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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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    Quick question.

    Hi, im new.

    My names josh, And i plan to use these forums nearly everday.
    I'm 15 years old.

    I currently work-out at my gym, almost daily.

    I have one quick question about chest exercise.

    Would i see more results with.

    150 Free bench - 3 sets, 8 reps.

    175 Free bench - 2 sets, 5 reps

    OR

    180 Ass. bench, - 3 sets 8 reps.

    200 Ass. bench - 2 sets 12 reps ?

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    ass bench. definitely.

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    constantly varying the load to throw something different at your body is the best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reko View Post
    constantly varying the load to throw something different at your body is the best bet.
    Is that like muscle confusion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eVidentKid View Post
    Hi, im new.

    My names josh, And i plan to use these forums nearly everday.
    I'm 15 years old.

    I currently work-out at my gym, almost daily.

    I have one quick question about chest exercise.

    Would i see more results with.

    150 Free bench - 3 sets, 8 reps.

    175 Free bench - 2 sets, 5 reps

    OR

    180 Ass. bench, - 3 sets 8 reps.

    200 Ass. bench - 2 sets 12 reps ?

    What is Ass. bench?

    Regardless, your best bet is to have some variation in the rep ranges and to do something like this:

    Week 1: Flat Barbell Bench - 3 sets of 3 reps with 185 lbs
    Incline Dumbell Press - 2 sets of 10 with moderate weight.
    Decline Dumbell Flys or Cable Crossover - 2 sets of 10 reps
    Some kind of press machine (hammer strength, cybex, etc.) - 2 sets of 8-12 reps

    Week 2: Incline Barbell bench - 3 sets of 5 reps with 135 lbs
    Flat Dumbell Bench - 2 sets of 8 reps with heavier weight.
    Decline Dumbell of Crossover - 2 sets of 8-12 reps
    Machine Press (flat/incline/decline) - 2 sets of 12-15 reps

    Week 3: Flat Dumbell Bench - 3 sets of 8 reps with last one to failure.
    Incline Barbell Press - 2 sets of 10 reps with moderate weight
    Flys / Crossovers - 2 sets of 10 reps
    Machine Press - 2 sets of 12-15 reps

    Week 4: Flat Barbell Bench - 5 sets of 10 reps (last one failure)
    Decline Dumbell Bench - 2 sets of 12 reps
    Incline Machine or Dumbell Fly - 2 sets of 15 reps

    Week 5: Rest / Deload, if you want to do anything you can do pushups.


    Following this routine would give you good gains in both strength and hypertrophy (muscle).
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    assisted bench? took me a while to figure it out. follow tom's advice, pretty much nailed it.
    i'm guessing by results you mean you want to get bigger, so hypertrophy. if you want strength gains, drop the reps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skalami View Post
    I just give the worked on muscle group tough riddles before my workouts... or sometimes I'll tell them we're going to the park and then go to the gym, or visa versa. They start to catch on so you have to tell the truth every so often.
    *While on the topic of muscle confusion, and how often a routine needs to be changed.*

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    Thanks tom!
    And everyone else.

    And, im not really looking to get too much bigger.

    For my age. 15. Grade nine.

    Im one of the biggest, I'm 6'1 And around 210 ?

    Im Just looking to Tone.

    And i figured assisted bench would be the last thing you'd say.
    Because, benching by yourself, helps strengthen your muscles, by stablizing?


    I'm not sure.

    Il post pics soon, and show you guys where im at.

    Thankyou !

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    For the future, the word tone is something cardio girls use, not weightlifters. We understand what you mean, but don't use it.

    You want to gain some muscle and lose some fat. This is accomplished through strict diet and exercise.

    Don't do ass bench. Listen to Tom, he is the truth. Mean internet bullys like me will lead you in circles before giving you the right answer, but Tom will set you straight the first time around.

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    tone + man = cut

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    Haha, i understand.

    Can anybody give me any Diet tips ?

    I usually, have something like. eggs or a bowl of cereal, for breakfest.

    And for lunch, il have a few fruits, and maybe a sandwich.

    Inbetween lunch and dinner, i'll have some nuts or a banana. ect.

    And, for dinner, its usually. chicken with green beans, rice ect.

    I've seen results.

    My upperbodys getting bigger, and my legs are getting slimmer, and more 'muscular' I've lost close to 15 pounds in around a month.

    Doesen't sound that appealing, but its working out so far.

    Any FASTER ways? to trim body fat ?

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    Read the stickies in the diet and nutrition forums mate.

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    jeez, you lost 15 pounds in a month and you want to lose the weight faster? slow down kid! i'm surprised your surviving with such little food you posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skalami View Post
    I just give the worked on muscle group tough riddles before my workouts... or sometimes I'll tell them we're going to the park and then go to the gym, or visa versa. They start to catch on so you have to tell the truth every so often.
    *While on the topic of muscle confusion, and how often a routine needs to be changed.*

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    I'm still not quite how i want to be.

    so, 15-20 more pounds and il be nice.

    Uhm, also.

    I think i sprained my hand on the ASS. bench.

    I did too much weight, i can move my wrist in every motion.
    other than, the bench motion.

    what should i do?


    AND, traps training.

    whats average traps training weights ? for shrugs?

    i been using 100s,
    and i have to say. 1-3 weeks and my traps are HUGE

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