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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?

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    Looking for a Upper Body Only Workout Routine

    I had a knee injury awhile back and now I try not to lift much with it because I work manual labor and I get plenty of exercise to my legs through that. That said....
    I'm looking for a workout routine that Only consist of upper body workouts. I only lift at home by myself for time reasons. I have a bench press, a large machine with preacher curls, butterfly, sitting chest press, lat pull-down, and a curling bar and a bunch of barbells.
    If someone could recommend a routine with that in mind I would really appreciate it.
    Thx

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    Has your doctor explicitly said no leg work?
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    Knee injuries usually require doing some sort of rehabilitation to get it back to fully functional. People with complete knee reconstruction are advised to work their legs during rehab and after with reasonable weights.
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    Its not anything major just did something awhile back and now I try not to work it to much. Doc didn't seem to find anything wrong, but I get sharp pains or a burning sometimes in my knee, but just when overloading it. Not a big deal just looking for a upper body workout.

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    Consider getting a second opinion. Either way, ignoring lower body development is a bad idea. If you are injured, rehab it. If not, work the legs. You can find several routines here: http://www.wannabebig.com/category.php?cat=4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony
    Has your doctor explicitly said no leg work?
    Well he doesn't have a squat rack, leg press machine, and most likely doesn't have a spotter...so even if he did want to train legs it would be hard.


    Before everyone hops on him about not working legs, what kind of goals does he have?

    Does he want to put on another 30lbs of mass? Well if thats the case, yeah he should be doing legs.

    If he just wants to 'cut' up or 'tone' up a bit...then not doing legs isn't a huge deal if he is happy with them right now.

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    Mostly looking for upper body mass.
    Its not like I'm not "working" my legs at all. I work manual labor and my legs are really toned as is. I don't want to "workout" my legs more than they allready get at work. Its not a lot of strength training at work, but my legs are very toned and are a good mass size allready. At work I don't get a lot of upper body work and thats why I'm looking for a routine that is only upper body.
    I looked at the routines and they involve lower body work. Does that mean I should just rest on those days ?
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    You'll be hard pressed to find a routine that doesn't involve lower body ... if you are intent on not training them, just remove them from the routine.

    What's your height, weight, body fat %, and size of your quads?
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    Working the legs should not be limited to those who want to "put on another 30 lbs of mass." It should be a part of everyone's well balanced training routine. While I was in school I worked hard on tough manual labor jobs and I can tell you, that unless you are doing something very odd/unique for a job, the leg work you get should be minimal relative to the upper body work you get.

    If you have weights, you can do legs very effectively with minimal creativity.
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    Age 24 Height 5'10" Weight 160 Body Fat ??? No clue, but it can't be very high. How can I find that out?

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    5'10" 160lbs...

    Work your legs. Light squats will suffice if that's all you can do with your bum knee.
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    I can probably get some leg time in, is their a specific workout in the workout section that would be best for Mass ?

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    Train with progressive resistance and start eating more than you do now. That's how you get big. Pretty easy, eh?
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    LOL I eat a lot, a lot more than my friends that are 40 lbs or more than me. I can usually eat what I want, either healthy or not, and not gain or loose more than 5 lbs or so. Also mixed with protein skakes, bars, creatine, vitamins, and such.

    As for my knees... they hurt, this morning I squated down to pick something up and after I stood up I felt it in my knees, a little pain and just general discomfort. If I do more activity the worse they hurt.

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    1) If your knee hurts that badly, see a specialist.
    2) Eating a lot and eating more are two different things. If you want to get bigger than you are now, you need to eat even more.
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    1. Seeing a specialist is something I'm kinda putting off until after college, don't have the time to be laid up if something needs to be corrected, and I could use better insurance.
    2. I'll see what I can do, but it seems like I'm stuffing my face as it is, and my girlfriend is already calling me a glutton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genacide
    1. Seeing a specialist is something I'm kinda putting off until after college, don't have the time to be laid up if something needs to be corrected, and I could use better insurance.
    2. I'll see what I can do, but it seems like I'm stuffing my face as it is, and my girlfriend is already calling me a glutton.
    see if your school provides any help, or if there is a free clinic around
    My back and knees are hurting a lot less now that i do squats , stiff leg deadlifts, and so forth every one told me it would help and it has , see a doc and if its ok start light

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    Thx for the advice, I'll see what I can do and maybe start lifting.
    On the down side....
    I have never been to a gym and do think I would have the best form to do leg exercises without seeing how they are done. Anywhere on this site or another that would have pics, or better yet, video on how to do certain excersies?

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