For the last several decades, a civil war has been raging within the strength training community.
On one side stands an army of thick-necked powerlifters uniformed in sweat-stained Westside Barbell t-shirts. On the other looms a legion of bodybuilders, jacked, tan, and displaying perfect symmetry as they pose threateningly with shakers full of creatine monohydrate and protein powder.
Those in the former camp argue that the pursuit of strength trumps all. Those in the latter cite the philosophy of aesthetics as their primary motivation for performing rep after punishing rep.
All the while, another, more rational subset of strength athletes has sat quietly on the sidelines pondering the obvious question: why can’t you have both?[Read more…]