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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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  1. #1
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    Not Sure If I'm Doing Too Much or Too Little

    Hey guys, I'm pretty new to the boards and I'm sure there's a thread for this somewhere but I figured it'd be better to tell you exactly what I'm doing in my workouts. I know I should be doing more compound lifts, but I had surgery on my wrist not too long ago, and having too much weight resting on my wrists causes severe pain so I've stayed away from them. Anyway

    Monday
    10 minute bike warmup
    3x10 on a chest machine. not sure of the name. 50lbs/50/60
    3x10 tricep pulls 40lbs/45/50
    3x10 bicep curls 50/50/50
    3x10 incline machine 140/140/140
    3x10 hammer curls 40/40/50
    3x10 nosebreakers 40/40/40
    3x10 chest on the fly machine 40/40/45
    3x10 reverse curls 40/40/40
    3x10 tricep pushdowns 42/47/52

    Tuesday
    10 minute bike warmup
    3x10 military press 70/70/80
    3x10 straight arm outward flys 30/30/30
    3x10 straight arm forward raises 30/30/30
    3x10 bent over rows 70/70/80
    3x10 shrugs 130/130/130
    3x10 front raises(?) 45/45/45
    3x10 rows 90/90/90

    Wednesday
    30 minute run

    and repeat after that




    I also realize that I don't know the names of the workouts I'm doing. I'm a complete noob to weightlifting so even if you told me what the proper name was I probably wouldn't know what it was.

    I've seen pretty decent gains since I started working out about 6 weeks ago. I've gone up from 183 lbs to 192. I'm just worried I could be making better gains and I'm just not working out properly.

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    Supplement Junkie MattBag's Avatar
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    well my first thought was add light weight compound lifts like atleast the bar or something. as for your 6 week gains 10 pounds isn't bad keep at it then let me know how its going for you.
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    Stop using so many machines. And start working your lower body. The heaviest weight you have lifted is 130lbs for shrugs. For your size you should be able to do more. Using all those machines is neglecting all your stabilizing muscles. And if you want to get big you gotta be able to move big weights. Your body will react much better to heavier (200+lbs) bench/deads/squats. Start incorporating those via a barbell and free weights and you will see great gains.
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    maybe i should have included that i'm a little over 6'4". i don't have the strength to bench 200+. and again, i have to stay away from the really heavy compound lifts. i forgot to include a 3x15 squat on my tuesday workout of 175/180/190. i realize i don't do very much leg workouts but i'm a skinny runner trying to bulk to become a built runner, and it's really hard to keep big legs being a distance runner. i guess i should still do more though.

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    Dude if your a runner why aren't you working your legs even more. It seems odd that your working your upper body and barely your lower body when its your abs and legs that will help you get faster.
    MAX BENCH:275lbs. (11/2008)
    MAX SQUAT machine:420lbs. (4/2005)
    MAX SQUAT free weight: 385lbsx2. (1/2009)
    MAX DEAD LIFT hex bar: 465lbs. (1/2006)
    MAX DEAD LIFT straight bar: 455. (10/2009)
    total: 1115
    CURRENT WEIGHT:240. (10/2009)
    HEIGHT: 6'2

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    Start doing Dead Lift asap. I realize you said too much weight on your wrists is painful but if you can do 130lb shrugs then you can do at least 130lb DLs and that is a start. I would also suggest dropping some of those lifts altogether. It might not be necessary to do 9 sets of 3 different chest exercises. Instead do maybe 2 exercises and fewer reps. This will allow you to move much heavier weight since your muscles being used won't be too exhausted from too may sets/reps not to mention cut your workout session time down. And as mentioned try to use free weights instead of the machines. Good luck
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    You're doing too much of the wrong exercises and not enough of the right ones.

    How long ago is not too long ago?

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    curls, triceps exercises, forearm exercises... these are the some of the biggest factors in putting pressure on the wrists and a big factor in stress fractures to the wrist. just so you know

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    well i guess i could do more compounds then. it was mainly bench that really hurts my wrists so i figured it would have been the same for compound lifts. um the surgery was about 4 months ago

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