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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    Senior Member tdotteg's Avatar
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    Experts Look inside!! I need your help

    So i've been off for a couple of months due to an injury. During this time I slacked off :P no cardio, crappy diet you name it. I just started lifting again last week and noticed I had lost most of my strenght.

    What I would like to do is trim the fat i've gained and gain my strenght back. What would be my best approach?

    5x5 increasing weight every lift or Rippetoe's starting strenght training
    My diet will be clean and I plan on mixing in cardio in about a month.

    what do you guys think?
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    my opinion? do the cardio complex's as outlined in the article with the same title in the article section. This will get your muscles back in beginning weight lifting shape, jumpstart your metabolism, and start your body fat loss all at once. They are fun to do if you like challenges, and are an all around complete workout. Doing the 5 x 5's ala Bill Starr in addition would be a good foundation though.

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    Not trying to bust anyone's balls but I feel a need to clear up a few misconceptions here first.

    Starting Strength is 3x5, not 5x5.

    Bill Starrs will be way too advanced for someone who has been off for a few months.

    There is no reason to have to do complexes to get back into "weight lifting shape".



    As far as my advice goes, Id keep your diet at maintenance for now and do Starting Strength. If you can finagle a carb cycle while on maintenance that will help with recomposition. Try this for a few months and see where you are then.
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    Senior Member tdotteg's Avatar
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    thank you for the advice guys. Keep em coming!.

    My diet has been at maintenance. I am leaning towards starting strength unless someone could give me something better :P Also would HIIT help in terms of gaining my strength of just hinder any gains in strength?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    As far as my advice goes, Id keep your diet at maintenance for now and do Starting Strength. If you can finagle a carb cycle while on maintenance that will help with recomposition. Try this for a few months and see where you are then.
    This is what I did after taking a few months off to move and make great progress. I used SS and transitioned to the Advanced Novice program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdotteg View Post
    thank you for the advice guys. Keep em coming!.

    My diet has been at maintenance. I am leaning towards starting strength unless someone could give me something better :P Also would HIIT help in terms of gaining my strength of just hinder any gains in strength?
    To be as efficient as possible (not lose lean mass) I would manipulate one variable at a time.
    Sarvamangalam!

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    I can't add expert advice, but I can give you the following encouragement: Many years ago I suffered a spinal injury that knocked me out of the game for about a year. The good news is that I found that regainaing lost ground that I'd already earned once was easy compared to getting there the first time. In other words, getting it back is easier since your body's been there previously.
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