The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    Do you rest between reps on bench?

    I've seen people, say they are going to do 5 reps, they do a rep and then pause with their arms locked out for about 2 seconds maybe a tiny bit more and go for the next rep and they have this pause between each rep? Is this beneficial? Seems like it would only tire the person out by having to hold the weight up there. Thoughts?

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    Try doing a set of 20 rep squats and then tell me that resting tires you out more.

    I don't pause at the top of bench except before my last rep.

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    Sometimes. I usually try not to.

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    I do it if it's heavy enough just to prepare myself..

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    I read somewhere that when you're benching and you pause at the top for like 3-5 seconds between each rep (with a heavy weight) it makes your muscles work harder.
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    Depends on how many reps I'm doing, but I usually pause, exhale, inhale, then go.

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    When benching I don't, the few times I have really tired me out and screwed me up.

    When squatting I do sometimes, if only to take a few breaths and make sure I concentrate for the last rep.

    Deadlifts I usually did as well, just to deload the weight fully.
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    I'm training for strength right now (doing 5/3/1) and I've been pausing at the starting positions of each of the main lifts. So for the squat, I pause for just a second while standing up, bench press I pause with my arms locked out, deadlift I pause with the bar on the ground, and overhead press I pause with the bar on my chest.

    Should I be doing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pure Water View Post
    Should I be doing this?
    Yes, that's the way I do it too.
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    If I have to pause for any longer than about 2 seconds on a bench set, it means I *will* fail on the rep anyway lol. You can't power through bench like you can squat or deadlift. Humbling exercise.

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    I pause. I wouldn't call it rest though. About one second usually,

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    Okay thanks for replying, I'll keep doing it the way I am now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pure Water View Post
    I'm training for strength right now (doing 5/3/1) bench press I pause with my arms locked out
    I am the reverse ... I pause for 1 - 2 seconds at the bottom and then push up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMedley View Post
    I am the reverse ... I pause for 1 - 2 seconds at the bottom and then push up.
    Ya that's what I was thinking I should have been doing, along with pausing at the bottom of a squat so that I deload the weight just like I do with the deadlift and overhead press...

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