Relation Between Weightlifting and Bodybuilding

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The term weight lifting causes a lot of confusion in the minds of a common person.  You must have heard people say that they do weight lifting in the gym and then you would being to imagine them lifting heavy weights just like the champions do.  Well, let us clear this confusion for you.  Weight lifting has a number of references.  Training in the gym using weights is also called as weight lifting.  More commonly it is called weight training.  However, weight lifting is also an Olympic level sport.

Weightlifting has been a part of the Olympics since the time of its inception back in 1891.  However, it was in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 that the sport was included for women as well.  To maintain sanctity of the sport, the International Wrestling Foundation overlooks all its proceedings and handles all wrestling events under its leadership.

You must be thinking how two different things like bodybuilding and weightlifting are interrelated.  A common picture of a bodybuilder is of him posing in different postures showing off highly toned, bulky and well-sculpted muscles and that of a weight lifter is of a person lifting several kilograms of weight on a barbell.  Well this is definitely true.  But we also need to know that bodybuilding and weight lifting go hand in hand.  A person who is working out to becoming a bodybuilder cannot miss on lifting weights.

Now what connection does the sport have with bodybuilding? If you just started the Adonis Golden Ratio system and are looking at pursuing a career in weightlifting, you surely need to be training in bodybuilding.  Weightlifting requires your muscles to be in complete sync with each other and the only way to achieve it is by bodybuilding using free weights and resistance machines.

To become a competitive weightlifter, it is essential that you follow certain advises.  You may have a trainer handy but certain things come only from within.

  • The most important factor that plays a vital role is determining your progress is your planning strategy.  If you have a proper plan and goal in mind, you are likely you work towards it with great sincerity.  In the absence of a plan, you may find yourself become sloppy.
  • Maintaining a record of your daily workouts and diet will help you judge what suits you the best and also help you retrospect areas where you may need improvement.
  • Add variation to your plan.  By variation we mean introducing different amount of weights and varying speeds of lifting the weight.  This is will your muscles get used to different levels of stress and help them adapt to it.
  • Another thing to keep in mind is giving your body enough rest between each rep.  the more the number of reps you do the less is your rest time going to be and vice versa.  The reason behind this is the fact that higher reps are done with lighter weights and thus the muscles need less time to recover.
  • Make sure to begin your workout routine with adequate warm-up.  You could opt for cardiovascular warm up by walking on the treadmill for a while.  This way your body temperature will rise before you actually begin you intense weightlifting training.  Remember to stretch your muscles that you plan to workout on any given day.
  • As a weightlifter, your body will require good amounts of nutrition.  Right after your workout ensure that you eat something rich in carbohydrates to provide to instant source of glucose and a good amount of protein.  This is very essential for your body to get its dose of energy back and stimulate muscle growth.
  • Closer to your competition days, seek expert help to decide your nutritional intake.  Remember not to confuse it with the diet of a professional bodybuilder.  Although a bodybuilder may reduce his water intake right before his competition, you may not be required to do so.  He doesn’t need any energy to pose.  All he needs is his muscles to look bulky and toned at just the right places.  While for you it is a game of strength.
  • You may find it difficult to get started but never be disheartened.  Start with lightweights and give your body time to get accustomed to the whole experience of bodybuilding.  As you progress, concentrate on increasing the amount of weight and set goals to reach your target weight.

For competitive level weightlifting, you need to be aware of the different categories that the competition is help in and then focus on the category in which you plan to participate.  They categories are divided depending upon the weights that a competitor plans to lift in a single attempt.  The one who decides to start from the least weight in the group gets to go first and then so on.

Your aim may be the Olympics but it is better that you gain experience of competitive weightlifting by participating in the various local competitions that take place.  They are likely to give you just the right experience needed to participate in an international competition of a level as high as Olympics.

Apart from building up your body, you also need to train with professional weightlifters for the events that take place.  Weightlifting contests have two events, namely the snatch and clean and jerk.  In both the events, every competitor gets three attempts and based on the rules of the contest the results are tabulated.  It is generally the two best attempts that add up to the final score.

Although weightlifting as a sport may not be a great profession for some, international level participation and recognition is definitely a part of it.  To become a successful weightlifter it is necessary that you follow the strict guidelines of bodybuilding, physical and mental fitness and nutrition.  None of them alone can take you where you want to reach.  A harmonious balance of everything needs to be maintained for long-lasting results and assured success.

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