The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    IRL my name is Trent Hazerboy's Avatar
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    Boozing as bad for powerlifting?

    I don't drink but maybe once every two or three weeks, but its usually on a friday after one of my heavy squat/bench sessions.

    If i understand it correctly, alchohol consumption is bad for weightlifting for a few reasons:

    Your dehydrated the next day/that night - this would hurt lifting the next day and would be detrimental towards your healing muscles

    Your absorbing lots and lots of calories (beer): This would hurt if you're on a diet

    You use the sugars from alchohol instead of absorbing protein during that time.

    Because powerlifting is based less on the breaking down/repairing of muscles and more on building strong tendons/ligaments as well as increasing your CNS effeciency, wouldn't boozing hurt a powerlifter much less than a bodybuilder or other athlete, as long as its not the day before a session? Would this really hurt my gains, if, say, tomorrow night I got hammered 7-8 hours after a heavy lifting session?
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    There are plenty of PLers who drink, but alcohol increases cortisol production and that's not good. Once in a great while is probably not going to hurt you, but getting hammered and/or drinking frequently is going to affect you whether it's noticeable or not.
    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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    Are you asking that, so that you can drink and call yourself powerlifter and/or because you're worried about your gains in other areas?
    What is elite?
    "Those who work the hardest often complain the least." -anonymous
    Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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    Drinking supresses your central nervous system.

    Go figure.

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    Hmm... What excactly is cortisol?

    And as far alchohol suppresing the CNS, wouldn't that only be while you're drinking/perhaps the day after?

    I'm worried about my gains, yes, and what effect alchohol has if taken several hours after a lifting session (will it render todays session "worthless?")
    What I was really asking was, aren't most of the detrimental aspects of alchohol only the next day/day after, if only taken every once and awhile? I don't lift on saturdays/sundays anyways.
    Last edited by Hazerboy; 09-08-2006 at 12:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazerboy
    Hmm... What excactly is cortisol?
    Sheesh... You have a world of information at your fingertips - a simple search will find you the answers: http://stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/cortisol.htm
    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
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
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    obviously if you are having cortisol problems, you need relacor.

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    I don't believe relacor is the answer, that's absurd. I believe drinking once in a while, in moderation is ok for a powerlifter, that means, do not get totally hammered, no more than 10 beers a day, and red wine is always healthier, at the same time, avoid hard liquor like vodka or tequila. I believe drinking once every other week is alright...
    Last edited by Westsidemonster; 09-10-2006 at 02:30 AM.

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