The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Just how effective

    Are pushups and situps/crunches?

    And is there a recommended amount you should do per set, or recommended amount of sets?

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    bodyweight exercises have their place

    a good example of bodyweight exercises kicking your ass is some of the CrossFit type stuff, for example:

    20 crunches
    30 pullups
    40 pushups
    50 bodyweight squats

    as many rounds as possible for 20 minutes

    It really depends on what your goals are. I wouldn't make them the focus of your routine if you're trying to gain lots of strength, but throwing them in every once in a while couldn't hurt (and as brutal as the example I listed is, it's fun to challenge yourself)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingWilder View Post
    bodyweight exercises have their place

    a good example of bodyweight exercises kicking your ass is some of the CrossFit type stuff, for example:

    20 crunches
    30 pullups
    40 pushups
    50 bodyweight squats

    as many rounds as possible for 20 minutes

    It really depends on what your goals are. I wouldn't make them the focus of your routine if you're trying to gain lots of strength, but throwing them in every once in a while couldn't hurt (and as brutal as the example I listed is, it's fun to challenge yourself)
    Bodyweight squats... That just squatting without any additional weight at all?

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    Effective at what? Being able to do more pushups? Building strength?

    Pushups have thier place but bench press is superior in my opinion. Crunches are good ab work, but keep the sets short and heavy like all others. Do weighted crunches or incline to increase the difficulty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar90 View Post
    Bodyweight squats... That just squatting without any additional weight at all?
    that is correct
    5'10", 170lbs, 10% bf

    Bench:255 Squat:295 Dead:400
    Snatch:145 C&J: 205
    Chin-Up: +135 Dip: +100
    Max Pull-Ups: 44

    CrossFit Lv. 1, ACE-CPT

    You want our weapons!? Come and get them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unreal View Post
    Effective at what? Being able to do more pushups? Building strength?

    Pushups have thier place but bench press is superior in my opinion. Crunches are good ab work, but keep the sets short and heavy like all others. Do weighted crunches or incline to increase the difficulty.
    Not so much strength, I just want a better physique without paying ridiculous amounts to get into a decent gym where I live (The ones local to me don't even have dumbells, they all have crappy machines!), and there's not much room in my house for a lot of workout stuff.

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    There is a slight difficulty asymmetry in:

    30 pullups vs 50 bodyweight squats

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