Ok I have been doing some thing called Power to the People by Pavel Tsatsouline, I got a ft 45lb York bar...tough as nails stuff and I also have a 255lb set of Standard plates. I have been on and off due to life kicking my butt moving several times and trying to get collage arranged, have had a year long break to be truthful.
Onto my point though, what do I want out of training?
The best health I can attain, I am currently out of shape and trying to quit smoking been smoking since I was like 11-12 lol sucks and I am 32 now. I want to stop for good and repair my lungs back to new if I can...hoping that is possible and wondering if there are vitamins and so on that would help aid my body on that issue.
I also want to lose what fat I do have, love handles and so on I hate it and tired of looking at it. I have a 16 mo daughter now and in March this year will have a son, so I want to pretty much do a 180 and hit it hard and heavy and recover my body and make it how I want it.
I'd love to have a low fat index, nothing extreme like for some comp stuff...I have no intentions of competing in the BB sector I'd like to gain muscle and size just not fat...I wanna lose that.
So all in all those are my goals, now for the main question...
Power Lifting or Body Building?
I have read much on both, I know from a lot that I have read that body builders are mainly about the 'pump' I could be mistaken with some I have seen these day's though. But I love the definition they get... However I like to lift heavy, as heavy as I have gotten for 5 reps was 200lbs last summer.
Can I get rid of the fat I hate and get great definition from power lifting? I seen vids of a guy from Latvia called Konstantinovs? The guy is big and is a beast, but also I see he is cut and defined as well. Every one has a diff body structure and so on, but I like his build and how he looks and how he lifts.
No offense all and all I have heard is summed up like this lol...
Power lifters have REAL size and strength, functional strength.
Body Builders are all pump, muscles that are temporarily pumped full of liquid built up from the pump. Pretty much that there all show and no functional strength...or at least no where near as strong as they look. I have seen some BB's lifting some monster weight though, so I dunno if that is all correct.
I don't care for BB'ing mainly because of ALL the technical exercises they do each work out, I don't like the idea of going to failure and think you can avoid failure and gain muscle, strength and size. Also I think isolation exercises are detrimental, yes I have read books like Power to the People by Pavel, but also The Purposful Primitive by Marty Gallagher and yes I own a set of kettlebells and use the Swing for cardio so far.
I am thinking I would fit better into Power-lifting, I love brute strength and also the look of a "Greek Titan". Over all I want to make my health and habits do a 180, feel good and look good, better than I ever have in both areas...also my diet will have to be fairly flexible...as soon I plan on going to collage across the country and I will be working as well as going to collage and very likely wont be able to afford a gym membership...I own a bar plates and a set of three kettlebells...should be every thing a guy needs?
Again hoping this is the right place for my question, this forum is awesome so far and looking to learn every thing I can.