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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    How much weight to add to each set

    Does anybody pyramid up when they do their sets?If so how much weight do you add to each set?

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    I rarely pyramid up.....I find that it saps my strength for the heaviest sets, which are most important to me.
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    ditto about the wasted energy...I'll do one warm-up set and jump right to the heavy stuff, maybe do a drop set to fatigue the slow twitch fibers...

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    i use to always pyramid up 5-10lbs. for each set, but now i do only HEAVY sets using the same weight(like powermanDL said...to avoid fatigue/failure)lowering my reps and set range allows me to focus more on lifting heavier weight.
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    I wish I could get away with just one warm up on bench, squat, dead....

    There is just no way for me. I have tried and my joints don't let me. It feels, well..... cold.
    playin the iron game...

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    I'm with the others...

    I just warm up with the bar and jump straight to my 5x5 or the 1-2RMs... (depending on the routine I'm on..)

    I actually read somewhere (on this board) that you should pyramid upside down..

    warm up lightly/stretch
    then start off with 1-2rm, remove some weight, 5-6rm, remove some weight, and so on...

    don't forget that you gain strength by doing the HEAVY weight, so if you're looking to gain strength fast - there wouldn't be much point in doing anything over 7rm.. hence the reason I'm on the 5x5 routine now - HIGHLY recommend it.

    hopefully i didn't make a mistake anywhere, but if i did please correct me and accept my apology.

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    Anyone pyramid up and then back down? I have done it my last two weeks and it is damn hard... I fell like it is doing something cause I am so tired and sore afterwards but it is too early to tell if I am making progress. Anyone try this and make any progress?
    hmmmmmmm... will i ever be big enough?

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    I pyramid down. I do a couple warm up sets for exercises like bench and squats then start out wth the heaviest set first and then taper down. Best results I have experienced are with using this method. When I first started lifting I did the pyramid up then after several months i did the pyramid up then back down. But starting out heavy and then going lighter and more reps has produced the best results thus far.

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