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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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    Incline vs. Flat Bench press

    So today I set a new PR of 280 on incline bench, which I'm very excited about, but I've only been able to achieve a PR of 300 on flat bench. Is it normal for incline to be that close to flat bench? If not, what may I be missing in my workouts? I'm working a generic westside template right now. I have the workouts posted in my journal, but I haven't updated for maybe 2 weeks.

    Any advice is appreciated.
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    My incline max is about 90% of my flat bench; you seem to be right around there too. I wouldn't worry about it, keep setting those PR's.

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    Yeah, my incline is within 10% of my flat. I attribute my incline to my shoulder strength.


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    Mine is usually in the 85-90% range also.

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    Wow! When I first benched 315 in a meet (June 2006), my best incline in training was 225x3. That's maybe 240x1, so around 76%... Ouch! Looks like I have identified a major weak area.
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    I'm at the other end of the spectrum! I flat benched 300 in a meet and inclined ~210. I have weak shoulders, but whenever I train them it totally throughs off my flat bench form.
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    Does incline benching really help your flat? Is it = to military presses twards bringing up your flat #'s?
    Run? Are you crazy? I wouln't even run for the dinner bell! I don't remember seeing running as a part of Push/Pull.

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    i never incline heavy but I did just do 275 for 10 and that was a incline pr for me
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