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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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    Forging My Ideal Physique

    Hello everyone! I am starting this log to help keep me accountable. I have always done better when I know others are watching. If you see me slacking then let me know.

    Background
    I have been training pretty consistently for over 4 years now. I got a wake up call from my doctor and decided to actually listen to him (boy was he shocked). In that time I have dropped close to 40 pounds (low of 137 lbs at 9%) and cut and bulked back to where I am now with an average lean mass gain of around 5 – 7 lbs per year. If you believe in body type classifications I would say that I was leaning towards being an ectomorph with the majority of my fat storage in the midsection.

    Currently I am around 175 lbs and 14% body fat (pictures coming soon). I am just shy of 5' 8" and almost 45 years old. My best 1 rep lifts were from about two months ago at the end of my most recent bulk. They are probably a bit lower now, as I have not been going heavy since then.

    Flat Bench Press – 290 lbs.

    Back Squat – 332.5 lbs.

    Conventional Dead lift (hook grip with straps) – 380 lbs.

    Overhead Press – 167.5 lbs.

    Power Clean – 175 lbs.


    Here is a list of what I have been doing over the last 4 years
    Jan 2004 - Nov 2004 (Fat loss and beginning strength training using HST)
    Dec 2005 - March 2006 (Max OT bulk)
    April 2005 -May 2006
    April 2005 - Sept 2005 (SGX with Swolecat coaching Link to journal)
    Sept 2005 - March 2006 (SUP 2 with Swolecat coaching for the first 3 months)
    April 2006 - August 2006 (SGX without coaching)
    Oct 2006 - Dec 2006 (SUP 2 without coaching)
    Jan 2007 - Feb 2007 (SGX diet with bodybuilding routine)
    March 2007 - June 2007 (Get Shredded diet with bodybuilding routine)
    July 2007 - August 2007 (WSFSB bulk)
    Sept 2007 - Dec 2007 (Starting Strength)
    Jan 2008 - July 2008 (Texas Method)
    August - September (Whole body workout with progressively lower rest periods)

    Into the Fire
    Earlier this year I was contemplating my progress and where I was headed. I have had no direct coaching and workout at home so, as my weights have increased, I have worried about my form. My progress has been OK but I am fighting father time and feel I need to step things up to reach my ideal physique. I have also recently become interested in Olympic lifts. What all this told me was that I needed a one on one trainer.

    Thanks to Google I was able to find someone in my area that was a perfect fit for my needs. You might know him as he is a prominent member of this board. He goes by Borris and his real name is Issac Wilkins. Check out his web site or blog if you get a chance. I feel like I could not have been any luckier to have such a qualified trainer close by.

    I had my first training session with Issac on Wednesday. Man I should not have dropped cardio! I am out of time but I will post my impressions about it soon.
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    First Day

    So Isaac shows up and I give him the 10 cent tour, what equipment I have available. We end up in the garage where I have recently built a weightlifting platform (for my new bumper plates). He gives me a few exercises to do as a warm up. He checks my power clean form and gives me some spots to work on.

    The he hits me with, "I want you to do as many clean and presses as you can in 10 minutes."

    I think, well, I only have 95 lbs on the bar, this can't be that bad...

    Wrong! It is hot in the garage, I am a little winded from some other stuff we have done. It quickly becomes a game of me not pushing myself so far that I puke. He stops me after 5 minutes and 18 reps.

    This is exactly what I am looking for. There is no way I would do something like this on my own without someone telling me to. I hate high intensity stuff but I know that I should do it (funny thing is, I used to feel this way about squats and deads). I am sure there will be more to come and although I do not really look forward to doing it, I know I will be better for it. Who knows, maybe it will become a staple of my routines like squats and deads have?

    Afterwards we talked about my goals, what his views are on several fitness topics, and just bull****ted a bit. I really am glad I decided to contact him.

    Goals
    I am taking a week vacation to the mountains starting on October 4th so I plan on cutting down until then and hope to be around 10% BF. Once I get back I will start bulking again and focus on size and strength. In addition to this I want him to work with me on my form, especially on powerlifting and Olympic lifts.

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    These pictures are from August 08 at the end of my bulk.



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    Thursday 9/4/08

    20 minutes of steady state cardio to promote recovery.
    Last edited by Tempered; 09-06-2008 at 05:42 AM.

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    Friday 9/5/08

    Dynamic Warm-up
    Jumping Jacks: 1x30 reps
    Bodyweight Squats: 1x20
    Standing Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Side Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Arm Circles: 1x10 forward and backward
    Push-up Walkouts: 1x10

    Circuit A
    Burpees: 1x10
    Sprinter Sit-ups: 1x5 each leg
    Hindu Push-ups: 1x10

    Repeat Circuit A three times with 1:00 rest between circuits

    Circuit B
    Clean and Press (95 lbs): 1x5
    Mountain Climbers: 1x10 each leg
    Forward Lunges: 1x8 each leg

    Repeat Circuit A three times with 1:00 rest between circuits

    Total time: 36 minutes
    Average Heart Rate: 138 (~ 80% MHR)

    I actually did between 2 - 3 minutes rest between circuit A and B. I will work on getting that down next time.

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    Diet
    This is the basic diet I am currently following. It will probably be tweaked some soon. I believe it needs a little more protein and a little less fat.

    Totals
    Calories: ~2000
    Protein: ~150 (30%)
    Fat: ~65 (30%)
    Carbs: ~200 (40%)

    Breakfast
    2 Egg Whites
    2 Eggs
    2 Slices Lean Bacon
    Green Pepper (1 Ounce)
    Spinach (.5 Ounces)

    Morning Snack
    Low Carb Tortilla
    American Cheese (1 Slice)
    Turkey (3 ounces)
    Spinach

    Snack
    Grapefruit

    Lunch
    Chicken Breast (3 ounces)
    Lettuce (2 ounces)
    Spinach (2 ounces)
    Carrots (2 ounces)
    Green Pepper (2 ounces)
    Feta Cheese (.5 ounce)
    Flaxseed (2 Tbsp)
    Olive Oil (1Tsp)
    Red Wine Vinegar (2 Tbsp)

    Afternoon Snack
    Chicken Breast (3 ounces)
    Apple

    Pre WO
    Xtend (2 scoops)
    NO-Xplod
    Dextrose (20 grams)

    Dinner/PWO
    Brown Rice
    Fibrous Veggies
    Lean Meat (5 ounces)

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    Sunday 9/7/08

    20 minutes of steady state cardio to promote recovery.

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    Monday 9/9/08
    Had another training session with Isaac. To start off he clipped me for a body fat reading that came in at 15.6% if I remember correctly. I was kinda shocked that it was so high but don't really worry about it as it is just a number to help us gauge progress. I may work with my calipers to try to get a more accurate reading like this.

    We moved into some lifts and he checked my form on overhead squats (bar only). This is a new movement to me so I expected to have to do some work on it. It sounds like I need to work on some flexibility issues so I can get the weight farther back and have a stronger lockout. My balance was also a little off when I did some lunges with the bar overhead. Once we finished I could really feel it in my middle back.

    Next up was cleans. We spent a long time going over my form and picking out the weak points. My areas for improvement were starting farther over the bar, keeping my elbows out and up while getting a good shrug, pushing my hips forward, and dropping under the bar. LOL, wait a minute, that is the whole lift! Really I don't think it was that bad and I am glad I have someone to help me improve. Everything he told me to do makes sense it is just getting to the point where the move is automatic will take some practice.

    He threw in a set of Pendlay rows and then uttered the word that I dread to hear, conditioning.

    Dumbbell Swings, Dumbbell Thrusters, Spider Push ups, and Mountain Climbers had me gasping on the mat in no time. Call me a wimp but let me ask you this...

    When is the last time you were pushed out of your comfort zone?

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    Borris is a good man. You are in good hands. Good luck with your goals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cphafner View Post
    Borris is a good man. You are in good hands.
    No doubt, that Borris is an awesome cat - you're lucky to be working with him...wish you the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cphafner View Post
    Borris is a good man. You are in good hands. Good luck with your goals.
    Thanks man. I just wish I would have found him a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    No doubt, that Borris is an awesome cat - you're lucky to be working with him...wish you the best.
    Thanks. I am really excited to see what his coaching can do for me.

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    Tuesday 9/9/08

    Dynamic Warm-up
    Jumping Jacks: 1x30 reps
    Bodyweight Squats: 1x20
    Standing Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Side Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Arm Circles: 1x10 forward and backward
    Push-up Walkouts: 1x10

    Circuit A
    Burpees: 1x10
    Sprinter Sit-ups: 1x5 each leg
    Hindu Push-ups: 1x10

    Repeat Circuit A three times with 1:00 rest

    2:00 Minutes rest between Circuit A and B

    Circuit B
    Clean and Press (95 lbs): 1x5
    Mountain Climbers: 1x10 each leg
    Forward Lunges: 1x8 each leg

    Repeat Circuit B three times with 1:00 rest

    Total time (excluding warmup): 20:15 minutes
    Average Heart Rate: 143 (~ 82% MHR)

    Due to some misinterpretation I previously had this a little screwed up. Isaac set me straight. Although this is still pretty demanding for me, I managed to do it without any extra rest other than a few seconds here and there near the end. I also finally got the movement down for the sprinter sit-ups so I don't look like I am having a seizure anymore.

    Got the next step in my program so that starts tonight.

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    Good to see one of Isaac's clients up here. You're in more than capable hands. Isaac, Will, You and myself will have to get a session in together when I travel down to lift with Will.

    Fuck, fight, or hold the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
    Good to see one of Isaac's clients up here. You're in more than capable hands. Isaac, Will, You and myself will have to get a session in together when I travel down to lift with Will.
    Sounds like fun. How often do you get down this way?

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    9/10/2008

    Dynamic Warm-up
    Jumping Jacks: 1x30 reps
    Overhead Squats: 1x20
    Standing Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Side Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Arm Circles: 1x10 forward and backward
    Push-up Walkouts: 1x10

    Upper Body

    Dumbbell Push-Presses: 4 sets of 8 reps (45 lbs)
    superset with:
    Pendlay Rows: 4x10 (115 lbs)

    Spider Push-ups: 4x5 each side (10 push-ups)
    superset with:
    Barbell Curls: 4x8 (60 lbs)

    Ab Circuit (repeat circuit three times, with one minute of rest between circuits):
    Sprinter Sit-ups: 1x10
    Toe Touches: 1x20
    Flutter Kicks: 1x20

    20:00 of steady state cardio
    AHR: 138 (~78% MHR)

    On the last set of Push-Presses I tweaked my lower back a bit. It was from a bit of fatigue and a lot of stupidity. I stretched it out on the floor for about 3 minutes before continuing with the next exercise.

    The ab circuit was ugly. I am finally getting the Sprinter Sit-ups down though. I didn't get all of the Toe Touches and rested a few seconds each time to finish the Flutters. Man what a burn. Gonna look for the rest next time.

    My back feels pretty good today so it is minor thank goodness. Took some Aleve last night and this morning. I might push training back one day or swap some stuff around to give it a bit more rest. We will see what the man says. I also am thinking about wearing a belt anytime I do a back exercise, not for support but for a reminder to keep it straight and keep my core tight. I usually do something stupid like this once a year or so and I need to be smarter than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempered View Post
    Sounds like fun. How often do you get down this way?
    I try to get down every six weeks or so. I'd like to get down more often but gas is a killer for the 4hrs one way drive.

    Fuck, fight, or hold the light.

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    Hey man, good work in here! Everyone is saying nice things about me, but that's the power of the internet: I can fool them all!



    Seriously, all, this cat can work out. He approaches everything with focus, determination, and rationality. I'm having a blast working with him and he'll only see great success.

    As for the back, if it's still feeling sore by about 3:30 today, then take the day off. Rest up, take a hot shower, and stretch if it feels tight.

    I'd rather not see a belt during the conditioning work, but we'll work out some stabilization stuff. Keep up the good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
    I try to get down every six weeks or so. I'd like to get down more often but gas is a killer for the 4hrs one way drive.
    Look me up the next time you come down. I am catching up on your journal now. I am still in the first part but it is some excellent work. Keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borris View Post
    Hey man, good work in here! Everyone is saying nice things about me, but that's the power of the internet: I can fool them all!



    Seriously, all, this cat can work out. He approaches everything with focus, determination, and rationality. I'm having a blast working with him and he'll only see great success.

    As for the back, if it's still feeling sore by about 3:30 today, then take the day off. Rest up, take a hot shower, and stretch if it feels tight.

    I'd rather not see a belt during the conditioning work, but we'll work out some stabilization stuff. Keep up the good work!
    Will do boss. Yea, the belt maybe is not a great idea. If I was in better shape I would have not made this mistake. Anyway, it won't be the last one I make, just gotta learn from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempered View Post
    Look me up the next time you come down. I am catching up on your journal now. I am still in the first part but it is some excellent work. Keep it up!
    Haha I've been through so many phases that I've never stay constant enough to make any great gains. If I wasn't training for overall health, it was competitive grappling or now powerlifting. Even now I'm splitting my focus between powerlifting and overall conditioning. At this rate I'll continue to be mediocre, so don't expect anything impressive.

    Fuck, fight, or hold the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
    Haha I've been through so many phases that I've never stay constant enough to make any great gains. If I wasn't training for overall health, it was competitive grappling or now powerlifting. Even now I'm splitting my focus between powerlifting and overall conditioning. At this rate I'll continue to be mediocre, so don't expect anything impressive.
    I think everyone changes their goals as they learn and mature. Also, there is nothing mediocre about the body recomp you have done.

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    9/11/2008

    HIIT
    3:00 warmup
    8 intervals (30 second max effort/1:00 recovery)
    10:00 cool down

    Back was still tight last night so I tried HIIT. I felt good after the warmup so I continued with the intervals. It actually felt better afterward. Got taken to Outback for B-Day dinner and if I had remembered how freaking uncomfortable their seating is I would have gone somewhere else. On a side note I ate a 6 oz sirloin, sweet potato and broccoli so stayed pretty close to my regular diet macros (except for that small slice of bread).

    My back definitely feels better this morning but it is still not 100%. It really doesn't help matters that I sit in a chair all day. Hopefully this weekend I can get past this.

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    9/12/2008

    Dynamic Warm-up
    Jumping Jacks: 1x30 reps
    Bodyweight Squats: 1x20
    Standing Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Side Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Arm Circles: 1x10 forward and backward
    Push-up Walkouts: 1x10

    Repeat 1 time

    HIIT
    1:00 warmup
    8 intervals (30 second max effort/1:00 recovery)
    20:00 moderate pace

    Average heart rate for the intervals was 154 bpm.

    Back is still bothering me a bit, getting better each day though. Gonna take a day off tomorrow, have some B-Day cake and a good cheat meal.

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    9/14/2008

    Dynamic Warm-up
    Jumping Jacks: 1x30 reps
    Bodyweight Squats: 1x20
    Standing Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Side Lunges: 1x10 each leg
    Arm Circles: 1x10 forward and backward
    Push-up Walkouts: 1x10

    Repeat 1 time

    HIIT
    1:00 warmup
    8 intervals (30 second max effort/1:00 recovery)
    20:00 moderate pace

    Average heart rate for the entire circuit was 48:00 at 143 bpm (~82% MHR).

    Saturday was cheat day and I took the day off from training. Had Chik-fil-A for lunch and GF fixed me an awesome ribeye dinner. Also threw in some cake and ice cream. Morning meals were good, afternoon and evening was calorie pounding time. I probably won't go this extreme again until I end my cut. Sunday meals were back on schedule.

    Back was still nagging me this morning and riding the mower did not help matters. After this evenings workout I don't feel it at all though. Lets hope it stays that way.

    Rant time: My 5 year old string trimmer decided not to start today (1st time ever). I debated just going out and buying a new one but I hate to be one of those people that just throw things away instead of fixing them. Well, after 3 hours I got tired of messing with it. I might look at it again but there is a chance that I will drive my truck over it a few times instead. Between this and my back I was in a pretty pissy mood most of the day.

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