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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    Cut or Bulk, and for what durations?

    I had originally planned on bulking at least some, but that was because normally all I've ever done is just drop weight, and then stop, so maybe that is still a valid option..

    Im 6'2 250lbs, 31% body fat. Should I cut first, if so to what weight? Should I bulk first? If so how long. At what point should I go from cutting to bulking, I do have a decent amount of muscle right now (for me.. :P) so dont really want to drop a chunk of it getting all the way down to 200 first, but if that is the best way to go then I can.

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    We have almost similar stats. I am still bulking, however i have decided to start a cut in a couple of weeks. I have basically chosen to do so because most of my clothes do not fit anymore and i dont really like what i see in the mirror. When to bulk or cut and for how long completely depends on your own opinion. If you are happy with how you look but want some more muscle, bulk. If you want to cut fat, cut. The length is determined by the point of satisfaction.

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    If you are 31% bodyfat, losing weight is probably the best route to go for right now. Not sure how old you are or what your weight training experience is. Could you share that? I would say you want to cut that bodyfat % by at least 10-15%. What are your athletic goals, if any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    If you are 31% bodyfat, losing weight is probably the best route to go for right now. Not sure how old you are or what your weight training experience is. Could you share that? I would say you want to cut that bodyfat % by at least 10-15%. What are your athletic goals, if any?
    took the words right out of my mouth!

    on another note, there is not set duration of time. just bulk until you're happy with what you have, and same for cutting. use your best judgement. what some people might consider too much fat, might be nothing to other people.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    If you are 31% bodyfat, losing weight is probably the best route to go for right now. Not sure how old you are or what your weight training experience is. Could you share that? I would say you want to cut that bodyfat % by at least 10-15%. What are your athletic goals, if any?
    I am 27, soon to be 28.

    I have no real lifting experience, Ive lifted weights but not with a ton of experience or confidence that what I was doing was best :P

    My goals are to simply be in shape, have at least as much strength as I have now, and look good. I am not worried about being HUGE yet, Id settle for above average and ripped :P

    I uploaded a picture to give you an idea of where I stood after the last time I dropped from 250 to ~ 210.

    I think dropping 15% bodyfat would be good first, that would put me at ~ -38lbs from fat, and probably another 12 lbs minimum from muscle loss, so around 200lbs.
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    Seems to me you have an idea of what needs to be done. Good plan in place, just go after it.

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    What would the difference be between these two plans.

    1) Rowing doing 4 15 minute HIIT sessions a day + jogging a few miles + calorie reduction

    2) Lifting weights a few hours a day timing protein/calorie intake around them, 3 days a week, and doing cardio 2 days a week.

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    Those progress pics you posted of the last time you cut were pretty good man. I am kinda in the same boat. I wanna lose some fat first and then bulk up a little bit.
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    Thanks, I did that using the p90x workout that lasted for 90 days.

    Just kicking myself that I look like I do in picture 1, or close, a year after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaleMacGregor View Post
    Thanks, I did that using the p90x workout that lasted for 90 days.

    Just kicking myself that I look like I do in picture 1, or close, a year after that.
    Wow, that was from P90X!? I always see the commercial for it and am tempted to get it, but I think I would miss the gym to much. Glad to see that it can actually work tho.
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