If you take a look around, you’ll see that bodybuilders are some of the leanest people on the planet. After all, most fitness magazines contain bodybuilders exclusively (or people who practice bodybuilding methods).
Even the majority of fitness authors and personal trainers have a background in bodybuilding. So it is safe to say that bodybuilding methods clearly work well for physique transformation.
Now that we have established that, let’s put that aside for a second and consider the physique of an Olympic sprinter.
I think it’s safe to say that they tend to be very lean, muscular and well-proportioned. So obviously their training methods, while predominantly geared towards maximizing their athletic performance, are extremely effective for developing an awesome body as well.
It’s important to note that bodybuilders and athletes train totally different. This begs the question, “Which type of training is better for physique transformation?”
That is the exact question to which I have dedicated my life’s work to. To best answer this question, I’ll share with you a little of my own personal story. When I became serious about training some 20 years ago, I started out using bodybuilding methods exclusively.
Bodybuilding was my passion at the time, however I also had a burning desire to train professional athletes for my career.
My desire to work with athletes led me to seek out and learn from all of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the world. After every trip, I would take back what I had learned and practice the techniques until I had perfected them.
All of this practice didn’t allow much time for me to do my traditional bodybuilding routines. So slowly but surely, I found myself transitioning away from bodybuilding methods and moving more towards athletic training.
As you can see, I have a tremendous amount of experience on both ends of this spectrum, which is why I can make a fair and accurate comparison between the two.
Instead of just giving you my bottom line results and opinions, I would Bulking Sarms Stack like to break down each of the main differences between these two completely different approaches.
Under each category below, I will explain how bodybuilders and athletes train differently. Then I will share with you my personal experience with both methods.
Bodybuilder- Bodybuilders opt for lower intensity/longer duration cardio workouts. It is typical for a bodybuilder to do three to six 30-45 minute cardio workouts per week. Their exercises of choice tend to be: treadmill walking, stationary biking, stair stepping and elliptical work.
Athlete- Athletes opt for higher intensity/shorter duration workouts. Typically, they tend to perform three sessions of 10-15 minutes of intense interval-based cardio per week. For those who don’t know, interval training basically means that the athlete works hard for a short period, and then rests for a short period (the length of each period is usually pre-determined before the workout begins).