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DesktopWeb FormText   bodybuilding vs powerliftingSun, 06 Jun 2004 18:37:57 GMT # 

most people dont know the difference. bodybuilders are trying to get big and lean. mostly asthetics. powerlifters are mainly trying to get strong, and getting bigger is just a byproduct. in general, bodybuilders will have larger muscles than powerlifters, but powerlifters will be stronger. you have to workout different for each. bodybuilders do lighter weights for more reps. they really concentrate on specific muscles, to the point of flexing a muscle while lifting. this is really hard to to, but a great way to make your muscle grow. they use strict form to isolate muscles and will workout the same muscle from different angles for max size and definition. on the other hand, powerlifters mainly target the large muscle groups with core lifts: squat, bench, deadlift, lat pulldowns. they lift heavier weights for less reps. they still control the weight, but can concentrate less on a specific muscle and more on moving the weight. other differences are that bodybuilders have to worry alot about their diet to get lean and powerlifters have to worry about not injuring themselves. powerlifters that cross over to bodybuilding usually do the best in competitions. powerlifting builds up the large muscle mass to wow the crowd, and then bodybuilding finishes it off for the judges.