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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    Senior Member Gavan's Avatar
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    Feb 2002

    Stronger without getting bigger ?

    Who's getting stronger and NOT bigger or even is losing muscular size ?

    or who train for strength and don't become bigger ?

    PLEASE post your training habbits (I mean sets per bodypart and , rep range and how many times you hit each muscle per week)

    Since 4 month I do HIT, low volume (1 set per exercise, 6-10 reps, hit each muscle 1-2x per week) and high intensity, every set to failure. My strength increased a lot but I'm not bigger, nothing ! and I train for size (only).

    for example when I was on a sort of GVT I did barbell curl and triceps extension with 25-28kg for 10x10 !!! Ridiculous weights isn't it ? and could curl ~8 reps with 39kg and less on triceps extension.

    Since I do HIT my Curl went to 7x54kg and my extension to 16x39kg I nearly gained 15kg on my curl.... but arms are not bigger !!

    the same thing for other lifts and others muscles !!!
    I started HIT I was able to do 15 Pullups now I can do 7 with 25kg attached... but I'm not bigger

    -------- If I continue with HIT.... I should say : if +15kg on my curl in not enough for bigger arms then I need to gain another 15kg.... maybe but............. maybe NOT !!!! maybe I could grow faster with light weights.....10x10...

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    Bodybuilding Mythbuster
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    Oct 2001
    Yeongsan. South Korea
    Sounds like you want bigger arms. A general rule of thumb is for each inch on your arms you should expect a 15-20 pound gain in bodyweight. Try Chris Mason's arm routine. HIT is not the best routine for size. I have trained on many programs over the years (mostly HIT variations) and while I experienced good gains in strength, size and mass came very slowly. I train one bodypart a week, using low volume. If you want exact details, check out my journal.
    Last edited by Songsangnim; 02-06-2003 at 08:13 PM.


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