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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?

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    best time to rest during military press?

    i was doing military presses today at the gym and i dont think i am resting at the right spot in my ROM. to clarify, i am talking about a similar situation during a bench press, people will lock there arms out and take a breath or two, and then finish a rep or two. this is what i am looking to accomplish with my military presses. i have been resting when the bar is around my neck and arms are bent, but for some reason, i think when i press the bar up, thats when i should be resting and taking those extra breaths, and when im ready, lower the bar and push it back up and repeat...

    any help on best way to rest during the military press?

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    I do arnold presses with DBs and ALWAYS rest at the bottom of the movement. If you are using free weights then I would have to say it's probably best that you rest at the bottom, resting at the top I'm sure is not the most stable position in which to rest.

    BTW I think there are probably other factors that contribute to your gains (or lack thereof, if that is the case) that are more important.
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    What comes naturally is probably best.

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    ^ Ditto. I breath in during the descent and exhale when I push the weight back up above my head.

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    Rest? You should be breathing throughout the movement. If you are breathing effectively, you should not need to stop mid-set and breathe. If you cannot breathe while performing the lift, you may be lifting more than you can handle.

    You should not be attempting to rest with weight held above your head.

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    Resting at the bottom of the movement destroys the rubber-band like effect of the concentric motion. Don't expect to be able to push as much weight out of the hole without descending. Also, what is this resting? You should be keeping tension on the muscles throughout the duration of the set.

    edit: when I said concentric I meant eccentric, ie, lowering the weight. It's been a long day.
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    "Resting" is probably not the word you mean...

    If you are pausing at the bottom, as dw06wu said, you are limiting the stretch reflex out of the bottom of the movement - you will get less reps.

    There's nothing wrong w. pausing at the top. OLers do it everyday.

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    i pause at the top for a few breaths sometimes

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    i dont rest after every rep, its just the very last rep when i need that extra breathe. i breath out when i push the barbell up and breath in when i lower it during the set. i just found if i have the barbell lowered to my chest and i take that extra breath, its really really hard to get the weight started going up again unless i do a push press. i tried taking the extra breath when i had my arms locked out one time, then i lowered the barbell (while breathing) and then pushed it back up (while breathing out) without pausing. i found this to be easiest and i just was asking if this was the proper way to do it.

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    As far as breathing goes, I always take a big breath at lockout and squeeze during the rep. Like squat breathing, only for everything. It really helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dw06wu
    Resting at the bottom of the movement destroys the rubber-band like effect of the concentric (edited: "eccentric") motion. Don't expect to be able to push as much weight out of the hole without descending.
    But we pause at the bottom of calf raises to get rid of that rubber-band like effect.

    I suppose to each his own. Probably best to stay consistent though.
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    i pause at the top, never really occured to me to pause at the bottom. I guess the "rubber-band" effect is why i'd pause at the top instead of at the bottom (even with dumbells).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    But we pause at the bottom of calf raises to get rid of that rubber-band like effect.

    I suppose to each his own. Probably best to stay consistent though.
    I never said better or worse...just that one won't be able to move as much poundage.
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