The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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Thread: Is less better?

  1. #1
    Wannabebig Member
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    Is less better?

    I have been working out for years and its hard for me to gain muscle. I workout 5-6 days a week. Last week I read an article from Muscle and Performace magazine and they said cutting back on your workouts will get you bigger. There pyramid routine is:

    Day1-Leg Day-7exercises
    Day3-Back and Chest Day- 6 exercises
    Day5-Shoulder and Arms- 9 exercises

    I'm not use to working out so little but is this a good thing?

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    What has 5 or 6 times a week for years gotten you? What do you think you'll get if you continue doing it for several more years? Might be time to try something different.

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    LittleJake JSully's Avatar
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    I train 4 days /week and get good results.

    I have trained 6 days /week with good results.

    It depends on what your body can handle. If you're training 6 days a week, make sure your calorie intake can handle it. Try dropping down to 5 days or 4 days and see how it affects you.
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    Get your strength up as high as you can with frequent lifting and basic compound exercises. Then switch to high volume workouts for a short while, put on some weight, then attack strength once more.

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    At a slight angle to the universe
    In general, yes, for "hardgainers" less is more.

    If you look at Berfles log - who is massive now! - he trains 4-5 times a week but often does only one heavy exercise. Its something like:

    Flat bench 5x3
    Weighted dips (triceps) 3x5

    Deadlifts 5x5 (or 3x3)
    Weighted pull-ups 3x5

    Shoulder press 5x5
    Side laterals supersetted with fronts 3x8

    Squat ATG 5x5

    Whatever I feel like doing for biceps and additional tri work, if anything.

    This is an interesting approach. Personally I'd rather combine the exercises into 3 days and have another rest day or two.

    Try doing less volume and heavier weight. See where that gets you.

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    Thus I Refute Thee !!!! Bodyguard's Avatar
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    I train two days a week and, well my numbers speak for themeselves.
    Age: 18
    Height: 6'1
    Weight: 238

    All lifts are raw:

    Bench: 325(max)
    Squat: 510(max)
    Dead lift: 500(max)

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    Its going to be hard workingout less but I have to try something else to get bigger. I always feel you have to workout like its your last in the gym. Hopefully this will work

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    Mr. Skinny Wrists Nicky's Avatar
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    I workout 3 days a week and its working great for me. A gallon of milk a day helps too.
    5'9". 34.-----------------------------BEST LIFTS-----------------------GOALS
    Bodyweight-------------------------BE 280 x 1------------------------BE 300 x 1
    Jan 2009: 151 lbs----------------SQ 365 x 2-----------------------SQ 400 x 1
    Jan 2010: 221 lbs----------------DL 405 x 1------------------------DL 500 x 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky View Post
    I workout 3 days a week and its working great for me. A gallon of milk a day helps too.

    It is all going to vary with your body and how it adapts to stress. In my opinion, it is better to begin with less and add more as you need more.

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    Administrator chris mason's Avatar
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    Less is more when it comes to heavy, intense exercise. Lower intensity of effort exercises in higher volume can be used to augment the heavy stuff. Due to scheduling issues I train 3X per week and have some pretty good results to show for it.

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    Do What You Love Rip.66.'s Avatar
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    yeah I grow more when I rest 3 days a week, but I get bored on off days and end up doing something.


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