I understand that everyone here has different wants from training and different goals; me, I’m more of a strength person. I train using a modified Westside template and I do “backyard workouts” once or twice a week with kegs, sleds, wheelbarrows, and other miscellaneous heavy objects.
Being that strength is my priority, I put my physique and appearnace secondary. Now I’m no fat slob, but you won’t find a six-pack under my shirt, either. I try to eat clean, but I do like beer and ice cream and ding-dongs.
Sometimes I catch myself getting a little too wobbly around the waist and I will commit myself more to a diet and clean eating. I would guess that I am usually 15%-18% bodyfat; although last summer I did get up to 20%.
Anyway the point I’m getting at here is that I would guess that most “strength” guys(strongman, powerlifters, olympic lifters, etc.) have the feelings I do. Strength first, bodyfat second.
Dr. Lowery’s “All Show, No Go” article, as well as the “Back That Diablo Built” post( http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=517508 ) got me thinking about those of you out there that train bodybuilder style.
When you train to be hyooge, or to look good nekkid, or to get ripped, or whatever, does strength even matter? If you could easily reach all your appearnace goals but not gain any strength, would that be ok with you?
I guess I don’t totally understand the bodybuilder’s mentality, but I can’t imagine going to the gym and not having strength as priority. I’m just curious as to what other’s training goals and priorities are, and what role strength and bodyfat play in your quest.
Really feeling the pump,