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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    Effects of a bent bar on bench press?

    In the past few weeks my bench press has been going down. I could not figure out the cause of this as my squat, DL, and most other exercises were progressing normally. However, today I went to my local gym with my friends and noticed my lifts all shot up. Now, after thinking about it I attribute this discrepancy to the fact that the bar I use at home is very badly bent. I've been looking for information on why this might be (despite my common sense telling me I am correct) but I cannot find any information on this. I was however, going to buy a new weight set (or 2) anyway so this problem should be fixed. In the mean time should I not lift with the weights I have at home?
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    balance maybe???
    age: 19
    MY RAW LIFTS
    OLD.........................................Current
    weight: 190..............................206
    Bench Press: 300lbs.......................?????
    Squat: 450lbs...............................?????
    Deadlift: 475..................................????
    Power Clean: 285lbs.......................?????

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    It makes a HUGE difference, at the gym I usually train at... all the bars are bent.. badly. At my highschool the bars were strait, when I made the transistion I lost about 20% of my max until I got adjusted and even now I think I could bench alot more then I post , If I had a strait bar.

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    Where are the bars bent? Unless they are really bent on one end only, or if the bend comes where you grip, I can't picture it making that much of a difference. Especially if squat and DL aren't affected.

    WBBIRL: Have you talked to management about those bars? Ask them where your gym dues are going? If those bars are really bent, I can just imagine what the rest of the equipment looks like. I bet the treadmills are in good shape for the cardio bunnies, tho'.
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    It's mainly bent on the ends where the center piece of the bar is attached to the ends that hold the weights. One side is a little more bent than the other, but they are both very significantly bent...
    Last edited by cosmicdebree88; 06-27-2005 at 11:14 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BG5150
    Where are the bars bent? Unless they are really bent on one end only, or if the bend comes where you grip, I can't picture it making that much of a difference. Especially if squat and DL aren't affected.

    WBBIRL: Have you talked to management about those bars? Ask them where your gym dues are going? If those bars are really bent, I can just imagine what the rest of the equipment looks like. I bet the treadmills are in good shape for the cardio bunnies, tho'.
    I agree... I don't know how a gym just has bent bars. Are they noticeably bent or do you need to look up close to see that they are bent.

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    They are bent in the middle, its quite significant. As far as where my dues are going, good question. The cardio bunnies should be just as mad as I am, one time I spent like half hour on the tread mill and it started smelling like burnt plastic and ones been outa service for over a year now. The 60,70 and 100 lbs DB's are bent because losers who cant use them somehow manage to get them into standing DB press postition and find they cant push them up only to drop them from shoulder height, hell you can almost make a seat outa the one 60. The equipment is very bad there, and I've made suggestions but nothing is ever done.

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