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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?

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    Whats your most functional lift?

    In everyday life that is. What specific lift transfers over into your daily use the most?

    Yesterday at work I was being passed an extremely expensive pump seal when my coworker started to lose it. It only weighed 80lbs but at outstretched arms was definetly a heavy load and he quickly started to lose it. I reached out from the opposite direction and got ahold of it before it went down and I quickly found myself in his situation. And though I'm not particularly strong, fortunately I had just enough shoulder strength to get it safely over to the ledge.

    I got to thinking about it after that... what if I never touched a weight in my life, would I have been able to make that recovery? I honestly dont think so because I barely did in that situation. And after thinking about it more, I concluded that lateral raises definetly transfer over into my physical lifestyle more than any other lift I practice.

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    Curls...seriously.
    Think about how much stuff you do with your arms and your biceps.
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    im the opposite to use guys lol.

    i can lift quite heavy in the weight room but have no functional stength in day to day life.

    for instance my father has never been into lifting weights however thorugh out his whole life he has had unbelieveable functional strength!! lifting car engines etc.

    and he is so weak in the gym....lol

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    Im an order picker, for big grocery stores, I do a lot of picking up of the ground but stuff ranges between 3 - 25kgs, when I get a drink order full of boxes full of, 12 x 1.25 litre drinks, Its only 13kgs but when i have to pick 10's - 100's of them, it really burns my back and biceps and a little of everything else

    I thought deadlift helped me out but id have to say bicep curls of some sort, my back does burn but that's from continuous bending and squatting, but my bicep get a great workout at work, mostly static really while i carry the item,

    About the dad, I know its amazing how they have functional strength, im literally 2 - 3 stronger than my dad in a gym environment, but when its on the building site carrying bricks and planks, he does it with ease where as i struggle quite a bit lol
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    Us old guys get functionally strong from doing the same hard work for many years. You just get good at what you do, day in and day out, for many years.

    By the way, that's two votes for curls if anybody's keeping track
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    For my every day job, its indirectly deadlifts. I sit at a desk all day so I am prone to get back pain....as long as I am deadlifting, I never feel anything.

    For my 2nd job, which is working on cars...deadlifts again. Picking up trannys and putting them on the tranny jack is a lot easier now.

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    +1 for deadlifting.
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    Probably deadlifts as well. I lift a lot of equipment for my band, and I use very good form when I do it. It directly comes from the fact that I deadlift often.
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    Squatting, I guess. I work a desk job in front of a computer 8 hours a day and there is very little strength involved. However I cycle commute to work, and squats have definitely increased my thigh muscle mass and strength, especially for short bursts. My average speed has gone up a few miles/hour since weightlifting, I guess with the additional available muscle fiber and CNS improvements.

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    Has to be Overhead Press, I work with 25KG samples of liquid, and I store them above head hight so no one bothers to lose them for me Odd it is my weakest lift..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Curls...seriously.
    Think about how much stuff you do with your arms and your biceps.
    ditto (even though I never actually train them)
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    Squats - When my 110lb Rottweiler blew his ACL I had to lift him in and out of the truck to get back and forth to the vet. Without my legs being strong I probably would have blew a disc in my back or something.

    Dead Lift as well.

    Also at parties I get guys jumping on my back - I then start squatting them - Freaks them out!!!
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    not to sound cliched, but prolly deadlifts. it may sound funny, but when i have to lift and move something really heavy (in everyday life), i picture doing a deadlift+row kind of motion. i can move around some serious stuff that even my friends who are a lot bigger than me have a hard time with
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    Another vote for deadlifts.

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    Deadlifts and side bends.
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    I had a feeling deads would be most popular. The reason I didn't list them is I seldom (if ever) actually have to use the strength I've trained them to (which isn't all that much). But it seemswith at least some frequency I'm using my shoulders in a raising motion to an extent that would be completely undoable have I not years of training them.

    Agree though that deads make picking up everyday, sub pr weight type lifts, much more maneagable and therefore extremely functional.
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    I'm a construction inspector, and I spend most of my time either at my laptop or in the seat of the company vehicle driving to sites. So I don't know. Deads? None?
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    I'm a carpenter, so I suppose anything involving grip, forearms, triceps, and shoulders. I'd say my job requires some of eveything; but I know my hands, wrists and elbows take a beating. Many other muscles are needed, but to a degree that is easy to build past in the gym with squats, deadlifts, etc. So I guess my "functional limiting muscle group" would be forearms if that makes any sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesbench View Post
    I'm a carpenter, so I suppose anything involving grip, forearms, triceps, and shoulders. I'd say my job requires some of eveything; but I know my hands, wrists and elbows take a beating. Many other muscles are needed, but to a degree that is easy to build past in the gym with squats, deadlifts, etc. So I guess my "functional limiting muscle group" would be forearms if that makes any sense.
    Double overhand carrying 3/4" plywood or drywall takes a **** ton of grip and shoulder strength.
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    jeez I need no functional strength at all since i work in a lab, but I jump around outside so I guess deads. I think my explosive vertical and ability to lift my body up from a hang are directly related to my strong deadlifts and a strong grip too, NEED a strong grip to deadlift and dangle. Though in general its not easy running around like a monkey outside at 270 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamo View Post
    jeez I need no functional strength at all since i work in a lab, but I jump around outside so I guess deads. I think my explosive vertical and ability to lift my body up from a hang are directly related to my strong deadlifts and a strong grip too, NEED a strong grip to deadlift and dangle. Though in general its not easy running around like a monkey outside at 270 lbs.
    parkour?

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    To me, it's got to be any sort of press. The ability to push someone far enough away to draw a sidearm on. However curls have reinforced the ability to make the most drunken person resist if need be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chevelle2291 View Post
    parkour?
    Haha, I have a difficult time visualizing a 270 lb dude doing parkour but I'd like to hear more on what exactly he means by jumping around and dangling...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    Haha, I have a difficult time visualizing a 270 lb dude doing parkour but I'd like to hear more on what exactly he means by jumping around and dangling...
    That would be BAD***** tho.

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