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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?

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    How much assistance do I really need

    OK, so my shoulders were fried today. I did my DE bench 300 for 9x3 and then did close grip pin presses with 455 for 2x5 and 1x10. I didn't even want to train. Even less than that did I want to finish with stupid plate raises. I mean come on, aren't my shoulders strong enough with all the stinking pressing I do. Am I being lazy? Is that work necessary when getting down to competition training? Should I push through or be instinctual when I feel spent? Curious to hear some houghts.


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    If your spent. Why bother. No point in walking through the motions. I also feel that if you force yourself to do things it will loose its appeal and you will burn out. I have always liked the idea of doing the minimal amount of work with the most gain. If I can get by with two sets and get a PR, Im not going to do 3 just because some other guy did.
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    There is a fine line between intensity and volume. There is being able to tolerate training and actually benefitting from it. Finally, special exercises/assistance work should be primarily to address relative weaknesses within the confines of the first two sentences. If your shoulders are not a relative weakness then there is no need to provide them additional training at this time.


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    If by fried you mean fatigued, I typically work through it. Some days it would seem my desire isn't there but i push through any way to keep from forming bad habits. On the other hand if I feel pains or soreness from a previous workout I typically give it another day and ice 3-4 times before the next day. I don't see the point in training a muscle that has yet to recover from a previous workout.
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