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Old 03-29-2012, 12:25 PM   #1
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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Ego, many novice lifters( including myself at one point) walk into a gym see guys moving heavy weight and sacrifice form to move heavier weight then we are capable of to look more impressive. Normally momentum is moving weight and not the muscle. If the muscle is not working its not growing. General rule of thumb, if you cant hold it at the top or bottom for a good squeeze depending on the movement; you're lifting to heavy.
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Ego, many novice lifters( including myself at one point) walk into a gym see guys moving heavy weight and sacrifice form to move heavier weight then we are capable of to look more impressive. Normally momentum is moving weight and not the muscle. If the muscle is not working its not growing. General rule of thumb, if you cant hold it at the top or bottom for a good squeeze depending on the movement; you're lifting to heavy.
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Eating big does not mean get fat or belly rolling over the belt, it just means make sure you eat enough to make quality gains.
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Lack of proper nutrition,supplements and rest.
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Hey BTB can i speak on a topic of the misunderstanding on Contest Prep?
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Hey BTB can i speak on a topic of the misunderstanding on Contest Prep?
I'll put it up in another thread. What specifically are you going to address so I can better explain the topic and aim it at beginners?
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I'll put it up in another thread. What specifically are you going to address so I can better explain the topic and aim it at beginners?
I want to explain why contest prep, to me, is more than just low carb dieting, training, and hours of cardio.

Breaking down the less exposed aspects of contest prep.
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The biggest mistake I see is lifters doing "the big three" with absolutely horrible form. Knees in on skwats, elbows straight out at the bottom of the bench stroke, rounded back on deads. Stuff like that can lead to injuries in a hurry. Some of it is due to trying to lift more weight than they are capable of, but most of the time, their form is horrible to start with. I cannot slight someone for going for a max weight in any lift, but use good form.
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The biggest mistake I see would have to be beginners listening to other beginners that have no clue what direction theyre heading. Most of the time the beginner finds themselves in a bad position due to lack of good form, rest, or nutrition. It is okay to take on consideration what is being explained, but use your common sense.

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Worrying about the proper macronutrient breakdown of a good bodybuilding diet when they should start by seeing how their body reacts to more/less food and cleaning up their eating habits.

Worrying about which exercise is going to hit their inner, outer, lower, upper head of their trapectalezius muscle when they should be trying to build any muscles they possibly can.

Trying to find the perfect routine split and exercise rotation when they should just worry about how they are going to add another 10 lbs to the squat bar without crushing themselves.
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