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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
    Senior Member AzBboy's Avatar
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    lock or no

    do u lock out at the top of any movement or not? as far as intenisty goes, that is. after recently watching pumping iron i realized they dont lock out at the top of there movements,...for instance when ferigno is benching and overhead pressing. it seems it would be more intense that way seing as the target muscle remains under pressure the whole time but then again tho locking at the top gives u the oppurtunity to "squeeze" the target muscle. so what is better / more intense locking out or just pumping em out with no lock?

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    i think i read somewhere that not locking keeps the muscle working harder or something to that effect. i dunno

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    isnt locking your knees or elbows dangerous?

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    is numero uno Saint Patrick's Avatar
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    I lock out in between every rep. It's just a habit I've developed.
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    HomeYield WillKuenzel's Avatar
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    The only exercise where I lock out is tricep pushdowns. Beyond that, I lock out nothing.
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    Senior Member AzBboy's Avatar
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    holy crap

    dam man i just treid that crap out not locking, first time in my life. good advice guys dam on my warm up i was already freakin had a full pump. it was chest day. that crap is intense ill never lock out again after today dam. i couldnt lift as much as i normaly can this way, and i felt my triceps actualy work during the lifts...when i lock out i get a tiny tricep pump and after my chest have to freakin bust my triceps. this way my triceps were so involved i only did 1 isolation set for tri's and failed. anyways thanx alot for the advice

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    As far as benching goes, it's mostly all tricep work after you reach a certain point. To hit the pecs, there is no need to lock out.
    Winners train. Losers complain.

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    SFW! drew's Avatar
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    I lock out on Deadlifts. All other exercises I stop and squaeeze the target muscle at the top of the movement, but only for half a second.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
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    WBB's Juggernaut/Liason BigCorey75's Avatar
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    it depends,

    if i have something im doing for 8 reps or more i usualy dont lock out, usually right to the point of locking out then back down.

    but for heavy stuff anything under 5 reps i lock out each rep.
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    Senior Member Exnor's Avatar
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    Originally posted by HomeYield
    The only exercise where I lock out is tricep pushdowns. Beyond that, I lock out nothing.
    Me too.

    Locking out can put unnecessary stress on the bones and joints, especially when going heavy.

    Your knees and elbows are precious - look after them!


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