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    fine tuning - fun or waste of time?

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    Hello everyone
    Happy new year - if I can still say so?!

    Since the new year has started I thought about changing some things in my "schedule".
    I discovered the fun of doing different dumbbell exercises for certain muscles (chest/shoulders/biceps and triceps) after a full body workout or core/stability/BW exercises or before my HIIT.
    Are these added 15 minutes a waste of time or do they make any sense? Do you focus on certain muscels or do just do the "big five"?
    Don't know how long this new love will last, but before I get deeper into that, I'd like to know if it's worth to invest?!?!
    Looking forward to opinions!

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    Learning ways to hit the muscles through their full range of motion and different strength curves is never a waste of time.

    Core/stability work however......................

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    I've recently read the opposite: smaller muscles are always working when "supporting" the bigger ones.
    e.g. chest presses also hit the triceps, seated rows need the biceps. So lifting heavy enough is workout enough for the smaller muscles.

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    If someone is doing pink dumbbell curls while standing on a bosu ball, but not doing heavy squats, they're doing it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gergirl View Post
    I've recently read the opposite: smaller muscles are always working when "supporting" the bigger ones.
    e.g. chest presses also hit the triceps, seated rows need the biceps. So lifting heavy enough is workout enough for the smaller muscles.

    Unfortuntely thats a urban MYTH, but it also depends on your goals! Squatting or bench pressing will not give you great forearms, calves or lateral delts if you are not extremely gifted in your genetics for those bodyparts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
    If someone is doing pink dumbbell curls while standing on a bosu ball, but not doing heavy squats, they're doing it wrong.

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    wasn't talking about lifting pink things standing on funny gadgets...any serious contribution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gergirl View Post
    I've recently read the opposite: smaller muscles are always working when "supporting" the bigger ones.
    e.g. chest presses also hit the triceps, seated rows need the biceps. So lifting heavy enough is workout enough for the smaller muscles.
    You are quite correct but just because they are ' working ' doesn't mean they are working anywhere near hard enough to cause an adaptive response. This is also where the ' Stability/ Core ' garbage falls down. Every muscle can be described as a stabilizer as they all contract at various times to help keep us stable, however, doing say standing press instead of seated because it works more ' stabilizers ' is hogwash because although more minor muscles might be involved they are not being worked hard enough to make it worthwhile.

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    good point that's why I'm asking and not just reading

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    Quote Originally Posted by gergirl View Post
    good point that's why I'm asking and not just reading
    The fact that you are open to learning automatically makes you better than 90% of the narrow minded people on the fitness forums !

    Check out Ben Pakulski on You tube, he really knows the scientific side of exercising, this is one good example:


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    Gergirl, Why train like a strength specialist i.e. power lifter if your goals are general “strength” fitness? Here some stuff to ponder;

    T NATION | 5 Strategies for Choosing Exercises

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