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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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    High reps lighter weight VS, Lower reps heavier ?

    Ok, all you body builders, I am sure this question gets asked a million times, but curious of everyone's opinion on this.

    I am 35yrs old, and started lifting 4 days a week again about 18 months ago, back in Spring 07, I weighed 165lbs, and am 5'11". I have been 165lbs most my adult life, more of thinner runner type body. Then I got serious, and since then I now weigh between 185lbs-190lbs. But I still feel thin, like my arms and chest don;t look that much bigger, and shoulder should be rounder more defined. to my point, I have tried a few different routines, first last year did the 5x5 and that helped pack on some weight, and got me slightly bigger, then after that I looked for a different routine.

    Then I read about the "Omega Project" from a different forum, and long story short that is very high reps, lighter weight of course. So most sets are like 1x20, 1x15, 1x10, 1x6. Increasing the weight 10% each set. Sometimes Omega would say do 5 sets or even 6sets sometimes. And as crazy as those high reps sound, that got me bigger much faster than 5x5 did.

    Now I stopped the "Omega program in Summer, and went to a hybrid made by Tennessee Mike, which was sort of a mix of 5x5 + Omega, so compound were like 1x10, 1x5, 1x5, 1x5, 1x3, and Isolated 2x10, 2x8, 1x6. And that worked ok this Summer, but I feeling like am hitting a wall with that routine, and got a little bigger doing that, but not like I gained as much with "Omega"

    So if looking to just get more defined muscles, gain a little more weight, but mainly have that body builder look, with shoulders swelled out, and arms beefier, and chest more defined ? I don;t really have that yet I think. Is the higher rep routine better, or 5x5 style ?
    Last edited by Zorachus; 11-06-2008 at 06:46 PM.

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