The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    Luke
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    How long do you REALLY have to stick with a program?

    I've read from posters here that you should stick with a given program for at least a year.
    On the other hand, I've also read that all good programs follow the same basic principles, and as long as you eat and recover you can progress, regardless of your program (provided it isn't something stupid).

    Now, I understand that program hopping every 3 weeks will leave you spinning your wheels, but what about every 3 or 4 months?
    Does it really matter?
    Is 12 months of HCT-12 going to be more beneficial than 4 months of HCT-12, 4 months of BGB, 4 months of 5/3/1, provided all other variables are the same?

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    If you stick with the routine then your intensity stays high and you keep progressing with new PRs. If you switch the routine you'll have some down time while you build the intensity back up and start hitting new PR territory. Wasted time if you don't need it. And like you said, if the routine is similar, then there is no reason to switch if you are just going to have to gain back the ground you lost.
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