Powerbuilding Workouts combine powerlifting and bodybuilding training to build brute strength and a lean, muscular physique at the same time. A powerbuilding program will usually consist of three or four training days a week that include both high rep ranges (e.g. 1-5 or 6-12) and lower rep ranges. Each workout will also include compound exercises and isolation movements that target specific muscle groups with varying volumes of sets and reps.
The main lifts of powerlifting are bench press, squat and deadlift. While a powerbuilding program may vary slightly in the exercises that make up each of these days, they will all be focused on heavy weights and lower reps to help you achieve your strongest possible lifts. This style of training can be particularly beneficial for athletes who compete in strength sports or have an aesthetic goal in mind, as it will help them become stronger and more lean while still having the ability to focus on sport specific movements closer to competition.
Beginners often find it easier to start a powerbuilding program because the lower volume of reps and sets will help them avoid over-training. However, beginners need to be careful to ensure that they are starting off with a proper warm-up to avoid injury and to increase the chances of a good workout.
Most powerbuilding programs will also have a day or two that is designated as a hypertrophy day. These days are a great way to bring a little more muscle growth into the equation and to keep you motivated. It is important to remember that focusing on both hypertrophy and strength will take time and dedication, but it can be very effective for many people.
One of the most common mistakes that people make with their training is trying to do too much at once. Trying to train for powerlifting and build a strong physique at the same time is going to be extremely challenging for most people, and can actually hinder your progress as you will likely struggle to find the balance between lifting too heavy and making sure that your technique is spot on.
When deciding to follow a powerbuilding program, it is important to ensure that you are eating enough protein and carbohydrates to fuel your body during these higher volume days. It is recommended to eat at least 1 gram of protein per pound of your bodyweight when training on a powerbuilding program, especially during the power-focus days. The high volume of workouts can lead to some serious hunger cravings, so it is important that you have a strong appetite and are not afraid of taking in calories in order to get the best results from your training. It is also important to have a positive mindset and believe in your goals when training for powerbuilding, as this will help you stay motivated throughout your journey!
Milena Estêvão is a YouTuber passionate about sharing her experiences (challenges, successes and motivations) in the fitness activities she is involved in.
FIND HER ON INSTAGRAM OR YOUTUBE THROUGH THE BELOW LINKS