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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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    One arm barbell movements

    While 1 arm movements with dbells or kbells are common, 1 arm barbell stuff is not seen too much these days. L0ts of Old School greats did these things and swore by them. Do any of you find these of value or do you consider them a novelty?
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    You mean 1 arm barbell curls? LOL

    Jokes appart, I donīt think you are going to see too many of these here.

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    i dont think he means one arm barbell curls.

    those type of exercises may be better utilized by some training in martial arts seeing as some of those lifts put your body in some awkward angles.

    they are not necessary for someone whos bodybuilding, powerlifting, or someone who lifts purely for fun. (i.e.- the vast majority of bodybuilders/powerlifters today dont use them) Strongman may get use of them.


    I suggest if they keep you lifting, and you find them fun, why not?
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    I think one arm barbell snatches are awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikingsroad View Post
    i dont think he means one arm barbell curls.
    I was joking..... LOL= Laugh Out Loud!

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    I have done one-arm barbell snatches... but I would consider it a novelty lift.

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    I saw a guy doing one arm rows with a barbell in the gym yesterday. He was spending more time balancing the weight than actually lifting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearFactory View Post
    I saw a guy doing one arm rows with a barbell in the gym yesterday. He was spending more time balancing the weight than actually lifting it.
    Now that you mention that, 1 arm barbell row, with one end in a corner (and the weight in the other), is quite a good finisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niko_El_Piko View Post
    Now that you mention that, 1 arm barbell row, with one end in a corner (and the weight in the other), is quite a good finisher.
    If one runs out of DB weight for 1 arm rows, a better alternative is using the t-bar row machine in place of a dumbbell. Same as a 1 arm barbell row, except you don't have to waste energy balancing the weight and actually focus on hitting the target muscle.

    Edit, just got what you said, yes that is similar to using the t-bar row machine. The guy I saw doing the 1 arm rows was just trying to grip the middle of the barbell and row it like a giant dumbbell. It was very awkward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    I have done one-arm barbell snatches... but I would consider it a novelty lift.

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    I do them from time to time, they can be challenging, help break the monotony and keep workouts interesting.
    And I do feel they have some utility, I do 1 arm bbell snatches, bench press, standing curls, standing OH press.

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    In speaking with Dave Tate about training, he posed to me whether a particular lift would help me reach my goal. I can say without hesitation a one armed barbell movement is not going to help my bench. I don't see them helping my squat or deadlift either. Frankly, for me I see them doing more harm than good.


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    For some odd reason this crossfit wod that involved one-armed KB thrusters came to mind.
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