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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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    Cardio Workout

    Hey everyone, well I just joined, I'm not really sure how this thing works....but I have a few quick questions.
    First off to give you a little background....... I don't lift weights at the moment, I was lifting last year regularly, and I noticed a great improvment.. Over the summer I was only running, and haven't lifted much this year...... because i've been running everyday. Anyways, I want to start lifting again, and work my running into that. So I don't really know like what kind of routine I should follow.. maybe run 4 days and lift 3 days? I'm really trying to stay away from legs because I think they're too big as it is, I just want them to be toned, and muscular not bulky, that's why I figured running would be a good choice. I want focus more on arms, stomach, chest, shoulders, and back, arms and stomach mostly. Also when I run I do 1 mile at 5.5mph and then walk a 1 mile at about 3.5 mph, then i run 1 more mile at 5.5, and the last tenth of the mile increase to 7mph. I've noticed I don't sweat much when I do this, and am wondering if it is not intense enough.... shoudl I go for a longer distance, or go shorter distance at high speeds? I want whatever will give me the most fat burn. Also I have a bf% of 13.5% which seems awfullly high to me....I would like to have it around 7%, or is that too low? I'm not really sure what the ideal bf% is for a female.
    Also, I want to firm my abs.... I have been doing ab exercises, and my upper abs, whatever you call those are pretty toned and defined... my lower abs are a problem area... I mean I don't have a ton of fat there, but enough to the point where it bothers me, and basically it feels like unworked muscle, but I continue doing these ab exercises and they dont seem to help. Also I have a hard time toning the obliques. I try to watch what I eat, but I'm not one for the strict diets, that require a set amount of food a day. If anyone can help me out I'd appreciate it, thanks

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    Squat
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    Chest press
    OH press
    Vertical pull
    Horizontal pull

    That's the base of a good routine. Build on it, split it as you like.

    Run on off days as fits your goals.

    Wanna see your abs? Eat less.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
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    Just for your info. I think the average bodyfat for a female is around 18%. You don't have much to worry about.

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    Re: Cardio Workout

    Originally posted by LuckyCharm
    I'm really trying to stay away from legs because I think they're too big as it is, I just want them to be toned, and muscular not bulky, that's why I figured running would be a good choice......I have been doing ab exercises, and my upper abs, whatever you call those are pretty toned and defined... my lower abs are a problem area... Also I have a hard time toning the obliques.
    Please......someone find me a Smartasses Anonymous meeting.....before its too late......
    Vin Diesel has a fever.. and the only prescription is more cowbell.

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    ShmrckPmp5: a good thing people can't fire guns through the computer...your ass would have been shot years ago

    Y2A 47: youre smooth as hell
    Y2A 47: thats why you get outta tickets, and into panties

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    uhuh...... and what are you implying PowerMan?

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    Well, just a few things:

    1) The word "tone" is evil. It was constructed by fitness gurus to describe something that doesn't exist. You either need bigger muscles or less fat. Training to tone isn't something that can be done.

    2) There are no upper or lower abs. Its just one big wall. Again, that goes back to above-- its a matter of body fat percentage. As a female, it will be a lot harder for you to lose the fat over the lower portion of your abs.

    3) Don't worry about getting "too bulky." Much like the word "toning," getting women getting too bulky is a myth; it won't happen unless you have a highly abnormal hormonal structure (either naturally or due to illicit drugs).

    I didn't mean to come off as rude, but I hear those three myths probably more than anything else, and it makes me crazy every time.

    I know its not your fault, but I just hate having to go back and pave over the Fitnus Industree's ignorance.

    So feel free to ask any questions you may have, even if you do get some smartass comments in the process.
    Vin Diesel has a fever.. and the only prescription is more cowbell.

    Budiak: That girl I maced
    Budiak: macked
    Budiak: heh maced
    Budiak: I wish

    ShmrckPmp5: a good thing people can't fire guns through the computer...your ass would have been shot years ago

    Y2A 47: youre smooth as hell
    Y2A 47: thats why you get outta tickets, and into panties

    galileo: you're a fucking beast and I hate you
    galileo: hate

    assgrabbers are never subtile, they will grabb ass whereever they go,public or not, I know the type, because I am one. - Rock

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    he's saying that they're alway h'after me lucky charms...
    "Geordie/'d3c:di/n. & adj. Brit colloq. n. 1 a native of Tyneside. 2 the dialect spoken on Tyneside. adj. of or relating to Tyneside, its people, or its dialect. [the name George + -IE]

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    you'll never get me pot 'o gold!
    Vin Diesel has a fever.. and the only prescription is more cowbell.

    Budiak: That girl I maced
    Budiak: macked
    Budiak: heh maced
    Budiak: I wish

    ShmrckPmp5: a good thing people can't fire guns through the computer...your ass would have been shot years ago

    Y2A 47: youre smooth as hell
    Y2A 47: thats why you get outta tickets, and into panties

    galileo: you're a fucking beast and I hate you
    galileo: hate

    assgrabbers are never subtile, they will grabb ass whereever they go,public or not, I know the type, because I am one. - Rock

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    Well, sorry for being so ignorant then PowerMan, that is the reason I came here in the first place.. I don't know.... so why not get advice from people who do?

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    No, like I said,

    I'm sorry if I came off as rude.

    I want you to ask questions and learn. That's why I'm here in the first place. Well, that and to be a smartass. But mostly to help people learn.
    Vin Diesel has a fever.. and the only prescription is more cowbell.

    Budiak: That girl I maced
    Budiak: macked
    Budiak: heh maced
    Budiak: I wish

    ShmrckPmp5: a good thing people can't fire guns through the computer...your ass would have been shot years ago

    Y2A 47: youre smooth as hell
    Y2A 47: thats why you get outta tickets, and into panties

    galileo: you're a fucking beast and I hate you
    galileo: hate

    assgrabbers are never subtile, they will grabb ass whereever they go,public or not, I know the type, because I am one. - Rock

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