|03-30-2012, 04:52 PM||#31|
Join Date: Jul 2011
|03-30-2012, 06:06 PM||#32|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Training Exp: 12+ years
Training Type: Powerlifting
Fav Exercise: Bench Press
Fav Supp: Chicken
I really do not understand the preoccupation non-competitors have with being called 'powerlifters' or 'weightlifters' or 'bodybuilders'.
On the one hand I can see what people are saying, that my stance may come across as arrogant or condescending but I don't see this being considered the other way around. What are gym lifters saying when they label themselves in a way which makes it appear that they do the same things as people who actually compete. As I've mentioned in this thread already, competition is a very different kettle of fish to gym lifting and gym-lifters rarely appreciate that unless they have had some competition experience.
Just as I mean no disrespect to gym lifters I would ask people to consider what implications they are putting out there to competitors, when they as gym-goers want to be called 'powerlifters' without ever having set foot on a platform.
So again no disrespect to gym lifters, but at the same time let's call it what it is and not trivialise the hard work, financial commitments, money and time commitments that are involved in actually getting up there and competing on the day.
I can do a passable snatch & clean jerk and by anyones standards I'm in decent shape. I'm not going to be calling myself a bodybuilder or a weightlifter any time soon though. It is what it is.
|03-30-2012, 06:44 PM||#33|
Bearded Beast of Duloc
Join Date: Jul 2009
Training Exp: 20+ years
Training Type: Powerbuilding
Fav Exercise: Deadlift
Fav Supp: Butter
To me bodybuilder has a different connotation. Powerlifting is a sport. Bodybuilding is a process and a sport. If you search for the definition of bodybuilding, 9 times out of 10 you'll get something regarding physique changes and not a sport.
The Free Dictionary, for example:
My 2 cents.
I called myself a bodybuilder for a long time. I certainly never meant to imply I was a competitor. 95% of the transformation stories I do, people say things like "then I found bodybuilding." Most people simply see bodybuilding as something that is personal, and not a sport.
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