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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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    busy man workout

    hi guys ive recently become a father and started a new job. because of my new schedule I can only workout early in the morning or at my lunch time, the first option is a real challenge the second one dont give me a lot of time to workout.

    I was thinking of a fullbody workout with like squat, bench,pullup 2-3 times a week. I'm sure lots of you workout on a tight schedule and I want to know what are your experience and ideas.

    thanks

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    been there livin it now, i do the mornings circuit workout 3x a week 45-55min workouts. seeing good growth key is to do core exercises, bench, dips, pull ups. etc

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    Any chance you can do one day during the weekend and then a quick workout in the evening one nite during the week?

    Full body would be the way to go.

    But also, what are your goals?

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    been doing AM for years. sometimes it really sucks.. but there is literally no one else there which is nice

    4am-7am every lifting day

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    I know exactly where your coming from. I started new job and then had 3 kids. I kept up lifting through the first 2 but when 3 came i quit the gym and didn't join another one for 18mos. I lost alot. I'm back at it and getting huge gains. I suggest full body, compound exercises and 60-90 sec rest in between. U will get through workout in less than an hour. Don't do what i did. Stick with it and you will be happier and stronger for that new addition of yours. I also suggest to get a lifting partner. Makes a huge difference. Mine is smaller than me but he is getting there. Good luck.

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    Any chance you can do one day during the weekend and then a quick workout in the evening one nite during the week?

    Full body would be the way to go.

    But also, what are your goals?
    size and strengh but more strengh

    been doing AM for years. sometimes it really sucks.. but there is literally no one else there which is nice

    4am-7am every lifting day
    ive been doing this since I started my new job but now with my son I find it very difficult to wake up a 5 when Im waking up a few times during the night.

    what I was thinking is having a short workout with few good exercise 4-5 exercise, its just that beside squat and bench and maybe some rack pull/ deads sometime I dont know what other exercise would make a good workout.

    maybe this:

    squat 3x8-10 or 3-5x5 (maybe alternating rep scheme from day to day)
    bench same rep style
    pull up 3x max
    heavy abs

    what do you think?

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    5/3/1 with boring as jack shit for the accessory - which is basically a shortened version of "Boring but Big"

    Sample workout would be:
    squats 5/3/1
    squats 3 x 10
    abs

    I've done this before and it usually only takes about 30min maybe 45 if you really need to warm-up.
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    I got just the thing to get a good workout in during your lunch hour. Three days a week alternating two different workouts.

    Workout 1
    Bench Press - 3x5
    Rows - 3x8
    Curls - 1x12

    Workout 2
    Overhead Press - 3x5
    Squats - 1x20
    Heel Raise - 1x12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I got just the thing to get a good workout in during your lunch hour. Three days a week alternating two different workouts.

    Workout 1
    Bench Press - 3x5
    Rows - 3x8
    Curls - 1x12

    Workout 2
    Overhead Press - 3x5
    Squats - 1x20
    Heel Raise - 1x12
    this and boring but big seems to be valuable option

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    Go for the AM lifting if you can get to bed early enough. I like these suggestions, but you may even want to research how Dorian Yates used to structure his workouts. Just make sure you cycle intensity if you follow the 1 or 2 set to failure protocol.


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    I wouldn't do boring but big, it takes forever unless you are just using such light loads that you can rest 1 minute and keep going.

    I would just do a split like hct-12 or similar, and just do 1 work set (after warmups) to failure or close to it. You can be in and out of the gym in 45 minutes easily.

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    Any chance of investing in a power rack and weight set?

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    I was also going to suggest something like Wendler's 5/3/1. I would do the core exercise, then an abbreviated (10-12 min) CrossFit type workout . I could literally be in and out of the gym in under an hour, if I didn't BS around.
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    I could see 5/3/1 being a very good choice too. Hit the main lift, hit one accessory lift, shower and slam your lunch and get back to work in less than an hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imxfit View Post
    I was also going to suggest something like Wendler's 5/3/1. I would do the core exercise, then an abbreviated (10-12 min) CrossFit type workout . I could literally be in and out of the gym in under an hour, if I didn't BS around.
    that's exactly what I do right now and can be done within 45 minutes most of the time. What I do is hit the main lift and then do a condition (Crossfit) workout that incorporates the accessory work I want to do and can be finished with 10 to 15 minutes. Been doing it for about 2 weeks and it works great. Feel good, enjoy the sessions and keeps everything interesting.
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    I'm sure you'll have to factor in the drive time, workout time, shower time, and eating time. Probably best to get the work done in a half hour since most lunch breaks are 1 hour long.
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    5/3/1 sounds like it would be the right plan for you. I have 2 young kids and some days I'll just go down to the garage, work up to a max squat (or whatever I'm going to do) and then call it a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jief View Post
    size and strengh but more strengh
    You can do quality exercises at home that will probably provide more than enough challenge. You probably won't get big, but you will be strong.

    http://www.beastskills.com/tutorials

    http://www.unique-bodyweight-exercises.com/

    http://www.gymnasticbodies.com/

    If you have a place to attach rings, can make some simple paralettes, and can find room for a chin up bar, there shold be more than enough here to keep you busy.

    http://www.crossfit.com/journal/libr...arallettes.pdf

    The book and rings on the gymnastic bodies site are great and well worth the cost.

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