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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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?

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    is 3 sets per exersize OK for arms? cuz im doing hammer curls, barbell curls for 3 sets of 8 and lying dumbell extenion, behind back dips and parralel dips for 3 sets , what do u think?
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    "Good stuff Chris. Wish you had used the phrase "hyooge GUNZ", though. That usually gets me psyched."

    Ehehe, good stuff Chris. Write the article and post it here please. Great info. I hope your right because I'm gonna take your word for it.

    Thanks.

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    I'm swiss chris (and my english is poor I need a dictionnary some times) You are very honest that's good !! Because a 19''5 without drugs.... ! 17-18'' without roids is very good and very hard to get for an average height.

    I'll certainly try your arm's routine !! I tried a lot of "super routine" like Jones or Mc Robert and magazine's routine. Jones routine is terrible (!) but I don't have any partner for negatives.... so I left it !

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    Thanks!

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    Well Gavan, your English is a crapload better than my Swiss !

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    Originally posted by CJMAJOR
    With so few a set for biceps. Do you spilt that up into 2-3 excercises and do 1 or 2 sets with each or what and which excercise do you do. Wide grip and incline curls or what?
    2 exercises per bodypart, or 3 exercises with 2 sets to failure for the 1st and 1 set for the other 2 exercises.

    As for the exercises, that is an individual thing. I suggest you always include a standing barbell or dumbell curl to start things off, then pick 1-2 exercises that you feel work well for you. I have a buddy with amazing (incredibly amazing) arm development who prefers to use dumbells for his biceps. I prefer barbells. By the way, his favorite exercise is seated alternating dumbell curls. He performs them in an ultrastrict fashion. He has done this exercise with 90 lb dumbells which is an absolutely astounding feat of strength.

    For triceps, I prefer skull crushers as my first exercise, followed by an exercise of choice. To me, dips and close grip benches involve the chest and delts too much, and should be used for chest training, not tricep specific training. I don't like exercises which make grip a compromising component of the movement, such as rope pushdowns or reverse grip pushdowns. Remember, you are trying to work you triceps, not your grip.

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    Originally posted by shredder
    is 3 sets per exersize OK for arms? cuz im doing hammer curls, barbell curls for 3 sets of 8 and lying dumbell extenion, behind back dips and parralel dips for 3 sets , what do u think?
    Read the above post about tricep exercises. I think your tricep routine will cause overtraining of your chest if you are also performing a normal chest routine. Like I said, I would limit your working sets (post warmup sets) to 5 for bis and tris respectively.
    Last edited by chris mason; 02-23-2002 at 05:58 PM.

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    seeing that you curl 200+ for reps i'm guessing you could pound out 5 or 6 reps with the 90's as well?
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    Not with the same superstrict motion he does. He is sitting on a bench. He performs the movement with almost no perceptible movement of his back and upper arms. The rotation is all at the elbow joint. You know, when I watch him curl it makes me think of a machine, kind of like a hydraulic machine with piston like precision of movement. Awesome to behold. That is what makes it awesome, the weight combined with the strictness of motion. Give it a try some time, you will find yourself using much less weight than you normally would use during alternating dumbell curls.
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    I want the specific routine now Chris!
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    Hey Chris i have a question about steriods for you.

    alright, lets say that you are on steroids and since they allow your body to lift more weight, lets say that you can curl 200 pounds....but, once you stop taking them, will your curl gradually decrease over a course of time, meaning that you will only be able to curl, lets say 150lbs? or will you continue curling the same amount of weight? or even more weight?

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    Chris-

    I combine Tricep training after Chest, and for Chest, I'll do 8 woking Sets which all consist movements INVOLVING indirect Tricep work (6 sets bench, 2 sets Dips). So I am wondering, should I still throw in another 2-3 sets of DIRECT tricep work nonetheless despite it being trained indrectly for 8 sets already?

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    Chris,

    Can I have your toe nail clippings? *pushes up glasses and breaths heavy* Your so cool can I have a flock of your hair? Come on people he's only a person, not a god.

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    Originally posted by Crimson
    Chris-

    I combine Tricep training after Chest, and for Chest, I'll do 8 woking Sets which all consist movements INVOLVING indirect Tricep work (6 sets bench, 2 sets Dips). So I am wondering, should I still throw in another 2-3 sets of DIRECT tricep work nonetheless despite it being trained indrectly for 8 sets already?


    Well, first off, I believe in separating arm training from that of the rest of the upper body (as much as possible). However, to answer the question, I would still throw in 2-3 sets of tricep specific work, yes. I would also recommend you drop a couple of sets from your chest workout.

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    Originally posted by TripleP
    Hey Chris i have a question about steriods for you.

    alright, lets say that you are on steroids and since they allow your body to lift more weight, lets say that you can curl 200 pounds....but, once you stop taking them, will your curl gradually decrease over a course of time, meaning that you will only be able to curl, lets say 150lbs? or will you continue curling the same amount of weight? or even more weight?
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    I took steroids in extremely limited quantities (compared to what is commonly used today, or even when I took them). I never took more than one drug at a time, and only in small doses. At my best drug-induced strength, I could barbell curl 225 lbs for 3 reps. Now, 10+ years later, I am only just beginning to get close to that level. In fact, for years after I stopped the drug use, my strength seemed to slowly diminish over time. It wasn't a linear decrease, it was more of a one step forward, two steps back sort of thing. The gains made on steroids are not permanent. At least the bulk of the gains (no pun intended) are only temporary. For the record, I was quite strong before I ever took the drugs, and I feel to this day that I would be bigger and stronger than I am now if I had never taken the drugs. They work while you use them, spectacularly well, but they alter your body (in my opinion) for the worse over the long haul.

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    Originally posted by TreeTrunks
    Chris,

    Can I have your toe nail clippings? *pushes up glasses and breaths heavy* Your so cool can I have a flock of your hair? Come on people he's only a person, not a god.

    You didn't kow his name was chris "zeus" mason
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    Since we are on the subject, I measured my biceps and it turns out that my right bicep is 15", whereas the left one is 141/4". Is this a common occurence?
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    Originally posted by chris mason

    Well, first off, I believe in separating arm training from that of the rest of the upper body (as much as possible).

    Why?

    If so, can you give an example split to go with this please?
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    I've tried having an "arms" day...i didn't stick with it too long but didn't notice much difference when i did use it...

    ...although this would go with my idea that the biceps/triceps somewhat, are smaller muscles and can recover in less time...enabling you to train them twice as often with full recovery.
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    So Chris when are you gonna post the routine to add 1/2inch to arms in 1 month huh?
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    good shiet....
    around 3 sets is all i need, they're quite fried from press/rowing
    do u think varriying rep range from time to time may help put on mass?
    ive been doing narrow chins recently and they seem to be ace, working my forearms a bit also
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    hey chris almost 100 replies to this thread dude. everybody wants ur arms man!

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    Originally posted by chris mason
    Hey guys, be patient with me. I will get an article (or sticky) out very soon which will provide a specific routine that will gurantee 1/2 " on your arms in 1 month!
    Chris, are you serious about this?

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    Chris shoot me a mail and we will talk about having an article on it!
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    Yes I am serious, and I will write it very soon.

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