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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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  1. #1
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    Is this Westside bench routine any good?

    I've been using Sheiko for the last few months. I got my bench from 107.5kg to 125kg.
    For some reason I've stalled. So I thought now it's time to switch things up.
    I notice Westside advocates working your weak points. My weak point is chest, I fail on the bottom of my presses. So I've added Dumbbell presses as I can't do flies.
    BTW I lift RAW.
    If you are wondering why i don't have squats, it's because at the moment I can't do them because of my back.
    Just waiting on the chiropractor.

    Monday ME: Bench 3x3 until failure. 4 singles with 95% of 1rm
    Dumbbell bench 4x5
    Tricep Push downs 4x8
    Pull ups 5x5
    Dumbbell rows 3x5

    Thursday DE:
    Speed bench 8x3 of 50% of 1rm
    Dips 3x5
    Tricep pushdowns 4x8
    Pull ups 5x5
    Dumbbell rows 3x5

    Is this any good? Also after how many weeks do I increase the weight?
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    A huge part of Westside is changing your exercises weekly or every 2 weeks. Are you doing that?
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    Have you picked a rotation of multiple ME exercises to use on the ME day? Also, I'd structure the sets / reps differently on the ME day. Rather than 3x3 to stat... use 5 or 6 sets of 3's working up each set as kind of a warm up; the final triple should be fairly tough, then cut it to singles from there for another 3-4 sets continuing to work up in weight.

    Also, personally I don't like to do the same assitant exercises on both training days, so I'd recommend choosing another tricep, lat, and upper back exercise so you aren't continually doing the same 3 movements. Maybe go for bar extensions to the chin on ME day instead of pushdowns (I think pushdowns are a poor choice for tris anyway), then maybe replace pullups wth pulldowns on 1 of the days, and DB Rows with Barbell rows, just to have greater variety.
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    pat, routine looks pretty good. I agree w/ mike just work up to heavy singles and drop the 3x3 to failure. You'll get a lot more out of the heavy singles ref. to strength development... Just ensure you're changing ME exercises every 2-weeks or so.

    Mixing up accessory work is a good idea also... Are you using bands or chains on your DE day? They're not a must but really help w/ speed and explosion off the chest thru any sticking points. Starting power while benching Raw is very important!
    Good luck, and hope your back heals up soon!
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    Thanks for the responses guys.
    Did my first ME day today. It was awesome, really like the heavy weights lifted.

    Is this any good?

    Monday: DE 8x3 speed bench with bands
    Dumbbell bench 3x5
    Dumbbell tricep extentions 2x8
    Dumbbell rows 5x5

    Thursday: ME bench 3x3 up to 4 singles @95%
    Dips 3x5
    Pushdowns 2x8
    Pull ups 5x5

    On week 2 I do floor press, week 3 incline press on ME day. Is this a decent rotation?

    Cheers.
    Last edited by patricky; 08-04-2010 at 10:23 PM.
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    I don't get what you mean by 3x3 up to 4 singles at 95%. What's the point of the 3x3 before you do the heavy work? Why 4 singles at 95%? Set a PR (eg, 100%) and then break it the next time you do that exercise.
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    The 3x3 is just a warm up for the 4 singles.

    I thought you were supposed to do 4 singles with your near max?
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    3-5 singles that are above 90%. You're supposed to try setting a new PR each time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusWild View Post
    3-5 singles that are above 90%. You're supposed to try setting a new PR each time.
    Agreed... By changing ME exercises every week or so, you can lift @ 100% and more each week.

    That the essence of the conjugate method. Maxing every week develops maximum strength quicker than any other method I've used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robchris View Post
    Agreed... By changing ME exercises every week or so, you can lift @ 100% and more each week.

    That the essence of the conjugate method. Maxing every week develops maximum strength quicker than any other method I've used.
    Exactly. I've been trying to think of a good way to explain it. When most newer people start training, they are better at reps than a 1RM. If you take what they do for 5-10 reps and project their 1RM, their actual 1RM is quite a bit lower. This is mainly because their muscles aren't coordinated enough at the motor pattern yet and they don't know how to strain. If you take really good lifters, then their 1RM will usually be higher than the calculation.
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    Most we ever do might be 3 over 90%.

    Here is an example if i was doing regular bench press with my previous pr being 550

    135 1 set x 5reps
    225 1 set x 5reps
    315 1 set x 3 reps
    365 1 set x 3 reps
    405 1 set x 1 rep
    455 1 set x 1 rep
    90% - 495 1 set x 1 rep
    95% - Possibly 525 1 set x 1 rep (usually skip and go right to pr unless it 90% feels crappy)
    101% - 555 1 set x 1 rep

    STOP

    Next week is a totally different exercise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Roberts View Post
    Most we ever do might be 3 over 90%.

    Here is an example if i was doing regular bench press with my previous pr being 550

    135 1 set x 5reps
    225 1 set x 5reps
    315 1 set x 3 reps
    365 1 set x 3 reps
    405 1 set x 1 rep
    455 1 set x 1 rep
    90% - 495 1 set x 1 rep
    95% - Possibly 525 1 set x 1 rep (usually skip and go right to pr unless it 90% feels crappy)
    101% - 555 1 set x 1 rep

    STOP

    Next week is a totally different exercise.
    AJ, isn't the main thing to establish pr's and then try to break them each time the lift comes up in the rotation, rather than worry about lifts over 90%?


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    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    AJ, isn't the main thing to establish pr's and then try to break them each time the lift comes up in the rotation, rather than worry about lifts over 90%?
    Yes we don't ever think about the percentage just go for a max. Keep in mind though that a max effort doesn't mean a PR. Obviously you'd like it to be a PR but it's not always going to happen.
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    That makes perfect sense and keeps it simple. The pr is a bonus, but always aim to strain.


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