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    bodybuilding and powerlifting?

    Hey guys is it possible to train like a bodybuilder and a power lifter at the same time, or is it better just to stick to one? Like lets say for instance on bench your doing power lifting to increase strength and squats your doing it like bodybuilders more reps more volume etc..Would it be better to stick too one?

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    yes both are do-able.
    Heavey Compounds and the isos and muscle group specific training.

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    Yep it's great to have variety and PL will be a good base for bb.
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    Training both is actually prefered.. and I'm speaking for a rep count point of view.. General rule of thumb is powerlifting is low reps (say, 5 or less) and bodybuilding is higher reps (say, 8-10)..

    Also: "Like lets say for instance on bench your doing power lifting to increase strength and squats your doing it like bodybuilders more reps more volume etc.." .. This is essentially Nonlinear Periodization with focus on improving strength on bench while maintaining your squat..

    Even with Linear Periodization, you should include both. Again, speaking from a rep count perspective. Whether you want to drop down to doubles or singles is up to you..

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    I would try Wendler 531, can't say enough about it. You can go higher rep on the accessory stuff and I'm not lying when I say I've went 3 straight months of hitting PR's everyday in the gym (execept on my deloads). Great and simple program I would reccomend for somebody who is trying to compete as a bodybuilder but wants to build a nice base first. Just stick with the program, the first couple weeks or first cycle might seem easy but thats the point.
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    To add on to what Legend said; in the DC training protocol, Dante teaches that strength gains (powerlifting) beget size gains (bodybuilding). Increasing training weights while maintaining your chosen rep range will lead to your best improvements in strength and size. I am curious though as to why you prioritize volume over strength gains on your squats? With a well thought out training/rest/diet plan theres no reason why you cant strengthen every muscle group up to it's capacity (barring injuries, etc...) Or is there some other reason?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miggitymags View Post
    Training both is actually prefered.. and I'm speaking for a rep count point of view.. General rule of thumb is powerlifting is low reps (say, 5 or less) and bodybuilding is higher reps (say, 8-10)..

    Also: "Like lets say for instance on bench your doing power lifting to increase strength and squats your doing it like bodybuilders more reps more volume etc.." .. This is essentially Nonlinear Periodization with focus on improving strength on bench while maintaining your squat..

    Even with Linear Periodization, you should include both. Again, speaking from a rep count perspective. Whether you want to drop down to doubles or singles is up to you..
    Agree with what mags stated. My form on bench and squats is straight up powerlifting style

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    Quote Originally Posted by aild54 View Post
    A strong muscle is a big muscle and vice versa.
    Bingo! Some people will point out powerlifters who may not be huge but are strong; often those guys are curbing calories to stay in their weightclass.
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    yes its possible to do both.. its called power building.. a mix between building power and building muscle.. this is what i use when i train... wuts the point of having the muscle without the strength to back it up..check this out about powerbuilding... it has 4 vol. ... start at the bottom with vol. 1 Article Details

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrown88 View Post
    yes its possible to do both.. its called power building.. a mix between building power and building muscle.. this is what i use when i train... wuts the point of having the muscle without the strength to back it up..check this out about powerbuilding... it has 4 vol. ... start at the bottom with vol. 1 Article Details
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