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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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    best way to increase wights - heavier & low reps OR lighter & high reps

    hi guys newbie here!
    what is the best way to increase the weights im lifting & therefore become stronger
    - lift heavier weight with lower reps e.g. 3 sets of 7 maybe
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    - lift the lighter weight with more reps e.g. 3 sets of 11
    following on how do you know when you are ready to move up a weight?

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    If all you are worried about is getting stronger and lifting heavier weights, then very low reps (1 to 3 reps) with a high percentage of your 1 Rep Max will serve you best.
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    I asked the same question a year ago, and they answered me this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomly View Post
    I asked the same question a year ago, and they answered me this:
    First post said you were a newbie. Next post says you've been at it for a year. Also said you have asked the question before.

    Troll much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    First post said you were a newbie. Next post says you've been at it for a year. Also said you have asked the question before.

    Troll much?

    Goodbye.
    The two posts are from different users lol, might want to unban the second guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by greemah View Post
    The two posts are from different users lol, might want to unban the second guy
    Never! That would show he's forgiving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greemah View Post
    The two posts are from different users lol, might want to unban the second guy
    That's exactly what happened to me, minutes after I joined. It doesn't make someone feel very welcome.

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    Everybody has an off day. Sorry.
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    Increase the weights with lower reps for strength! I would stick to 3-6 rep range (approx) for pure strength gains. Any less is training for power, and any more will start training for muscle mass. Training for strength and the mass gains will come anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexspt View Post
    Increase the weights with lower reps for strength! I would stick to 3-6 rep range (approx) for pure strength gains. Any less is training for power, and any more will start training for muscle mass. Training for strength and the mass gains will come anyway.
    Power comes from speed. Mass comes from almost any rep range within reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Everybody has an off day. Sorry.
    Understood. Thank you.

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    i think i need to explain myself!
    i did begin to train around a year ago but had to stop due to some unforseen cicumstances but i have begun again recently
    i have decided to do compound excercizes (bench/squat/deadlift etc) with the light weight & high reps as i dont have a spotter
    if i can do 12 reps of a weight easily then is it safe to say i can move up a weight?

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    Yes. If the weight becomes easy then you MUST increase it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Yes. If the weight becomes easy then you MUST increase it.
    or move the lighter weight at 1m/s (3.3ft/sec). That'll get you stronger too.
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    im also having a hard time increasing my bench with the compund lifts routine i mentioned before, is there anything else u can advise me to do to to help as iv'e always struggled with bench press?
    Last edited by zahmed; 09-12-2011 at 06:40 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zahmed View Post
    im also having a hard time increasing my bench with the compund lifts routine i mentioned before, is there anything else u can advise me to do to to help as iv'e always struggled with bench press?
    Use a simple progression scheme...
    Start with light weights, around 70% of normal
    Increase the weight slowly, adding 5 lbs every workout
    Keep adding weight to the bar until you stall again
    Repeat the procedure again, trying to break PRs each cycle
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