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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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  1. #1
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    failure on squats

    I hope this isn't a really stupid question and I did try a search to see if I could find an answer that I could understand, but no luck. Anyway, I have a really hard time knowing when I'm at failure when doing squats. I just stop when I'm afraid to go down one more time. I guess my crime is that I don't use a spotter while performing squats but still I really don't want to hurt myself which seems possible even with a spot. Does anybody have any suggestions? I have the same problem with lunges. With lunges I stop before I feel like I'm going to fall over rather then fall. Is this close enough to failure?
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    For squats use a power rack. The cage looking things with four corners and pins (small metal bars) that can be adjusted for height. Then just do a set with a bit of weight to see how far down you can go and set the pins at the best point you can. So then when you squat and if you fail you can just go maybe half an inch deeper and the bar will come to rest on the pins. Then you simply can take the weight off the bar and walk away.

    I wouldn't suggest doing squats with any chance of failure outside a power rack and definitely not without the pins set at a decent height. Hope that helps...lemme know if you need clarification.
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    Do you squat in a squat rack? There is minimal chance of hurting yourself doing squats in a squat rack as if you feel you are in trouble all you have to do is lower it onto the bars.

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    You beat me to it El P.
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    NAte is exactly right." - Tryska

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    Wow, that was fast. Thanks. I do use a squat/power rack. So I should just keep going down untill I can't get back up in order to reach failure?
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    Age - 43
    ht - 5' - 7"
    wt - 152 lbs
    bf% - 10.5%
    pipe dream goal 175 lbs @ 10% bf
    making the switch to power lifting

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    Failure, in these terms, would be when you can no longer safely perform a repitition. If you are pushing and get half way, still with good form, try to push it out. If you simply can't, slowly(controlled) lower the weight to the pins. Be safe! If you find yourself pushing more with one leg or leaning, you are probably compromising your form which can result in injury.

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    Well you don't have to go to failure on squats. It's a pain in the ass if you fail and then want to continue. You have to get yourself out and then get someone to help you lift the weight back up or take the weight off and put the bar up and then put the weight back on again.
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    A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls. -- Dan Quayle

    If do right, no can defense. -- Mr. Miyagi

    Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey:

    I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.

    Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk.

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    Heh...got distracted and forgot to submit my answer. WannaBeStrong's advice is right on.
    Deadlifts are like women, they'll hurt you everytime, but they'll also make you a man. - Me

    Friends don't let friends do dumbell kickbacks. - Me

    ElP is the smartest man in the world. - Gyno Rhino

    A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls. -- Dan Quayle

    If do right, no can defense. -- Mr. Miyagi

    Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey:

    I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.

    Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk.

    Current FFFA Enforcer

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    Thanks a lot guys. I get it. You've very clearly answered a question that's been bothering me since I started doing squats.
    sometimes slowly

    My stats:
    Age - 43
    ht - 5' - 7"
    wt - 152 lbs
    bf% - 10.5%
    pipe dream goal 175 lbs @ 10% bf
    making the switch to power lifting

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    Failure:

    When one can no longer perform an additional rep. of a given exercise using correct form.
    Last edited by MRJ; 06-13-2002 at 11:17 AM.
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