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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. #51
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    5/31 Squat

    Box squat, below parallel, against green and purple bands (~225 lb of added tension at top, ~130 at bottom)
    235 x 5
    285 x 4
    325 x 2
    375 x 2
    415 x 2

    GHR
    4 sets of 10

    Reverse Hyper
    140 for 4 sets of 10

    Apparently we were only supposed to do 5 work sets today, so I was stopped at 415. In the junior varsity rack we only got to use the greens and purples instead of blues and purples. Next week I think we go for a max against the same bands, I should have another 50-90 pounds in me for a single with these bands, we'll see how this carries-over to straight weight free squat here in four weeks.

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    6/1 ME Bench

    Flat Bench
    275 x 3
    315 x 1
    Add Inzer Double Denim
    365 x 2 (2-board)
    405 x 1 (2-board)
    455 x 1 (touch)
    495 x 1 (touch, misgroove)
    525 x 0 (miss at bottom)
    525 x 0 (miss coming off chest)

    Floor pin press against double mini-band
    225 x 5
    315 x 5
    405 x 3
    455 x 3
    495 x 3
    545 x 3

    Seated horizontal plated-loaded row
    2 plates for 10
    3 plates for 10
    4 plates for 10
    4 plates and quarters for 8

    Straight-bar tricep pushdown
    80 x 10
    110 x 10
    130 x 10
    150 x 6

    Decent day benching, although pissed about the 525 misses. First time touching in awhile and first time touching since having the shirt altered, so wasn't exactly sure what it would take to touch. The 495 was misgrooved too high but wasn't much of a problem getting it back up. Thumb cramped on first 525 and couldn't maintain grip at bottom, which got in my head and led to the 2nd miss as descent took twice as long as it should've. Elbow finally felt good, so I should be on track to get back over 500 at the meet in 3 weeks if everything stays healthy and on-track.

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    nice squatting and benching. looking forward to seeing what you put up at the meet.
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    6/3 DE Lower

    Good-mornings
    135 x 10
    185 x 5
    225 x 5
    275 x 5
    315 x 5

    Hanging leg raises
    3 sets of 10

    45 degree back raise
    3 sets of 10 w/ 45 lb plate behind head

    Decline abs
    3 sets of 10 w/ 45 lb plate on chest

    Kept the back work somewhat light today as back and legs are still wrecked from the weekend, and I have a max squat day coming this weekend.

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    6-5 DE Bench

    Speed Bench
    185 + mini-band for 4 sets of triples
    225 for 4 sets of singles

    Incline dumbbell press
    70 x 10
    90 x 10
    110 x 6 (stopped, elbow pain)

    Reverse pec deck
    150 x 10
    190 x 10
    210 x 10

    Wide-grip pulldown
    110 x 10
    130 x 10
    160 x 10

    Straight-bar pushdown (superset with face pulls)
    80 x 10
    100 x 10
    120 x 10
    140 x 15
    160 x 20

    Face pulls
    100 x 10
    120 x 12
    140 x 15
    160 x 25

    Shrugs
    3 sets of 12

    Decline abs
    3 sets of 10 w/ 45 lb plate

    We'll see if the elbow can hold up another 2 weeks. It appears I either have tendinitis or a form of tennis elbow where the tendon is out of alignment, as the pain is definitely from a tendon hitting something it shouldn't when the elbow is bent under load. Trying to find someone local for some Active Release Therapy or deep tissue massage on it to see if that helps, in the meantime will add some cissus (which fortunately arrived today), increase the glucosamine, and become friends again with the ice bag.

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    nice work. that sucks about the elbow pain...you take fish oil, right?

    oh and if you need it when it comes down to the wire...ibproufen!!!
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    I've been slacking on the fish oil but added it again earlier this week. Cissus is supposed to provide the same pain relieving benefits as ibuprofen and also add some healing powers as well, including tendon issues, without the side affects that continued ibuprofen can cause. We'll see though, it was cheap enough to give it a shot, $7.95 for what should be a month's supply. It still sucks though, continual issues with this arm is holding back adding pounds to my bench press, so I'll probably have a doc take a look after this meet.
    Last edited by Dave Schwab; 06-05-2008 at 03:21 PM.

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    good call. the fish oil really helps me a lot, i take 6 caps a day.
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    6/7 Squat

    Box squat against purple and green bands (~225 at top, 130 at bottom)
    225 x 5
    Add briefs
    285 x 3
    325 x 2
    375 x 1
    Add suit over briefs
    415 x 1
    465 x 1

    GHR
    4 sets of 10

    Decline situps
    5 sets of 10 with 24kg kettlebell on chest

    Hammer Curls
    3 sets of 10, light weight to stretch elbow

    I guess I'm going to need to take different jumps if I'm going to be stopped at 5 sets with this circa max, as I felt like I needed another heavy set or two. I'm still doing warm-up sets when the rest of the group is doing work sets, so I end up a couple short. More than likely I'll just go with suit, no briefs in this meet as I was slower out of the hole with this combo than I was with just suit. I'll pull in full gear from the floor on Tuesday up to ~600, and then pretty much done with heavy lower stuff until the meet.

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    nice squatting big guy. i'm also considering going suit only for my meet in september. it would take a ton of weight for me to break with the pro squatter plus the briefs. an amount i'm not comfortable with until i strengthen my core more.
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  11. #61
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    Thanks lones. I was pretty surprised how much difference adding the briefs made to the resistance, it was about equal to what I got from the Ace suit by itself. Both the suit and briefs are a bit snug in the hips but very tight in the legs, and I don't really have problems hitting depth in just the Pro suit but it still provides a nice pop. I didn't seem to get much pop when I had both on despite some very good support, not sure what the deal was. One problem with relying on bands for all worksets for the past month is that I have no idea what straight weights I'm going to be comfortable with to try to map out my 3 attempts, so I'll probably go with a very conservative opener and go from there.
    Last edited by Dave Schwab; 06-07-2008 at 06:36 PM.

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    thats exactly what i would do. get that easy opener, build your confidence and gauge your next attempts on how easy the weight you used for your opening lift was. i try to cycle the bands pretty frequently, i like using straight weight quite a bit though so my top end dosen't get too much stronger than when i'm in the hole. i got some pointers from a 975 squatter today about improving hip strength and overall strength and stability in the squat. i'm going to implement some of the things he told me and see how that helps.

    how much weight does it take you to break in the pro suit alone?
    Last edited by Lones Green; 06-07-2008 at 07:15 PM.
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    I think I can get to parallel with around 400 straps down, which sounds low but is what I was looking for with this suit. I couldn't learn to squat in the Ace because it took so damn much weight to get depth. I'll probably open with 600 this time, which was my 2nd and best attempt last meet, then look for something in the 650 range for 2nd attempt. I hit 650 last time but was redlighted on depth, got to parallel but didn't break. After this meet, I'll start working on the brief/suit combo more to prepare for October meet, then start thinking about the Ace with briefs next year.

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    nice, sounds like a plan. i'm going to video some of my squats tomorrow, so i can see if i'm 6 inches high, or 2 feet high, haha.
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    6/8 Bench

    Flat Bench
    225 x 4
    275 x 3
    315 x 2
    365 x 1
    Add shirt
    405 x 1 (2-board)
    455 x 0 (uh oh)
    455 x 1 (grinder)

    Dumbbell rows
    80 x 10
    100 x 10
    120 x 10
    135 x 10

    Tricep rope pushdowns
    60 x 25
    80 x 20
    100 x 15
    120 x 12
    140 x 12
    170 x 12

    Two weeks out from meet, not exactly where I need to be with the bench, considering I'm now missing what was an easy opener in April. The elbow was really tight today, couldn't get it loosened even with some horse liniments. This leaves me with very little strength in that arm at about halfway down and through the bottom. First 455 I came down too high and wrists rolled trying to overcorrect, which left me with no chance to get it back up. Second 455 was still too high, pretty ugly and horribly slow going down, but managed to grind it out. With this elbow thing, if my form isn't about perfect, I have no chance as the strength isn't there to compensate. I'm starting to think that I may be cocking my wrists back too far, which is contributing to the issue. I'll be looking to get some treatment this week and probably skip all pressing until next Sunday, when I'll work back up into the 400's and see where I'm at, which will be 1 week out from meet.

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    have you tried wrapping your wrists very high, up onto your hand? i have very flexible wrists and they have a tendancy to do just as yours are, and that helps me a lot.
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    I have ATP Convicts, which are very stiff, and start the wrap across the bottom of the palm and lower thumb. So the wraps should be providing plenty of support. The problem is I purposely cock my wrists back, which helped to learn to tuck my elbows, but I think I'm going back too far now which is causing me some other problems. I may play around with the wraps and wrist position with an empty or light bar this week to try to figure this out. With my long range of motion, I can't necessarily rely on what common practice is.

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    Sorry to hear about your elbow so close to your meet, good luck and get healthy!

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    my elbows are acting up again too

    F***!

    let me know if that cissus helps at all
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    From what I've read, the cissus is going to take 5 or so days to kick in. I'm taking ~4-5 grams per day, split over 3 doses. The stuff is awful tasting, you basically have to put a half teaspoon on your tongue and immediately wash it with a half glass of water. I went with the bulk powder, they sell tablets as well but more expensive per dose.

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    i would have done the same thing haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by killxswitch View Post
    Sorry to hear about your elbow so close to your meet, good luck and get healthy!
    Thanks man, these little annoying injuries are frustrating.

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    6/10 Deadlift

    Deadlift
    225 x 5
    315 x 4
    Add suit, straps down
    405 x 3
    Straps up
    495 x 1
    585 x 1
    635 x 1
    660 x 1 (slight hitch, probably red lights in meet)
    660 x 0 (didn't attempt lock-out, mainly working on floor speed)
    405 for 3 sets of singles (straps up)

    Reverse hypers
    140 for 4 sets of 10

    Decline abs
    3 sets of 10 with 50 lb kettleball

    First time pulling in suit with straps up, so most of those sets were spent trying to get technique down. Took a 2nd 660 mainly to work on floor speed with heavy weight and straps up. Added 3 moderate sets at the end for the same. I'll need to make a couple minor adjustments to maintain my floor speed, but should have 650+ in me for the meet. Don't know if I'm getting anything out of the suit at this point, but it doesn't appear to be hurting anything and I need the practice.
    Last edited by Dave Schwab; 06-10-2008 at 06:22 PM.

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    nice pulling dude! so you didnt get too much out of the suit? i might try pulling in it moderately heavy tomorrow
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    Thanks! I don't know how to pull in the suit yet, so probably not getting a lot out of it. Most of my sets were spent trying to figure out in which order I should grab bar, get air, and drop hips. Without the suit that part isn't hard, since the suit makes it more difficult to breath. I also need to tighten the straps up a bit, kept them loose so I could try to figure the rest of that out. The suit itself seems like it will provide some nice pop off the floor, once I get the timing of the setup figured out. I would've tried to figure this out a few weeks ago with lighter weight if I would've had the velcro on the straps, but at this point I needed to get a heavy pull in to see what I can open with.
    Last edited by Dave Schwab; 06-10-2008 at 06:45 PM.

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