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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
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    May 2002

    My routine + How much cardio?

    First of all I'm torn between taking on some muscle mass or shedding fat - I'm the perpetual optimist that would like to believe I can do both but...

    My routine right now looks like this:

    Chest & Triceps
    DD Press 2 x 6 -8 reps
    Slight incline DD Press: 2 x 6-8 reps
    Dips: 2 sets up to 10 reps
    Skulls: 2 x 6-8 reps
    Cable Pressdowns: 1 x 6-8 reps

    Legs & Abs
    Squats: 2 x 6-8 reps
    Leg Extension: 2 x 6-8 reps
    Stiff legged DL: 2 x 6-8 reps
    Standing Calf Raise: 2 x 8-10 reps
    Seated Calf Raise: 2 x 8-10 reps
    Crunches: 3 x 15 reps

    Hope I can walk after leg day - REST!!!

    Shoulders (I do these on their own my because previously when I trained I did not get good results pairing them with anything and I consider them a weak point on my physique + I want good shoulders)
    Seated BB Press behind the neck 2 x 8-10 reps
    Seated lateral raise 2 x 8-10 reps
    Front raise: 2 x 8-10 reps

    Back & Biceps
    Chin ups: 2 x 6-8 reps
    Deadlifts: 2 x 6-8 reps
    Barbell Rows: 2 x 6-8 reps
    Shrugs: 1 x 10 reps
    Seated DB curls: 2 x 8-10 reps
    Hammer curls: 1 x 8 x 10 reps

    Either Cardio or a sport of somekind - rollerblade, MTN bike, hike, swim.


    What'ya think of the routine?

    I try and put cardio in 3-4 times per week but I do it pretty intense for 35 minutes on the elliptical machine. According to it I burn over 400calories each time - no idea how accurate it is but I use it as a guideline. Is that too much cardio - will I start to burn off muscle? I stand at 5'7" 160lbs w/approx 20% bf (my guesstimate) and I guess the end goal is 160lbs with 10% bf the point where I hope my abs will show up. What sort of time frame can I put to that goal that's reasonable? Will my routine get me there?

    Sorry for all the questions but I need !
    Last edited by ions; 05-16-2002 at 02:27 PM.

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  3. #2
    As I Am Paul Stagg's Avatar
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    Dec 2000
    Baltimore, MD, USA
    Looks fine.

    Use your diet as the primary tool to manipulate body composition. 3 times a week for 35 minutes is a fine place to start with cardio. Adjust as needed.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
    "You're wrong, and I have a completely irrelevant pubmed abstract that may or may not say so." - Belial
    I has a blog.
    I has a facebook.


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