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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    How do you get "pumped" before entering the gym

    As a college student with morning classes i've noticed that i'm often tired during the day and find myself yawning while at the gym, which frustrates me.

    I've taken the "stacked" energy drinks they provide there and they seem to help, but arent too cheap.


    What are your ways of getting yourself in the mindset and bringing that energy level to the level it needs to be before walking into the gym doors. Music? Food?
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    Just get enraged at the 1/4 squats that will inevitably be being performed at your college's gym.
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    A lot of people take caffeine pills. I used to, but stopped once I started getting headaches while lifting.

    If I were you, I would try to work out at a time where you are less tired. I guess that's probably tough if you have classes though.

    Also make sure you're getting enough food preworkout.
    Last edited by Notorious; 02-03-2008 at 12:37 PM.

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    As I get older, I find it more difficult to get raged. Going for a PR gets my adrenaline kicking and really loud, screaming music tends to fire me up. Lifting with a friend really helps too. The worst is lifting alone when you're tired on Squat or Deadlift day, bleh. If I feel really ****ty but know I need to get a workout in, I'll hit up the local 24hr Fitness and try to go heavy, which gets my adrenaline going due to the risk of looking like a tool if I fail with the weight lol.
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    I just think about hitting all my lifts and getting stronger. It's good motivation.

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    i always eat about 1 hour prior to workout...plus a caffeine pill about 30 minutes before...i also like to watch youtube videos of the lifts i'm gonna do for that day...so say i'm squatting, i would watch guys squat unreal amounts, which gets me pumped up

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    Quote Originally Posted by slick View Post
    As a college student with morning classes i've noticed that i'm often tired during the day and find myself yawning while at the gym, which frustrates me.

    I've taken the "stacked" energy drinks they provide there and they seem to help, but arent too cheap.


    What are your ways of getting yourself in the mindset and bringing that energy level to the level it needs to be before walking into the gym doors. Music? Food?
    This is just my opinion, but you don't need to get psyched out of your mind everytime you walk into the gym. In fact, I think it can be counter-productive. Every session doesn't have to be a superhuman effort either.

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    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    If all you want is the effect of those drinks, you can buy a couple hundred caffeine pills for about $4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
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    I just cut all of my emotions out and think about going in to the gym, then leaving stronger than I was last week. That should give you enough motivation to pump you up.
    Last edited by MPB; 02-04-2008 at 03:35 PM.

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    I just look at my big gut and titties and that is usually enough motivation for me.

    Especially lately, since I've changed jobs and hours. I've been working out here and there on day passes. When I move to my new house, I'm planning on joining the gym near my house.
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    As an old man... watching young guys in the gym yawn gets me pumped in the gym... lol...

    If I need stimulation b/c I'm physically tired.. then just about any caffeine will give me that boost.. and reminds me that I need a little more sleep.. (agree with Sensei/Dan John on this one..)

    However, for the first time ever I think... I disagree with Sensei on his other point... I DO feel I HAVE to be pysched each time I go into the gym... I get pysched by the thrill of competition:
    • competition with myself by setting PRs
    • competition with my different training partners - mostly younger guys who are also competitive
    • or in training for competitions - either PL, Strongman or Highlander games
    • or competing against old age and obesity - knowing that every workout is like busting the Reaper in the chops!!
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    Nitor - seriously. If you need a boost, this stuff is the real deal.

    Other than that, a clear plan and goal for each workout gets me moving and allows me to put forth the most effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearwolf View Post
    As an old man... watching young guys in the gym yawn gets me pumped in the gym... lol...

    If I need stimulation b/c I'm physically tired.. then just about any caffeine will give me that boost.. and reminds me that I need a little more sleep.. (agree with Sensei/Dan John on this one..)

    However, for the first time ever I think... I disagree with Sensei on his other point... I DO feel I HAVE to be pysched each time I go into the gym... I get pysched by the thrill of competition:
    • competition with myself by setting PRs
    • competition with my different training partners - mostly younger guys who are also competitive
    • or in training for competitions - either PL, Strongman or Highlander games
    • or competing against old age and obesity - knowing that every workout is like busting the Reaper in the chops!!
    - ....
    I don't think we really disagree Bear. I have to psych myself up a little just to do many of my sessions - if I don't, I'd do something easier or just not even bother.
    The point I was trying to get across is that there's psyching for competition and then there's a training mindset. I think that you need to have both and you need to practice the competitive mindset - but that not every training session should be that way. Of course it depends on what you're doing, I think we'd both agree you need to get psyched up at least a little to do repeat sets of, for example, work at 90%+ intensity. On the other hand, we'd probably agree that there's not really much of a need to down extra coffee and bang your head against a wall before ab pulldowns or band pushdowns....

    edit: ...and one last thing about yawning to the OP. That should not bother you. I've seen my share of elite comps and many athletes find themselves yawning (for whatever reason) - I don't think it necessarily means they aren't ready to perform at all.
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    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    My motivation is watching youtube videos of bodybuilders like Coleman, J. Jackson, J. Cutler, and more. That get's me really psyched.
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    Isn't yawning due to a slight lack of oxygen in the blood? Doesn't mean people are bored or not intense.
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