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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. #1
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    First time deadlifting...

    and I loved it!

    I spent the last few days watching Mark Rippetoe's videos on how to properly dead lift, and all the logistics. I also watched a lot of the dead lifting videos on this site to get a good idea of how they are done.

    Today I went to the gym and decided it was time to start dead lifting.

    Here was my dead lift workout:

    115 x 5 (Trying to practice good form)
    135 x 5 (Again working on form)
    205 x 3
    255 x 1
    275 x 1
    295 x 1

    I stopped there. I don't know how much more I could have done, maybe another 20 pounds or so, but I felt like I had exhausted myself.

    Anyway, I did some other stuff after that, but I just wanted to share my first day dead lifting. I can't wait to do it again next week. I'm sure I'll get much stronger on it, and I'm excited to track my progress!
    5'8" 177 (meet PRs) ALL RAW

    Bench - 290 (291) Pause reps Dead - 500 (479.5) Squat - 446 (430)

    Total - 1236 (1168.4)

    Goals: Bench - 280 met 1/19/09 new goal - 300 Squat - 435 met 11/28/09 new goal 475 Dead - 500 met 1/23/10 new goal 525

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    Congrats! That's a helluva start for deads. I've always had lower back problems, so that wasn't a strong point for me. When I started 135 was about max. Looks like your kickn butt and taking names. Good job!
    Give chalk a chance.


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    I just hope my form is good. Maybe I can video tape next week and post up. I tried to keep the bar in close to my legs. The lift felt natural going up, felt a little weird going down. Felt like I was just bending at the waist because my knees were in the way if I bent my legs... but from the top of the knees to the ground it felt a little awkward like my knee caps were in the way.
    5'8" 177 (meet PRs) ALL RAW

    Bench - 290 (291) Pause reps Dead - 500 (479.5) Squat - 446 (430)

    Total - 1236 (1168.4)

    Goals: Bench - 280 met 1/19/09 new goal - 300 Squat - 435 met 11/28/09 new goal 475 Dead - 500 met 1/23/10 new goal 525

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    Damn! your first time? impressive!
    This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy - George Bernard Shaw

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    You'll find the Rips vids are excellent, but not always attainable depending upon how you're built - long legs, long torso, etc. They're great guidelines that you start with and then adjust to fit your body type. Good job, post a vid when you can.
    Give chalk a chance.


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    Almost double bodyweight on your first deadlift training is impressive.

    You might want to try videoing your lifts right now and posting them on the Powerlifting forum for others to give you advice if you are concerned about technique. Sometimes people are pretty critical on the internet but it is important to keep good form with a core movement like deadlifting.

    There are a lot of good articles out there on technique if you do a quick internet search as well - many have pictures and videos to support.

    Nice work!
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    Dont be too eager to throw 1RMs up yet dude. Its a sure fire way to get hurt. Concentrate on form and your reps for now.

    Your DL is heavy for sure but be careful!
    This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy - George Bernard Shaw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flynn View Post
    Dont be too eager to throw 1RMs up yet dude. Its a sure fire way to get hurt. Concentrate on form and your reps for now.

    Your DL is heavy for sure but be careful!
    That's part of the reason I stopped. 295 came up pretty easily (read "not easy, but not straining"). But I didn't want to go much higher since I was concerned about my form.

    I know there is a lot of discussion about belts on here, and I've read a lot of them... but would it be a good idea for me to get a belt for my heavier lifts?
    5'8" 177 (meet PRs) ALL RAW

    Bench - 290 (291) Pause reps Dead - 500 (479.5) Squat - 446 (430)

    Total - 1236 (1168.4)

    Goals: Bench - 280 met 1/19/09 new goal - 300 Squat - 435 met 11/28/09 new goal 475 Dead - 500 met 1/23/10 new goal 525

    The Quest

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    By the way, what's the best way to video a dead lift? From the side or the front?
    5'8" 177 (meet PRs) ALL RAW

    Bench - 290 (291) Pause reps Dead - 500 (479.5) Squat - 446 (430)

    Total - 1236 (1168.4)

    Goals: Bench - 280 met 1/19/09 new goal - 300 Squat - 435 met 11/28/09 new goal 475 Dead - 500 met 1/23/10 new goal 525

    The Quest

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    Ah, the first time deadlifting. What fun! It definitely changed things for me. If I had to pin point the exact moment that I was bitten by the iron bug, it was the first time I deadlifted 315 ( my second time doing deads ).


    Quote Originally Posted by Painzer View Post
    That's part of the reason I stopped. 295 came up pretty easily (read "not easy, but not straining"). But I didn't want to go much higher since I was concerned about my form.
    Yeah, get your form down before learning how to strain.

    Quote Originally Posted by Painzer View Post
    I know there is a lot of discussion about belts on here, and I've read a lot of them... but would it be a good idea for me to get a belt for my heavier lifts?
    I have seen people deadlift 700+ without a belt, so it's definitely not necessary. But I feel more secure doing deads with my belt, but it doesn't help me pull more weight ( like a belt does for me with squats ). I usually train belt-less unless I'm pulling 80-90% of my max though.

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    I'm am definitely a sore puppy today... ugh... I'll have the weekend to get over it I guess.. haha
    5'8" 177 (meet PRs) ALL RAW

    Bench - 290 (291) Pause reps Dead - 500 (479.5) Squat - 446 (430)

    Total - 1236 (1168.4)

    Goals: Bench - 280 met 1/19/09 new goal - 300 Squat - 435 met 11/28/09 new goal 475 Dead - 500 met 1/23/10 new goal 525

    The Quest

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    May I suggest that you don't rush into too much weight too quickly. It takes a while to really learn the proper form and get used to it. I remember starting out and truly thinking I was deadlifting well, and along came the back injuries which proved me wrong. Record yourself, put it on here and ask for criticism. Taking your time to perfect it is all worth it in the end.

    Have fun!
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    I will hopefully be taking a camera next week to record...

    Thanks for the advice!
    5'8" 177 (meet PRs) ALL RAW

    Bench - 290 (291) Pause reps Dead - 500 (479.5) Squat - 446 (430)

    Total - 1236 (1168.4)

    Goals: Bench - 280 met 1/19/09 new goal - 300 Squat - 435 met 11/28/09 new goal 475 Dead - 500 met 1/23/10 new goal 525

    The Quest

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    Great job man, good to hear your doing your deads, they are a necessity in your training!

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