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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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    NEWSLETTER ARTICLE - Method vs Method

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    I hear more questions on this method vs. that method. Strongman vs. Powerlifting, Oly lifting vs. Powerlifting and we all make fun of body builders. Jumbo sized morons shaving each other down and rubbing each other in baby oil to play sausage mania on stage.... but enough with that crap. Let's get back to the point. There is no such thing as the one sure fire method. Are there worse methods and better methods, probably. It all really comes down to one thing in the end. Genetics and common sense.

    When we start out, everything works because everything is new and causes stress on the body and thus creates growth. But, as is human nature, we cling to things we like and we have had success with and ridicule everything else.

    I was very guilty of this msyelf..even last year. I had a background in strongman and I was anti gear, anti sumo deadlift, anti bench etc. ad infinitum. I teased guys in my gym for these very things and swore I would never do them. Now, I find myself powerlifting, wearing gear, doing sumo for assistance work and using bands and chains and even..wait for it, enjoying benching!

    So what's my point, right? My point is, we all cling to things, we all make rash judgements on what we feel is best, useful and the right way to do things.

    Truth be told, none of us know jack **** and all we do is lift weights. Why not learn all we can, enjoy the process just shut the hell up and train!

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    I can relate to this.

    Having an open mind is such a strong characteristic, not just for training but in the real world.

    I was always anti mobility/stretching etc. Only when I started getting injured a lot did I turn to it. Stupid, I should have had an open mind.

    Same goes for body-part splits. I was always convinced they were the only way to train for a long time. I'm getting on much better with full body and upper/lower splits now. I should have had an open mind earlier on!
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    I am guilty of this too. It kept me from doing a lot of productive things. But I'm learning...
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    I am still new to this, so this is a big issue with me.

    I don't think the problem is just the amount of information out there. I think a big issue is that different things work for different people, and these things work differently at different times of one's life.

    Also people flip flop. They will say, you know what, I did this volume ***** for years and didn't work for me. Doing low reps, low volume is the way to go. Never mind that they just did the low rep/volume routine for the past 2 months, but got most of their gains using different methods.

    The other problem is that when people share what they are doing, they frequently do not state the goals with which they are applying their training programs for instance. Like someone doing back specialization on a cut diet. Doesn't make sense.

    I think the advice to shut the hell up and train is counterproductive. People need proper coaching or tremendous knowledge, awareness of self, and ability to evaluate their response to different things in order to progress, I think.
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