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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?

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    crt1530's Quest for Strength

    Personal Stats
    Age: 25
    Height: 5'8"
    Weight: 198
    Bodyfat: 12%

    Goal
    Continue to increase strength while getting bodyfat back down to <=8%.

    Starting Max Lifts
    Bench Press: 251 (Touch and go)
    Squat: 421
    Deadlift: 501
    No wraps, suit, shirt or belt.

    Current Max Lifts*
    Bench Press: 240 (Paused)
    Squat: 440
    Deadlift: 531
    No wraps, suit, shirt or belt.
    *As of 08/18/07
    Last edited by crt1530; 08-20-2007 at 08:58 PM.

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    Welcome to the boards... and journal land. Good luck with your goals, that's an impressive deadlift. Did you just come here from another forum or something?

    Oh ya...

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    07/14/07

    Quote Originally Posted by Bako Lifter View Post
    Welcome to the boards... and journal land. Good luck with your goals, that's an impressive deadlift. Did you just come here from another forum or something?

    Oh ya...
    I post on AnandTech and T-Nation. I'm doing this journal as part of a contest.

    Today's workout:

    ME Lower

    Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    225x5
    315x1
    405x1
    445x0 (Gave up and dumped before I hit the hole)
    415x1
    420x1

    Good Mornings
    225x5
    225x5

    Hanging Leg Raise (Laces touching bar)
    18,14,11

    Back Hyperextension
    18,14,11

    Single Leg Calf Raise
    18,18,18

    My wrists cannot handle good mornings. The weight felt incredibly light, but years of squating with a high bar/olympic style has left me completely inable to get the bar into a low power placement.

    Links to good squat attempts over 400 from today (406,416,421)
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    Last edited by crt1530; 07-15-2007 at 10:19 AM. Reason: Added the videos now that I have 10 posts.

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    phil 4:13 Bako Lifter's Avatar
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    What's the contest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bako Lifter View Post
    What's the contest?
    Just a general "get in shape" contest on the AnandTech forums. I figure once I do my first powerlifting meet here on August 18th, participating in the contest will help me stay motivated to actually get below 8% bodyfat.

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    It's not often you see powerlifting and 8% bodyfat in the same sentence. Good luck with it and welcome aboard. Now make a few meaningless posts so you can post your videos.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 515 SQ 295 BE 570 DL.....1375 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    515 SQ 302.5 BE 585 DL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodgers View Post
    It's not often you see powerlifting and 8% bodyfat in the same sentence. Good luck with it and welcome aboard. Now make a few meaningless posts so you can post your videos.
    I'm pretty serious when it comes to training, but I'm not quite sure how serious I am about competing in powerlifting. I care more about my pullup/chinning strength than I do about my bench (powerlifting heresy). I'd just like to get as strong as I can and maintain a fairly low bodyfat level (for vanity's sake). Plus, I think it'd be fun to be obese (197+ at 5'8") with single digit bodyfat.

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    10th post! 7/14/07 training post updated with the vids.
    Last edited by crt1530; 07-15-2007 at 10:16 AM.

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    Squats looked strong!
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 515 SQ 295 BE 570 DL.....1375 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    515 SQ 302.5 BE 585 DL

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    7/16/07

    ME Upper

    Bench Press
    45x10
    95x5
    115x4
    135x3
    155x2
    185x1
    205x1
    226x1
    251x1
    236x1

    Pendlay Row
    135x5
    216x5x5

    Dips
    BWx5
    BW+115x5x5

    Chins
    8,8,6,6,6

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    Outdoor soccer game tonight.

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    7/18/07

    DE Lower

    12" Box Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    225x5
    275x10x2

    Speed Pulls (Conv. Deadlift)
    350x10x1

    I had just started on my accessory work (calves, abs, lower back) when the group exercise class walked by and challenged me to hill sprints. The trainer who runs the class is quite full of himself, so I went out and beat him easily. I would not recommend running downhill in Chuck Taylors.

    I'm going to sleep well tonight. I stayed up WAY too late watching the live feed of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table.

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    Wow, you're using both my maxes for speed. Haha, that's impressive.

    Downhill in Chucks? Lol, doesn't sound like a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bako Lifter View Post
    Wow, you're using both my maxes for speed. Haha, that's impressive.

    Downhill in Chucks? Lol, doesn't sound like a good idea.
    Downhill in general is a bad idea. Downhill in Chucks is even worse. I'm not sure what made the trainer think that sprinting up AND down the hill was a good idea. I figured after four rounds of domination, my point was made. No need to destroy my feet and knees just to humiliate the trainer.

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    7/20/07

    DE Upper

    Bench Press
    45x10
    95x10
    150x8x3
    175x2x5

    Chin-ups
    BWx12,9,7,7,6

    Dumbbell Bench Press
    90s x5,5,4,3,3

    Pull-ups
    BWx7,7,6,5,5

    Standing Press
    115x5,5,4,3,4

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    7/21/07

    ME Lower

    12" Box Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    225x5
    315x1
    365x1
    385x1
    415x0
    415x0 I was pissed.
    Got rid of the box.
    225x20

    Deadlift
    225x5
    315x2
    365x1
    405x1
    455x5x1

    Single Leg Calf Raise
    20,18,18

    Weighted Crunches
    30x10,10,10

    Back Extension
    10,10,10

    Not too pleased with the results today.I'm really not sure what happened with the squat workout. I tried to punish myself with the 20 rep set, but it wasn't heavy enough, so I decided to make something of the workout with some ~90% deadlift singles. This was my first time using the weighted crunch bench. My hands were hurting a bit from the deadlifting, so I did the crunches instead of hanging leg raises. I'll add more weight next time.

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    07/23/07

    ME Upper

    Bench Press
    45x10
    95x5
    135x3
    155x1
    185x1
    205x1
    225x1
    255x0
    225x2
    225x1

    Pendlay Row
    135x5
    220x5x5

    Dips
    BWx5
    BW+117.5x5,5,4,2,2

    Chin ups
    BWx10,8,6,6,6

    Dips
    BWx5x11

    Was not feeling too strong today. Might have been slightly fatigued from 4+ hours at the shooting range yesterday. Added the bodyweight dips at the end for a bit of punishment for the lackluster bench and dip performances. I need to try something different with the bench press. Maybe a 3x3 or 5x5 for max effort day. Or maybe I'll start subbing presses every other week. The form on the rows wasn't good. Going too heavy on these probably hurt my dipping performance. I'm going to go ahead and pin the weight on them to my bench weight. So I'll keep them at 205 for 5x5 until my bench press starts going up. Chins are progressing well enough. I'll start adding weight back on to them as soon as I can consistently do five sets of ten or more.

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    Soccer game today. We tied 1-1. I managed to pick up a red card with a late and hard tackle.

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    07/27/07

    Bench Press
    45x10
    95x5
    135x5
    185x3
    205x5
    205x4
    205x3

    Chin-ups
    BWx12,10,7,7,7

    Dumbbell Bench Press
    85s x6,6,5,4,5

    Pull-ups
    BWx7,7,7,7,7

    Hanging Leg Raise
    10,10,10
    Back Extension
    10,10,10

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    07/28/07

    12" Box Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    225x5
    275x3
    315x5x5

    Calf Raise
    20,18,17

    315 for 5x5 was tougher than I expected.

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    07/30/07

    Back on a 5x5

    Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    225x5
    265x5x5

    Bench Press
    45x10
    95x5
    135x5
    145x5
    155x5
    165x5
    175x5

    Pendlay Row
    135x5
    145x5
    155x5
    165x5
    175x5

    Hanging Leg Raise/Back Extension Superset
    11,11,11,11

    I've decided that running my own Westside style training schedule isn't working for me right now. 5x5 plug and chug spreadsheets have worked pretty well for me so far and I am going to give it another go. This will be four weeks (five with a light week to rest for my powerlifting meet on August 18th) of 5x5 and five weeks of 3x3.

    I've also decided that since I don't really have any intention of wearing a bench shirt at any point in the future, I'm going to start doing all of my bench work with a pause.

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    08/01/07

    Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    245x5x5

    Deadlift
    225x3
    315x5x5

    Press
    45x10
    105x5x5

    Chins
    BWx5x5

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    damn bro your strong as ****! nice squat vids, great form and depth.
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    Bench:225x5, 255x1
    Squat:350x5
    Dead:370x5, 415x1

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    08/03/07

    Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    225x5
    235x5
    255x5
    275x5
    290x5

    Bench Press
    45x10
    95x5
    135x5
    160x5x5

    Pendlay Row
    160x5x5

    Dips
    BW+45x3x8

    Chins
    BW+25x8
    BWx10
    BWx8

    Hanging Leg Raise
    12,12,10,10

    Back Extension
    12,12,10,10

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    youve got some nice numbers up there man, youre gonna look huge at 8%
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