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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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    Mouth guard?

    So I've started to find I grit/grind my teeth when lifted; especially on bench and deadlift. I do this pretty much without thinking about it so I'm finding it difficult to control.
    I know this is a bad habit and that it can probably do damage to my mouth and teeth. With this in mind I see 2 courses of action: 1. try to break the habit or, 2. get a good mouth guard.
    Now, it might seem obvious that the best option is to simply stop doing it, but I already feel like that may not be the most realistic option. Just seeking general advice/input on this issue and if anyone wants to recommend a good mouth guard.
    Last edited by NITF; 10-27-2011 at 07:11 PM.

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    Westside Bencher Travis Bell's Avatar
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    I used to grind my teeth, but once I started taking a big breath of air before lifting, I wasn't able to grind them any more.

    But if you have to use one, go for it. Not a super big deal. Just be sure you can breath correctly with whatever one you go with.

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    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    I saw a pamphlet in my gym in regards to an under armor mouth piece that helps solve this or acts as a non-contact sport mouth guard.
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    Thanks for the advice on breath work/control... will give it a try!

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    I Wanna Taco johnnyo_99's Avatar
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    i use a mouthguard on all my ME lifts. I tend to clench my teeth very hard and have chipped teeth in the past. nothing wrong with using a mouthguard imo.

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    Wannabebig Member Christianiron's Avatar
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    I use a cheap MG on heavy lifts and I like it.... would a custom fitted expensive one be even better? I suppose, but its really not in the budget
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    I use a mouth guard ALL THE TIME NOW. I get headaches from heavy lifting, not from grinding my teeth and the mouthguard seems to solve that problem for me. THe nice mouthguards cost a lot though. Its sorta a pain in the butt wearing the mouthguard, you look stupid with one in, and its a pain taking it out whenever someone wants to talk to you. But aleviating the headaches is worth it.

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    illinois fattest lifter theBarzeen's Avatar
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    That Under Armor mouth guard is ~$100...... !

    I tried a few mouth guards because I used to clench pretty bad. In the end it was just easier to take a big breath and not clench than to have to deal with one more thing on the platform.
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