Power lifting and strength training, though slightly different, tend to have almost similar objectives based around increasing a person’s body strength. The difference however is that while strength training aims to increase a person’s strength in all body areas, power lifting focuses on three specific exercises; dead-lifts, squats and bench presses. This could be largely due to the fact that power-lifting is more of a sport and athletes therefore have to perfect the three exercises. Which of the two should you be doing and why?

Power-lifting at a glance

The main objective for power-lifters is to increase the weight they can handle for the three lifts. They often get involved in what is known as the ‘speed day’. It is a variation of the dynamic training schedule that increase the total amount of force used in a single exercise. This increases’ athletes’ ability to handle the competition lifts within a much shorter period of time.

Strength training at a glance

Strength training is not competitive unlike power-lifting and those involved have much greater flexibility in regards to choice of exercises, equipment and time. Besides the dead-lifts, bench presses and squats, strength training incorporates various additional equipment and training methods. These include bands, free weights, machines and calisthenics. Unlike the relatively short durations with power-lifters strength training gives people the ability to train on alternate days or a few days per week. This is more suitable for non-athletes, senior citizens and those wanting to increase muscle or lose weight and fat.

Your objective

As mentioned above, if your objective is to acquire all-round body strength, then strength training is definitely for you. Your objective cannot be achieved through power-lifting. However, if you are an athlete or would like to be one in the power-lifting sport, then strength training is unsuitable for you. Power lifting helps athletes master lifting as much weights as possible in the three exercises, dead-lift, bench press and squats.

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