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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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    Working out barefoot

    I was reading the members pic section and saw a pic of arnold doing really heavy squats barefoot. Anyone else workout barefoot?

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    no, ive seen it to, kinda crazy to me i weat shoes all the time
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    I personally don't think I'd like it. When i wear shoes my feet feel a lot less fragile.
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    I've seen Arnie doing BB Rows while standing on a bench barefoot. He said it forced you to do them right. If you got out of balance you'd kill yourself.

    Personally I'll never step foot in the gym without shoes. It's probably a germ factory on those floors.
    Best way to cheat on deadlifts...

    Stand there for a few minutes, then pace back and forth a lot, huff and puff, wait until everybody's looking. Approach the bar. Back off. Approach it again. Back off. Get some water. Chalk up. Approach the bar again. Then spray some more chalk around. Wait until people start losing interest. When nobody's looking, pick it a little off the floor, and slam it down. Jump up and yell "LIGHT WEIGHT BABY". Then give high fives all around. - Belial

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    I do heavy deadlift sets either barefoot or in socks.

    Otherwise, no.
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    in a real gym ill always wear shoes, but in my apt. complexs weight room ill go barefoot or wear sandals.

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    Originally posted by Tim Nissen
    Personally I'll never step foot in the gym without shoes. It's probably a germ factory on those floors.
    LOL - I agree whole-heartedly Tim. Although "ewww germs!" does sound kinda girly...

    I can't even imagine how may times I would stub my toe on some heavy ass piece of equipment just trying to get to the water fountain!

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    i work out a few times a week barefoot, just remember not to drop the DBs
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    Originally posted by PeterParker
    i work out a few times a week barefoot, just remember not to drop the DBs
    If you drop one while you got shoes on it would also hurt :P

    They only reason i can think of to go bare foot is for better grip.. wit the sweat coming from you, rubbing against the floor there would be more friction, therefor less slipping.. i dunno.

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    I was actually thinking about squatting with no shoes on next time since I wear Nike air max and they arent really good for squatting tbh.

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    Wearing shoes is probably a good idea for cleanliness reasons (unless it's your home gym and you know your own dirt/germ level ) AND for support for your feet, especially for your arches and ankles. But then it depends on what you're doing and for how long.

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    Originally posted by Teufelhund
    LOL - I agree whole-heartedly Tim. Although "ewww germs!" does sound kinda girly...
    Girly, maybe. But! The "girlys" aren't going to like a guy with giant gobs of yellow fungus growing between his toes. Mmmm...yum.
    Best way to cheat on deadlifts...

    Stand there for a few minutes, then pace back and forth a lot, huff and puff, wait until everybody's looking. Approach the bar. Back off. Approach it again. Back off. Get some water. Chalk up. Approach the bar again. Then spray some more chalk around. Wait until people start losing interest. When nobody's looking, pick it a little off the floor, and slam it down. Jump up and yell "LIGHT WEIGHT BABY". Then give high fives all around. - Belial

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    I work out mainly at home and workout barefoot most of the time....not sure if it's just being too lazy to put on shoes or just the whole barbaric caveman feel of the whole thing.

    I do wear shoes in the cold though...
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    Same here...work out at home all the time and I'm most always barefoot.
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    Speaking of germs, just think of what's on the barbells and bars. I can't tell you how many men I see workout and leave the gym without washing their hands.

    Sorry, I digress. Going barefoot seems like a safety hazard to me. Isn't it easier to slip while barefoot? Or how about stepping out of the rack with hundreds of pounds on your back and stepping on something?
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    One time I worked out nekkid.

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    I work out every day barefoot. I live in Samoa and the gym is always like a sauna. I found that when I wear shoes my socks and shoes just get drenched with sweat making them rather disgusting. Not too mention that all we pretty much wear down here is sandals. I would much rather work out with no shoes than in a sandals.
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    Also, remember that Arnold was working out primarily in Venice Beach, CA when those pictures were taken. I'm guessing that it wasn't all that abnormal for people to be walking in off the beach into the gym without shoes on.

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    Originally posted by TheGimp
    One time I worked out nekkid.
    Uh...yeah? It's called sex. My question is, did you have a spotter?
    Best way to cheat on deadlifts...

    Stand there for a few minutes, then pace back and forth a lot, huff and puff, wait until everybody's looking. Approach the bar. Back off. Approach it again. Back off. Get some water. Chalk up. Approach the bar again. Then spray some more chalk around. Wait until people start losing interest. When nobody's looking, pick it a little off the floor, and slam it down. Jump up and yell "LIGHT WEIGHT BABY". Then give high fives all around. - Belial

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    Originally posted by Tim Nissen


    Uh...yeah? It's called sex. My question is, did you have a spotter?
    HAHAHA. I burn more calories from sex then cardio i assume.. esp if you do it HIIT style! w00!

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    pavell covered it, squatting barefoot is the way to go, those sneakers play dirty tricks on your heels, read up on pavell it's a good read his theories are sweet
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    I workout at home and barefoot.
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