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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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    Rehab/Prehab Workouts

    I know for myself I'm a huge fan of these. Short 30min workouts usually consisting of mobility movements, ultra high rep (30+ reps each set) movements to pump blood into connective tissues etc.

    These are really handy in keeping your body going through workouts week in and week out.

    I find I recover better and suffer less little nagging injuries throughout the training cycle.

    Only problem I sometimes have is finding the time to get them in or that I neglect them until something does crop up lol.

    What do you guys think of recovery type workouts? how do you utilize them and what do you do?


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    One of my favorite rehab post bench workout days went like this.

    Bench with curl bar 3 mins
    Last pull down with 25 lbs 3 mins
    Push downs with mini bands AMRAP in 1 minute

    I used to do this every day after my heavy shirted days. I dont do this anymore as I do lots of soft tissue and mobibility crap and I dont get tore up like I did with a shirt on. I def thing they are uesfull.
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    Could anyone gimme a list some excercises for different parts of the shoulder and surrounding areas(bicep and pec tendon)
    The only lift I'm proud of at this point is a close stance, ass to grass zercher squat of 170kg x2 at 85kg bw. If only they held zercher squat competitions...

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    External shoulder rotations are good for the rotator cuffs, and so are tricep pushdowns for the elbows and triceps tendons.
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    Not a fan of doing exercises for rehab/prehab. I guess I do them, but I prefer to doing extra conditioning, stretching and a very basic dynamic warm-up as my rehab/recovery. I try to stay off the weights so that when I do lift, I'm excited about it. If I "lift" too often I get very sick of it.

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    I've been known to grab light (no more than 20 lb dumbells) and do curls or triceps extensions or laterals as I walk through the gym. The same with standing calf raises or GHR's or standing abs.... I never really keep track of what I do, I just move a little bit at a time I'm not training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JK1 View Post
    I've been known to grab light (no more than 20 lb dumbells) and do curls or triceps extensions or laterals as I walk through the gym. The same with standing calf raises or GHR's or standing abs.... I never really keep track of what I do, I just move a little bit at a time I'm not training.
    I "manufacture" reps that way, too.

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    One thing about such sessions that I see occurring with some frequency is that people do them with too great of an intensity of effort and the workouts which should aid their recovery actually end up compromising it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    One thing about such sessions that I see occurring with some frequency is that people do them with too great of an intensity of effort and the workouts which should aid their recovery actually end up compromising it.
    This is key! These sessions should be quick, high paced and very light. you should not feel overly tired at the end of the workout.

    Ligaments and tendons don't heal nearly as fast because they get very limited blood flow when not in use. So with these workouts, using ultra light weights, to create blood flow it'll greatly help with recovery.


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    I find that the small irritations I get from lifting will go away if I'm consistent with extra foam rolling and mashing at home, as soon as I stop this they tend to come back (mostly hip knots and arm knots). It's my goal to take a half hour each morning to address this.
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    Sled work for lower body. Band pull aparts for shoulders. I'll also do high rep lateral leg raises with bands for the hip flexors.
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