The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    alternative to classic deadlift

    Hi guys,
    I've read that Deadlifts are an essential part of any fitness programme.

    However, my gym doesn't have any free barbells.

    There is a Smith machine, tons of dumbells and some cable machines.

    Are there any alternatives to classic deadlifts that I can perform with this equipment?

    Thanks,
    Mike

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    Your gym does not have any barbells? No barbells means no squats, bench press, military press, barbell rows and a whole host of other essential exercises. Sounds like time to find a new gym to me.
    To answer your question you can do deadlifts with dumbbells however I doubt that a gym without barbells will have heavy enough DBs to do an effective deadlift program.

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    Thanks for the advice!

    I use the Smith machine for squats, benching and military press. Is this ok? Is this radically less effective than a free barbell?

    The heaviest dumbells are 40kg.
    Last edited by mikieg_99; 10-14-2004 at 03:02 AM.

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    yeh free weights tend to be better as they dont lock u into a sret movement and u have to work more with the weight

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    DB deads are fine, if they go heavy enough. Stay away from smith deads though.

    Looking for a DB leg exercise? DB lunges kick ass.

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    Does your gym have a hyper bench? Those work your lower back well.

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    You can also do pull throughs on the cable machine. You can do a search here or the exercise will be listed and described on elitefts.com.

    Not sure how small your gym is, but maybe you can bug them to buy an olympic bar, they aren't that much money, or you could even buy one yourself and keep it there. You can get the cheaper chrome bars rated for 500lbs for well under $100. Not much cash, and you could be the gym savior, but I'd try to get them to spring for it first.

    Dunno if they have ez-curl bars, and am not sure if it would work, but you could try deadlifting with that, and seeing how much you can load on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gopher
    Your gym does not have any barbells? No barbells means no squats, bench press, military press, barbell rows and a whole host of other essential exercises. Sounds like time to find a new gym to me.

    I second that...a gym w/o a bb is jsut ****ty.....My biggest excerise would have to be cut out of every lift day because of that

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    thanks guys. Well, that's decided it. I just quit the old gym and joined a proper one, with barbells and tons of iron... the girls aren't as cute, but I suppose it's a necessary sacrifice... lol!
    Last edited by mikieg_99; 10-15-2004 at 03:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikieg_99
    thanks guys. Well, that's decided it. I just quit the old gym and joined a proper one, with barbells and tons of iron... the girls aren't as cute, but I suppose it's a necessary sacrifice... lol!
    Well, as you're in a proper gym now, with barbells and crap, you'll put on a lot more muscle and in turn will get more girls anyway. There. Problem solved.
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