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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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    Standing military press vs. sitting

    I've been doing sitting military press on the smith machine, but switched the other day to standing with free weights. I was surprised at how more difficult it was and how I felt it in my low back.

    Are standing better or sitting?
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    I've always done them standing. Not sure which is better.

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    Just moving out of the smith machine will make them more difficult. Doing them standing will put a bit more strain on the lower back because you tend to lean back to get more of the front delts and chest into it. If you do them seated you will probably find them even more difficult because it'll take out the leaning back and make it more of a complete shoulder exercise. Doing them seated can also elminate cheating that you might start to do with your legs.
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    I feel like I keep stricter form while standing.

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    Weird

    When I do them standing I tend to feel it also in my lats for some reason. Is this normal or is my form off? I'm thinking it's normal cause I usually bring the weight down slowly on the negative.

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    Could be your lats acting as stabilizers to help support your back.
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    I do them standing, but if I lifted in a gym (and had all the equipment available), I would probably switch off alternating from standing to sitting each time I lifted.
    Guys, unless you are starting out and building a base, you gotta mix things up.

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    I like standing free weights because I feel it works on real strength, i might be wrong but It also involves more core stablizing muscles, strong legs for balance, abs and lower back for control. I've seen plently of people with shoulder press machine power, but when they do standing militaries presses they just faulter under 95 pounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HomeYield
    Doing them standing will put a bit more strain on the lower back.
    Yeah, everytime I add weight, I can feel it in my lower back in those later reps.
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    I like the way they feel when you do them standing IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by John0101
    I've seen plently of people with shoulder press machine power, but when they do standing militaries presses they just faulter under 95 pounds.

    LOL...i love seeing those guys...
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    Quote Originally Posted by John0101
    I I've seen plently of people with shoulder press machine power, but when they do standing militaries presses they just faulter under 95 pounds.

    I humbly found on Friday that I am one of those guys. Oh, the humanity!
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