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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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    bench, deadlift & eat!!!!! Mic Soloist's Avatar
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    Bulk: Heavy with low reps Cut: Lighter with high reps???

    That is what I have been told for the most part and it is what I am doing. I am currently cutting and I have been going a little lighter and doing more reps.

    Is this the best way to do it?

    And why?
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    I don't think their is no better way to do it, just find out what works for you and do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mic Soloist
    That is what I have been told for the most part and it is what I am doing. I am currently cutting and I have been going a little lighter and doing more reps.

    Is this the best way to do it?

    And why?
    That is a huge myth that has been accepted by much of the rookie weight lifting world. hit the weights as hard as you normally would, and just accept that because of your calorie reduction from cutting, you wont be able to lift as much weight. you might have to drop weight a little bit, but keep with the same amount of reps and hit the weights as hard as you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mic Soloist
    That is what I have been told for the most part and it is what I am doing. I am currently cutting and I have been going a little lighter and doing more reps.

    Is this the best way to do it?

    And why?
    To minimize muscle loss, when you cut try to vary up the exercises as much as you can. If your used to going with Barbells, go with Dumbells and so forth. This keeps stimulating your muscles in new ways and keeps up your strength through CNS variation.

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    I usually use DB's. I might do some BB work if I can avoid killing myself without a spot.
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    5'10 220 pounds



    Waist: 38 Shoulders 56 Chest: 47 Arms (cold): 17.5 Forearms: 13.5 Quads: 26.5 Calves: 16.5 Neck: 17.5

    PR's

    BB Bench: 315 @ 215
    Squats: 410 @ 205 (last winter)
    Deads 515 @ 214
    Total: 1240


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    No need to vary your workouts all that much - another myth. Adding weight to the bar is enough change for the body to adapt to, unless your progress has halted.

    While dieting, keep training the way you did to put the muscle on.

    High reps don't get you cut.
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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
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Stagg
    No need to vary your workouts all that much - another myth. Adding weight to the bar is enough change for the body to adapt to, unless your progress has halted.

    While dieting, keep training the way you did to put the muscle on.

    High reps don't get you cut.
    :withstupi Varying the exercises in a workout can get you much stronger, just because your body has to adapt to a new movement. It's like when people are new to weight lifting, and they're trying to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time, they usually can because there body is so untrained to traditional barbell movements, they also get much, much stronger because they have to adapt to all of these movements they have never done before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Stagg
    No need to vary your workouts all that much - another myth. Adding weight to the bar is enough change for the body to adapt to, unless your progress has halted
    this is the best training advice I ever got on this site

    now I know why

    your CNS develops individual motor programs for each exercise

    when you switch exercises frequently it actually inhibits nerual learning/adaptation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mic Soloist
    That is what I have been told for the most part and it is what I am doing. I am currently cutting and I have been going a little lighter and doing more reps.

    Is this the best way to do it?

    And why?
    I usually try to stay between 6 and 15 reps depending on the exercise.

    I think more important would be your routine in general. What exercises you do, the volume, and the frequency. These factors play a huge role in progress I think. If you feel you are reaching a standstill, try something completely different and give it at least a month to see how it goes. If it doesn't work, you can always switch to something else.

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