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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    Senior Member betastas's Avatar
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    Floor Press Mechanics

    I did a search but didn't find any information on back position for the floor press.

    Do you lie flat backed or arched? Is it preference?

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    I do it with my usual arch. It just feels more natural. With a flat back I'd lose a lot of stability, and it would change your bar path(compared to arch back)
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    Arched back worked best for me. Watch your elbows though since banging them off the ground is no fun.

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    It's a little more difficult to arch your back on the floor, especially if you are keeping your legs extended out on the floor

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    I use to do mine with a arch and using some legdrive also, but I started jacking my ass up every time it would get difficult. So now I keep my legs straight out in front of me flat on the floor with minimal back arch. This totally puts it all in the arms for me. Have GOOD SPOTTERS!!!!

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    Thanks guys. I might give them a shot today. Does your partner just deadlift the weight into position?

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    Not necessarily. You can start with the DB's on your legs in a sitting position, then roll onto your back while putting your arms in place. Or you can just have a partner hand you each DB, but they need to do it quickly or the hand that is holding a DB first will get tired and will make for an uneven set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido
    Not necessarily. You can start with the DB's on your legs in a sitting position, then roll onto your back while putting your arms in place. Or you can just have a partner hand you each DB, but they need to do it quickly or the hand that is holding a DB first will get tired and will make for an uneven set.
    I think he means with a barbell though and not dumbbells.

    In that case, you basically would have to have your partner deadlift it for you.

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    or go put the loaded barbell on the end of the pins of the powerrack.
    easy to do.
    Best Meet @ Lifts@181:...............Best gym lifts
    Squat...- 403..........................Squat....- 395 w/belt
    Bench...- 303..........................Bench....- 300....Paused in meet - 281
    Deadlift.- 503.....Unofficial 513...Deadlift..- 490
    Total....- 1,203...IPF Class II......All done raw, Touch'n go bench

    "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly" Robert F. Kennedy

    "A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he gives up"

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