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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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View Poll Results: What is the best training tool?

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  • Gloves

    2 4.55%
  • Straps

    2 4.55%
  • Belt

    5 11.36%
  • Dip belt

    6 13.64%
  • Stopwatch

    5 11.36%
  • Notebook

    19 43.18%
  • Mirror

    12 27.27%
  • Extra medium t-shirt

    3 6.82%
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    what do you think is the best training tool?

    I think that the stopwatch is probably the best tool, followed in a very close second is the notebook.
    The difference between the freaks and the flock is the ****ing fork!
    You wanna gain weight? Then it's time to squat!

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    the best training tool...the brain!
    "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenrir
    the best training tool...the brain!
    Agreed!
    The difference between the freaks and the flock is the ****ing fork!
    You wanna gain weight? Then it's time to squat!

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    lol oops i didn't even see the poll! I will have to vote now...although i stand by the Brain!
    "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

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    The mirror for me. I enjoy walking past mirrors and windows with a mild reflection, not of vainity - its just a subtle reminder of why I'm destroying myself

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    Out of all those u gave us to select from, I chose the mirror as u use it to perfect your technique, which is crucial when lifting!
    "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingkrs
    I think that the stopwatch is probably the best tool, followed in a very close second is the notebook.
    I chose these because I can do without the mirror. However I do think that a mirror is very useful.

    The clock is very good because it keeps you honest when it comes to rest inbetween sets.

    The notebook is good because I can't possibly remember all the weights and rest times etc from work out to work out. Plus it is motivation to see where I have been, and all the progress I have made.
    The difference between the freaks and the flock is the ****ing fork!
    You wanna gain weight? Then it's time to squat!

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    Count in your mind, and after a while if you keep the same routine (change routines every so often) you will remember it all anyway...
    "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

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    If it had been on there i would've said a training partner second! They can account for your notebook, mirror, spotter and clock.

    Pretty handy people!
    "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

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    A mirror is fine if you are working your bis, but I stay as far away from them as possible when I am squatting or deadlifting.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    why don't u like your form or something Sensei?
    "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

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    I like my form generally. I use a video camera to watch my technique. I firmly believe that a mirror will screw up your form in the squat and deadlift (and probably most other things). Do you ever see coaches telling sprinters or weightlifters or anyone (well, ok - dancers, I suppose) to look in a mirror to correct their form?
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    No but i don't necessarily see anyone else get trained, my coach gets me if my form slips...I guess it comes down to personal opinion
    "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

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    What is an extra medium tshirt?
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    Yeah you have to be careful with the mirror. Unless you're at a certain angle where you can see the whole movement then it can be deceiving.
    Anyway I voted for the notebook, mirror, and dip belt.
    Notebook lets me know how much weight I should be doing and lets me look at my progress.
    The mirror makes me feel like I have more control over the weight I'm lifting (because I can see it in the mirror so I know exactly where it is).
    The dip belt just kicks ass because dips and pull-ups are sweet and it lets you still do them when you need more than just body weight.
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    Mirrors can be decieving when you want your body to look a certain way... I think pictures are more effective for noting progress.

    Dip belts are still more useful, I mean weighted dips and pullups... what more do you need for great upper body development?
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    you forgot www.wannabebigforums.com as one of your options. That would have been my vote.

    The wealth of information, motivation, and journal space that can be found here are absolutely invaluable to me.

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    i like dip belts, heavy weights, clean diet, those are my training tools...
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    Mirror. If I can't monitor my form all the other tools are next to useless.
    Homer Simpson - "The code of the schoolyard, Marge! The rules that teach a boy to be a man. Let's see. Don't tattle. Always make fun of those different from you. Never say anything, unless you're sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do."
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    Stopwatch and notebook are assets that I use almost every day. The dip belt was the only lifting tool on that list that has any value.
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    Notebook, hands down.
    "It is often said, mainly by the "no-contests", that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager. But on second thought it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"

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    "Out of all of the sects in the world, we notice an uncanny coincidence: the overwhelming majority just happen to choose the one that their parents belong to. Not the sect that has the best evidence in its favour, the best miracles, the best moral code, the best cathedral, the best stained glass, the best music: when it comes to choosing from the smorgasbord of available religions, their potential virtues seem to count for nothing, compared to the matter of heredity. This is an unmistakable fact; nobody could seriously deny it. Yet people with full knowledge of the arbitrary nature of this heredity, somehow manage to go on believing in their religion, often with such fanaticism that they are prepared to murder people who follow a different one."


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    Best traning tool: Mp3 player

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez
    What is an extra medium tshirt?
    It was a joke You know that there is that one guy at the gym who always wears the shirt that is too small. haha maybe it is one of us!
    The difference between the freaks and the flock is the ****ing fork!
    You wanna gain weight? Then it's time to squat!

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