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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?

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    3x5 or 5x5?

    today i was on the bench trying to finish my 5x5 when some guy who was spoting me said 3x5 is better... now idk wut to pick, should i continue 5x5 or go with 3x5?

    thanks!
    Last edited by powerboy93; 07-21-2008 at 12:11 PM.
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    If I remember you from another thread, you're young (your syntax confirms this also) and fairly new. Forgive me if that wasn't you. Anyway, what's your routine?

    Either way, if the weight is heavy enough that 3x5 is really taxing, then that's fine. Same for 5x5. Either is fine as long as you are consisent and progress (add weight) from workout to workout. It's not rocket science.
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    One is not inherently better than another. It depends on the bigger picture, namely your level of adaptation, your goals and your routine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez View Post
    One is not inherently better than another. It depends on the bigger picture, namely your level of adaptation, your goals and your routine.
    Exactly.

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    Frequently, a 3X5 can follow a 5X5 using a dual factor method of periodization. Sounds complicated? Not really. Finish your 5X5, take a week of or lift very light for a week and do the same exercises you did for your 5X5, but only doing 3X5. Start with the weight where you left off and lift even harder.

    If this is what you're after, that is. 5X5s, etc. are excellent for size and strength if you eat enough and lift hard enough during the routine.
    Give chalk a chance.


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    ight thx guys, yea btw mano im young lol.
    Last edited by powerboy93; 07-21-2008 at 12:35 PM.
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