Ask a powerlifter what he thinks about bodybuilders and he'll tell you they are weak and their size shows no strength. Really?
The Weak BodybuilderIt's a familiar argument, usually coming from powerlifters: bodybuilders have size, but no strength. Their muscles just look big! It's all for show!Yeah, most of what professional bodybuilders do is for show, but saying they are weak would be stretching it. A lot:
The More Sciency ExplanationWhat it all comes down to is the type of hypertrophy powerlifters and bodybuilders go for with their respective rep ranges:
- Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, the one that causes the muscles to store more fluid, happens more at the 6 to 12 range
- Myofibrillar hypertrophy, where the body enlarges the actual fibers muscles are made of, happens more at the powerlifters' 1 to 5 tep range