The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    Question for benchers in single ply katana

    where do you set the sleeves in relation to your elbow? I've been putting mine an inch to an inch and a half past my elbows but after watching the new bench vid from Supertraining, it looks like Mark keeps his below the elbow (on the forearm). This got me thinking that it might provide more support through the lift to lockout, but would it also make it more difficult to touch?

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    You have to have the sleeves above the elbow in every federation that I know of. Why train with the sleeves below? In the vid it looks like Marks sleeves are right at the elbow.
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    I hate to agree with the old man but he is right and that doesn't matter if you are wearing a single ply double ply tripply ply or a haines t-shirt the rules are below the elbow

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    Yeah in that video it looks like they are right at Mark's elbows, not over them.

    i wouldn't think putting them over your elbows would be a real good idea, too much squeeze on the joint


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    i'm lucky to get mine to my elbow. if you are that high over your elbow are the sleeves tight enough for u?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott rowe View Post
    i'm lucky to get mine to my elbow. if you are that high over your elbow are the sleeves tight enough for u?
    Was this question directed at me? Just to clarify, when i said past my elbow 1-1.5" I meant up past the elbow where it traditionally sits on the bicep, not below on forearm.

    I didn't know if there was some practical reason for having the sleeves closer to the elbow or directly on it, as there seems to be a lot of slack in Mark's shirt in the lat/back or arm area.

    this could also be a product of him using the absolute smallest sleeve size that will fit him, and him just not being able to get it any higher on his arm.

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    you want the bottom of the sleeve at the elbow, like mark has his. the reason there looks like alot of slack is because the back of the shirt is pulled high and the front is extremely low so u will get a crease. the shirt in my guess does take awhile to get on mine takes 10 to 15 minutes. the tighter the sleeves the better the lockout just wondering what your carry over was? just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott rowe View Post
    you want the bottom of the sleeve at the elbow, like mark has his. the reason there looks like alot of slack is because the back of the shirt is pulled high and the front is extremely low so u will get a crease. the shirt in my guess does take awhile to get on mine takes 10 to 15 minutes. the tighter the sleeves the better the lockout just wondering what your carry over was? just my 2 cents.
    I wear a stock 48 Super and get about 135 so far out of it. Usually one sleeve goes on higher than the other, then we fight to get them about even and it ends up being 1 or so inches above the elbow. I'll try this weekend to keep it lower on the arm and see what kind of a difference it makes.

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    pull the back of the shirt up as high as u can to see if that helps with keeping the sleeves low. is the shirt hard to get on? need help or bags? just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott rowe View Post
    pull the back of the shirt up as high as u can to see if that helps with keeping the sleeves low. is the shirt hard to get on? need help or bags? just curious.
    Takes about 10 mins to get it on. We can get the sleeves up to the elbow before it goes over my head, then with one guy holding it I swim it up the rest of the way.

    Never used bags or slipons with this shirt.

    I'm not too agressive with pulling the shirt down in the front and i've never pulled the back up, curious if this changes the groove at all?

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