So yesterday was upper body day. And after some good warm up sets (at least 10 reps per set) I usually end up doing a single or maybe two sets of 4-6 repetitions. My current strength set in dumbell chest press is 24 kg (53 lbs) and the 6th rep I can barely do, but I manage to push it up. So just for kicks I tried with 26 kg dumbells and I failed miserably to say the least. I had someone to spot me for the 1st rep and as soon as he let go, the dumbells literally collapsed on my chest (no damage though! good training bras will go a long way!) lol.
Okay so I'm not whining, because I acknowledge fully that it's my own fault for not being consistent with lifting at more than 70 % strength- it's honestly just something I do for kicks (occasionally to piss off guys who think I don't belong in the free weights section or the cardio chickens that mean mug me). But a female acquaintant of mine who took 1st place in figure advised me to go for power lifting once I told her about some of my lifts (current leg press is - on a really good day- 400 kg= 881 lbs).
Thing is I don't want to be operating at 100% strength continuously and only be able to do low reps thereby losing out on pump and the subsequent bulk. I want the physique of a bodybuilder but the strength of a power-lifter. Is this in any way possible? Or will I be in perpetual conflict?
Are any of you both bodybuilders *and* power-lifters? Any good ideas on how to combine a bodybuilding program with powerlifting WITHOUT confusing the body and debilitating the process of proper hyperthrophy?
Any suggestions would be appreciated