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    Default Lifting Light Weights Is Just as Good at Building Muscle as Heavy Weights

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0430105358.htm

    Another fucking "study," for your entertainment/amusement/despair-for-the-future-of-humanity. If someone has already posted this, I apologize.

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    Just looking at the media condensate, it appears that everything wrong with exercise science is revealed in this one study. An excellent find. Thanks.


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    I'm actually very pleased whenever a study like this comes out. If everybody got wind of how to properly train, who would we look smugly down on from atop our lofty perches?

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    I found

    "The researchers first determined the maximum weight each subject could lift one time in a knee extension. Each subject was assigned to a different training program for each leg."

    to be particularly entertaining.

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    Ronnie Coleman won the Olympia with a routine that included 15 pound tricep kickbacks. On a bosu ball.

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    I took a quick look at the full paper.
    • There were 18 subjects, all untrained.
    • The exercise used was knee extension; they used a different protocol for each leg. (?!)
    • There were three groups: 80%x3 sets, 80%x1 set, 30%x3 sets, all done to failure.
    • They did not find statistically significant differences in quadriceps volume.
    • They did find a significant difference in strength; the 80% protocols caused greater increase in 1RM.

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    Honestly, I'm glad shit like this comes out. You know why? It's our society's way of punishing those who only want to train for larger muscles and don't give a fuck about strength. I think it's hilarious, and I'm convinced researchers are just trolling the susceptible public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PressesPeople View Post
    I'm convinced researchers are just trolling the susceptible public.
    Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
    But I REALLY want to believe that researchers aren't this stupid.

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    It's crap. Filed for this year's review. Thanks.

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