The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2003

    What does it take to maintain?

    Starting last week until November 10th, I have an insane schedule. I have just enough time to go food shopping, workout, cook, and come on here/other forums for a little bit, and occasionally go out with friends.

    The thing is my energy levels have dropped to nothing. I'm outside for most of the day as well, in the Florida sun, so by the time I hit the gym at 6pm...I'm pretty much toasted.

    Today I did chest, and felt like my intensity was pretty good, but I just wasn't into it/nor doing weight I usually push. I did 3 heavy sets to begin with, then did lighter sets on the bar, but did them very slowly and controlled.

    Anyways, if my diet is exactly the same (as it has been) what do I need to do to maintain my current size/bodyfat levels? I don't want to lose any size at all. I have no problem keeping my eating clean, it's just my sleep isn't where I need it, and my intensity is falling.

    Do I have to train insanely hard? Can I train light? I just want to stay the same until November (or progress if possible) I don't really care about getting bigger/more ripped etc, I just want to keep my current state for the next 2 months. Is there any certain way to train for this? High reps? Low reps? Does it matter? I still train my heart out, but it just doesn't seem full intensity.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    Cut sets and lift as heavy as possible. Better to do 2 really heavy sets than 5 lighter weight ones. Eat lots of protein.

  4. #3
    rebuilding the foundations Herandi's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    ^^ yep cut down the volume and increase the intensity. Protein every few hours and eat at your maintencance cals. You can't really do much about the lack of sleep though
    "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

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    Senior Member brihead301's Avatar
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    Sep 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    You may even need to increase your calories a bit due to the increased activity levels.

  6. #5
    The Man of Steel -Superman-'s Avatar
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    Sep 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Quote Originally Posted by growthrep View Post
    Cut sets and lift as heavy as possible. Better to do 2 really heavy sets than 5 lighter weight ones. Eat lots of protein.
    From 155 lbs to 200 lbs (PICS/VIDS INCLUDED)

    Height: 6'0"; BW: 202lbs; Age: 24; BF: ~11%
    155lbs [07-01-06] 176lbs [09-14-06] 179lbs [09-21-06] 182lbs [10-02-06] 184lbs [10-18-06] 186lbs [10-23-06] 187lbs [11-08-06] 189lbs [11-19-06] 190lbs [11-21-06] 191lbs [12-21-06] 194lbs [12-31-06]

    Bench: 250lbs; Squat: 350lbs lbs; Deadlift: 430 lbs

    Military: 111lbsx8; Dips: BWx30; Pullups: BWx10; WChestP: 360lbsx7; 45LegP: 470lbsx20; C Raise: 360lbs; BB Curl: 105lbsx3; Lat Pull: 195lbsx5

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