have you ever dieted for a contest?!
that and it's way more fun to be strong as an ox than worry if my glute striations will be visible.......
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.
...need I explain?
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.
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.
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.
Sensei!!! My eyes!!!! Why????