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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    Back to basics for bench

    I think I have to go back and re-evaluate how I work out my chest. Most of my other lifts are increasing except for my bench. Even the size of my other muscles are growing and my chest doesnt seem to.

    I guess this is really just a rant because it's been a frustrating road that my chest has lagged strength-wise and size-wise. Guys smaller than me can bench more than me and that really bugs me...A LOT lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaindsmith View Post
    I think I have to go back and re-evaluate how I work out my chest. Most of my other lifts are increasing except for my bench. Even the size of my other muscles are growing and my chest doesnt seem to.

    I guess this is really just a rant because it's been a frustrating road that my chest has lagged strength-wise and size-wise. Guys smaller than me can bench more than me and that really bugs me...A LOT lol.
    There is a ton of good stuff on here about how to increase your bench. No worries. My legs have been lagging since the 1980s.

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    How long have you been lifting for? This could be a key factor... it may just take time to make your chest stronger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fpr View Post
    How long have you been lifting for? This could be a key factor... it may just take time to make your chest stronger.
    Been lifting for around 3 years. I have never had a spotter either so I am also thinking that my form could be off a tad. At least a spotter would let me know if I am messing it up.

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    In that case, I would have to agree with you. 225 @ 225 BW seems very low for 3 years of lifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaindsmith View Post
    Been lifting for around 3 years. I have never had a spotter either so I am also thinking that my form could be off a tad. At least a spotter would let me know if I am messing it up.
    Do you work out at home, or at a gym?

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    no worries too. im bout 205 lbs and bench 175lbs max. ive only been lifting for 2 months though. and smaller guys do bench more then me., it pisses all of us off.

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    If you never use a spotter, how do you ever go to failure? Do you use DBs as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock Steady View Post
    If you never use a spotter, how do you ever go to failure? Do you use DBs as well?
    Now why would he go to failure?

    @ The OP: Try doing benches in the power rack if you don't have a spotter available. Put the pins as close to your chest as possible.
    Last edited by OGROK; 01-27-2008 at 11:44 AM.

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    Get a knowledgable workout partner who can assist with various techniques such as training to failure, negatives, burnouts, etc. They shouldn't be used everytime, but I firmly believe they have a place in a successful routine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OGROK View Post
    Now why would he go to failure?

    @ The OP: Try doing benches in the power rack if you don't have a spotter available. Put the pins as close to your chest as possible.
    I'm not advising he always go to failure. My point is, how does he know that his max is 225 if he's never failed?
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