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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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    Weighted crunches - can't add any weight

    I am unable to add weight to these as it's two hard to hold three 10kg (22lb) plates, and I can't perform a crunch using 20kg (44lb) plates. So I'm stuck with two 10kg (22lb) plates, which I have to do 3 sets of like 30 reps. I want to try doing lower reps like say 3x10, but I can't up the weight. Anyone else had this problem and found a solution?

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    If you have access to dumbbells, use those. You can also hold the weight behind your head to make it a lot harder.

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    I use dumbbells for crunches as they are easier to hold onto. Hope that helps any.

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    15kg plates?
    Last edited by tom183; 01-03-2010 at 11:44 PM.

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    Get a sit up bench, doing them on a decline should make it harder.

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    Use EZ-Curl bars (or the shorter straight bars) with the desired weight and hold it Zercher style while doing the crunch.

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    Thanks I will try dumbells

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editors009 View Post
    Shoulder problems including pain, are one of the more common reasons for physician visits for musculoskeletal symptoms. The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. It is easily subject to injury because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain stable, the shoulder must be anchored by its muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Some shoulder problems arise from the disruption of these soft tissues as a result of injury or from overuse or underuse of the shoulder. Other problems arise from a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.
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    Try holding a plate behind your head. You'll find it much harder than holding the weight on your chest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editors009 View Post
    Shoulder problems including pain, are one of the more common reasons for physician visits for musculoskeletal symptoms. The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. It is easily subject to injury because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain stable, the shoulder must be anchored by its muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Some shoulder problems arise from the disruption of these soft tissues as a result of injury or from overuse or underuse of the shoulder. Other problems arise from a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.
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    yeah holding the plate behind the head is the best way imo, when youre holding it in front of you its kinda subjective you can raise or lower it to make it easier.

    Im having a brain fart but why is it harder behind your head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugg View Post
    Use EZ-Curl bars (or the shorter straight bars) with the desired weight and hold it Zercher style while doing the crunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skalami View Post
    Im having a brain fart but why is it harder behind your head?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Leverage.
    i get its leverage but seeing as the weight gets further away and travels a longer distance when its by your head shouldnt it be easier? Like if you have a see saw move the weight towards the middle and it gets harder to lift, move it towards the edge and its a lot easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skalami View Post
    i get its leverage but seeing as the weight gets further away and travels a longer distance when its by your head shouldnt it be easier? Like if you have a see saw move the weight towards the middle and it gets harder to lift, move it towards the edge and its a lot easier.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skalami View Post
    i get its leverage but seeing as the weight gets further away and travels a longer distance when its by your head shouldnt it be easier? Like if you have a see saw move the weight towards the middle and it gets harder to lift, move it towards the edge and its a lot easier.
    I think you have that backwards. The next time you do weighted crunches, place the weights on your hips and see how much resistance you get.
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    yeah i did, dyslexia or something. I guess i was thinking of it like this, if youre trying to loosen a lug nut or something its easier when you have a longer handle you can use less force over a longer distance which i was translating to the crunches. But i translated it wrong, a lesser weight farther up the line can exert as much force as a heavier weight closer to the fulcrum (its the fulcrum right?)
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