[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
You will always hear about how some of the ‘best’, or thickest bodybuilders all started out as powerlifters. I myself trained amongst powerlifters and in the manner of chasing #s and lifting hard n heavy for a very long time and yet didn’t come anywhere near achieving a bodybuilder caliber physique.
While a lot of more experienced competitors and judges than myself have attributed the ‘denseness’ of my contest condition to those years spent moving heavy poundages, I can easily point to seriously world class athletes who will readily admit to not being especially strong (Brian Whitacre comes to mind, and he’s arguably one of the best in the world).
While training to get stronger, and see your weights lifted improve when you first begin your training is a very good way to track progress (still too much of a newb to go by less measurable variables), it’s not the be-all-end all to building a physique as far as I’m concerned.
As far as workouts, what changed for you when you went from training for numbers versus training for bodybuilding? Is it as simple as switching to a higher rep scheme and focusing on MMC? Also, what other ways are there to track progress, if not poundages, that are measurable. Things like arm size probably aren’t going to be increasing by the week so what else do you go by (esp. when you get more advanced)?