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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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    Abs

    Ok first off i'm not going after totally ripped abs and a 6 pack. I would just like my abs a bit harder, and its no hurry either. What I basically want to do since I cant do football due to classes I am taking is to tone out my mid section a bit with just lighting. Now this how my bench day spilt used to look
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    Now I want to replace incline bench with abs, and possibly even do light cardio. Now I wanted to know what some good lifts for abs. Right now I am doing weighted crunches any suggestions?

    Again note I am not going after a 6 pack cause I don't feel like watching my cals that much etc. But I think harder abs in general would help my lifts overall as well.
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    Roll your towel tightly around your sweatshirt.

    Lie down so the roll is just in the small of your back.

    NOW try your weighted crunches - tuck your feet under something if ya' gotta, sit to halfway up, plant your face on the ceiling, then slowly lower.

    I do these with a 45-lb dumbbell on my chest. Took a little while to build up to it ...

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    except your hands would be holding the weight in place, and it would be way prettier.
    Last edited by Turnip; 08-25-2006 at 03:09 AM.

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    Is that what you look like, Turnip?
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    Somewhat except I have shorter hair, anyways is that how its done?

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    No, don't tie the towel around your waist - just roll it up and tuck it under your spine so you hyperextend as you lower.

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    Thanks for the suggestion i'll do it.
    "It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press.
    "It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
    "It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
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    Judging from the expression on your face Turnip, I think a 45 is way too light. lol!
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    how many situps should you be aiming for? ive been doing 20 situps with a 35lbs plate. should i aim for higher or lower?
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    Abs are just like any other muscle. Keep the sets short. 8-10 is good, no more then 12. If you can do 20 at 35, then bump the weight up. Keep adding weight till you have trouble with 8.
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    Dont train abs, chicks dig the pot belly.
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    Yeah? I mean, who wants a strong core to help stabilize the spine? Pfft.
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    we call this the planks, keep your ass down back strainght.....try and maintain a straight line parralel to grond from head to toe....this works the abd really well.....


    and throw in some of these for good measure...hands behind head, looking straight up, lift legd 6 inches up, ...and hold....mmmmmm....burn

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    turnip gets royalties on the pic idea
    Last edited by McVein; 08-25-2006 at 01:54 PM.
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    I agree with McVein

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    hahaha

    try this:

    use 2 chairs
    you will be lying on top of them except one chair is supporting your feet.
    the other is supporting your head, neck, and traps.

    I don't know what this works but it looks "kewl"

    EDIT: for some challenge, have someone sits on you (preferably a girl)
    Last edited by DNL; 08-25-2006 at 02:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turnip
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    except your hands would be holding the weight in place, and it would be way prettier.
    That picuture is great, I can't believe you can do 45 and you only have one leg??!!!

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    The pic is priceless!

    Nik, is your diet in order, i.e. are you eating clean? Just wondering because all of this will be fruitless if not.

    Anyway, some other ideas for abs are hanging leg raises (lift up legs while hanging from a bar), hanging straight leg raises, decline weighted situps, decline crunches, and russian twists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McVein
    we call this the planks, keep your ass down back strainght.....try and maintain a straight line parralel to grond from head to toe....this works the ab really well.....
    we call it the bridge

    Last edited by KingWilder; 08-28-2006 at 12:01 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingWilder
    we call it the bridge

    How long are you supposed to be able to hold it for? Do you just hold it until you can't? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by justagirrl
    How long are you supposed to be able to hold it for? Do you just hold it until you can't? LOL
    As long as you can!
    Just post this picture on the wall next to you... and see if you can hold it as long as she can. lol

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    have you guys used the ab roller? man i can go all the way to the ground and back for reps and the first things that got tired are my shoulders haha

    *ahum*, anyway, back on topic.

    you can also try an upside down V-up or A-up. (note: this exercise is best on wood floors or on any smooth surface)

    -start out by placing an old shirt or old towel underneath your feet
    -get into pushup position
    -contract your abs and bring your feet closer to your hands (maintain the stifness of your body, so that the only pivotal point is your hip)
    -return to starting position and repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unreal
    Abs are just like any other muscle. Keep the sets short. 8-10 is good, no more then 12. If you can do 20 at 35, then bump the weight up. Keep adding weight till you have trouble with 8.
    ehh, I usually do 12 or 15 reps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Built
    I do these with a 45-lb dumbbell on my chest. Took a little while to build up to it ...
    Doesn't that hurt your, uh, boobies?

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