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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?

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    moment of truth Piotr Colossus's Avatar
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    Rack too high for rack pulls

    The rack at my local gym ends up mid-thigh at its lowest setting. I would have to stand on 3-4 plates to get it just below knee level.

    Anyone else do this and find that it's stable enough?

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    defınıtely not. better off to do ıt on a bench.

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    wow, i think i would rather do deads off the floor than rack pulls standing on a bench

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    I think he means resting the barbell on a bench - I used to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motoko013 View Post
    wow, i think i would rather do deads off the floor than rack pulls standing on a bench
    I know, I would as well but ıt ıs better than doıng ıt off weıght plates for defınıte.

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    thats how i do my rack pulls. i grab two to three 35lb plates and step on those.

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    try pulling off boxes or using bands - gives the bar a much more natural stance.
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    Is there one of those reebok step things about? They would give you the 7-8 inches height you need to bring the bar from your thigh to your knee, just below or where ever you want to pull from. That is what i do. More sturdy than using plates imho.
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    That reebok thing bends 3" when I pull off it. I'd be careful with it.

    You could do them off 2 benches if needed. A better option would be reverse band pulls, since it's more like a natural pull, the movement from a rack pull can be completely different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3whitelights View Post
    That reebok thing bends 3" when I pull off it. I'd be careful with it.

    You could do them off 2 benches if needed. A better option would be reverse band pulls, since it's more like a natural pull, the movement from a rack pull can be completely different.
    So put a couple of plates under the gap in the step?? C'mon we are improvising here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bendthe Bar View Post
    So put a couple of plates under the gap in the step?? C'mon we are improvising here.
    I never even thought of that. I'll give it a shot, but I don't even like a little bit of give (from the plastic, space between step and plates).

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    Try putting the bar onto the plates.

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    We do have aerobic steps, but I have no faith in them even with plates underneath.

    Putting the bar on boxes/plates is an option I'll try. Band work will be incorporated in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piotr Colossus View Post
    We do have aerobic steps, but I have no faith in them even with plates underneath.

    Putting the bar on boxes/plates is an option I'll try. Band work will be incorporated in the future.
    don't how much you're pulling, but I've pulled 315 on an aerobics step before. That would be a total of 475 on the thing.

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    theres what is called silver dollar deadlifts where you place rubber pads under the weights to raise the bar off the floor. OR, bring you own set of jack stands. I use them at home for rack pulls, works great and wont damage a bench
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    I pulled both of the safety bars out of the rack, set 1 of those Reebok stepper thing on each side of the rack then set the bar with the 45 plates on top of the Reebok stepper. This had the bar just below my knee, but people in the gym were looking at me like I was crazy though.
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