

isaku900
05-03-2010, 12:32 PM
simple, I prefer sports with objective goals.

Plus I like lifting heavy weights and its a decent enough substitute for rugby.

mike mcgee
05-03-2010, 12:49 PM
I don't powerlift, but I don't body build either. When I lift weights, I stick with Olympic Lifts (Cleans, Squats, Dead Lifts), etc... Bodybuilders are worried about how they look and symmetry. I worry about being strong and healthy. If one calf is bigger than the other, so be it. I am not going spend weeks in the gym trying to fix it.

BigTallOx
05-03-2010, 01:37 PM
Just wondering your reasons on why you chose this route?

Because a singlet gives more room for my manhood than a speedo.

Ruff Riff
05-03-2010, 02:36 PM
I am aType one diabetic and the first attempt at a diet almost put me in the hospitol, but I LOVE to move big weight, well big weight to me! I went the BB rout for a while and realized it was not the look I was really after I got drunk on the raw power! The personal challenge that comes with PL can be easily put into an analogy that it is much like life. The weight does not change or care if you have a good day or bad day, 500lbs is 500lbs in any time zone! Looking down at a large amount of weight before attempting a DL and knowing that weight is gonna give you all you can handle but you have to make up your mind before you pick it up that you own it!

Mental strength and personal growth. Athletics have been an important part of my life all my life and in my youth kept me out of trouble. I was a pole vaulter in college and after the olympic dream faded I looked for something that would give me the same satisfaction, After a stent at BB I turned to PL and have not looked back. People (friends and some family) ask, "that is crazy why do you want to do that"? The same question they used to ask when I vaulted! Every inch was an honest improvement because 18' was 18' no matter where you were the same as 500lbs is 500lbs no matter where you stand! You have to put in some insane work to get strong, I am on a "quest" to bench 500lbs raw, getting to a legit 450 was serious work but now that I see what kind of work it will take to get to 500 I am hungry for the challenge, just like back when I vaulted and that is a good feeling! To be hungry for success is what it is all about, weather it is a 250 lbs bench or 800, they are all worthy of attention and the personal growth and understanding of what YOU are capable of is something you can carry with you in your everyday life outside the gym. With that comes a confidence, a pride or pep in your step, that is what it is all about to me, sorry for rambling but you got me at a moment where I had some time!!! LOL! Time to lift!!!!

ajweins
05-03-2010, 03:28 PM
I second the guy who mentioned the subjectivity of BB. That is not for me. Also, lifting heavy is way more fun. Lastly, I can be ripped to shreds but suddenly look like crap after eating some pancakes and walking in bad lighting. The weight on the bar is the weight on the bar nomatter what lighting you are in.

BigBatz
05-03-2010, 03:46 PM
Because a singlet gives more room for my manhood than a speedo.

I almost fell out of my chair.

I agree no grape smugglers for me.

KoSh
05-03-2010, 04:16 PM
A diet? Give me a large pizza and a steak any day.

A bodybuilder has to push themselves to the brink, then cut, then see a lagging ab muscle, bulk again then they think they're fat and they cut again for a competition that is completely subjective.

A powerlifter has one goal... Seek and ****ing destroy, baby.

MrBulknCut
05-03-2010, 06:03 PM
I am aType one diabetic and the first attempt at a diet almost put me in the hospitol, but I LOVE to move big weight, well big weight to me! I went the BB rout for a while and realized it was not the look I was really after I got drunk on the raw power! The personal challenge that comes with PL can be easily put into an analogy that it is much like life. The weight does not change or care if you have a good day or bad day, 500lbs is 500lbs in any time zone! Looking down at a large amount of weight before attempting a DL and knowing that weight is gonna give you all you can handle but you have to make up your mind before you pick it up that you own it!

Mental strength and personal growth. Athletics have been an important part of my life all my life and in my youth kept me out of trouble. I was a pole vaulter in college and after the olympic dream faded I looked for something that would give me the same satisfaction, After a stent at BB I turned to PL and have not looked back. People (friends and some family) ask, "that is crazy why do you want to do that"? The same question they used to ask when I vaulted! Every inch was an honest improvement because 18' was 18' no matter where you were the same as 500lbs is 500lbs no matter where you stand! You have to put in some insane work to get strong, I am on a "quest" to bench 500lbs raw, getting to a legit 450 was serious work but now that I see what kind of work it will take to get to 500 I am hungry for the challenge, just like back when I vaulted and that is a good feeling! To be hungry for success is what it is all about, weather it is a 250 lbs bench or 800, they are all worthy of attention and the personal growth and understanding of what YOU are capable of is something you can carry with you in your everyday life outside the gym. With that comes a confidence, a pride or pep in your step, that is what it is all about to me, sorry for rambling but you got me at a moment where I had some time!!! LOL! Time to lift!!!!

Great answer....

Brian Hopper
05-03-2010, 07:29 PM
If I could I would do both. The main 2 reasons why I dont BB are:
1. I LOVE to eat and i'm not a big fan of dieting
2. I have a full sleeve and a half sleeve(soon to be a full)

So, I just decide to stick with powerlifting and have fun. I have much respect for BB's and everything they do!!!

AJ Roberts
05-04-2010, 07:13 AM
Knew i could never be number 1 in bodybuilding

IronDiggy
05-04-2010, 12:48 PM
I like to eat.

Brian Hopper
05-04-2010, 01:17 PM
I like to eat.

:clap:

Phenom
05-04-2010, 01:32 PM
Because I'm not overly obsessed with visible abs

MrBulknCut
05-04-2010, 04:02 PM
Does this mean that Powerlifters are not as healthy as BB's?

Rugby Dad
05-04-2010, 04:22 PM
I'd rather eat what I want and just move big weights. I know bodybuilders are/can be strong, too, but my strength has translated so well to things I need to get done- when I moved to my house, cutting down, chopping, and splitting 3 maple trees in my back yard, etc. It is nice to be strong - relatively, of course :)

my thoughts the same

isaku900
05-04-2010, 05:00 PM
expanding on my first answer:
because I started lifting to get stronger for Football, Hockey and Track and Field (shot and discus) not for any asethetic purpose, I played sports my whole life, and since college ended (and my rugby career with my third knee surgery) I found a sport built around the three things i could still do, squat, bench, and deadlift.

seK
05-04-2010, 05:01 PM
Does this mean that Powerlifters are not as healthy as BB's?

You can't generalize.

There are unhealthy and healthy Powerlifters just as there are both unhealthy and healthy BB's.

ehopkins932
05-04-2010, 05:24 PM
Does this mean that Powerlifters are not as healthy as BB's?

At the elite level, its pretty safe to assume the average TOP BB'er is less healthy than elite PLers due to the drug use...but of course there are unhealthy and healthy people on both sides generally speaking.

BigTallOx
05-04-2010, 05:34 PM
Does this mean that Powerlifters are not as healthy as BB's?

Neither really have health as a goal.

theBarzeen
05-04-2010, 06:57 PM
have you ever dieted for a contest?!

damn!


never again.....


that and it's way more fun to be strong as an ox than worry if my glute striations will be visible.......

Brian Hopper
05-04-2010, 08:02 PM
You can't generalize.

There are unhealthy and healthy Powerlifters just as there are both unhealthy and healthy BB's.

X2 :)

MrBulknCut
05-04-2010, 08:20 PM
You can't generalize.

There are unhealthy and healthy Powerlifters just as there are both unhealthy and healthy BB's.


I see your point I guess I was thinking about how BB look compared to Powerlifters and I guess by looks you would say that they BB's are more healthy but there are things they take to consider I guess.

brihead301
05-04-2010, 08:58 PM
I like both, only I don't compete for either, so I sorta just do a hybrid way of training. I keep myself relatively lean year round, but I'm not too strict on my diet. I keep the fat off by doing MMA and Jiu-jitsu. I don't really have a 6-pack, but I'm close. I look pretty good though. I don't plan to ever cut down to single digit bf though since I don't plan to compete.

I also like to get at strong as I can for my size, but strong to me at this particular point in my training career (if you want to call it that) is to be able to lift a lot of weight for a lot of reps...like a personal goal of mine for the next year or so is to be able to full squat 315 x 20. I love hitting new PR's and getting stronger. I do understand that if I gained 40 lbs. or so that I could be much stronger, but I don't really have any desire to put up HUGE numbers at the moment since I don't compete, nor plan to.

So I just keep on lifting and lifting...and getting stronger and stronger, slowly but surely....also simultaneously changing my body composition year by year by year.

It's fun!

Sensei
05-04-2010, 09:10 PM
http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00025/bodybuilding1_25974g.jpg

...need I explain?

Sidior
05-04-2010, 09:27 PM
I don't have the willpower to diet to a low enough bf% to be successful in BB. PLing training is much harder in the gym but being a BB is significantly tougher outside the gym.

MrBulknCut
05-05-2010, 06:16 PM
I just wanted to thank everyone for their replies to this thread. It really answered alot of questions I had about this aspect of weightlifting.

Kstone113
05-07-2010, 12:53 PM
Bodybuilders wanna look strong, I'd rather be strong.

Well Said!!!! :clap:

One more word: DIET.

I have a pretty good diet and maintain my weight so I stay in the 165 lb. weight class but I still have cheat meals and even days sometimes and can lose weight when I need to. I do like it when I look better but being stronger is the main objective.

Nicky
05-08-2010, 03:15 PM
Sensei!!! My eyes!!!! Why????

Brian Hopper
05-08-2010, 08:54 PM
http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00025/bodybuilding1_25974g.jpg

...need I explain?

:scratch: