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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    5x5 warm up question

    if Im working with 235-240 on the 5 sets what should warm up be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNY87 View Post
    if Im working with 235-240 on the 5 sets what should warm up be?
    id say increment 30 lbs until you hit your final set of 240. i personally wouldnt try and do 5 sets of 240 if thats what your asking. otherwise, increments of 30 lbs and 5 sets of 240 might be too much to handle and you wouldnt finish up.

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    I'd say if you start at the bar and go 30 lbs up each time for 5 sets your at 195 lbs for your final set...

    This question is asked many many times quite frankly its your choice how you do it. Frankly this is my warmup rountie for squats (I lift at 265-275 right now)

    1x8 just the bar
    1x8 135 LBs
    then go to my workout around 265-275.

    When I start lifting around 315 as workout i'll prob do a warmup at 225.
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    i usually do 135x5, then 205x5, then 5x5 of my working weight...right now 245 for squats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nik00117 View Post
    1x8 just the bar
    1x8 135 LBs
    then go to my workout around 265-275.
    That might work for you now, but you're asking for knee problems later on in life. You should warmup your joints quite a bit more than you are right now, unless you're already doing some other warmups first.

    My knees would kill if I did it your way.

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    I do something like this:

    135x8
    185x5
    205x3
    225x1

    rest a couple of mins, then working sets.

    Depends what the exercise is though... I tend to warm up a bit more for squats and bench (1-2 more sets).

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    I just knock out a few reps as I load the bar. I squatted 350 last night (new PR), so I do 3-4 reps at 135, 205, 275, 325, then hit the target weight. Sometimes I do a full set at 325 and count it as a work set, then a set at say 350, and if that feels good, I'll try 355 or 360.
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    ok i see, that weight was for bench not squat though, does that make a difference?
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    No, no difference. The goal is to complete your routine's required number of sets and reps, maxing out the weight on the last set or two. Obviously you can't begin counting until there is reasonable load on the bar, before this just being a warm up. If you warm up with almost no weight and lots of reps, you'll be doing your muscles a favour. I can't stress how important warming up (and cooling down) your muscles is, not to mention the difference in muscle growth you'll notice with a few lighter reps included as part of your routine. It will activate growth of a different muscle tissue to that of the heavy weight training, and the combination will work in your benefit, trust me.
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