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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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    barbell shruggs with alternate grip leads to strained neck :(

    Well, since my gym only goes to 100lb DB's I went to BB for shruggs so I could put some more weight on. I used alternating grip and I guess this was the wrong thing to do. I got a strain in my upper neck on the left side, the same side I had my underhand grip. I think the underhand grip is stronger and lets you pull more weight. NExt time I will use both overhand and see how that goes.

    But, in any case, DB shruggs are much better. The fact that you hold your hands to your side compared to horizontal to your body allows for a much better movement

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    Be careful to keep your shoulders back and don't roll them during the exercise. You could also try behind the back shrugs, but if your traps don't get a good workout from what you can hold properly, I say use straps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium_Jim
    Be careful to keep your shoulders back and don't roll them during the exercise. You could also try behind the back shrugs, but if your traps don't get a good workout from what you can hold properly, I say use straps.
    Oh i was using straps when I was doing 275 (the set I injured myself on). There's no way I could hold that weight for that long. The biggest mistake was the grip though, should have gone double overhand

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    Yea if you had straps why the alternating grip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium_Jim
    Yea if you had straps why the alternating grip?
    becuase that is the grip I use on deadlift .... stupid thinking on my part, I should have known better

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    No, you were doing it right. Just because you tweaked your neck doesn't mean it's the grip. Otherwise you'd tweak your neck everytime you deadlifted, or BB shrugged. I've done it before, but generally it's if I move my head too much or whatever. Using your mixed deadlift grip is a good idea for shrugs, since you will be aiding your deadlift pull in some minor way by doing this.

    Although, using straps I fail to see the point of the relevance of your grip. If you go double overhand without straps you won't be able to hold anything close to your mixed grip amount.

    I know I use overhand until I get into the heavier poundages and then switch to mixed. I've tweaked my neck a couple times, but not frequent enough for me to think it's anything other than some freak occurance when I might shift my head a bit or whatever.
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    I have done that several times and I use alternating grip. I found that when I let my form slip, usually by bowing my head down and forward, I end up tweaking my neck. If I keep the form strict, then I dont have the problem.
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    My problem with mixed grip is that I feel it puts the underhand arm in a position for bicep strain. I still use it for heavy deads though I try very hard not to pull with my arms.

    I think that straps should always be used with a double overhand grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MixmasterNash
    My problem with mixed grip is that I feel it puts the underhand arm in a position for bicep strain. I still use it for heavy deads though I try very hard not to pull with my arms.

    I think that straps should always be used with a double overhand grip.
    You should always try to envision your arms as cables for deadlifts or shrugs. Try and keep them loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElPietro
    Just because you tweaked your neck doesn't mean it's the grip.
    I agree, + its super easy to tweak something when doing shrugs

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