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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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    Gaglione Strength Chris Rodgers's Avatar
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    Tricep extensions, Travis and other tricep freaks

    I'm just curious which type of extensions you guys prefer and if you have any videos showing how you perform them? It seems to me that form on extensions varies greatly, even amongst seasoned lifters and its not always easy to figure out which might be best. My triceps have always been a weakness and even though it might mostly be genetic, or the fact that I only weigh ~180-185, but I seem to have no meat on my arms down by my elbow. It seems most strong benchers arms are very thick in that area. I would like to see the way you guys do Rolling DB ext, Tate Presses, JM Presses, etc. Thanks guys
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    For me it's Skullcrushers and CG Bench Press (9" apart). These two seems to work the best for me. Beef's them up good.
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    Dips, close grip bench and shoulder presses.

    For more isolation either pushdowns (band or weight stack) and rolling DB extensions.

    I feel skullcrushers can be tough on the elbows, and a lot of the experienced but older guys often regret doing them when they look back.

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    I love Skull crushers(w/ Ez-Bar or DB's), Dips, and Pushdowns, and any 1-arm movement.
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    Heavy Tate presses are good. They hit the tricep near the elbow. Some say that is a big mover for the bench.

    Here's an old vid of flat Tate's presses. You can do them on an incline too.

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    Gaglione Strength Chris Rodgers's Avatar
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    Thanks Scott, that's the kinda thing I was looking for. What do you think of the rolling DB ext?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodgers View Post
    Thanks Scott, that's the kinda thing I was looking for. What do you think of the rolling DB ext?
    I like those. Just keep them honest and not make it a press.
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    Tate presses are awesome for me, really like them. I've been playing around with angles of rope tri extensions to see how it targets more effectively. When I hold my arms higher above and isolate as much as possible, even with a lower weight it really seems to hit them nicely instead of being more out front of me.
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    The one thing to remember about extensions is that they are hard on the elbows. In other words, they are hard on the connective tissues around the elbows. Don't do an exercise if it bothers said tissues.


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    I love extension stuff. What often times makes it worthwhile or a waste of time though is largely dependent upon how strict you are with them.

    Guys will get super sloppy with extensions or tates or JM's and get nothing out of them.

    Use less weight and do it correctly and slowly increase the weight over time. Allow the tendons to grow and you will be golden.


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    I love all kinds of extensions dumbbell and barbell. The more I have done them, the better my bench has gotten.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    The one thing to remember about extensions is that they are hard on the elbows. In other words, they are hard on the connective tissues around the elbows. Don't do an exercise if it bothers said tissues.
    I agree with this, and I have always had pain with most extensions. I find that there is usually a way to modify a movement so there is less pain. Surprisingly, with Tate presses, I've found that going heavier works better for me, since the DBs are a little bigger and I don't have to bend the elbows as much.

    In the past I've made the mistake of just not doing certain movements at all. Just because a movement hurts doesn't mean you should immediately throw it out. Try some different angles, positions, etc to make it work for you so it doesn't hurt and is still helping you get stronger.

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