The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    Bench setup question

    When setting up for a bench, I read you should keep your traps shrugged up. Shouldn't you keep them down?

    Heres the video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5Mik...embedded#at=70

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    I have never once heard that technique taught. It doesn't make sense to me at all.

    I would refer to this article and video series by Dave Tate:
    http://articles.elitefts.com/article...e-series-here/
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    When seting up you should try to set up as high as possible on your traps pinching your shoulder blades together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Luyando View Post
    When seting up you should try to set up as high as possible on your traps pinching your shoulder blades together.
    this....
    Meet PR's: 1008-750-750 - 2464

    Gym PR's... don't count ... time to do another meet!

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    Following Rob's advice about benching is probably a wise way to go.
    Current PR's 198 - 220
    Squat - 777 - 771.5
    Bench - 611.7 - 628.2
    Deadlift - 567 - 584
    Total 1929 - 1973

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    As far as the video; I would disagree that your shoulders should actually shrug up (this would create a higher bar path), your traps definitely should be contracted; but by contacting the lats as well you stabilize the shoulder girdle wihout changing the position of the shoulders. By involving the lats you maintain a lower bar path and better angle of your humerus in relation to your body.
    Current PR's 198 - 220
    Squat - 777 - 771.5
    Bench - 611.7 - 628.2
    Deadlift - 567 - 584
    Total 1929 - 1973

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