Do you train for size or strength?

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    Sep 26, 2011 7:57 AM GMT
    I'm considering following a workout routine and I would like to see the difference in body types of people who train for size as opposed to people who train for strength. I'd appreciate it if you guys told me what you train for so I could compare body types and decide on a routine from there. I think strength training would be more beneficial to me because I run and play sports from time to time, but at the same time I think bodybuilders look hotter so I'm in a dilemma.
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    Sep 26, 2011 8:11 AM GMT
    I train for endurance. Which oddly enough resulted in size for me. Muscle hypertrophy in action, I suppose.
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    Sep 26, 2011 8:47 AM GMT
    I couldn't care less about strength, I'm all about the aesthetics.
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    Sep 26, 2011 8:51 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI train for endurance. Which oddly enough resulted in size for me. Muscle hypertrophy in action, I suppose.

    I wouldn't mind having your body type, but what exactly is the point of training for endurance? Are you training for a triathalon?
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    Sep 26, 2011 9:41 AM GMT
    Pure saidI couldn't care less about strength, I'm all about the aesthetics.


    Mostly agree, but I do want to be strong for pilates.. just donĀ“t care about my bench press number.
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    Sep 26, 2011 9:54 AM GMT
    A little of both. Honestly, though, I'm not sure what I need to be strong for exactly... I don't need to push limestone blocks up the side of a pyramid or something. It really is mostly for show haha
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    Sep 26, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    I trained for explosive power for 30years, while trying to keep minimal body weight at the same time.

    No longer doing any competitive sport, I can now 'indulge' in growing some muscle weight purely for the look (I like beffy and hate skinny).

    But as far as weight lifting goes, I can't help to feel good when I got stronger rather than bigger.

    Considering I 'may' try to pole vault again next year, it's more important to me to get back at 220lbs bench press, 300lbs full squat, and less than 12seconds on 100 meters with the same 185lbs body weight than getting 20pounds of muscle.

    Even if, facing the mirror, I prefer to be far heavier than I am.

    Never sorted out if it's best for my ego to look good or to be able to do crazy stuff with my body.
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    Sep 26, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    im going for size. I just want to look good in a t-shirt.
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    Sep 26, 2011 1:55 PM GMT
    100% for looks
    0% for functionality.
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    Sep 26, 2011 1:58 PM GMT
    on a sort of related note I heard for the first time this weekend "worked out bod" and the person was talking about me icon_redface.gif
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    Sep 26, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    joe122 said
    xrichx saidI train for endurance. Which oddly enough resulted in size for me. Muscle hypertrophy in action, I suppose.

    I wouldn't mind having your body type, but what exactly is the point of training for endurance? Are you training for a triathalon?


    What is the point of training if you're not doing it to actually be physically fit for life's random challenges!
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    Sep 26, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    Montague said
    joe122 said
    xrichx saidI train for endurance. Which oddly enough resulted in size for me. Muscle hypertrophy in action, I suppose.

    I wouldn't mind having your body type, but what exactly is the point of training for endurance? Are you training for a triathalon?


    What is the point of training if you're not doing it to actually be physically fit for life's random challenges!


    Quoted for truth. Back in second year, when I was working out religiously, I focused on training for strength, and did gain a bit of size. It helped me fill out my tshirt a little bit, but I valued the strength gains much more. Functional strength rules out size in my book. icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 26, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    I do it for strength for rugby. I've seen and done workout routines for strength and different one's for mass. They all make you stronger, they all make you bigger. Just pick a good one and stick with it until you plateau, then change it up.
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    Sep 26, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    Montague said
    joe122 said
    xrichx saidI train for endurance. Which oddly enough resulted in size for me. Muscle hypertrophy in action, I suppose.

    I wouldn't mind having your body type, but what exactly is the point of training for endurance? Are you training for a triathalon?


    What is the point of training if you're not doing it to actually be physically fit for life's random challenges!

    To look hot and to attract guys who are more my type. I got hard just looking at the pics of some of the people in this thread so what does that tell you?
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    I train for strength. I have certain targets on certain lifts that I'd like to hit - 350lbs squat, 425lbs deadlift and 180lbs press. I'm close on two and have hit the press a couple times. Sure, I sit at a desk most of the week but do play some sports. For me, it's just entertaining and gives me some goals.

    I tried to train for size - I wanted to be 180lbs and 8% bf. It turns out that the only way for me to get there would be to train for strength anyway. Just going for size/bf wasn't specific enough so it was hard for me to keep focus on the goals. Also, I found my cardo/metcon suffered a lot just going for size.
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    I go for strength and explosive power. Sprints > distance. Strength > size.
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    to try to stay in shape!
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    Size, though strength training is the best way to acheive it.
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    I train for both..strength a lil more but also stamina and endurance. I been training for 10 I train in different weather temperatures for very cold to very hot. Power nothing if you can stand the ass kicking
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    VeinyArms saidSize, though strength training is the best way to acheive it.

    Aren't workout routines to build strength different than bodybuilding workouts though?
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:34 PM GMT
    True Joe. I just find that I get stronger and bigger at the same time. But I get your point.

    joe122 said
    VeinyArms saidSize, though strength training is the best way to acheive it.

    Aren't workout routines to build strength different than bodybuilding workouts though?
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:36 PM GMT
    I train to stay in shape and to make my body look proportiinate to my body type. Im 5'8 and weigh 168lbs. I wouldnt mind gaining some more weight to, lets say, 180lbs. But I think i would look way too big for someone my height.

    What I recommend is, do what feels good and natural to you. if you want to be big then get big, if you want an athlete type body then train to gain muscle but look lean and athletic. And remember, bodybuilding is an ilusion, the leaner you are, the bigger you muscles look like.

    Also, I think everything starts with the diet. If you follow a good workout that targets every single muscle in your body, and eat the calories necessary to gain size, you will get bigger...or you can just eat the calories required to maintain and stay lean and ripped.

    If you want a good workout, I suggest you try the workouts provided right here on realjock. The Muscle building workout is fantastic and it game me amazing results.

    Anyways, good luck with your journey in training. and Have fun with it!!
  • stratavos

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    Sep 26, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    Pure saidI'm all about the aesthetics.


    This, but both strength and endurance are good to have ;)
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    Sep 26, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    size or strength ?

    Neither. I train for definition. So I guess size more than strength.
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    Sep 26, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    The idea of training for functional fitness rather than simply aesthetics is what appeals to me. I want to be able to pick up a couch and move it around the house without fearing injury rather than just have "pretty" muscles that I can't do much with.