The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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  1. #1
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    Terrible workout

    I'm in the 4th week of an adjusted Rippetoe's program. I had been progressing nicely and gained 13 pounds. Today was different.
    This is the workout (B):
    Squat 3 x 5
    Overhead Press 3 x 5
    Bent Over Rows 3 x 5
    Roman Chair Crunches 2 x 11
    Chin-ups 2 x8

    I started off with squats, as usual.
    I went up to 130. However, another guy in the gym told me my form was off. He wasn't big, but was of course much bigger than me. He told me that I was putting too much strain on my back and not doing the movement right. He also did not suggest the pussy pad. I tried his advice with the bar, going deeper, and it felt better. However, my lower back was aching from my bad squats.
    My next exercise was the overhead press. I had (barely) gone 50 x 5 last workout, so this time I tried 55 lbs, which I had to use the seated bench for. I had trouble getting it out of the rack (I don't feel right using the power rack for 55 lbs) and could barely do 3 reps. I then tried 50 and felt my form faltering when I did 5 reps.
    Bent-Over Barbell Rows
    I used 50 last time for 5 reps and did it this time for 6 reps
    Roman chair crunches
    2 x 11
    Chin-Ups 28 lbs of assist: 8 reps, then 5 reps
    This may have been due to my lower back.
    Should I strip away the dips and chins, and reset on rows, squats, and overhead presses?
    Also, I only got 6 hours of sleep last night.
    Last edited by scrawnybastard; 10-15-2008 at 12:44 PM.
    I'll have to gain a bunch of weight just to be skinny, and then a bunch more to even look like I lift weights.
    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...29#post2002529


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    The poundages will increase if you are consistent in your training, eating and sleeping. Progress is unavoidable under such conditions. It is good for you though that your workout today sucked! Now you will better appreciate form and the need for sleep. Keep at it!

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    We all have bad work outs...I had a horrible one last night...,get over it, continue on your path and dont let it hold you back from your goals.

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    bad workouts happen. i have had bad days too, and also some good days,
    when you never new where the power that day came from, and the next day your back to your old lifts.
    keep ging and all wil work out

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    sounds to me like you made some progress...
    -Matt
    gym lifts: squat: 341lbs, deadlift: 374lbs, bench: 275lbs
    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=85034
    "Fk you and the Prowler you rode in on"

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhlfan View Post
    sounds to me like you made some progress...
    Wait, what?
    Btw, my previous workouts are in my journal, the link to which is in my sig.
    I'll have to gain a bunch of weight just to be skinny, and then a bunch more to even look like I lift weights.
    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...29#post2002529


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    learning and form are part of progress too.

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    Scrawny - why have you changed the SS program?
    "There are no shortcuts. The fact that a shortcut is important to you means that you are a pussy. Let me be clear here: if you'd rather take steroids than do your squats heavy and drink enough milk, then you are a ****ing Pussy. I have no time or patience for ****ing Pussies. Please tell everyone you know that I said this." Mark Rippetoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40 Nunc View Post
    Scrawny - why have you changed the SS program?
    My thoughts exactly. If you're worried about abs - squat. If you're worried about getting stronger and bigger, then eat.....and squat.

    We all have bad workouts, no worries, just hang in there and keep going. Squat form is hugely important as your sore back is telling you. Since your back is sore, my guess is that you didn't have your chest up and back arched (belly out) through the entire movement.
    Give chalk a chance.


    49 years old

    665 squat
    700 deadlift
    325 bench

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    Actually I was doing this adjusted program:
    http://media.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=2311
    It's alot to read. Do you think I should strip down to the basic 3 or continue my progress on this program?
    I'll have to gain a bunch of weight just to be skinny, and then a bunch more to even look like I lift weights.
    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...29#post2002529


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    Quote Originally Posted by scrawnybastard View Post
    I should strip down to the basic 3
    That's it, in a nutshell.
    Last edited by rbtrout; 10-17-2008 at 08:46 AM.
    Give chalk a chance.


    49 years old

    665 squat
    700 deadlift
    325 bench

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbtrout View Post
    That's it, in a nutshell.
    Did you read the faq link?
    Anyway, I'll do that and just do squats, bench, and deadlifts today.
    I'll have to gain a bunch of weight just to be skinny, and then a bunch more to even look like I lift weights.
    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...29#post2002529


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    Yes, the majority of it, I did. The only arm work I'd do is pullups/chinups and dips. It never hurts to do ab work.
    Give chalk a chance.


    49 years old

    665 squat
    700 deadlift
    325 bench

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbtrout View Post
    My thoughts exactly. If you're worried about abs - squat.
    It never hurts to do ab work.
    So which is it?
    I'll have to gain a bunch of weight just to be skinny, and then a bunch more to even look like I lift weights.
    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...29#post2002529


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    Both, extra ab work never hurts, and squats are a great ab workout. Other than that, don't mess with the program.
    Give chalk a chance.


    49 years old

    665 squat
    700 deadlift
    325 bench

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    Thanks. I didn't do the ab work today, but I will continue it. I think I'll hold back on the dips and chins for later.
    I'll have to gain a bunch of weight just to be skinny, and then a bunch more to even look like I lift weights.
    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...29#post2002529


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