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Old 07-07-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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Question for yall.

when do you think is the appropriate amount of training been done so that can call yourself

1st "someone who lifts"

2nd. What classifies someone as a power lifter vs a bodybuilder?

Do you need to do competitions in either to be apart of one of those categorizes? or do you just prescribe to those training styles more?
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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1st "someone who lifts"
Someone who lifts, I would say.


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2nd. What classifies someone as a power lifter vs a bodybuilder?

Do you need to do competitions in either to be apart of one of those categorizes?
Yep.

Step up on stage as a bodybuilder, if you want to be called one. Enter a meet if you want to be called a powerlifter. Compete in Strongman, if that's what you want to be called. And so forth.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:45 AM   #3
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I wouldn't consider someone a "lifter" until they have proven it to be habit. If you have true dedication it'll take 3 weeks at best.

Avoiding semantics I'd say the above also answers your question to part two. If bodybuilding or powerlifting has become part of your lifestyle and you practice regularly, well then, you have a good argument for being one
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Question for yall.

when do you think is the appropriate amount of training been done so that can call yourself

1st "someone who lifts"

2nd. What classifies someone as a power lifter vs a bodybuilder?

Do you need to do competitions in either to be apart of one of those categorizes? or do you just prescribe to those training styles more?

If you rarely miss workouts you're a lifter in my book. If you are missing several workouts per month then you are someone who lifts but hasn't committed. It's really an issue of commitment for me.

Those who want it find a way to train. Those that don't miss workouts and constantly change programs. They find ways to dick around, making it look like movement is occurring when it's actually smoke and mirrors.

Second question...You are a bodybuilder or powerlifter when you compete in the sport of bodybuilding or powerlifting.

Until that occurs, you are training for muscle or strength with the goal of one day competing.

I also feel bodybuilding doesn't have to involve the stage, but this is a hot debate. Bodybuilding is a process of improving your physique, as well as a sport, where powerlifting is simply a sport.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:49 AM   #5
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If you rarely miss workouts your a lifter in my book. If you are missing several workouts per month then you are someone who lifts but hasn't committed. It's really an issue of commitment for me.

Those who want it find a way to train. Those that don't miss workouts and constantly change programs. They find ways to dick around, making it look like movement is occurring when it's actually smoke and mirrors.

Second question...You are a bodybuilder or powerlifter when you compete in the sport of bodybuilder or powerlifting.

Until that occurs, you are training for muscle or strength with the goal of one day competing.

I also feel bodybuilding doesn't have to involve the stage, but this is a hot debate. Bodybuilding is a process to be, as well as a sport, where powerlifting is simply a sport.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:58 AM   #6
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I just say strength trainee lol... unless you compete you're not a powerlifter or strongman or bodybuilder.
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i would say you are a lifter when you are lifting day in day out week in week out year in year out rarely missing workouts.

when you are competing on stage as bodybuilder or a power lifter then you can call yourself a bodybuilder or power lifter, or a power builder if you are training for muscle and strength with the intention of competing one day in bodybuilding of power lifting or even both.
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On the personal level......I define myself as a: Bodybuilder and powerlifter. Though on a professional/amateaur level I understand the traditional definitions applied toward a Power Lifter and Bodybuilder and those wanting to compete.

Here is why I define myself as a bodybuilder and powerlifter, per se: I train my body the way I believe it is designed to function: As one entire unit, with each muscle having its purpose, and each one working together to assist the other in certain movement patterns.

Therefore, I train to strengthen them, build endurance in them (including cardiovascular), and build top end absolute strength. It incorporates both styles in a personal scheduling pattern.

I dont have to compete on stage to "build" my "body", aka, "bodybuilder", or build top end personal strength, but I do have to have passion to be "consistant" in what I personally desire.

Here is the beauty of the iron: It is most flexible and one can make their own goal desires, and set foot on their own personal podium (stage) and be a champion, without ever doing it professionally (if this is what they desire).

With virtually any goal, you have to be consistent in the things in which will earn your goal. At the same time though, once you earn your goal, if you decide to stop the things in which earned your goal, the goal will slowly erode and decay over time, and one has to maintenance it in order to keep it or improve upon it.

I have been consistent for years now, and I am a bodybuilder, and have reached and will reach more personal championships, and squash the bugs I as I walk this life. My heart defines what I want, and I never abanden it. As I become the champion, my wife will stand with me on the podium, as I....pull her up to stand with me together as one.


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In 3 hrs and 5 minutes, I will start my second powerlifting meet......I AM a powerlifter!
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Smash dem weights, mate.

And yep, that you are. To my mind anyway, that's what it takes. Wouldn't dream of calling myself that without competing at least once.
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