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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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    The healing process.

    Today I worked out with some army guys and they made us do pushups, ab work and cardio. And it popped into my head that I could do these things on my off days so I dont feel so damn lazy. The next thing that popped into my head was about my muscles healing. Does calisthenics such as pushups, pullups and crucnhes get in the way of your muscles healing themselves?

    Any article or simple answer would be great. Thx
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    Yea it gets in the way, but not very much.

    They can also limit your gains. If you want to do them I'd suggest eating more.

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    i do one more push up everyday, training or no training. Haven't seen any side of effects as of yet (might be the ETS i just got).
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    Well they increase your strength which would help with lifting, but Im cutting so adding cals may not be an option. Guess Ill wait and see what some other people have to say.
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    It depends on the intensity of the pushups and ab workouts and what your goals are. If you are training for ultimate Bruce Lee style endurance and conditioning, I.E. to be pretty much physical and able all the time, go for it. If you are trying to gain a decent amount of muscle mass, you may want to have 2 or 3 days a week completely resting for each muscle group. Pullups specifically, unless you are training for endurance I would not do every day. You will want 2-3 days a week of resting your lats and allowing them to heal, recuperate and grow.
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    Well at the moment im looking to cut bf, just thought pushups cwouldnt hurt, Id probably do a warmup thing I did today and then several sets of a decent amount.
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    If your Army friends workout like us Army folk here do, you'll be fine. The only thing I rest from is running since we do a lot of cardio at PT. We have PT 5 days a week from 0630-0730 doing things like push-ups (all grips), 8 count crunches, sit-ups, hand clappers, military presses (air force pushups ), floater kicks, iron cross...etc; basically all variations of military grip shoulder press, push-up, or sit-up. I do this stuff every morning and then still do weights in the evenings along with some lighter cardio (but sometimes none) and have not had any issues at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Con
    Today I worked out with some army guys and they made us do pushups, ab work and cardio. And it popped into my head that I could do these things on my off days so I dont feel so damn lazy. The next thing that popped into my head was about my muscles healing. Does calisthenics such as pushups, pullups and crucnhes get in the way of your muscles healing themselves?

    Any article or simple answer would be great. Thx
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