The 6 Unique Type of Cyclists

Cyclists can be broken up into 6 unique types. Which type you are or would like to be will depend on your reason and purpose for cycling.

Sport Cyclists

This is the most noticeable type of cyclist as they are easy to spot. Sport cyclists usually wear colorful cycling outfits, often go for group rides on weekends, own the best racing or sports bicycles with sometimes very unique looking wheels, travel to races, and are interested in anything to do with racing and top notch ultra-light equipment. If you are into sports cycling, you likely know the best racing magazines or blogs and don’t need to speak French to know exactly what “Tour de France” is all about.

Fitness Cyclists

There are not that many fitness cyclists as compared to some of the other groups of cyclists, perhaps because of the invention of the stationary bike. Fitness cyclists usually cycle alone or at most with a riding buddy who has the same fitness goals. They are less concerned with the style of bike they ride or the outfit they are wearing, and more concerned with getting in shape and body building. Some are casual in their approach while others plan their bike rides by length and difficulty, increasing their endurance and muscle as hey go.

Utilitarian Cyclists

I have to admit that until recently I was ignorant that this type had a name and group attached to it; and I have in fact been one of them. There are whole websites dedicated to utility cycling.

Utilitarian cyclists use their bicycle for a specific purpose. Either to get to work, run errands, or perhaps for their actual job such as policemen who work on their bike or a bicycle courier. For the utilitarian, you probably own a mountain or hybrid bicycle and likely understand a bit about bicycle maintenance since you depend on your bike for your transportation or job.

Recreational Cyclists

This is the largest of the cycling groups but have the least amount of branding. Recreational cyclists don’t have a common type of outfit, they don’t ride one type of bike, nor do they ride to common locations. They ride for recreation, and of course that brings people to many different places. Recreation can take you to explore your neighborhood, or a common bicycle trail, a new pathway you recently discovered, or just seeing some of the countryside or the city. What defines recreational cyclists is that they are riding for the pure purpose of enjoyment, though they may have health as a background motivator.

Mountain Bikers

You could probably fit mountain biking into recreational cycling, but having been into mountain biking myself at one point in my life I feel it needs its own category to do justice to it. Mountain bikers ride for enjoyment, but choose mountain bikes and pick mountain trails to create that enjoyment. How extreme one does it is up to the individual, but they are more driven by the call of nature of the ruggedness of the ride than the tame urban riders.

Touring Cyclist

The most hard core group in my opinion and probably the most adventurous too. A touring cyclists is someone who wishes to explore a part of the country, the country itself or the world on their bicycle. They’ve picked a long distance destination and are riding there on nothing more then their bike. They may sleep in a tent although motels and hotels could be in the budget as well. Rain, heat and wind do not stop the touring cyclist who comes prepared for any type of circumstance the road can throw at them. For the touring cyclist, you can say that the journey is by far more important than the destination.

Abs Training, Why You Need the Right Mind Set

The single most important factor in training your abs is not the diet that you follow, the cardio you do or even your abs exercises; it is having the right mind set. In order to succeed in building strong muscular abs you are required to demonstrate the same qualities that are needed to succeed in anything else in life. First, you need to have a clear vision of the goal you have set yourself, then you need the right plan to put it into action and finally you need to give the plan the time it needs to bear fruit and it is here that the right mind set plays its part.

The reason for this is because few things that we try to achieve run smoothly without coming across obstacles, setbacks or failures along the way. On top of that, it is only natural that there will be times when your energy levels are low or your mood is such that it is easy to just go through the motions or miss your training altogether. It is also true that sticking faithfully to a calorie controlled diet can sometimes be difficult when you are constantly bombarded with tasty treats to tempt you. This is why developing the right mind set is ultimately the thing that will decide how successful you become.

In order to ensure that your mind is always full of enthusiasm, determination and focused on your goal there are many techniques that you can use to help.

Positive thinking

One of the most important but not means easy things to maintain during any quest is a positive mental attitude. Regardless of whether your mind set is positive or negative, you can be sure that it will definitely influence every action that you take in both your life and in a program of diet and exercise. If your thoughts are negative; every task that you undertake can seem difficult to do, and every sacrifice can seem pointless. As such, is usually only a matter of time before you convince yourself that the most sensible option is to give up on what you are trying to accomplish.

On the other hand, if your thoughts are positive then nothing is too much of an effort, and any sacrifice seems easy to make. Therefore, pursuing your goal seems effortless because you truly believe it will pay dividends in the end. As you can see you are always more likely to succeed with a positive mental attitude so it makes sense to learn about how it can be influenced. One way to do this is to find out as much as possible about what you are doing, and what results you can expect before you begin your task. The reason I say this is because in my experience, one of the primary factors that can create a negative attitude is being unsure that what you are doing is the correct procedure to bring about the outcome you want. If on the other hand you have done your research, and the evidence clearly shows what is likely to happen as a result of your actions as well as how long it will take to achieve your goal, it becomes far easier to stay positive. You should apply this same principal to your abs training. If you do as much research as possible on abs training you will notice that all of the evidence suggests that if you consume less calories than your body needs to maintain its present weight, as well as exercising frequently, your body will burn fat to provide energy. You will also note that the reason your abs are not currently visible is because some of that same fat you are intending to burn is in fact covering your waistline. It is therefore inevitable that once you begin to burn the fat, you will get a six pack if you stick at your program long enough. The only variable is the time it takes to happen and that is a scientific fact.

Keep an exercises and diet journal

If someone gave me the choice of having only two items to enhance my training, the items I would choose would be a pen and paper. This is so that I could then keep an exercise and diet journal, as I strongly believe that this is the most important aid in achieving the goals that you have set yourself. I am not alone in this belief, as most successful sportsmen and women do the same and keep accurate records of all their training sessions, year upon year. This is not only a useful tool but is also a testament to their attention to detail; that if asked, most could tell you exactly how much they weighed, what exercises they did and for how many sets and reps on any given day 1, 2 or even 5 years ago.

For your abs training keeping an accurate journal is vital in order to be sure of the progress you have made in weight loss, number of repetitions in any given exercise, and how your body measurements have changed. It is also true that we can all be guilty of false memory at times and it is easy to sometimes think that we have done better or worse than we really have. However, when it is in black and white in your journal, there can be no argument about the progress you have made. So for your exercise and diet journal, try to include as much information as possible. For example, record how many times you train each week, how long the training sessions last, the number of sets and repetitions you do for each exercise, and also how you felt both physically and mentally; before during and after your workouts.

For this journal it is important to record your body measurements and weight at the start of the program, and every week there after. Also note how many calories you consume each day, and what percentage of your diet is made up of protein, carbohydrates and fats. You should also record how many meals you eat per day, and how the diet makes you feel both physically and mentally.

Keeping these journals will help to prevent you from making many mistakes, and will also allow you to be fully aware of what is working for you and what is not. Therefore, you can quickly adapt any methods that are proving to be unsuccessful as soon as they become apparent. Also keep in mind that there are many people who train regularly but whose progress has stagnated for months or even years. However, if you were to ask those same people what exercises, sets, reps or diet they followed one year ago, most would be unable to tell you as they did not keep accurate and regular records. It is not possible to improve or build upon your progress if you don’t know what you have done in the past.


Visualization (or mental rehearsal as it is sometimes known) is one of the most powerful techniques used in modern sports psychology, and it would be fair to say that it has probably been practiced since sportsmen or women first began to compete against each other. The technique, which is simple to learn but very effective to use, has many benefits to offer anyone taking up abs training. First and foremost; by providing a mental image of exactly how you want to look once you have achieved your goal.

This was the case with the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has often said that he used visualization to formulate the image of the man he wanted to become from the moment he took up bodybuilding. In your own training, it will pay to do the same and spend time nurturing the concept of how your abs will look and feel once you have achieved your goal. Another important and very effective way to use visualization is to mentally rehearse what you will accomplish during your workouts; such as the number of sets and repetitions you want to complete. It is also very effective if you are struggling to perform an exercise correctly, as the problem can soon be overcome by simply picturing yourself executing the movement as it should be done

At this stage I feel it is also worth mentioning an important and extremely relevant experiment carried out by Russian scientists. In this experiment, there were three separate groups of volunteers. The first group were instructed to perform a number of exercises for 12 weeks, the second group were told to spend 50% of their allotted time exercising and 50% of it just visualizing doing the exercises, and the final group were asked to do no exercise at all. Instead, the third group spent their time simply visualizing doing the exercises. The results of this experiment showed that the group who did both exercise and visualization became stronger than the group who only exercised. Remarkably, the group who practised only visualization and did not participate in any exercising were found to be the strongest group of all.

Goal setting

Before any Olympic medal can be won, world record time set or perfect performance displayed, the desire to achieve these great feats has to be nurtured. After all, only by having goals do we feel the need to take the action necessary to succeed in the first place. However, it is also true to say that in order to have any chance of success, the ambition that you have in your mind must be clearly defined and focused on. This is because a simple whim decided upon one morning without any real thought will be abandoned as quickly and as easily as it appeared.

Sports psychologists have now proven that to in order to succeed, a goal has to be clearly identified, measured and broken down into smaller more manageable targets. This process has since been labelled “the three rules of goal setting”.

Rule one

Know exactly what your goal is:

You should know exactly what your goal is so that you can put the correct plan of action in place in order to reach it. Although this might seem obvious, it is also important to know exactly what criteria needs to be met so that you are fully aware of when you have in fact reached your target. Therefore, with your abs training program, do not set your goals as vague as the idea of simply having great abs. Instead, be as concise as you can be and know exactly how muscular, defined and strong the abs need to be in order for your ambition to have been reached

Rule two

Always be realistic:

I believe that you should always aim high in life, but you also need to be practical or you risk setting yourself up for disappointment. An example of aiming too high would be if the ambition of a man weighing 10 stone was to be the strongest man in the world. The laws of physics would suggest that this is unlikely to happen, as he could not compete against those who weigh 3 or 4 times as much as himself and still succeed. A wiser goal would be to aim to be the strongest 10 stone man in the world. However, you do not have to worry about being over ambitious with your abs training as you now know that if you stick to the program, you will get great looking strong abs. That is a scientific fact. The need for realism only applies to the amount of time needed to achieve it. So, if you have never done any abs training before, be realistic and do not expect results overnight. Instead, take comfort in the knowledge that it is only a matter of time before this happens.

Rule three

Break down the goals:

Always break down your main goal into smaller, more manageable goals. Having a main aim is crucial but can sometimes seem overwhelming or too far in the future to allow you to keep motivated. By having smaller goals that you can quickly reach, you receive constant positive reinforcement. This will keep your confidence level high, as each goal reached will confirm that you are doing the right thing for success. For abs training you can set small targets such as losing two pounds in weight, or increasing the repetitions in an exercise by one or two in order to keep you focused and full of enthusiasm throughout.

Self belief

Self-belief in ones talents and abilities is a curious thing. Some seem to have such belief in abundance and never doubt for a moment that they will achieve their goal or get what they desire. Failure does not seem to cross their minds. Other people are not so lucky, and self doubt is a part of their mental makeup which they have to constantly strive to overcome.

However for your abs training, I want you to put any self doubt to one side and just consider this. There are no special talents or gifts needed to succeed, and neither does it take a special kind of person. If you follow a diet that creates a calorie deficit, and exercise for long enough for it to take effect then you will get a six pack no matter who you are, and that is a scientific fact.


One of the best aids you can use to keep your motivation on track is to see the improvements you are making week by week, and month by month. A great way to do this is to take some good quality photographs of your body before you have your very first abs training workout, and then every couple of weeks thereafter. Ensure that you take your photos from every angle; both standing relaxed and with your muscles tensed. This simple act provides a wonderful reference for your improvement, and nothing feels better than seeing how your body has changed before your very eyes. It is also true that after several months it can be easy to forget how your body looked at the start, and as such you might dismiss or doubt the progress that you have made. However, when you look at the very first photographs taken at the beginning, followed by your most recent ones, it becomes very easy to stay motivated.

Go back to see the future

A simple but effective trick to use when you feel your motivation is dropping is to take a look in your exercise journal and find one of the very first training routines you did. Then for your next training session, do the old routine with exactly the same exercises, sets and reps. Once you realise how easy it is to do now what was once so hard, you can soon put things into perspective and consequently, your motivation will come flooding back for continued success

Films and books

In order to maintain your motivation, it is a great idea to watch films, documentaries or perhaps read a book or article on a topic that you find inspiring. It doesn’t matter what the subject is as long as it motivates you and fills you with determination to succeed in your own goals. One choice could be biographies of people who have overcome great hardship or obstacles in order to win despite the odds being stacked against them, as seeing someone else succeed makes you realise that you can too. A great example of how a film can inspire you is Bruce Lee’s ‘Enter the Dragon.’ This movie not only inspired me to take up martial arts and keep at it, but it has also had the same effect for a whole generation of young men.

The Mind set summary

The correct mind set will be the deciding factor in achieving your goals. Keep an up to date diet and exercise journal to record your progress. Stay positive with the knowledge that your program is scientifically proven to work. The only variable is time.

The Truth About Natural Bodybuilding

Over the decades, bodybuilding has evolved tremendously but it is generally understood that there are two main factions or philosophies of the lifestyle; natural bodybuilding and pharmaceutical bodybuilding. Around the time drug use entered the sporting arena, the lines between the two were more blurred and it wasn’t particularly easy to spot an enhanced athlete. Today however, the line between the two can be more clearly defined. Those who take the chemical alternative have perfected the dosage combination’s to develop muscles that far exceed even the most gifted of natural lifters. Just watching a natural bodybuilding show and comparing the contestants to it’s professional counterpart, it’s easy to view them as completely different sports, which they really are.

All bodybuilding associations promote natural bodybuilding, yet it is seldom practiced by the world’s top bodybuilders. In fact, none of those at the peak of competitive bodybuilding are natural bodybuilders. The IFBB Mr. Olympia, considered by many to be the greatest bodybuilding title in the world, is an excellent example of pharmaceutical bodybuilding. In competitive bodybuilding, it seems that winning has everything to do with how you play the game. Pharmaceuticals such as diuretics, growth hormone, beta-blockers, insulin, EPO, amphetamines, steroids and countless other doping substances are the rule, not the exception. One thing that is often ignored is the damage that can result from using these substances.

Natural bodybuilding is an art and a science. The objective is to create a body that is beautiful to behold, resilient, strong, graceful, flexible, lean and highly functional. Natural bodybuilding represents a positive life-giving phenomenon. It is a form of training that creates and preserves form, function and health. Natural bodybuilding uses exercise, dietary supplements and a healthy diet to enhance immune function and increase resistance to degenerative disease. With each repetition, cells are flushed with life-giving oxygen and micro-nutrients. Waste is removed efficiently and quickly. When practiced correctly, it does not destroy or eliminate. It adds much more than symmetry and quality muscle, but gives you benefits beyond what can be seen with the naked eye.

Natural bodybuilding represents the truest element of bodybuilding by requiring a clean lifestyle which promotes the achievement of optimum health. Optimum health gives us the opportunity and insight to define our goals and the motivation required to achieve them. Once truly well, we are able to adapt to change and stress without significant damage. A healthy person is well-nourished and physically fit inside and out.

Those who lift weights or use their own body as resistance to achieve any degree of muscle tone, strength or power are engaged in “building” their body. This practice has numerous names – body-shaping, body-sculpting, resistance training, weight-lifting, weight training or working-out. Whatever you call it, if you pump iron you are bodybuilding to some degree. Competition level bodybuilders simply take the same process of training and dieting to an extreme level.

Natural bodybuilding avoids any chemicals or toxic substances. Natural athletes avoid banned substances for two reasons. First, the rules of natural bodybuilding clearly state that they are not permitted and second, crossing the pharmaceutical line reduces health, and health is what natural bodybuilding is all about. Therefore the destructive use of performance enhancing drugs is deemed unacceptable.

The idea of natural bodybuilding is to take your genetic potential to the maximum using supplements, training and high quality food. Health is never compromised for aesthetic value; rather aesthetics are altered in response to controlled exercise performed faithfully and always progressively. This creates a natural cause and effect, facilitated through both hard and smart work and constant vigilance. Biological bodybuilding provides us with the opportunity to challenge ourselves, outperform ourselves and demonstrate our potential. It is not about looking better than anyone else. The lifestyle encourages wellness and provides a reliable means of extending health span.

Introduction to the Catfish and Catfishing

The catfish has over two thousand different species being represented on every continent except Antarctica. They accounts for over eight percent of all the species of fish in the world. Catfish have two defining characteristics; the first is the very distinctive barbells around the mouth. This gave rise to the fish’s name as they have resemblance of cat’s whiskers. The other is that no catfish has scales.

A catfish’s barbells (whiskers), although commonly believed to be so, are not any sort of defence mechanism and cannot inflict pain. They are a sensing tool that the fish uses to detect food even in darkest muddiest water. That does not mean that the catfish is without armaments, it has barbs or spines in its dorsal and pectoral fins sharp enough to puncture human skin. These barbs will secret a stinging protein that will induce significant pain and so catfish should be handled with care.

Most catfish species are relatively small averaging 10 to fifteen pounds, but there are some species that grow to enormous sizes the biggest of which is the Mekong Catfish which has its home in Asia. Mekong catfish have been caught weighing in excess of six hundred pounds. Both Europe and the USA have big catfish species that are in excess of one hundred pounds.

The three most targeted catfish in the USA are:

The Blue Catfish (Ictalurus Furcatus) also known as the channel cat, humpback blue, great blue cat and the fork-tail cat. This catfish has a forked tail and is light grey or silver in color with a blue sheen which leads to their name. A typical weight is between twenty and forty pounds with a world record of 124 lbs and they are present in most large rivers and lakes of the southern USA.

The Channel Catfish (Ictalurus Punctatus) also called the spotted cat, silver cat, squeaker cat and river catfish. They also have a forked tail but are grey, silver and almost black with a white underbelly. The young channel catfish will have many black spots on its side but these fade as the fish gets older. They are usually two to ten pounds with a world record of 58 lbs. The channel is common throughout the USA and will be the normal catfish of the smaller waters such as ponds and creeks. They are also raised in managed pools for food purposes.

The Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis Olivaris) commonly called shovelhead, mud cat and yellow catfish. They have a square tail and the head is flattened between the eyes (leading to their name). They are distinguished by their lower jaw being longer than the upper jaw. They are yellow-olive through to brown in color with a yellowish white underbelly. Weighing in at ten to forty pounds with a world record of 123.9 lbs. They originate from the Mississippi and its tributaries, but due to their popularity as a sporting and food fish have been transported throughout the USA and are now considered an invasive species in some states where they decimated the populations of local fish. They live in large slow-moving waters and will be found in most of the large lakes, reservoirs and rivers in many states.

Catfishing is the specialised sport of angling for catfish both for sport and food. Carried out with rod and line and using every technique unlike trout and salmon its main sporting rivals. In recent years there has been a re-birth of the method used by Native Americans called “Noodling”. In this method the angler uses his hand as the bait and when the fish bites he grabs the fish and hauls it from the water. If the fish is very large it is a major battle between the angler and the fish and therefore there is element of danger which accounts for noodling to be judged an extreme sport.

Augmented Reality Defined

Augmented Reality (AR) is regarded as the merging of virtual content together with the actual world. The exact concept as well as simplistic apps are typically not specifically new, at least one of the extremely typical applications is in fact a live score picture located on the actual monitor for the duration of a sports competition. Although compared to virtual reality, which totally replaces the actual environment with a particular digital one, AR interacts along with the real world. And additionally with the ever intensifying improvement associated with mobile technology, augmented reality will be at present progressing towards exceptionally exciting spaces, which will probably have more and more effect directly on our everyday life. A single implementation particularly that is attaining a whole lot of interest is without a doubt AR focused advertisements, where by customers will be able to interact with the manufacturer and/or merchandise.

In view that AR becomes significantly more highly developed we will have the ability to connect with the content live while we proceed about each of our everyday lifestyles throughout the physical world. AR display screens happen to have been about for a time yet previously only have really been put to use extensively in armed service as well as high-end products, for example a heads-up display in military aircraft and high-end motor vehicles. Right now there are now three significant types of projector screens employed in AR: head mounted, handheld and spatial.

A head-mounted display (HMD) can be described as wearable apparatus, frequently in headwear design, which superimposes digital data on top of real life facing a persons eyesight. A hand-held display is simply the way it sounds, an AR display through a hand-held device just like a mobile phone video camera and makes utilization from the inbuilt components to develop the information and interact along with the environment. A spatial display, in contrast to HMDs and handheld displays, create an image against a natural area and therefore an individual is segregated away from the program and helps to make this really is an ideal concept for conversation and cooperation with many people as the equivalent device can be employed by multiple individuals in unison.

After the display, AR necessitates detectors and tracking details, because it is necessary for AR apps for the unit to recognise specifically where it’s located in Cartesian space. AR often employs the systems integrated sensors for instance; cameras, accelerometers, GPS device, gyroscopes and compasses. All of this data is then used to understand where the product is and precisely what is all around it, as a way to augment reality with the computerized material.

With regards to computer software there is a lot of motion within the growth and development of AR software packages currently. Both equally Android and IOS already have a number of applications designed to use AR and take advantage of the inbuilt hardware. You can also find a good number of AR driven startups which are benefiting from traction and capital.

Chinlone, Burma’s Most Popular Sport

Tock, tock, tock; everyone who has been to or is living in Burma knows this hollow clicking sound characteristic for a small ball when kicked in what is arguably Burma’s most popular ball game and played here since 1.500 years: Chinlone. It is played with a ball that has a diameter of roughly 6 inches/14 centimetres and 12 pentagonal holes.

Wein-kat is the team version of chinlone and the solo version played by women only is called tapandaing. Chinlone, which means cane ball in Burmese, is played with just that: a woven cane/rattan ball, and has its roots in tzu chu also called cuju an ancient Chinese game.

A team of six players passes the light wicker ball back and forth between them with their feet, knees, shoulders and heads as they move around a circle. One player goes into the centre to take the solo part, creating a dance of various moves strung seamless together. The soloist is supported by the other players who try to pass the ball back to him with one kick. There also has to be a high level of harmony amongst the player in order to avoid that they obstruct each other. When the ball drops to the ground it is dead and the game has to start again.

It is a football game played throughout the world varying only slightly. In Singapore and Indonesia similar games are called sipa, in Thailand takraw, in Malaysia sepak raga, in Vietnam da cau, in Laos kator and in Japan kemari; South American stylistic relatives are batey and pok-ta-pok, just to give you a few examples.

It is played by young and old, predominantly men but also women at virtually any time and everywhere in the country. It is a sport of harmony and unity and integral part of all pagoda festivals. Every year in Tabodwe (February) when the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival in Mandalay is celebrated hundreds of chinlone teams from all over the country meet here at their largest festival to perform chinlone at its finest.

Basically any surface that is dry and flat is suitable for chinlone but the most ideal one is a circle with 22 feet/6.7 metres diameter made of dry and highly compressed earth. This gives a hard yet elastic and soft chinlone court.

At the pagoda festival in Mandalay traditional Burmese Orchestras’ live music is ‘setting the tone’ for both the players style and rhythm while moderators entertain the onlookers with funny comments and call out the names of the chinlone players’ moves. These moves and ways of kicking the rattan ball – some 200 of these moves have developed over time – are a mixture of movements of Burmese dance and martial art; quite a large number of them being downright artistic. The most difficult of them are executed behind the player’s back where he cannot see the ball he has to kick. To master these kicks requires numerous hours of hard training.

Precise performance of chinlone kicks and correct body postures are all-important. To every move is a clearly defined correct way to position the upper body, head, hands, arms and legs and correct play allows six points of contact of the body with the ball, namely the ‘chay pya’ (tip of the toes), the ‘chay myet’ and ‘chay pha myet’ (outer and inner sides of the feet), the ‘chay pha naunt’ (heels), the ‘chay phawa’ (soles) and the ‘du’ (knees). However, to stop the high-flying ball and place it on the foot also the ‘pakon’ (shoulders), the ‘mai ci’ (chin) and the ‘yin bat’ (chest) are used.

Chinlone being a basically non-competitive ball game is played within one team, is highly demanding and requires fullest concentration on part of each of the players. They must with and without playing the ball stay extremely focused throughout the game; a state of mind called jhana. Here it is not about winning over or losing to a competing team but about grace and aesthetics. The objective of the game is to keep the cane ball in the air by passing it with one elegant kick from one player to the other within a team of six players that is positioned in a ring. Thus, a chinlone game is judged by the style and grace in which a team is performing.

There is also a competitive relative of chinlone that is played by two opposing teams over a net. This game is called sepak takraw and it originated in Malaysia where it was developed in the 1940s. But in Burma this game of direct competition in which one team wins and the other loses is not as popular as chinlone.

The Difference Between Power Liting and Bodybuilding

Like bodybuilding, power lifting is no longer a rare sport like it was a decade ago. As a sport, power lifting has survived an era of misunderstanding and biased under – appreciation, to become a popular sport. But most people cannot differentiate between bodybuilding and power lifting. Power lifting is as ancient as it is unique.

While bodybuilding is not yet a recognized sport, power lifting was incorporated in the inaugural Olympic Games in 1896. Bodybuilding is simply put, not a sport. Power lifting was and has remained the only Olympic sporting event that involves as part of the sport, heavy weights. At a time when most people did not understand or appreciate the sport, power lifting was given a slot in the Olympics. This led to it being commonly referred to as the Olympic Power lifting or quite simply Olympic Lifting.

Today most people no longer regard bodybuilding and power lifting in ignorance. It’s a common understanding that power lifting is a modern sport exhibiting the world’s strongest and most powerful men and lately women, competing to lift unbelievable weight sizes.

Weightlifters are therefore the Body building on the other hand is a modern quest exhibiting men and women with unbelievably large and well defined strongest and often those with the most powerful muscles from all over the world while bodybuilders posses the largest muscles toned to perfection. Both body builders and weight lifters learn their art and build their muscles through hard and specialized training. Training for power lifting involves developing enormous body strength packed in compact body frames not in bulk frames possessed by bodybuilders.

Bodybuilders are extremely dedicated and disciplined athletes who in most times are quite strong. But these can not compare in strength with the best weightlifters. Actually a difference between the two sports is that body builder’s well formed muscles whether possessing strength or not, compete solely based on their appearance. Yet weight lifters develop muscles purely for strength. In most instances, muscle size does not correlate highly with strength.

We have four broad categories in which we can classify those athletes who train with weights. These include weight trainers, weight lifters, power lifters and bodybuilders. Though these sports use weights as their training tools, they are distinct and much specialised sports.

There are those individuals who train and practice with weights for purposes of their general fitness, or to as an effort to improve their performance in some other sport, are basically called weight trainers. Those athletes with smaller and often less visible muscles may out-lift bodybuilders with voluminous muscles. The athletes who train with weights purely to build strength participate in the sport called power lifting. On their part, body builders do not train with weights primarily for strength but to form large and well defined muscles. Power lifters are extremely strong athletes with a level of competition beyond that of weigh lifters.

Power lifting is primarily a test of body strength and power while body building is a show of developed and well defined body muscles. In power lifting, body power is a crucial factor because the ability to move with speed and balance ultra heavy weight barbells is relatively as important as pure strength itself. In body building, the ability to identify and develop the volume of each body ligament and fibre to solid distinct muscle packs is determined not only by conscious effort but by persistent application of pressure.