Powerlifting vs. Bodybuilding: Pros & Cons


Ever since people began lifting weights, they have argued about the right way to do it. Two of the most prominent schools of thought are powerlifting and bodybuilding. Most adamant powerlifters believe the purpose of lifting weights is to move heavy objects. Therefore, they believe, the person who can move the most weight in relation to their bodyweight is the most successful. On the other hand, bodybuilders believe that body sculpting, shape, and symmetry are the primary goals of weight training.

Which is right? Both schools of thought have validity. Powerlifting is great for functional strength and power development. But it can be hard on joints and soft tissue and is far more likely to cause an injury than bodybuilding. Bodybuilding is great to obtain a certain symmetry and amount of muscular development. However, it lacks the functional strength obtained by powerlifting. The answer for most of us lies somewhere in between the two camps.

As a fitness professional, you know there is no right answer to the question above because every person is different. It is your job to help your clients reach their fitness goals. So, for the die-hard powerlifters--maybe try learning about Pilates and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching and Flexibility. If you are a die-hard bodybuilder, perhaps include a Bootcamp class and a Cycling class. What do you have to lose? No matter what you love doing the most, you need to learn as much as you can about fitness which includes the whole spectrum of lifting, stretching, cardio, core, and balance.

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