I will also agree that “powerbuilder” is a silly thing, but given how many trainees feel apt to call themselves “powerlifters” when they’ve never actually been in a meet, it’s no wonder that a term without an actual qualifying basis has caught on so quickly.[/quote]
Conversely, if a guy who did one meet 3 years ago because his friends dared him to walks around calling himself a “powerlifter”, would you say that’s more reasonable?
I know a bunch of people that have been training in a PL gym for years, train like a PLer, have seen decent progress, and even help out during meets, yet have never had the desire to compete themselves. I suppose it’s rather similar to the distinction we draw between recreational and competitive bodybuilders.
I don’t mind the term “powerbuilder”. To be honest, I think it’s probably the most succinct way to describe my style of training and goals. That’s kind of how I see “powerbuilding” anyway: concisely summarizes a set of goals and, to a lesser extent, methodology. Has absolutely nothing to do with competing.[/quote]
I would actually say a person who does 1 meet still qualifies as a powerlifter. It goes to show how the term itself really doesn’t hold a lot of merit, and just how ridiculous it is that people choose to give themselves the title as some sort of accomplishment.
All you need to do to be a powerlifter is be able to lift the bar for the 3 competition lifts and then do it in a meet, but a lot of internet dorks have greatly romanticized the term to mean some hardcore ammonia huffing shaved head goatee having hardass banging their head on the bar, and then they call themselves one so that they can show how hardcore they are. It’s silly really.
It’s the same thing with the whole “train like a powerlifter” thing. At my very first powerlifting meet, I was doing DoggCrapp beforehand. I don’t think any two guys at the meet trained the same way. Hell, Jamie Lewis held the record at 181, and he just trained to be a big strong dude.
This could just be me, but it’s something I’ve tried to hold true to myself, and not give titles where they aren’t warranted. I trained boxing for years, never had a fight, and never called myself a boxer because I didn’t feel it was an appropriate thing to do.
As for what to refer to yourself, you could definitely go with powerbuilder if you feel it summarizes you. I just say I’m training to get bigger and stronger, as I feel you’d be hard pressed to find someone who ISN’T doing that, haha.