by Christian Duque
Labels can often be a bit much. In the past, you could go to a record store and search for a tape or CD in three or four different sections before you finally found it. There wasn't just one skirt section. There were alternatives, there was metal, there was punk, there was industrial, there were endless genres that the album could stand under.
In terms of fitness, it's a lot easier. There are body-based sports that are judged on subjective criteria – and strength-based sports that are judged on objective criteria. Also, people who usually look strong (bodybuilders) are not really – and – people who are out of shape (powerlifters). Yes, yes, I know there are a lot of jacked up, torn and even vascular powerlifters internationally, but for the most part powerlifters look like people drinking beer at Denny and eating a Grand Slam breakfast – every day !! But what happens when you have people who basically have a foot in every world, men who are as strong as ox but who look like bodybuilding champions? There were some of these elite athletes who actually put up big numbers, some even at meetings, and who deserved the latest media hype.
It has been said that power building is the fusion of body building and power lifting. Many have claimed to coined the sentence, and at that time MuscleMag International even tried to corner the segment with its own magazine called REPS! So what are the basic basics of power engineering, who are the main players that can really be said to be part of this hybrid category, and who is the best of the best? Join me as we deal with this very exciting topic just as America is reopening and hundreds of thousands of gymnastics rats will be back in their iron homes, training, getting stronger and hopefully growing. (Don't forget you can save 15% on IronMagLabs.com with discount code IML15.)
Power building, as I understand it, does not require special exercises or repetitions, but is more inclined to the Mike Mentzer approach than Arnold's. One of the cornerstones is lifting big and in great shape and taking control. Typically, a high volume uses a lighter weight, the challenge being to defy fatigue and lactic acid release, and to exceed thresholds to reach the maximum pump. Mentzer's HIT and other nuances like MAX OT (as used by Skip LaCour and Jeff Willet) are more of a match. Power builders would most likely also prefer dumbbells and barbells to Smith machines, where the pulley may help with lifting. What good is it to increase strength if you only do a fraction of the work? This is not a subset looking for convenience. If anything, they are looking for the good kind of pain – not the kind that leads to injuries, but the kind that leads to gains.
That being said, there are 3 basic exercises in power lifting that power builders swear by. These are deadlifts, squats, and bench. Even though the bank is definitely one of the Big 3, it is the least impressive of the group. Powerbuilders are all about squatting and pulling, whether suitable or raw. It is about moving the largest amounts of weight without errors. They're not the types who scream, play high-five, or dance around their training stations. These guys are the blue collar, tough as nails people in the gym. They let the numbers that move them do their fall. Sometimes they even install chains, have their spotters put additional resistance against their body and / or hit each other on the back or take a breath of ammonia. They take the hardest elements from powerlifting and bodybuilding and create powerbuilding.
In addition to exercises and approaches to lifting, power building is also a way of thinking. The goals are completely different from bodybuilding or even powerlifting. Bodybuilders want to look strong, but symmetry is a top priority for them. Powerlifters want to be strong and symmetry is the least of their concerns. Powerbuilders want to meet both worlds. Powerbuilders are the ones who really strive for the much discussed Mind Muscle Connection. Some take part in bodybuilding competitions and / or powerlifting competitions, but for most, if you like, the competition trains in the gym, eats meals, and continues to focus on maintaining strength gains and getting stronger. If all of your efforts are aimed at performing well at an event, after the end of the competition, one might suspect that a low season is beginning. Power builders don't train like that. They don't think that way either. For them, lifting and eating to grow is a natural part of life. It's like breathing for us. You would never want to take a break, would you?
In addition, the mindset of a power builder loses much of the old way of doing things. Getting attention in the gym is not only undesirable, it is also completely frowned upon. These people like to make the weight they move remarkable. If anything, they believe that the way they lift is as impressive as the way they lift. They have a lot of people who show sloppy form in the gym (even on training videos), others use the momentum and some scream and yell, making them look like total idiots. When a power builder lifts, everything is controlled chaos. The weight is impressive, the shape too, and the level of control is stunning. They have perfectly executed repetitions, great positives and great negatives – it's a beautiful watch. This is how training should be! Even if they fail, they do it in a very hard, very dignified way.
Even that word – failure – is not something people who ever want to hear Powerbuild, let alone something outside. Others in the gym are not so proud of it. And what's wrong with being proud of your strength and training? Pride has been demonized by the humble, but there is nothing wrong with self-love and / or love in what you enjoy doing. A lot of people go to the gym because it's on their checklist, some are even sluggish, like on a typical Monday morning, back at the job they hate. If you don't love the gym, why then? The gym is home to people who like to exercise. For many power builders, even going to the gym leads to euphoric effects. You think I'm kidding? I am absolutely not. When we talk about strength, a powerbuilder's mind can even exceed his physical strength.
There are a few people who fit this bill exactly. One guy that comes to mind immediately is Mike O’Hearn. Mike, who played in the hit American Gladiator series, embodies power building. He is a disciplined lifter who focuses on form and regularly trains at 4am in the mecca of bodybuilding, Gold & # 39; s Gym Venice Beach. Well, it doesn't matter when you exercise, but seriously, who the hell is exercising at 4am? Well, a guy who wants a free hand in the gym, someone who is literally like a kid in a candy store. The gym is MIke's home. He's not preparing for a bodybuilding competition, a powerlifting meeting, and he certainly isn't wearing a face on Monday morning. He is there because he wants to be there. He also doesn't check the things to do for the day. Training is the challenge. Whether he sits on the bench, presses, squats or pulls, Mike gives 100%. He also wears no shorts and no string tank top. Everyone knows from the magazines, the Internet and all his television appearances what his physique looks like. People like O’Hearn enter the old school, show very little of their physique and do not draw attention to themselves when lifting. They don't go around the gym and point out mistakes in the training of others. If someone comes in and lifts more, he doesn't try to lift them either. Powerbuilders may love the gym, like to exercise, and always think about improving, but these people are not meatheads.
Another gentleman who totally embodies a powerbuilder would be show stopper Ben White. He used to put up some crazy numbers in the gym while maintaining a very symmetrical, very impressive physique. As an IFBB professional, he would take on the best in the world, as experienced judges compared the appearance, density and shape of his muscles, paired with stamina and posturing. Another example of a professional bodybuilder at the highest level who also trained as a power lifter and participated in competitions would be Johnnie O. Jackson. Both Ben and JOJ were considered to be the strongest bodybuilders of their time, showed excellent shape and gained strength over time. Much like O’Hearn, magazines loved reporting on Ben and Johnnie, and more copies were sold. This is because training an average bodybuilder is very nondescript and almost boring. Because of this, bodybuilders are often accused and involved in using the wrong weights from time to time. It’s not that they don’t want to lift, it’s not that they can’t. Powerbuilders can thus write their own ticket.
Maybe the G.O.A.T. is Ronnie Coleman. Here's a guy who pulled and hunched £ 800 while preparing for the competition as if it didn't concern anyone. He paid attention, had Brian Dobson to spot him, and the rest is history. Sometimes, very rarely, its shape was a bit sloppy considering how much weight it was moving; Most of the time, however, Ronnie performed repetitions with the utmost perfection. His background in football gave him a high degree of discipline and enabled him to train his body in a completely different way than all the sports listed here. His background in powerlifting gave him the knowledge of how to lift raw, with a shirt and the subtleties of each lift. His fundamentals in bodybuilding taught him how the muscle reacts to training, what makes it grow, what distorts it and so on. Unfortunately, an injury was never enough for Ronnie as a critic. Most guys won't push it to the point where they get hurt, but others will push until they can't push. Here too, the mindset can be stronger than the physical strength of a powerbuilder. This is definitely not a situation we would like to see, but one that we actually do.
The truth is that there can be a lot more power builders than you think. I've met several people in gyms across the country who look like bodybuilders and train like powerlifters but don't compete in either sport. If you ask them if they want, say no. If you ask them if they would ever do it, many will say that the gym is their competition and the way they feel is their trophy. And to be honest, that is a very honest and very reasonable attitude towards life and lifting.