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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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    The 3 most important factors for gaining muscle.

    Cutting sucks. Not seeing my lifts increase (and in some cases gradually decrease) is like torture. So, to help myself get through it, all I can really think about is how nice it will be when I start bulking again. I want to do a better job bulking this time as I feel the last time didn't go as well as it should have. That leads me to this post and this question.

    Would you agree that the following are the 3 most important factors that play into an effective and successful bulk? (They are in order of importance.)

    1. Taking in 500 excess calories.
    2. Proper training. (Mostly big compound movements, with a focus on progression.)
    3. The rest of your diet. (The right amounts of protein and fat, good sources of fat and carbs, good pwo nutrition, etc.)

    Do you disagree with the order? Should something else be on the list? I want to make sure I have everything right this time around. Any thoughts, please let me know. Thanks.

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    I think as you continue to gain weight you must up your caloires. But yes I will agree. Although I would put proper diet at 1, and bump the other two down.
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    In my opinion, Calories=muscle. Everyones different, and some people will need more than 500 excess calories..I know I do.

    I'd rank it as,

    1) Calories

    2) proper training

    3) Rest

    Rest is jsut as important as the actual training. This is almost like a triangle. As far as proper diet goes, yes, its important, but calories is what brings muscle. You could almost put the proper way to get calories as a subcategory to "Calories."
    First Bulk pics VS Starting pics, take a look!! http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=1#post1616109

    Progress pics of a cut using bodyweight only movements http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...45#post2405745

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    I think all 3 are important. I think equal emphasis should be place on all 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabrielle View Post
    I think all 3 are important. I think equal emphasis should be place on all 3.
    Hence the triangle
    First Bulk pics VS Starting pics, take a look!! http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=1#post1616109

    Progress pics of a cut using bodyweight only movements http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...45#post2405745

    Generally, if you read a piece of advice on the internet, assume it's wrong until proven otherwise. This applies especially to "conventional wisdom". -Belial

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    lol, good point.

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    I'd bump 'the rest of your diet' and put in recovery time/sleep.
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