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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005
    Seattle, WA

    Struggling with deads

    First I want to say this: I've seen a lot of people recently that arn't doing deads, but clean and jerks (not throwing it above their head). Is this better? Should I be doing them?

    Anyway, on to my problem (with some background info):

    Okay, I'm not a huge kid, I'm a okay sized kid. I just turned 16. I weight about 155 and am like 5'11". Just a few days ago I squated 3X10 at 135 (My squat has been doing really well, been adding at least 5 lbs each week). I bench 3X8 at 105. Nothing special, right. Anyway, I'm really going NOWHERE with deads. I think I know, but I don't know what to do about it.

    I think I have decent form. But here's my problem: I can't dead two plates yet so the bar sits low and I don't let it touch the ground. This kills my grip because I never let the bar go. Should I be using straps? I have no idea how to use them and don't think my gym has any extras.

    I guess I've never had a good dead feeling anywhere on my body. I dead so low, like 75lbs and my arms are stocked. I drop the bar and go on elsewhere. My grips not that horrible either. I static hold two 55 DBs for 3X60 seconds. I don't know what about deads is troubling me. What do you guys suggest?

    Also, I was told to ride the bar up my legs, but this was bruising me a lot and giving my legs many red marks. How do you guys do this? And, how low do I want my butt? I usually have it extremly low, like, as low as the bar with a 10lb on each side. I saw this one guy doing it with 45s and his butt was more out, not low. It wasn't a straight leg deadlift though. Which way is better?
    Last edited by PhilsterT; 06-05-2005 at 10:54 PM.

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