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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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    Why are chinups so tough to do multiple sets ??

    I can handle max out bench press, or military press till my balls bust, but doing multiple sets of chinups for me is so freaking tough. I can do 10 in a row very slow with good form no problem, then wait 60seconds and try the second set is much harder, can only do like 8, and a third set just rapes me.

    any tips ?

    Or should I do them in my 5x5 routine I am in the middle of, and add weight to my chinups with a backback ??

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    heavy deads and rows
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    If you can do 10 or more on your first set, I would add a little weight for your subsequent sets.
    Sometimes it is often possible to add reps just sticking with bodyweight, but a lot of people seem to hit a rut unless they add weight because they body just adapts to doing bodyweight sets.
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    It's because they're such a tough exercise to do. They really are an excellent back building exercise. There really are no tips on how to make them easier. My only advice would be to just do them, and give them you 100% every time

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    put a 40lb db between your legs and do 5x5
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    put a 40lb db between your legs and do 5x5
    If your gym has a belt w/chain I would use that instead. I've used both and the belt is a lot easier. The DB seems to give me leg cramps when I'm pulling really hard for some reason.
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    Try waiting longer than a minute between sets if you are concerned about hitting a certain number of reps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido View Post
    Try waiting longer than a minute between sets if you are concerned about hitting a certain number of reps.

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    What about doing the Chinups between exercise ?? Like do my 5x5 Deadlift, then 1 set chinups, then 5x5 bent-rows, then another set of chinups ??

    But should I do 5sets of weights chinups or 10reps of bodyweight ??

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    Add weight and do 5x5
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    Wide grip chinups always kill me though I find if I just try to beat my last effort (even if I have to do an extra set) I slowly improve.

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