Hello everyone. Today’s article is a guest post from Rose Shapas who runs the Denmark based online fitness store – Bodyman. The store contains a wide range of health and fitness clothing, supplements and other training aids.
A lot of people have a misconception between strength training and bodybuilding; this misconception can arise because of many reasons, the main of which is not enough awareness about fitness and bodybuilding. But nevertheless, it is very important to clear the misconception because once you set to engage in a strictly healthy lifestyle, you need to know the different between the two so that you can decide which is best for you.
Strength training, or styrketræning, as the name implies, focuses primarily on building your strength and stamina which relates basically to building power in your body steadily while bodybuilding focuses primarily on building muscles for show or for sport. Strength training is also a sport but it has more than one motive behind it. Strength training, also called power lifting focuses only on building power and stamina so that these men and women can lift heavy objects and move them around. They don’t really care about how their bodies look, whether they become bigger or not and whether they gain more muscles or not.
Some people may even distinguish between power lifting and strength training as power lifting being only to lift heavy objects and strength training being as something more; to build stamina and strength in our bodies for purposes more that lifting heavy objects. Additionally, strength training can help to increase your health and fitness levels, to lose fat and to gain optimum health and to gain an amazing body.
Bodybuilding on the other hand, focuses primarily on building a larger body composed of proportioned muscles. Bodybuilder’s lives compose of working out like crazy and having huge appetites as well. For some bodybuilder’s, their diet and general health may become a question mark if they don’t follow tips for building their muscles properly. It is very important for bodybuilders to include healthy items in their diet even if they are focused on gaining muscular weight.
Some people also believe that strength training is the root to bodybuilding as bodybuilders are also strength trainers in a way and that is true. But strength training tends to be more slow rep and heavier weights are required and it conditions the muscles to accept more weight and demand more from them. Strength training, therefore, is better for athletes and sports people for better strength and stamina rather than for bodybuilders.
There is a lot of debate as well on the issue that there is not much of a difference between strength training and bodybuilding but this is true only to a certain extent. Usually, when people start on their fitness regimes, strength training and bodybuilding will seem the same thing and your body will respond the same way to both strength training and bodybuilding. As you go along, your fitness trainer can advise you which way you need to go, focus on strength training and workout according to that or focus on bodybuilding and focus on bodybuilding workouts only. This decision is crucial to make because over time, your body will accept whatever workout routine you consider and this will impact your physique and fitness level over the passage of time. So if you have begun to think along the lines of serious fitness levels, maybe this is the time to make yourself aware between the differences of strength training and bodybuilding.