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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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    Should I Be Concerned With My Progress?

    From 163 pounds, I've been growing at a steady 3 pounds a week.
    Currently I'm at 175pounds (in 6 weeks)

    Am I bulking too fast?
    Does this mean (at same rate) by 9-10 weeks I can reach 200 pounds (which is my goal) or should I be hitting a plateau sometime soon??

    PS: I'm 5'9 and on rippetoe's plan..
    I don't notice any huge changes appearance wise besides a little bit of fat around my belly but I can still see a "4-pack". I've also been increasing all my lifts by 5-10 pounds every week. The numbers tell me that there's definite improvement but I just can't see it in the mirror (I take weekly progress pics and I can't really tell)
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    Quote Originally Posted by skimmilk68 View Post
    From 163 pounds, I've been growing at a steady 3 pounds a week.
    Currently I'm at 175pounds (in 6 weeks)

    Am I bulking too fast?
    Does this mean (at same rate) by 9-10 weeks I can reach 200 pounds (which is my goal) or should I be hitting a plateau sometime soon??

    PS: I don't notice any huge changes appearance wise besides a little bit of fat around my belly but I can still see a "4-pack". I've also been increasing all my lifts by 5-10 pounds every week. The numbers tell me that there's definite improvement but I just can't see it in the mirror (I take weekly progress pics and I can't really tell)
    Keep going. Every month... you see a Difference.

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    3lbs a week is pretty quick. You'll probably pack on fat pretty quickly, but along with the fat will come a lot of muscle and incredible strength gains. Ultimately, the question is whether you are comfortable with your fat:muscle/strength gains.

    If you keep eating the same amount, you will stop gaining weight as quickly and eventually you will stop gaining weight completely. The more weight your body is carrying around, especially muscle, the more calories are required to fuel it.

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    5-10lbs a week?? You sure you're doing Rippetoe's? You should be doing 5-10lbs a workout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez View Post
    The more weight your body is carrying around, especially muscle, the more calories are required to fuel it.
    Where can I find a chart or something for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notorious View Post
    5-10lbs a week?? You sure you're doing Rippetoe's? You should be doing 5-10lbs a workout.
    i thought you stay the same weight everyweek

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    no, in the book Rippetoe states that you should be adding weight to the bar EVERY WORKOUT, if my memory is correct, the suggested increases are 5lbs on the presses, 10-15lbs on the squat, and 15-20lbs on the deadlifts and power cleans, this is just his recommended example though, as long as you're adding weight to the bar each workout you will be progressing

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    Quote Originally Posted by skimmilk68 View Post
    i thought you stay the same weight everyweek
    If you think your workout is easy, Add more Weights.


    Lift heavy and you'll get good results by next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motor ftw View Post
    If you think your workout is easy, Add more Weights.


    Lift heavy and you'll get good results by next month.
    No, just add more weight. If you think your workout is hard, add more weight. If you think there's no way you could possibly lift more than you did last time, add more weight.

    Progressive overload is the name of the game. If you're not adding weight to the bar, you're not getting anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motor ftw View Post
    Where can I find a chart or something for that?
    There's no chart. It's an individual thing. I'm sure you can find some sort of calorie calculator on the internet, but they're pretty much useless.

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    What if you are unable to finish the work-out? Shouldn't you be doing a weight you're sure you can complete 3x5??
    Last edited by Twirl; 08-23-2008 at 01:54 PM.
    |A:26 | H:6'5'' | W:198| GW: 215|
    Stats: Start | Current | Goal
    Bench: 135lb |170lb| 225lb
    Squat: 135lb |185lb| 225lb
    Dead: 180 |185lb| 315lb
    OH Press: 85lb |100lb| 150lb
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    No. If you want to get strong you're going to fail under the weight from time to time. If you can't hit your rep goals, try the same weight next time. But you shouldn't have a problem increasing your lifts 5-10lbs every workout if you are new. Just go for it and you might surprise yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notorious View Post
    5-10lbs a week?? You sure you're doing Rippetoe's? You should be doing 5-10lbs a workout.
    Quote Originally Posted by skimmilk68 View Post
    i thought you stay the same weight everyweek
    Getting ready to start Rippetoe's SS myself. As I understand you want to add 2.5% to your lifts each week but keep the weight the same thru all sets. So if you're lifting 200 lbs, you'll stay at 200 lbs 3X5. Next week will be 205 lbs 3X5. If you're increasing 5-10 lbs each week it sounds like you're right on track...

    As far as weight gain goes... According to SS, you CAN'T gain too much weight!
    Last edited by 40 Nunc; 08-23-2008 at 02:41 PM.

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