How Do the Two Sports Differ?
When I talk to someone who is knew to learning about fitness and I begin to discuss powerlifting, oftentimes they think I am referring to bodybuilding. It is a common misconception among those who are new to the fitness world that powerlifting and bodybuilding are the same sport.
Though the two sports have similarities, they are significantly different. According to an article written by Mike Samuels, powerlifters are focused more on performance that involves three competition lifts – the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Bodybuilders are focused on competing based on the appearance of their muscle size, symmetry and definition on a stage.
Powerlifters are concerned with gaining as much strength as they can so it is possible to lift heavier weights in competition. In competition, lifters are judged on whether or not they successfully complete a lift. Bodybuilders are more concerned with their appearance since they are judged on aesthetic principles.
How are Powerlifting and Bodybuilding Similar?
Although powerlifters and bodybuilders compete in different ways, it is possible that they have similar training programs, nutrition practices, and/or recovery regimens. Those involved in either sport need to have muscle to do well. For powerlifters, building muscle is necessary to gain strength to be able to lift heavier weights. For bodybuilders, building muscle is necessary to be able to look defined and lean on stage. Because of this, bodybuilders and powerlifters may have similar training protocols since they both need muscle gains to be successful.
Additionally, proper nutrition is important for athletes in both sports. Intake of adequate macronutrients and micronutrients help both athletes to reach their goals. These goals could include losing, maintaining, or gaining weight, along with eating foods to help fuel workouts.
Lastly, recovery is crucial for powerlifters and bodybuilders since both require intense training. Sleep, low stress levels, and stretching are important to these athletes to help their bodies rest and rebuild while they are not training.