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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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View Poll Results: If you could only lift in one rep range which would it be?

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  • 3-6

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  • 5-8

    21 42.00%
  • 6-9

    2 4.00%
  • 8-11

    3 6.00%
  • 9-12

    3 6.00%
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  1. #1
    A gallon a day, everyday! ThomasG's Avatar
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    If you could only lift in one rep range which would it be (poll)

    Which did you choose and what are your goals? Lets keep the rep range within 3 reps.

    I chose 5-8.

    My goals are first strength then aesthetics.
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    I also chose 5-8.
    My goals are also strength with a side of aesthetics.
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    I going 3 to 6, since it includes both heavy triples and allows for 5x5
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    1-3 You can always do multiple sets and it only makes sense to keep them in that range for oly lifts. Plus I like to max out every so often.
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    If I Had to choose it would be an easy choice...3-6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I also chose 5-8.
    My goals are also strength with a side of aesthetics.

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    I voted 5-8.

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    3-6

    and it's funny because i've been lifting for like 4 years and i've barely deviated from the 3-6 range at all. i would mix it up if i wasn't so satisfied with the results.
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    3-6.

    Besides bench, I really don't enjoy higher rep ranges for the main lifts. I've done them recently and it can be tough on recovery and progression to do sets of x8-10 for squats and deads, especially if your goal is to get stronger.

    I personally like to lift in the 3-5 rep range for deads, 5-6 for squats. Bench I enjoy the 8-10 rep range usually.

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    Lately I been doing 3 sets of 12 and I been seeing great results. I might get back into 4 sets of 7 this winter, who knows.

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    10 -12 reps ~ not too hard on the joints, and no spotter necessary
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    5-8

    But I would have voted for 5-10 if it was an option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iplan View Post
    10 -12 reps ~ not too hard on the joints, and no spotter necessary
    You could still fail in the 10-12 range. It's never a good idea to train without a spotter or a spotting device. Unless of course you are staying too far away from failure as not to have an effective workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgro View Post
    3-6

    and it's funny because i've been lifting for like 4 years and i've barely deviated from the 3-6 range at all. i would mix it up if i wasn't so satisfied with the results.
    3-6 for me, too.

    I've also been doing this range for a while, on and off though. I've without a doubt seen the best results on it - Even when my diet was focused on muscle building, 5 to 6 reps worked much better than the typical 8-12 range that I had used so much before that.

    My goal right now, and in the foreseeable future, is strength. Most recently I've observed the most rapid gains when doing closer to 3-5. The next time I do a deload and modify my program, I plan to test the waters with 1-3 reps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drew View Post
    Anything worth doing is worth doing once.
    Anything worth doing is worth doing only once! Have I taught you nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    You could still fail in the 10-12 range. It's never a good idea to train without a spotter or a spotting device. Unless of course you are staying too far away from failure as not to have an effective workout.
    Point taken.

    Lifting in one's garage has it's merits (no lines, no comments from people whot have no idea what they're talking about, and no one doing curls with an empty olympic bar in the squat rack), but it also brings its own set of restrictions. In my case, one of them is the absence of a spotter on the bench. As such, I typically leave a rep or two in the tank, and it's worked out far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vdizenzo View Post
    Anything worth doing is worth doing only once! Have I taught you nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iplan View Post
    Lifting in one's garage has it's merits (no lines, and no comments from people that have no idea what they're talking about, and no one doing curls with the olympic bar in the squat rack), but it also brings its own set of restrictions. In my case, one of them is the absence of a spotter.... As such, I always leave a rep or two in the tank when I'm working heavy sets on Bench.
    I understand, I've been there myself. You have to what you can with what you have. Just be careful, failure has a way of sneeking up on you. Best of luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I understand, I've been there myself. You have to what you can with what you have. Just be careful, failure has a way of sneeking up on you. Best of luck.
    That story of the Oregon or So. Cal football player that dropped the bar on his larynx last year got my attention. I'm thinking of welding a "fail safe" bar on my bench to make sure I never get trapped underneath the bar.
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    5-8 for 5x5 and higher reps on my secondary lifts to the main 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iplan View Post
    That story of the Oregon or So. Cal football player that dropped the bar on his larynx last year got my attention. I'm thinking of welding a "fail safe" bar on my bench to make sure I never get trapped underneath the bar.
    Do you have a power rack? Pretty easy to set the bar to catch the rep if you miss it. I have mine set so that with my arch I touch my chest but if I need to use the spotter than I ditch the arch and it stops on the spotter (about an inch off my chest).
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