The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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    Double Barbell Overhead Press

    One of my favorite "every now and then" moves for the shoulders is an overhead press done with a barbell in each hand.

    To do this exercise, you need to set the pins in the power rack so that they are just below shoulder level. Place (2) olympic bars across the pins and then get between them so that you are facing the side of the power rack, rather than the front.

    You will have to experiment with your grip to find just the right spot to have the barbells level-this is very important. Use one hand at a time to test which spot works best. Grip the bars so that they are resting on your shoulders parallel to one another. In the starting position, the bars are resting on the pins and your legs are slightly bent. Stand up with the bars across the shoulders and give the bars a chance to level off.

    Press the bars overhead to a locked out position-The reason this is an effective movement is that you must do it slowly and with a great deal of control. If you try to "power" the weight up, you will quickly find the bars whipping up and down and out of control. This will force you to do the press slowly, which is perfect for deltoid and upper back stimulation.

    The length of the bars and the nature of this exercise will also have a positive effect on the stablizers of your torso.

    Start with the bar-believe me a 45lb bar will feel a lot heavier than a 45lb dumbell. Work on slowly adding reps in a smooth, "near perfect" fashion. The legendary Tommy Kono (and if you dont know who Mr. Kono is, you should) was able to press 135lbs for one rep in each hand at a bodyweight of 175lbs. I was able to duplicate Mr. Kono's feat last summer, but then I found he that he did it without any ANY COLLARS---back to the drawing board. This is an excellent adjunct move to any pressing program or it can be used for a couple of weeks to give your shoulder joints a break from heavy presses. In addition,
    it will draw the confused stares of your fellow gym members, which makes it a perfect exercise to perform.

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    i dont have two oly bars (one standard and one oly) but i guess i could try this every now and then. as a whole i think excercises where you have one hand on the bar are fun like one handed bb cleans/snatches and dls etc.

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    This exercise > me

    This sounds so crazy! I can imagine how it really stresses stabilizers.

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    Cool I'll give it a try. I think I've seen some old pics of this, although usually they were 1 hand and bar at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xMeat_Headx
    Cool I'll give it a try. I think I've seen some old pics of this, although usually they were 1 hand and bar at a time.
    Probably one-armed presses. That used to be a popular test of strength in the days of the old-time strongmen like Sandow and Louis Cyr.

    Sounds like a fun thing to try and much more difficult than DB presses! I would imagine it stresses the forearms and wrist extensors, as well.
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    Sounds rather difficult to balance.. No power rack in my gym either.

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    Maybe an easier version of this (and easier to do in a gym) would be with 2 ez bars.

    I should try that.

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    What I'm having difficulty with is how one gets either EZ bars or straight bars into position...you'd have to kind of reverse curl or snatch them one at a time.. seems to be very awkward without a rack

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    he said to do it in a rack...
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    he said he doesnt have a rack....

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    sounds like a workout for the wrists and forearms...when I go to the gym tomorrow, I'm gonna try one with the easy curl bar to start...
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    *EZ curl don't know why I said "easy"...brain fart
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    I think you're safe on that one..lol Since EZ=easy..
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