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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    Push & Pull examples

    Hey guys,

    I was reading another thread and someone mentioned push and pull exercises for back. Can anyone give me examples of both? So deadlifts = pull lat pulldowns = pull db bent over row = pull....what's considered push/press?

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    A push is when the concentric (up part of the lift) is completed by extending your arm. A pull is when the concentric phase of the lift is completed by pulling the bar towards your body, by bending at the elbow.

    Pulls: chinups, lat pull downs, rows, etc.
    Push: bench, oh press, etc.
    Last edited by Jorge Sanchez; 07-21-2008 at 11:23 AM.

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    Easy way to remember and I think Jorge mentioned this before push = push away from your body; pull = pull towards your body.
    Give chalk a chance.


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    Seems to be a completely arbitrary distinction that's overly popular on the internet. A chin is a pull, and so is a row--who cares?

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    What is arbitrary about that distinction? It seems pretty logical to me.

    And you should care about it because you need to balance pushing and pulling movements to build a balanced physique and to avoid poor posture and injury.

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    Push = any upper body compound involving the tricep (bench press, military press, anything press)
    Pull = any upper body compound involving the bicep (chins, rows, etc)

    I split things up that way
    'In order to alter the inertial mass of weights, you must become one with them, like a machine, the totality of your motion is as one'

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    I know what push/press exercises consist of...I was wondering what BACK push/press exercises there are if any that are common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scumbag View Post
    I know what push/press exercises consist of...I was wondering what BACK push/press exercises there are if any that are common.
    You seem to have already realized the problem in your first post. Any push/pull split essentially becomes a chest/back split.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scumbag View Post
    I know what push/press exercises consist of...I was wondering what BACK push/press exercises there are if any that are common.
    None.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scumbag View Post
    I know what push/press exercises consist of...I was wondering what BACK push/press exercises there are if any that are common.
    None. Back would be pulling exercises, not pushing. Lat pulls, rowing, pullups, chinups, etc.
    Give chalk a chance.


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    There aren't any "back" push exercises.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kastro View Post
    You seem to have already realized the problem in your first post. Any push/pull split essentially becomes a chest/back split.
    I don't think he said anything about a push/pull split, did he?

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    I usually follow BP with bent over rows, incline bench with hi cable pulls, OH press with chins, etc. After squats I try and do some inverted raises, but I'm usually barely able to walk, and hanging upside down is the last thing I wanna do.

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