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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    Pyramiding or not

    I've read two books on lifting (I'm a newbie) and I still can't determine if pyramiding weights is the way to go or not.

    Currently I am pyramiding all my lifting something like:

    example
    10 reps x 75lbs
    8 reps x 80lbs
    6 reps x 85lbs
    4 reps x 90 lbs

    I've read another book that indicated that 6-8 reps was more appropriate (same weight) for 2-3 sets instead of 4 sets.

    Of course I realize that there may not be one best routine..I'm just asking for others' opinions.

    thanks,
    Mattlock

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    As I Am Paul Stagg's Avatar
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    Either way is fine.

    I prefer not pyramiding, but the key is progression. If you can progress eveyr week, then you are on the right track.
    Last edited by Paul Stagg; 07-17-2003 at 09:48 AM.
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    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
    "You're wrong, and I have a completely irrelevant pubmed abstract that may or may not say so." - Belial
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    The key to progression is change. Mix up the workouts every week, and don't necessarily rely on one type of workout. BTW, reverse pyramiding will kick your a$$.
    Vincere aut mori

    "The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves."

    "From the inside looking out, you can't explain it; from the outside looking in, you can't understand it."

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    Originally posted by HORNEDFROGS07
    The key to progression is change. Mix up the workouts every week, and don't necessarily rely on one type of workout. BTW, reverse pyramiding will kick your a$$.
    I would advise not to change up workouts every week. This can sometimes be more counter productive than anything.
    "It is often said, mainly by the "no-contests", that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager. But on second thought it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"

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    "Out of all of the sects in the world, we notice an uncanny coincidence: the overwhelming majority just happen to choose the one that their parents belong to. Not the sect that has the best evidence in its favour, the best miracles, the best moral code, the best cathedral, the best stained glass, the best music: when it comes to choosing from the smorgasbord of available religions, their potential virtues seem to count for nothing, compared to the matter of heredity. This is an unmistakable fact; nobody could seriously deny it. Yet people with full knowledge of the arbitrary nature of this heredity, somehow manage to go on believing in their religion, often with such fanaticism that they are prepared to murder people who follow a different one."


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    As I Am Paul Stagg's Avatar
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    The key to progression is certainly not change, unless you mean increasing weight or reps over time as 'change'.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
    "You're wrong, and I have a completely irrelevant pubmed abstract that may or may not say so." - Belial
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    After warm up I do my heaviest set then the next set is either lighter or less reps. I've alwasy felt if you can 3 sets of the same weight and reps your not doing enough. I know thats not what your doing, but I see people who do.

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