[quote]mr popular wrote:
You are a female olympic weightlifter.
No one cares what you think about bodybuilding. Seriously.[/quote]
yeah, i clearly don’t know what i’m on about when i say that people should check out the ‘do this routine instead of that dumb one’ thread over on the bodybuilding forum if they want a decent bodypart split program.
But at least Olympic weightlifters can intelligently discuss building strength, power, and enhancing athletic performance. Bodybuilders…hmmm, they really can’t talk about any of these things. All they know is aesthetics. It’s like comparing a hair stylist and a brain surgeon - both work on the head, but only one can actually save a person’s life.
And it seems that everyone and their brother can call themselves a “bodybuilder” simply by stepping into a gym. The title of Olympic weightlifter must be earned. I earned my title by stepping out on the platform. You want stats? In my first meet I placed second in my age division and weight class.
But don’t listen to me. I’m just a cranky old Masters Olympic weightlifter.
Okay, I’m getting snarky and starting to launch personal attacks.
To the OP: Pick a bodypart split from the thread that Alexus mentioned and work the crap out of whatever program you choose. [/quote]
Cool story, but the point of the thread is about why you do or don’t need strength before training for hypertrophy.
To continue your analogy, if someone’s question is about what # razor to use on the back of their head to copy Brad Pitt from Fight Club, you wouldn’t ask a brain surgeon… so why is the brain surgeon weighing in?[/quote]
I see it this way: If someone says they want a career where they can work on people’s heads, would you advise them to become a hair stylist or brain surgeon, assuming the person was smart enough to be a brain surgeon? I guess I never saw the point of looking strong without being strong as well - it’s just a waste of time. Yeah I know - bodybuilders can gain strength.
But back to the original question. Look at the guys training in the Indigo Project. There are esthetic benefits to be gained from training for strength. The guys with a strength background have a better quality physique. Synergy was very impressive. And IMO, CT has always been the poster boy for a “strength first” approach. And then there was Professor X. He took a lot of crap for the weights he was using and his level of conditioning. I played nice and tried to be supportive, and I also realized he was fighting a cold, had some asthma issues, and he was training at altitude, so some of the criticism was undeserved. But still, at the end of the day, he came across as weak and out of shape. I do not want to be like that, nor should anyone else. And based on my own experience and observations of my own training and watching others, traditional bodybuilding methods will leave you weak and out of shape.