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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    The Power Look by Isaac Wilkins - Jan 1st 2005

    In this article Isaac details a plan to build a big body that looks good on the field and in the gym. Heck, you might even find yourself being a little more athletic, too!

    http://www.wannabebig.com/article.php?articleid=187

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    I thought this was a great article. I like the way you've split the workouts up in a week. This is something I've been using for sometime and have found it to work quite well.
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    "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
    So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
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    great article, might have to give this a try

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    nice work,good article
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    what exactly is a face pull?
    what's some examples of light interval training and heavy interval training?

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    Thanks for the good words, guys!

    guyfrompa:

    You can see a face pull here.

    http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=13319&tid=51

    Basically you're pulling a cable/rope/handle towards your face from a high point. Keep your elbows higher than your shoulders if possible. This exercise is primarily for the traps, rear delts, rotators, and other musculature involved in the upper back and external rotation.

    Do the interval training as I described in the article. Heavy interval training would be as many intervals up to about ten that you can do for ten seconds of sprinting alternated with 50 seconds of fast walking. Light interval training would be half that. So if you weren't in top shape and could only do six sprints on your heavy day, your light day would involve three sprints. Make sure you warm up well regardless.

    If you don't have an area to sprint (PA in the winter can be difficult) then use a treadmill, elliptical machine, stairclimber, or a crosstrainer. If those aren't available then an upright bike can be used, but you might have to do more intervals as many people find it easier since you're not moving/supporting your bodyweight.
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    Great article Borris
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    great article brolly. I always learn something new from your journal and from your lit. You're still a tool though.
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    So when does isaac plan on building his own big body? Forget about looking good, field, gym or otherwise!
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    also, what exactly is a high lift off the rack? and some of the maximal effort excersizes, for the upper body, isnt on the website you have listed. thanks again and i cant wait to try it on monday, the wbb#2 hasnt been cutting it for me

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    when you are doing the 3rd week of the maximal, do you just do 2 sets of warm up, then 6 individual lifts?

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    getfit: Thanks.

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    guyfrompa: I'm glad you like it, man. Keep us updated on how you do! Also, keep the questions coming. They're good ones.

    Go to www.elitefts.com and check out the Q & A session. There's an exercise index that should have most of the exercises in them.

    A high pull from the rack is a high pull performed in a power cage. The bars are set so that the bar will start a few inches above your knees. Pull to your upper chest or throat.

    Check out this site as well:

    http://www.uwlax.edu/strengthcenter/...ideo_index.htm

    The Clean Pull High is the fifth video down in the Power column. This is what you'll be doing, but instead of the bar starting on the floor it'll start on the bars of a cage as I described above.

    As for the six singles approach, I would warm up a bit more than two sets. Using the 260 lb bencher example that I used in the article I might use a progression like so:

    45 lbs x 15 reps
    135x10
    185x3
    225x3
    245x1
    260x1x6

    Warm up as you see fit, but the key to remember is that you want to warm up enough to be ready, with small enough jumps, but not enough to tire yourself out. Use low reps to avoid fatigue.
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    the olympic squat is the squat that the barbell is in front, right?

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    Nope. An Olympic-style squat is a back squat with a high bar and narrow leg placement. Your feet should be shoulder width or slightly wider.

    A front squat involves the bar in the front.
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    so it's a basic squat then

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    Depends on how one defines "basic".

    I personally squat like a powerlifter most of the time. Wide feet, bar low on the back, to parallel. In this case I want the athlete doing the routine to have narrower feet and go all the way down. Ass to grass.
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    could you possible do this routine in 3 days, without the interval trainning.?
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    Agreed, awesome article. I've actually incorporated a bit of sprinting HIIT into my routine before, and it definitely works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussianRocket
    could you possible do this routine in 3 days, without the interval trainning.?
    You could certainly do some aspects of the routine, but I wouldn't try to cram every single exercise into three days.

    This is a fairly neurologically-intense routine, and if the sessions were too long you'd just end up spinning your wheels.



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    yeah, thats what i was thinking. Anyways great read, i might try this routine in the off season.
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    v. good article, i like it!

    i noticed that the program is filled with compound exercises and it reminds me of pavel tsatsouline saying that isolation exercises develop useless strength (and highly recommends free weights) in "power to the people" and stuart mcrobert saying to focus on the big basic lifts and their variations, and that detail work is only for people who are already big and strong for more definition.

    maki's "big three" article on improving the big three lifts is also filled with compound exercises.

    would you suggest then that a beginner-intermediate lifter focus on compounds and leave out isolations first? i think i'm somewhere between beginner and intermediate, and am currently working on getting my bodyfat down to 15% (right now it's between the 16%-23% range i think) using carb cycling while working on building up strength and size.

    there is some definition in my arms and legs already.. what i'm worried about is losing that definition if i get rid of isolations and do mainly compounds. you can check out my journal (link below) to see what exercises i'm doing and have done before. what would you suggest?

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    Definition is going to largely be a function of bodyfat levels, though there may be something to be said for keeping "detail" work in the mix so a part doesn't start lagging.

    That said, you're pretty much dead on about most of it being superfluous. If you're using a lot of compound exercises, in most cases the isolation work is pointless at best, counterproductive at worst.

    Compound movements translate to the most bang for the buck, and should always be a foundation of anyone's training. What B-money is shooting for here is really geared more towards performance goals, but it's going to have obvious implications for aesthetics as well.
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    cool article, well written.
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    what would be a good alternative to overhead squats?

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    you could try reverse bb lunges

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