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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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    Deadlift 5 Plates Like a Champion - New Article!

    by Bret Contreras

    There aren’t many things you can do in the gym that are “manlier” than deadlifting a heavy barbell loaded with five plates per side. It’s the ultimate cool factor, the one movement everyone stops to watch (plus it means you’re strong as hell).

    And the answer to getting a big deadlift isn't always to just keep grinding out set after set on deadlifts. If you are able to identify your weak link, fix it and get stronger on the assistance exercises, you'll be smashing Deadlift PR's in no time.

    READ HERE

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    Brilliant! Really good article.

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    Awesome article. I think I discovered I have weak glutes, quads and forearms. That's depressing as hell. Good news is, with those weaknesses I'm still closing in on a 470 deadlift @ 189-190 pounds.

    So, thanks for depressing me.
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    Now I just need someone to watch me to tell me what I'm doing wrong since I can't take video.
    EDIT: Although I do know my forearms limit me to 405. Now I just need to find out what's limiting me to 445 (when using straps)
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    I thought this was a great article! Really good style and a nice clear list to think about. Need to go strengthen my forearms, quads and upper back now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoSh View Post
    Awesome article. I think I discovered I have weak glutes, quads and forearms. That's depressing as hell. Good news is, with those weaknesses I'm still closing in on a 470 deadlift @ 189-190 pounds.

    So, thanks for depressing me.
    I'm with you there. I have really weak glutes and hams, so time to work on those and bring up my DL!
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    This was a good one. All should read.

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    Sounds like I have some glute work to do...
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    yar. very good read, i liked this article

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    Great article.

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    great article, it shed some light on why my squats are lacking, now i have an idea of what to work on next time im in the gym. thanks!
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    Very nice article. Its nice to read something about increaseing one of the big three that isn't bench related.

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    anyway, awesome article

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    You left out one section: You have weak character if you:
    - Don't deadlift

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Colescott View Post
    You left out one section: You have weak character if you:
    - Don't deadlift
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Colescott View Post
    You left out one section: You have weak character if you:
    - Don't deadlift
    Haha...you crack me up Steve
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    excellent articel. can we also have 2 more like this on benching and squatting?

    thank you


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    (plus it means you’re strong as hell).
    I wish, I feel like a weak POS.

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    Excellent article...however, I searched for my "weak point" and couldn't find it in the list. I did 435 x5 last week, and have done 455 for one. I tried 500 about 3 weeks ago and got stuck at the knees- does anyone know what my weak point is with that symptom?

    I don't consider that weakness off the floor or trouble locking out...it's kinda somewhere in the middle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnathletics2b View Post
    Excellent article...however, I searched for my "weak point" and couldn't find it in the list. I did 435 x5 last week, and have done 455 for one. I tried 500 about 3 weeks ago and got stuck at the knees- does anyone know what my weak point is with that symptom?

    I don't consider that weakness off the floor or trouble locking out...it's kinda somewhere in the middle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnathletics2b View Post
    Excellent article...however, I searched for my "weak point" and couldn't find it in the list. I did 435 x5 last week, and have done 455 for one. I tried 500 about 3 weeks ago and got stuck at the knees- does anyone know what my weak point is with that symptom?

    I don't consider that weakness off the floor or trouble locking out...it's kinda somewhere in the middle.
    I would say probably weak glutes. They aren't activating and pushing your hips through you lockout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnathletics2b View Post
    Excellent article...however, I searched for my "weak point" and couldn't find it in the list. I did 435 x5 last week, and have done 455 for one. I tried 500 about 3 weeks ago and got stuck at the knees- does anyone know what my weak point is with that symptom?

    I don't consider that weakness off the floor or trouble locking out...it's kinda somewhere in the middle.
    Start doing pin pulls just below knee level.


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    Good article.

    Quote Originally Posted by tnathletics2b View Post
    Excellent article...however, I searched for my "weak point" and couldn't find it in the list. I did 435 x5 last week, and have done 455 for one. I tried 500 about 3 weeks ago and got stuck at the knees- does anyone know what my weak point is with that symptom?

    I don't consider that weakness off the floor or trouble locking out...it's kinda somewhere in the middle.
    You may want to look at adjusting your technique or setup rather then looking for a 'weak point'. Something as simple as turning your feet slightly outward or sitting a bit deeper on your initial pull can make a big difference.

    If you would like to critique your technique then I would post a couple of videos of you deadlifting in a seperate thread (powerlifting forum would probably be the best place).
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    Good article. But why 5 plates per side? Why not 4? or 6?
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    One of the best deadlifting articles I have read, well thought out and documented. Really appreciated the videos with some of the exrcises. So much better than just identifying the weaknesses.. I think have known my weakness was glute/ham for almost a year but with the "how to fix them moves" I am over the moon...Great job!!

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