The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    Equal Opportunity Offender Budiak's Avatar
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    When doing barbell exercises, namely bicep exercies, is it best to go one at a time or both at once?

    Also, if you do it one at a time, how do you count reps?
    i.e. if you do 12 total reps, does it represent six "actual" reps?

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    Hey Budiak-
    I think you mean dumbells bro... From all I have read & my own experience, you should start each set lifting both together & then switch to single dumbells as you fatigue. When you can no longer raise both dumbells together just go right-left,thats a rep. Start with either L or R, it really doesn't matter but as you complete a rep with EACH arm, that = one rep......... But then, I am a product of the Texas public school system so don't bank on my math skills to figure your reps....
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    yeah i meant dumbells. Eek!

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    I have always alternated with dumbells and most people whom I have ever trained with do the same. I feel it is superior because it allows you to concentrate on the one arm, and it works somewhat like rest-pause because of the rest time between reps.

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    Hey Chris! I was gonna say that D@mn it! Seriously, Chris has a good point. I have always used that method too. I've tried both and I like this one much better.

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    I usually perform simultaneous dumbell curls because I am an advocate of constant muscle tension during a set - only pausing at full contraction. However, when I'm in the mood to use more weight, I occasionally will do alternating curls because the rest-pause effect Chris was talking about.
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    I find that when i alternate, I can cheat a bit. I get that momentum thing going. This week, I started doing them together - seems like I am getting more isolation, but i like what SweatHawg suggests. i think I'll try that next week.

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