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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    Question about the GVT routine

    In Poliquin's description of GVT, he talks about supersets, and the different rest time if doing them. But I can't figure out what he's talking about supersetting, or if it's necessary. Is it an optional thing? Can anyone explain it to me?

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    Poliquin recomended 90-120 seconds rest when supersetting, or 60 seconds when not supersetting. Supersetting is up to you and your goals.

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    I'm pretty confused, I thought supersetting was doing one exercise, then immediately going to another. What is he talking about then? And is it between Chest exercise 1 and 2, or Chest 1 and Back 1 or what?

    Since I don't understand it, I guess I'll just do it w/o that.

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    Ok, I think I get it. With supersets, it'd look like:
    Decline Bench->Chins->90 sec rest->Decline Bench->Chins etc.

    Or w/o supersets it'd just be:
    Dec. Bench->60 sec rest->Dec. Bench for 10 sets
    Chins->60 sec rest->Chins for 10 sets

    Now I'm wondering, which is the better way to do it? From a results standpoint. From a time standpoint, I'm tempted to do supersets to ensure I get done in about an hour, but I'm also afraid of someone hopping in on the equipment I've temporarily left and screwing with my timing. I want to do whichever way yields better results.

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    Originally posted by Madd Hatter
    Decline Bench->Chins->90 sec rest->Decline Bench->Chins etc.
    Like that ^

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    Originally posted by Madd Hatter
    From a time standpoint, I'm tempted to do supersets to ensure I get done in about an hour, but I'm also afraid of someone hopping in on the equipment I've temporarily left and screwing with my timing. I want to do whichever way yields better results.
    There is some evidence that prior antagonist contraction increases the agonist's ability to contract, in effect allowing you to lift more. I you alternate the starting exercise in each superset every other workout (i.e. workout 1 chest/back, workout 2 back/chest) you may be able to take advantage of that.
    "We must never take these words too seriously. Words are very important but if we take them too seriously, we destroy everything."

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