"I also find it interesting that so many people are focusing on powerlifters as "functional" bodytypes. In my opinion, neither group has much function outside the weightroom and I would much rather have both the physique and function of a pro defensive back or basketball player or better yet a decathlete than any of these weight guys. Most of these guys have incredibly healthy physiques that are extremely natural looking and are very functional. There is a lot of function that goes on outside the weightroom and most of sports success is based on that function first, and then the function gained from lifting weights becomes important." - Ryan A
I never said that powerlifters were versitile, all-around atheletes, only that they train primarally for performance (ie function), while bodybuilders train primarally for aestetics (ie form). Performance can take many forms (strength, speed, endurance, agility, etc), and most sports require a combination of several of these qualities, plus various sport-specific skills.
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