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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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    Deadlift...Too heavy?

    Hey guys,

    I am just trying to stay lean, but am a bit confused on deadlift. Everytime i get into a regimen where I am deadlifting twice a week (5 sets, 8-10 reps) I end up getting bigger. This isnt a bad thing at all but I feel like it makes my hips bigger or something, could this be due to diet? Or should I avoid deadlifts in general?

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    Deadlifting will make you grow. It will make the muscles around your lower back/legs bigger. Don't avoid deadlifts unless you are going for the 150lb abercrombie model look.
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    I wouldn't avoid deadlifts at all. But I would stop doing them twice a week. Once a week is fine.
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    And, to me, if you ever get to any appreciable weight, 8-10 reps is a recipe for injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BG5150 View Post
    And, to me, if you ever get to any appreciable weight, 8-10 reps is a recipe for injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmor6 View Post
    What?
    I think what he meant is that some circles believe that when you go really heavy for higher reps on deadlifts, form starts to break down from fatigue, as well as supporting muscles that protect the back, and then you can become more likely to get injured.
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    it depends on your goal.. i used to deadlift heavy every week. i noticed once i was pulling 500-600 x5 depending on the workout a week a my joints were taking a heavy hitting. i actually quit doing deads all together. heavy bent over rows for are a foundation of my back. rack pulls and t bar rows are great additions as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMcGuire View Post
    I think what he meant is that some circles believe that when you go really heavy for higher reps on deadlifts, form starts to break down from fatigue, as well as supporting muscles that protect the back, and then you can become more likely to get injured.
    Rich, thanks. I figured that's what he was getting at, but it seems out of character for this forum to advise against not lifting as much as you can, if you get my drift. I guess I was looking for a bit more info on a comment like that. For example, I can get 505 for 10 reps and I wouldn't dissuade people from going all out (safely). Nothing wrong with trying to hit higher reps with decent weight. What's the alternative?
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    Benchyou, are you a man? You are worried that your hips get a little bigger when you deadlift? Seriously, are you a man? WTF??? I simply cannot understand when a man worries about adding a little muscle. It just seems ridiculous to me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    Benchyou, are you a man? You are worried that your hips get a little bigger when you deadlift? Seriously, are you a man? WTF??? I simply cannot understand when a man worries about adding a little muscle. It just seems ridiculous to me.
    Probably a v taper thing , but i agree with you. Who cares if ya got a 20 inch different if your waist is 20 and chest is 40.
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    I guess I was a bit harsh. It just boggles my mind a man would worry about getting a more powerful body.


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