The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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    rippetoe 5x5 question

    Hey i want to start Mark Rippetoes program but i have a bad back and my chiropractor said that i shouldnt squat or deadlift until im feeling better and more comfotable to do those lower body lifts. Anyways would this be an alright acception for the Rippetoe program. (no lower body work )

    Workout A

    3x5 Bench Press
    2x5-8 pullups
    3x15 high cable rows

    Workout B

    3x5 weighted dips
    3x5 Rows
    2x8 incline Bench

    I would rotate A and B for mon, wed, fri. Add weight to the bar every workout, do warmups before my 2-3 static working sets, and do not train to failure. Im pissed that i cant squat or dead but i want to get better faster so im going to layoff them for a while. Any suggestions or changes.

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    Squats and deadlifts are a huge part of the rippletoe program.

    Check your ego and do squats and deads with the just the bar (if possible).

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    I'm confused, how is that a 5x5 routine?
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    Yeah I don't see how that resembles 5x5...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Fester
    Squats and deadlifts are a huge part of the rippletoe program.

    Check your ego and do squats and deads with the just the bar (if possible).
    wouldnt just the bar be pointless? But i gues its better than nothing. SHould i start with just the bar then add 5 lbs every workout?

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    Two things-
    Rip's beginner program is a 3x5, as you've written.
    Squats are the absolute #1 most important part of the program. I'd seek a second opinion about your back and then get training. If you need to, do unilateral leg work instead- you don't have to load your back nearly as much and can still pretty thoroughly kick your own ass.
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    Chiropractors are about as useful as mittens in July. Go see a real doctor.

    Rows (assuming we're talking about Bent-over Barbell Rows) will put some stress on your lower back, so if you can do those, why can't you squat?

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    My chiro currently works with the toronto maple leafs, toronto blue jays , and rapters, he knwos wat hes talking about. My back problem i ahve is pretty uncommon i was born with a certain bone not fused in my right lower back and its been good for quite a while. But the past week it went on me and the bones started to rub together again. Thats y he wants me im lay off having heavy weights on my back and or deadlifting for a bit. Thne i can start up slowly again.

    But ill start on the light one legged squats. Better than nothing.

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    How bout this ? by the way im workin out at home now that school is over and i cant use the school gym till school starts again.

    Workout A
    one leg squat (back leg elevated) 3x15
    3x5 Bench Press
    2x5-8 pullups
    3x15 high cable rows

    Workout B
    one leg squat (back leg elevated) 3x15
    3x5 weighted dips
    3x5 Rows
    2x8 incline Bench

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