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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    Baby Got Back by MariAnne Anderson - Feb 18th 2006

    Not only does a well-developed back look impressive from all angles, taking a balanced approach to back development can ward off injuries and promote good posture. Read on to find out how to build a big, beautiful back!

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    Baby Got Back and Brain and Brawn. No Balls but **** that ain't a bad thing when you got everything else!!! Lol!!!!

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    Kudos..

    The BGB routine is easily the most effective one I have used. I modified it to the 5x5 format and it works like a charm. Not only am I getting a lot better weights from back lifts but my BB Bench is starting to move nicely ws well.

    Great job Built.

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    built, how often would you suggest the exercises be rotated? i'm planning things and am wondering because my gym has limited equipment..

    out of the back exercises i can only do bent BB rows, seated cable rows, DB rows, lat pulldowns and pullovers

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    Quote Originally Posted by dissipate
    built, how often would you suggest the exercises be rotated? i'm planning things and am wondering because my gym has limited equipment..
    I'd personally rotate as necessary - meaning when you plateau on a particular lift.

    Quote Originally Posted by dissipate
    out of the back exercises i can only do bent BB rows, seated cable rows, DB rows, lat pulldowns and pullovers
    No chinups? Jumping chinups? Assisted chinups?
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    we haven't got the assisted chinups machine thing here. jumping chinups??

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    Jumping chinups are probably better than assisted anyway. Stand on a box/chair so that you can comfortably grip the bar with a flat foot. Then jump/pull at the same time. Sounds like an easy cheat, but you'll be surprised at how much back/arm work you actually get.
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    ah! ok i'll try jumping chinups. thanks anthony!!

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    Anthony - I've been very fluid with rotating exercise order, rep range, tempo, and accessory lift selection - keeps it fresh, and avoids the plateau thing. I should be more organized about it, but even rotating it casually like this I've seen excellent progress.

    And the jumping chins idea sounds like a winner! I'm gonna try that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Built
    Anthony - I've been very fluid with rotating exercise order, rep range, tempo, and accessory lift selection - keeps it fresh, and avoids the plateau thing. I should be more organized about it, but even rotating it casually like this I've seen excellent progress.
    It's definitely not a bad thing to rotate, but it's not always necessary. Most people can make gains week after week using the same exercise/rep range without hitting a wall. But the stronger/more experienced you get, the more rotation plays a big role in keeping things going forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony
    Jumping chinups are probably better than assisted anyway. Stand on a box/chair so that you can comfortably grip the bar with a flat foot. Then jump/pull at the same time. Sounds like an easy cheat, but you'll be surprised at how much back/arm work you actually get.
    They're also quite the killer for endurance. My lats were sore for a few days after doing 'em.

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    Good article.
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    oh my goodness has it really been this long since I was last on here??
    I can say my testimony is this...
    with the 5x5 and 3x8 and 3x8...
    four day split, I am not only getting stronger...and love checking out the shoulders...and their, slight ripples....
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    OrientalNDN is indeed looking amazing - and she's outlifting me by more and more all the time. Ahhhh... youth...



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    OMG it's fierce! /

    Now, as I've seen it mentioned and I've wondered about this also- where can some minor chest work come into BGB during the second leg of the week? Would you put it on the Ham Dominant day? If so, what would you recommend? My one limit is dips- can't do 'em.
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    I think ham dominant day would be the best place for it - still doesn't combine it with shoulder work, and since chest also works tris, it's not a large change from the general format.

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    Where to even start with the questions...*dives head first*

    I'd love to try this routine, but my concern is it still possible with DB's, a bench, and a BB?

    A few concerns of mine are:

    -Rack pulls. Is it alright to leave that out and simply do T-Bar row (5x5), Bent over BB row (3x8), and hammer row (3x8-10)?

    -How would you suggest I split up my Hamstrings and Calves (dominant and accessory) with only BB and DB's for equipment?

    -When do you take days off? Do you think it best to take a day off after each workout day?

    -You have several exercises to choose from within the different groups, such as Vertical plane shoulders and Vertical plane back. Do you think it best to rotate these exercises listed, or is it ok to pick a few to stick with like the example you provided? I know my choices will be less due to my access to less equipment.

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    1. Sure. Or do off the floor deads.

    2. Hams: do RDLs, GMs, fake some sort of a GHR arrangement, get a swiss ball to do leg curls (good for higher rep ham work, google swiss ball leg curls for example). You can do calves with the barbell and a step, do 'em one leg at a time.

    3. day 1, day 2, off, day 3, day 4, off off works well. Or EOD.

    4. Try it either way. I tend to leave the heavy compound alone and rotate the accessory work.

    Oh, and get a chinup bar. If you don't have a powercage and can't fake one, do front squats, walking lunges and bulgarian split squats.

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    I'll get started on those soon as I can. Much love for the help.

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