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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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  1. #1
    As big as your momma
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    daily lifting... too much?

    Is it truly overkill to lift daily but cycle between arms/chest and legs ?

    For instance

    MONDAY
    Arms/Chest

    TUE
    Legs

    WED
    ARM/Chest

    THURS
    Legs

    FRI
    Arcm/Chest

    SAT
    Legs

    SUN
    off

    With cardio every day after workouts and abs also included in workouts.

    Technically I'm giving that body part about 48 hours rest by alternating days. Just wondering if I'd be tearing down what I was doing the day before.

    FYI -- I'm sort of following this routing now... wondering if I'm overdoing it.

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    Uhm, yes, it is very much overkill. You should hit a bodypart once, maybe twice a week at most.

    Muscle is built in between visits to the gym, not at the gym.
    If you're not lifting hard, you're taking up space.
    Get the f$*# out.

    24 years old
    5'9"
    205lbs. ->212lbs. as of 10.22.04 -> 219lbs. as of 12.10.04
    10% bf ->11% -> 12%
    46 1/2" chest ->47" -> 48"
    17 1/2" arms ->17 3/4" -> 18"
    32" waist ->same -> 33"
    26" quads -> 27 1/2" -> 28 1/2"
    17" calves -> 17 3/4" -> 18"

    (I'm still working on these as of 12.13.04)

    425lbs. bench
    515+lbs. deadlift
    450+lbs.squats

    updated 10.14.04, and again on 12.13.04

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    Plus, you're wasting your time.

    Where's your back workout?

    If you're not doing deads and pullups, you're cheating yourself and wasting even more time.

    For 98% of people, 3 hours a week lifting in the gym is completely sufficient.

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    Thanks for the advice. Will definately follow it. Just seems like I never get sore like I used to. I'm increasing weight and seem to keep doing so. Though perhaps more frequency was the way to go.

    I'll drop down to a more traditional schedule.

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    I typically do back with arms... i'm definately going to have to modify things here.

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    how about cardio? i always do 30-40 minutes on the treadmill each night AFTER working out. that can't be bad, can it?

    (am i going to get scolded twice in the same day?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by not_big_enuf
    Thanks for the advice. Will definately follow it. Just seems like I never get sore like I used to. I'm increasing weight and seem to keep doing so. Though perhaps more frequency was the way to go.

    I'll drop down to a more traditional schedule.
    You don't get sore anymore? GOOD. That means you're body is properly adapting to lifting. Soreness is not an indicator for hypertrophy. As long as you're progressively increasing your weights, you're fine.

    In a similar vein, doing very high rep exercises to get "pumped" isn't particularly useful for hypertrophy either.

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    I actually get sore everytime if I lift one muscle group per week. However, the wierd thing is, if I work a muscle group 2-3 time per week, I no longer get sore. Is this an indicator that I should be doing muscle groups twice per week maybe?
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    I definately don't do low weight/high reps. That's never done crap for me as far as gains. I can't get my wife to follow that advice though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiaran
    I actually get sore everytime if I lift one muscle group per week. However, the wierd thing is, if I work a muscle group 2-3 time per week, I no longer get sore. Is this an indicator that I should be doing muscle groups twice per week maybe?
    Soreness is neither good nor bad in this respect. If you get sore every week, and yet are still increasing your lifts, that's fine. If you don't want to be sore, perhaps lift more frequently, if that works for you.

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    I just want to make sure I'm giving my body enough time recupperate. I like to lift every day, it energizes me and makes me feel better, but that the same time, I want to make sure I'm maximizing what I can do for it. If I'm not letting it rest enough then it's no good. Still, I seem to be progressing with my current schedule, but I'm questioning if it's truly any more effective than lifting less and letting my body recover more.

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    I work each body part 3 times a week, but only for 1-2 sets a time. If I workout 3 times rather than 1-2, but keep the total number of sets per body-part the same, does it make a difference?

    I find that the more often I workout, the less sore I am. Perhaps my body stays used to it rather than deconditioning. I don't work to failure either.

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