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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    How long should I stick with one routine?

    I started my first day of WWB1 yesterday and it kicked my ass like it was the first time I had lifted. I was just wondering how long should I stick with it before I decide to switch things up again?

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    stick at it until you stop making any gains

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    I'm on the same routine. I believe it takes you through 19 weeks so stick with it for at least that long. And I agree, unless you have some personal needs due to illness or injury just keep with it until you stop seeing gains. I suppose if you get tired of doing the same routine and it affects your motivation then you may want to look at something else too but probably not recommended to change things up constantly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Banger View Post
    stick at it until you stop making any gains
    At least that long. Usually a deload week is all that's needed to make gains again.

    Personally I think people in general change their routine too often. It's ok for advanced lifters to do variations on a given exercise, but the overall routine/template shouldn't change all that often, even for advanced lifters. Beginners need to keep their routine consistent so their body and brains can learn correct form, and that takes some time.

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    ^^^This.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dom7226 View Post
    I started my first day of WWB1 yesterday and it kicked my ass like it was the first time I had lifted. I was just wondering how long should I stick with it before I decide to switch things up again?
    It was your first workout and you are already looking at new routines? Or were you just stating that you were pleased with how it went because it was such a tough workout after switching things up?

    I would say that for most programs a time period of 3-6 months is good, depending on how complex the routines are. If it is a shock program (GVT, etc.) then I would not go much longer than 4-6 weeks.

    As others mentioned, as long as you are making gains and are not getting bored with the movements then you can stick with a program indefinitely.
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    i was justs stating that im pleased with how i feel today. i have been lifting now for about 6 months, and what is a deload week?

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    You can stick with a routine for a long time. When it stops working, don't change routines, just change the exercise that is stalling. For instance, if the over-all routine is working well, but you stall on bench press, then you can just switch to a similar movement like incline press or narrow grip bench or many other variations.
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