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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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    aspiring psycho MaFi0s0's Avatar
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    big muscles and strong muscles

    i heard that if you do less reps with heavier weights your muscles get bigger but not as strong, is this true?
    and that the downside is, the muscles are soft and dont show so much when not tensed.

    i also heard that its a good idea to build muscle size then muscle strength, is this longterm wise, like work on muscle size for 1 year then muscle strength, or work on muscle size one week, then muscle strength another week.

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    less reps + heavier weights = strength
    It's common to use heavy weight and low reps to gain strength, dunno where you got yer info.
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    without getting all technical about different kinds of muscle growth, which I ain't qualified to talk about, IMHO if you lift to get strong, you'll get bigger, too.

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    He knows what he's talkin about.

    Originally posted by Goin_Big
    less reps + heavier weights = strength
    It's common to use heavy weight and low reps to gain strength, dunno where you got yer info.

    It's no question, very high weight w/ low reps (2-4) builds strength faster than any other method. I've personally experienced it.

    About that big muscles vs. being strong deal : I'm not real sure about the details, but I know the body has two different muscle fibers - each responding to different types of training. BUT, if you lift for strength, your muscles will get bigger - trust me. That's just common sense.
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    thanks,
    so if i do lots of reps(15-20) with a lighter weight will i get bigger muscles?, atm im looking to increase size not strength.

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    if you increase size, strength will inevitably come whether you want it to or not.

    by increasing reps though you will probably not make as good of gains

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    No. Keep it 6-8
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    i always thought it was the other way around;
    heavy weight + low reps = big muscles
    lighter weight + high reps = strength

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    so you're saying then that anybody huge would be weak?

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    Originally posted by bigedge
    i always thought it was the other way around;
    heavy weight + low reps = big muscles
    lighter weight + high reps = strength
    How the hell does that work??

    Heavy with low reps increases strength, which in turn will increase size.

    Lighter weights and high reps will increase endurance in the muscle.

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    in a way thats true. bodybuilders are weaker than powerlifters.
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    but do you want to look like a powerlifter?

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    Originally posted by Short N Buff
    in a way thats true. bodybuilders are weaker than powerlifters.
    What's true??

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    I was replying to clarks comment about the big=weak.
    Last edited by Short N Buff; 05-28-2002 at 12:38 PM.
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    Originally posted by Clark
    but do you want to look like a powerlifter?
    Some powerlifters look pretty damn good. Some "bodybuilders" look big and fat. Let's not generalize.

    In general, low reps, high weight, long rest periods etc. build strength rather than mass. (and vice versa). But, of course, there's a lot more to it than that.
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    Originally posted by Belial


    Some powerlifters look pretty damn good. Take Latty for instance. Some "bodybuilders" look big and fat. Let's not generalize.

    In general, low reps, high weight, long rest periods etc. build strength rather than mass. (and vice versa). But, of course, there's a lot more to it than that.

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    lmao
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    So. From the discussion thread it seems that low reps equates to strength. My understanding from all the physiology research here on this site, is that reps from 6 to 10 are best for building Mass.
    And in regards to strength, powerlifters don't do sets of 10 to measure strength. So. Logic would say that pure strength 1-3 kinda stuff and mass 6 to 10 area.

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