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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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    Fractional plates, light plates, etc

    I know a bunch of people have mentioned in their journals how they wish there was some way to add a small amount of weight to dumbbells, so you don't have to make the jump from, say, 50 lb dbs to 55's. I just thought I'd post a link to a company that offers light, magnetic plates:

    http://www.theplatemate.com/

    They are called platemates - there are three kinds, the hex version and the donut version look like the best bet.

    Hope that helps someone...

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    Thats a awesome idea but there really expensive. Im thinking about the 1.25 or 2.5 ones.
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    Go to www.mcmaster.com (a hardware site) and enter 90108A046 in the search field. These are large washers with a 2 1/8" inner diameter. They fit perfectly on an Olympic bar and weight about 10 oz. each (so 2 of them is about 1.25 lbs). You get 8 of them for about $10. Heck of a lot cheaper than PlateMates.

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    I made my post assuming you are using an Olympic DB. Working out at home, I forgot that commercial gyms have preset DBs that you can't add weight too. That's just one reason why I hated commercial gyms.

    BTW, if you are using standard adjustable DBs, you can enter the product code 90108A040 at the McMaster site and get washers that fit on standard bars and weight about 1/4 lb. each.

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    I see no reason for using these add-on plates, if you cannot get the 55lbs for one rep, you have no reason to stop using the 50lbs.

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    Originally posted by millertime
    I see no reason for using these add-on plates, if you cannot get the 55lbs for one rep, you have no reason to stop using the 50lbs.
    5 pounds an arm is a big jump, thats the only thing I don't like about using db's.
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    Originally posted by jiacstrap


    5 pounds an arm is a big jump, thats the only thing I don't like about using db's.
    If you can get 50lbs for 12 reps you have to get 55lbs for at least one.

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    Microloading (adding the smallest amount of weight possible to progress) is a very effective strategy for slowing but continuously adding strength. For some people, it works very well to just add a small amount of weight each workout, instead of jumping 10 lbs (5 lbs per dumbbell).

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    Thanks for the post, I would be interested in those.
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    Originally posted by millertime
    I see no reason for using these add-on plates, if you cannot get the 55lbs for one rep, you have no reason to stop using the 50lbs.
    Yanked the words rite out of my mouth. If you cant do it go lighter I never thougt maybe I can do 1.25 pounds more yeah!!...



    NO!!! Dont think so. I dont se the big deal or the point.
    Age 23 Height 5'10 weight 210 2 years complete of serious lifting.
    At 5'10" last Jan/02 I was 280 Lbs with a 44 waist.
    Now as of Dec/02 I am 210 with a 34-36 waist. A year complete 70 pounds lost now lets get big .
    Goal Deadlift 500 by summer now..
    02/10/03 405X3 425X1
    02/17/03 435X1
    02/24/03 445X1
    03/03/03 455X1
    03/10/03 455X3 "rack pull" 500X1 "rack pull MISS"
    03/17/03 405X6, "Rack Pulls 505X3, 525X1.... 555X1 Miss"
    04/14/03 465X1 verry difficult
    05/12/03 475X1 Easy!!! 500X1 Miss"real close"
    05/19/03 435X5
    06/16/03 Rack pulls 555X2, 600Xmiss
    07/14/03 500X1 GOAL ACHIEVED!!!!
    10/06/03 500X4 555X1 Miss
    10/13/03 535X1
    11/10/03 Rack pull 500X7
    GOAL for 2004 get back to a low fat% and keep it 8 -10% would be great.
    06/29 rack pull 700X3
    07/6/04 600x1 at 216
    09/6/04 600X1 at 208 Rack pull 720X3
    NEW GOAL BENCH 400 BY FEB 2005 "not sure about this one"

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    Maybe 2.5 pound weights for wrist work but then again they make 2.5 plates. Thats the only muscle I feel a 10 pound gain is a good bit.
    Age 23 Height 5'10 weight 210 2 years complete of serious lifting.
    At 5'10" last Jan/02 I was 280 Lbs with a 44 waist.
    Now as of Dec/02 I am 210 with a 34-36 waist. A year complete 70 pounds lost now lets get big .
    Goal Deadlift 500 by summer now..
    02/10/03 405X3 425X1
    02/17/03 435X1
    02/24/03 445X1
    03/03/03 455X1
    03/10/03 455X3 "rack pull" 500X1 "rack pull MISS"
    03/17/03 405X6, "Rack Pulls 505X3, 525X1.... 555X1 Miss"
    04/14/03 465X1 verry difficult
    05/12/03 475X1 Easy!!! 500X1 Miss"real close"
    05/19/03 435X5
    06/16/03 Rack pulls 555X2, 600Xmiss
    07/14/03 500X1 GOAL ACHIEVED!!!!
    10/06/03 500X4 555X1 Miss
    10/13/03 535X1
    11/10/03 Rack pull 500X7
    GOAL for 2004 get back to a low fat% and keep it 8 -10% would be great.
    06/29 rack pull 700X3
    07/6/04 600x1 at 216
    09/6/04 600X1 at 208 Rack pull 720X3
    NEW GOAL BENCH 400 BY FEB 2005 "not sure about this one"

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    Originally posted by fuzz
    Microloading (adding the smallest amount of weight possible to progress) is a very effective strategy for slowing but continuously adding strength. For some people, it works very well to just add a small amount of weight each workout, instead of jumping 10 lbs (5 lbs per dumbbell).
    Exactly, I try to do at least one more rep or add a small amount of weight every workout.
    hardcore

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    To each their own. I like to strictly stick to a specific rep range (6-8, 8-10, etc.) and microloading allows me to do this on exercises with low weights.

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