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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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  1. #1276
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    Thanks homey.

    Deadlift (75/85/95% of 90% 1RM)

    225 x 5
    245 x 3
    275 x 6

    Power Clean

    165 x 3, 3, 3

    Back Extension

    10, 10, 10

    Good workout. I was hoping for 8 reps of 275 but the 6 was ok. I was feeling just a tad unstable anyway. Back is feeling great. Not coincidentally, I've been doing extensions again. That GHD would be worth $1,000 to me if I had to buy it again.
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    I really need to start doing GHD and reverse hyper work, seems like they really help. For some reason I thought you built yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killxswitch View Post
    I really need to start doing GHD and reverse hyper work, seems like they really help. For some reason I thought you built yours.
    I was going to build one as an attachment for my rack a couple years ago but I'm no engineer. I'm still pondering welding one up in the future and seeing if I can make a decent product out of it, but I just bit the bullet and bought the one I have. It was 475 I think. It's been a blessing.
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    475 seems pretty good for a GHD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killxswitch View Post
    475 seems pretty good for a GHD.
    mine is the Get Rx'd. for the quality and features vs price, it kills Again Faster and Rogue's models. there's a company called yukon making a decent one for less, but it didn't look as sturdy and the pad doesn't have a gap for the gonads..lol. mine has a linear bearing so it slides easy with one hand, plus pins for bands to attach to. it's a nice piece of gear. i was thinking this morning as my back was feeling great in the truck, that i don't even know if it's the strength of the lower back that helps with my pain as much as the fact that it just mobilizes those muscle the way they're supposed to move. i think it just keeps them mobile, wheras anything else i do in a day is either assisted or dominated by some other muscle.
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    Bench (75/85/95% of 90% of projected 1RM)

    170 x 5
    190 x 3
    215 x 1


    SUUUUPER slow rep. I let it get slightly out in front of me and I'm pretty certain it actually dipped downward during the 5-7 seconds it hung in the air. I continually amaze myself at my ability to grind the F out of a bench rep and finally get it. I haven't failed on a single in at least a year and I never use a fast descent/springboard push. That wasn't a PR but it was only 10lbs under the 225 I got a few months back when I was 14lbs heavier, so I was pretty happy about it.

    Real short on time this morning due to work. Did a few sets of dips and sit-ups on the GHD afterward.
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    5-7 seconds is crazy. I fail all the time in those situations. Nice job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killxswitch View Post
    5-7 seconds is crazy. I fail all the time in those situations. Nice job.
    I dunno how I do it. I think it's the lack of fear since I have the pins to protect me. I'm that way on overhead press too but there's not much risk there. I never freakin give up on a rep..lol. A guy spotted me on bench in Rochester a while back and he was reaching for the bar after rep three and I grunted out a little "wait", then creaked out two more and he said something like. "wow..I thought you were toast after the third one". I may not be strong but I'm persistent..lol


    Did squats today with 3 seconds pause in the bottom. Worked up in small increments up to 215. Nice big stretch going on there. Gonna start forcing myself to sit in the bottom off and on during the day. I can feel the improvement but I'm gonna keep working on it. Should have my new tripod adapter soon so I'll record my next session.
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    nice, let me know how that sitting helps mobility
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    Not incredibly indepth video, but watch this (hell, watch everything Brian Carroll has posted):


    Fuck, fight, or hold the light.

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    I'll watch that video. Thanks for sharing!

    Shoulders (yesterday)

    Press

    100 x 5
    110 x 5
    125 x 4


    Dips

    6, 6, 5

    DB Press

    35's x8, 8, 8

    GHD Sit-up

    15, 15, 15



    Leaving for vacation in a few days and this is week 1 of another cycle. Gonna try to get something done at the hotel if possible. Otherwise I'll just try to pick up where I left off. Weight is still 204/205. Trying to keep pretty strict until I leave. I'll feel much better about myself if I do..lol
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    How's the vacation? Did you pork back up?

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    Did you fall off the wagon?

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    Did you die?

    Fuck, fight, or hold the light.

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    LOL..vacation was good. Had some good food and spent a lot of time on the beach and in the water. I probably gained a couple but I'm back on the wagon this week. Haven't felt like posting in the journal for some reason.

    Started Tuesday. Did Press up to 3 sets of 85 x 5, 4 sets of dips and 4 sets of situps, then did eight 40yd hill sprints. My left shoulder hurts so I just kinda kept it low. Almost three weeks off didn't help matters either. I haven't been working out but I'm officially in a band so I've done LOTS of drumming. It's pretty good cardio, or at least good enough to keep the weight off. It's just been hard in-general to get motivated to workout. This happens to me EVERY year. I do well in spring, then I cut and lose motivation/energy in summer right after vacation, then get going again pretty well in fall, then eat too much in nov/dec, then start the cycle over again. I did start drinking coffee again a couple weeks ago so I'm hoping to break the cycle this summer. The wife is back on track with her workouts too so I'm gonna try to keep consistent. I like these sprints and I'm thinking about getting a tire to flip across the backyard. Running just sounds horribly boring right now and I have softball coming up so I need to get my sprinting muscles up to snuff. I'm almost 35 so I'm in the strain danger zone..LOL

    Wednesday I did deadlifts up to 225 and back extensions.

    Yesterday I did ten 40yd hill sprints. My backyard is a steep ass hill too. It's no joke.

    This morning I did bench up to 185. Shoulder still hurts somewhere on the inside. I have no idea how I did it and I hope it doesn't linger.

    Tomorrow I should be squatting, or possibly sunday, then gonna go for a dozen hill sprints. I have a tripod mount now so I'll take some video of the squats.

    Everything felt heavy this week. I hated to miss so many workouts, but I was basically gone from home for 2 weeks for the most part. At least I was active..unfortunately it was mostly my mouth..lol
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    Haha well I'm glad to see you didn't die. Was beginning to wonder.

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    Welcome back. Squats and then hill sprints sounds awful, good luck with that.

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    I'm REALLY losing interest in weights lately. Enjoying the hill sprints, and have even mixed them with kettle bell work twice this week. I need a change. Getting motivated for barbell work has been a chore. Nine months of 5/3/1 and the occasional run has run its course, plus I've been getting a tiny bit winded after doing normal things like a flight of stairs. Not acceptable..lol. I'm gonna try to get in the big lifts under the 5/3/1 format (not super concerned with increasing strength quickly but I don't want to lose what I've got) then do more HIIT type stuff. I've got some DIY prowler plans and am looking for a tractor tire.

    Did some benching up to 140 this morning. It's about all my shoulder could handle. My ROM without pain has improved some but I still can't overhead press an empty bar without some pain and instability. The most irritating part of that is I have no clue how I injured it.
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    Funny how these things cycle around. I've never actually seen anyone do 5/3/1 and be happy with it. Just seems like people get bored. I hope you stick with it in some capacity and don't lose all your gainzzz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killxswitch View Post
    Funny how these things cycle around. I've never actually seen anyone do 5/3/1 and be happy with it. Just seems like people get bored. I hope you stick with it in some capacity and don't lose all your gainzzz.
    I haven't noticed whether people have been happy with the 5/3/1 or not. I think Chubrock may have doneit for a while. I liked it for a long time and definitely saw improvement, but I'm just tired of it and any other hour-long session. You're right about things cycling along. I've gone as much as 6-8 months without touching a weight at times. I'm just not someone who is really "into" any certain aspect of fitness enough to live and breathe it. I think it's both bad AND good for me. Plus the weather is nice now so it feels good to get outside in the morning and get some fresh or cow pasture-ized air...or the ham factory on the other side of the interstate. DO NOT eat Smithfield hams..trust me on that one..LOL
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    Hope ya find some training that makes ya happy bud.

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    I'm workin on it. Just tired of weights I guess. It's probably been coming along for a while, but I didn't want to accept it. It was the same way with my Crossfit gym. Everything runs its course for a while, then comes back along again later.

    Did some sprints and thrusters today.

    4 rounds

    3 hill sprints
    8 thrusters @ 75lbs

    HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE idea. So horrible..thrusters felt decent on the shoulder though since I had a bit of momentum.

    I whimpered my way up the stairs from the basement where I go in and out. Brutal on the legs. I was moving so slow the barbell rolled away once and started to go over the retaining wall before I grabbed it. Great workout though. I'm trying to just get out there and do something for now. I played drums for about three hours Monday night as well. I don't know if I've ever been so wiped out as I was after that practice. I don't know how someone like Lars Ulrich has been doing it for so long, and even moreso at 50. I knew it was a workout, but I could barely keep my arms in the air after a while. No softball this season, so I won't get to test my sprinting prowess. Oh well..maybe I'll get the wife to take up hiking. She's been going to HIIT workouts for the past few weeks at a little studio nearby. She's miserably enjoying it and doing pretty well.
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    Ugh hill sprints and thrusters. Your thighs and calves must hate you right now.

    I know what you mean about interests ebbing and flowing. That is why I am hanging onto all my guitar and bass gear. I know eventually I'll want to play again. I've been feeling the pull of the bass lately. I'm sure you'll come back to the weights again.

    Cool that your wife is getting into training too.

    Lars Ulrich sucks so don't model yourself after him.

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