Jewett's Strength & Conditioning Blog

October 5, 2009

Performance Training/Bodybuilding

Filed under: Bodybuilding, fitness, Strength — Tags: , , , — jewettsnc @ 9:06 pm

Alright, just wanted to write something that has been on my mind for a little while now.  What I wanted to talk about is training for athletic performance and bodybuilding.  Like most of us know, we can get great looking bodies while training for athletic performance.  The thing is, training for athletic performance is different from bodybuilding.

Bodybuilding is just what the name entails.  It is building your body up so you are JACKED, ripped, and your muscles are all pumped up.  There are a lot of people who love this, especially now that there is more advertising and so on that promote the sport.  (I am a fan of this sport and very impressed by those who are dedicated to it) It takes a very dedicated person to do well in bodybuilding.  Not only do you have to spend a lot of time in the gym, you have to know your body down to a science.  Contest prep can be brutal on a person.  Even though bodybuilders are athletes, it is totally different from other forms of athletic events and the training is also different.

Training for athletic performance is different from bodybuilding.  When training for athletic performance we are not trying to get the athletes JACKED and/or ripped.  We are trying to get them ready for their competition and doing the best they can.  We need to train differently than bodybuilders, we are not bodybuilders, we are _____________ (insert your sport here) so we need to train accordingly.  Some sports do require to put on some size and there are programs for this.  Other programs require lots of speed and quickness which are not found in a bodybuilding routine.  Also the nutrition is different in both athletes.  As an athlete one needs to use food as fuel and get them prepared for the competition, as a bodybuilder one needs to use food as a way to look their best for their show.  It doesn’t really if they are fatigued or dehydrated or what, they look good and pumped, they place well.  An athlete needs to be performing at their best on and off contest days.

I guess in all this what I am really trying to say is this.  If you are not a bodybuilder, quit training like one.  Yes you can get bigger and stronger, but what about speed, quickness, agility, and being explosive.  I don’t care how big your muscles are, if the girls are all over you or anything like that.  If you can’t move and operate your body the way it should in a competitive environment, YOU’LL LOSE!  You are an athlete because you like to compete and win, I love to train winners and train athletes to win.  Winners will do what it takes to win and train like athletes, since that is what they are, not bodybuilders.



  1. What if you aren’t an athelete or body builder, but you want to loose weight? what would you recomend for training in that area?

    Comment by Katie — October 6, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

  2. Nice question. Losing weight is a battle for a lot of people. A solid training and nutrition plan that is suited for you and your likes/needs would be best. Stay tuned to my blog for more information.

    Comment by jewettsnc — October 6, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

  3. “If you are not a bodybuilder, quit training like one.” That may be the best fitness-related quote ever! I cannot count the times I see people using a training routine that is entirely inappropriate for their activity. Example- runners that are working on increasing their bench-press maximum. WTF??? Looking forward to new posts… keep up the good work, Dean!

    Comment by Jason R. — October 23, 2009 @ 3:17 am

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