The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by depotman View Post
    I think most people make the mistake of trying to lift the weight rather then focuse on exercising the muscle they want to work. Obviously this depends on your goal, and if you are training for strength this doesn't hold as true as opposed to specific muscle developement and hypertrophy, but is still applicable in my opinion.

    For example if it's their "chest day" and they are doing bench presses, they are really focused on putting up a big number weight wise. They want to hit a new PR and when you are trying to hit a PR or are lifting really heavy you are going to be putting more emphasis on getting the weight up over completely working the muscle in question and keeping the load on that muscle wanting worked versus the other 5 or so muscles helping.

    Which might be fine, but if your goal is for developing the muscle in question, then it would serve you better to take weight out of the picture. Forget about hitting that PR, or even what weight you are using. Just focus on making sure you are hitting as many fibers as possible for that muscle (with an appropriate weight), not on whatever other muscles are trying to help you with said lift.

    Obviously if your not into working individual body parts, or you dig complex movements because of time requirements or the "getting more bang for you buck" I imagine this might not be appropriate advice. I still think most people would be better served taking the amount of weight they are lifting out of the picture and just focusing on really working the muscles in question.

    The problem is this goes against what most people are thinking, which is "I have to put more weight on the bar and lift big" and in doing so I think sometimes the muscles they really wanted to work don't get fatigued as well as they should because the work is split up amongst other contributing muscles while trying to put up the "big weight" So all the muscles helping on that lift might get worked, but not nearly on the level of what you would want for maximum growth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Roberts View Post
    You make a good point here -

    But what do you do when that rep range/weight get's easier? You can't focus more, the weight still needs to go up i.e. you got stronger.
    Obviously you would increase the weight, I apologize if I did not really convey that. I tried briefly (and poorly might I add) when I mentioned "Just focus on making sure you are hitting as many fibers as possible for that muscle (with an appropriate weight), not on whatever other muscles are trying to help you with said lift."

    My point was to not get stuck on what weight you are using, but to focus on working the muscle and adding more weight should be a secondary focus. Once you you are hitting your required reps, or you feel the muscle is not under enough tension then the weight should be upped.

    I am certainly no expert so I apologize if I wasn't making much sense, I just wanted to add my humble opinion to this great discussion.
    Last edited by depotman; 07-22-2010 at 02:50 PM.

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