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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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  1. #1
    Senior Member BFGUITAR's Avatar
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    What the... why do the weights feel heavier?

    The gym at my university has diffierent weights than at the gym I go to at home. At school I ALMOST got 225 but here I struggled with 205 for bench. I dont understand why... all the equipment is different but it should all be standardized... The weights used are cemco brand. They are black with 6 holes in them

    http://www.extremefitness.info/freeweights.aspx

    Youll see a pic of them weights im talking about attached on a rack.

    This happened before and I just thought it was a bad day but im starting to think otherwise.

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    Yea I've noticed the same thing happens to me whenever I use different equipment. Maybe its like a mental thing, don't really know.

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    Senior Member deeder's Avatar
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    Is the bench the same height? More padding? Thicker bar? Longer/shorter bar? All these things can really throw off your form.
    Full Powerlifting
    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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    The benches are different, everything is different. Can it really mak that much of a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFGUITAR View Post
    The benches are different, everything is different. Can it really mak that much of a difference?
    Yeah for sure. When I bench at my university gym I am always weaker. The benches are lower to the ground. As a result I can't get my legs back as far as usual. Which means I don't get my arch as high or get as tight.

    Little things can REALLY throw your form off.
    Full Powerlifting
    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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    its all mental dude

    seriously u will tend to lift more in a gym style environment than you would at home alone, so therefore it "feels" heavier


    i used to wonder the same thing until i had someone explain it to me, and its definetly a mental thing
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    Like deeder said, certain things being longer/shorter, wider/more narrow, just physically different in general will change the position you are in lifting the weight, change the way the weight is distributed, and it can work out to a disadvantage.
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    Yea, I think its a combination of both what deeder said and Big corey which when added together could definitely make that much of a difference.

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    And the weights could possibly be different. I have an old 7ft OLY bar that only weighs 40lbs instead of 45. Some of my plates weigh a little more than they say aswell (35's are actually 36 or 37lbs, 25's are actually 27 and 24...etc) so it could eventually add up to being more or less than what should be on the bar if your using a bunch of different plates.
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    Most likely just the bench and different equipment. Same thing happened to me, the stuff at the university gym was a lot different than what I used at home. Took me a while to get used to it but I've already started making decent gains again.
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