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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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    Changes in life: how to maintain with little to no free time?

    Sorry about this being my second post, but I am in need of some advice. Basically, here is the story-I am currently in my second year of med school where I now have little to no time to work out (let alone sleep). I can get in the gym for about an hour a day, but nothing more. I was wondering how I could maintain the muscle I have put on over the years... increase my intensity?

    I used to go for 3 hours or so, worked great for me. Now, I am going in 3-4x a week, 1 hour sessions, and have noticed diminishing strength. I would like to keep what I have built up and am willing to try something new. Any ideas?
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    3 hrs a session!? waste of time, an hour a day for 4 days a week is fine
    try 5 x 5, that works really well for me, you should definately continue gaining strength
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    Quote Originally Posted by basupran
    Now, I am going in 3-4x a week, 1 hour sessions, and have noticed diminishing strength.
    If you can't significantly improve with 3-4 hours of training per week, you're not training correctly.

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    Hmm, 3-4 hour sessions have worked great for me. I have been training for 6 years (26yrs old) and have made appreciable gains. I am 5'7", used to be 125 lbs, now weigh around 180 (was 195 before I started med school), benched 315 for reps and 365 was max I tried. Creatine and whey only. What I have done has worked in my humble opinion.

    3 hour sessions have worked great for me; I used to snack in between (keep from going into significant catabolic mechanisms). My problem now is that I have dropped in strength to a certain point. I am scared that I will get weaker and weaker.

    To rephrase the question: does more intense training (ie less time between sets) have the same results for you guys in terms of strength? Any examples of 1 hour routines that have worked well? I don't want to be skinny again!!!!

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    Dude, the vast majority of the people on this site, and the routines on this site, use 45 min - 1.5 hour workouts. Intensity rules. If you can lift for 4 hours, you're not lifting hard enough. Or, y'know. You're using something a little stronger than whey protein.

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    what reps are you using? i would lower them to preserve your strength. I just started the 5x5 and i can get it done in about and hour (expect leg day which goes a little longer).

    You are right about the less rest inbtw sets to up the intensity.
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    Good luck with med school .. make a muscle building break through other than gear for us... okay?
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    If you have an hour a day to train, IMHO you have A LOT of time. Many, many powerlifters manage on a lot less training time than 7 hrs./week...
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    Quote Originally Posted by basupran
    Sorry about this being my second post, but I am in need of some advice. Basically, here is the story-I am currently in my second year of med school where I now have little to no time to work out (let alone sleep). I can get in the gym for about an hour a day, but nothing more. I was wondering how I could maintain the muscle I have put on over the years... increase my intensity?

    I used to go for 3 hours or so, worked great for me. Now, I am going in 3-4x a week, 1 hour sessions, and have noticed diminishing strength. I would like to keep what I have built up and am willing to try something new. Any ideas?
    Check out the WBB routines. Lift heavy on these routines (4-8 reps) and you'll maintain just fine.

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    Someone has in thier sig.."Intensity caps duration every time."

    It's a good way to think, in terms of training. 3 hours in the gym is ridiculous, and totally pointless.
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    But remember that shorter rest times will usually mean less weight or repetitions during the following set. To be honest I don't think you'll need to have long workouts at all to preserve strength. Literally I think if you wanted to preserve your bench stats all you'd have to do was maybe 2 working sets of bench per week. Of course keep those sets with pretty low repetitions (I wouldn't go over 5 reps).
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    3 hours is way too long. I spend only slightly more time than that in the gym each week and I still make great strength and size gains.

    And while 125-180 (or even 195) is great progress, you could certainly have gained much more weight in 6 years.
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