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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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    EAST END BARBELL. lenny spero's Avatar
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    sperkio..dont do that youll hurt yourself.

    back to trying to keep a journal..
    been back training since oct..after about a year layoff..

    last 2 workouts..this is a modified shieko program..i pinched my pec benching a week ago so the benching is at a minimum right now but im working around it.
    monday.
    flat bench.135 5x5

    standing military strict. 95x12-115x12
    115x12
    high pulls,,115x10..115x10

    squats..no belt oly stance.
    135x5
    235x3
    2852 sets of 3
    325 5 sets of 3
    -----------this is where the shieko program would have stopped me,but i increased the volume
    add belt.--325x3
    355x3
    375x3
    405x3
    neutral grip rows,,4plates 2 sets of 10
    cheat curls..2 sets of 10 w 115
    underhand pullups..3 sets of 5
    thats it.


    tuesday,,,today,
    deads off 100lb plate..no belt
    225x3
    315x3
    405 3 sets of 3
    add belt-still off 100lb plate
    455x3
    505x3
    take off belt
    jump stretch platform + green mini's doubles (220@lockout about)
    225+bandsx3
    315+bandsx3
    add belt
    405+ bandsx3
    405+ bands + 85lbs of chainx1...PR.this was close to 7 or a little over 7 at the top.

    good mornings..
    225 for 3 sets of 5 narrow stence deep..
    ill probably do a little bit of bench and upper stuff tomorrow.see how the old pec is feeling.

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    EAST END BARBELL. lenny spero's Avatar
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    thursday...
    squats ..no belt oly stance.
    225x5
    285x5
    315x2sets of 3
    350x5sets of 3

    supposed to bench based off percentages but my pec is still screwed up...so i messed around for a few minutes and found that if i close grip and tuck my elbows into my sides and lower the bar slowly it dosnt hurt that bad..if it dosnt feel better in a week or two ill start getting ART on it.
    close grip bench...5x5 w 185

    machine press..5 sets of 10 light to get some blood flow into the area.

    squats again.
    225x5
    250x5
    315 4 sets of 4.


    this shieko character is a russian gangsta the guy probably walks aroung with 2 loaded tec 9's

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    EAST END BARBELL. lenny spero's Avatar
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    sat..
    pec still a weird but if i use dumbells and keep the weights over my stomach it dosnt hurt that bad..
    flat dumbells..
    90's for 5 sets of 10

    incline dumbells..these hurt
    90's 3 sets of 5

    split squats...
    100lbs for 3 sets of 10

    deadlifts to the knee..NO BELT.once again ill say this..these are rough
    315x5
    405x5
    495x5
    495x5
    525x5...
    good workout..im useing the shieko program and following the rep scheme on the squat just increaseing the weight slightly...on the deadlift im again following the scheme kinda but putting a chuck norris twist on it.

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    SPEEEEEERRRRKKKKKKKKKOOOOOOO!!!!

    Wassup buddy? Glad you found the place. How many Russians you gonna kill this week?
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    EAST END BARBELL. lenny spero's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodgers View Post
    SPEEEEEERRRRKKKKKKKKKOOOOOOO!!!!

    Wassup buddy? Glad you found the place. How many Russians you gonna kill this week?
    .those pulls to the knees beltless made my back so cranked that i couldnt barely walk sunday...
    ive been slathering it in horse linament..gotta squat today
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    EAST END BARBELL. lenny spero's Avatar
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    monday..
    squats.no belt
    155x5
    240x5
    285x5
    330 5 sets of 3

    bench..(pec still hurts) but i was able to do the perscribed shieko nonsense
    135x5
    225 2 sets of 3
    255 5 sets of 3

    squats.no belt
    245x5
    305 5x5
    dumbell bench
    90's 3 sets of 10..

    thats it tomorrow..pull again>
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    awesome to have u back and just in time the russians started acting up again while uv been gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob spitzner View Post
    awesome to have u back and just in time the russians started acting up again while uv been gone.
    lol...those russians were following me around town while i was AWOL mocking me..calling me a sissy bunghole.

    anywho.
    went to the gym tonight left my paper with the sperko program on it so i decided to see if i coulf pull 405 for 20 beltless..it was actually alot easier than i thought.

    deads..conventional..tap on floor no belt
    405x20
    we got a video so it will probably surface@ some point..

    that was it took the rest of the night off..

    MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone..
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    I saw these two fellas just laid out on the ground in the parking lot tonight. I checked their ID's and sure enough one was named Ivan and the other named Boris. You dropped two of those jokers with just one set of pulls...Nasty!


    You had more in the tank too. Maybe soon we'll see 450x20.
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    @181- 515 SQ 295 BE 570 DL.....1375 total
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    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    515 SQ 302.5 BE 585 DL

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    Lenny Bro ur a freak man Gods blessd u wit some str8 hardcore strength hope u had an awesome chirstmas Godbless Bro
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    have seen a great light;
    on those living in the land of the shadow of death
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    thanks domingo my christmas was terrific
    yesterday..squats

    no belt narrow stance

    235x5
    255x4
    325x3
    325x3
    add belt
    375x3
    415x3

    bench...started warming up to bench again and its a weird injury i have right now because i can push dumbells with only moderate pain if i keep them low on my chest..but if i go to bench normally or even do one push up..very good amount of pain,im probably gonna call about getting some ART on it this week.

    dumbell press.flat
    90's 3 sets of 10

    squats..no belt
    235x6
    255x6
    285x6
    285x6
    285x6
    285x6

    good workout..it was nice to see ben again(in the gym) got in and got finished pretty quickly...hopefully i can get down there this afternoon and do some pulling.
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    here is the 405x20 beltless pull video from the other day..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PogpY...e=channel_page
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    went to the gym last night to do a little lower assistance..

    deads off 100lb plate no belt
    225x5
    315x5
    405x3
    405x3
    405x3
    405x3

    flat dumbell press
    85'sx12
    85'sx12
    85'sx12

    barbell bent over rows
    225x10 underhand
    225x10 overhand
    225x10 overhand

    dumbell extensions
    2 sets of 10 w 40's

    was gonna do some rack pulls but i just watched the rest of the guys pull instead..
    i got something funky going on in my laft hamstring now like a sprain or smething it just feels real tight and sore..ill keep it wraped and horse liniment on it...working around injuries is my favorite.
    monday squat...
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    EAST END BARBELL. lenny spero's Avatar
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    monday...wrapped hamstring all weekend with ace bandage and used horse liniment on it..

    squats,,no belt..narrow stance
    225x5
    275x5
    315x3
    315+50lbs of chain.x3
    .i set the chain so it just about all deloaded at the bottom of the lift and i had all the chain off the floor at the top.
    335+50lbs of chainx3
    355+50lbs of chainx3
    365+50lbs of chainx3
    365x3 no chain.

    flat dumbells..pec is still funny ive been rolling it out with a tennis ball and it hurts a good bit...still working around it
    100's 3 sets of 10

    squat no belt narrow stance.
    225x5
    315x5
    315x5
    was gonna do 4 sets of 5 but decided to do a set of 10 at the end
    315x10...all sets easy and fast...took it easy today.
    tomorrow ill pull.conventional vs bands..probably tripples with a tap on floor. possibly beltless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenny spero View Post
    monday...wrapped hamstring all weekend with ace bandage and used horse liniment on it..

    squats,,no belt..narrow stance
    225x5
    275x5
    315x3
    315+50lbs of chain.x3
    .i set the chain so it just about all deloaded at the bottom of the lift and i had all the chain off the floor at the top.
    335+50lbs of chainx3
    355+50lbs of chainx3
    365+50lbs of chainx3
    365x3 no chain.

    flat dumbells..pec is still funny ive been rolling it out with a tennis ball and it hurts a good bit...still working around it
    100's 3 sets of 10

    squat no belt narrow stance.
    225x5
    315x5
    315x5
    was gonna do 4 sets of 5 but decided to do a set of 10 at the end
    315x10...all sets easy and fast...took it easy today.
    tomorrow ill pull.conventional vs bands..probably tripples with a tap on floor. possibly beltless.
    lenny was this all the same workout, anywho great lifting stay healthy
    I've had trouble with my pec and found if I can get my shoulders back it seems to take a lot of strain off it. You probably know much more than me about all this, but maybe it will help.
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    that was some insane pulling ur gone smoke ur old conv pr's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill View Post
    lenny was this all the same workout, anywho great lifting stay healthy
    I've had trouble with my pec and found if I can get my shoulders back it seems to take a lot of strain off it. You probably know much more than me about all this, but maybe it will help.
    yea bill this was all in the same workout..im not giving this pec enough time to heal itself..i can press dumbells just fine if i keep them low on my chest,,i actually tried to bench again toady and felt it begining to tear open again..so im gonna give it a legit 5 weeks of so the tear is very high up in my chest so im thinking that i may be able to do declines.il try them next week.

    guys thanks alot for the nice comments..im starting to feel semi strong again at pulling and squatting i like the shieko style training with volume with sets of 3-5 and squatting 2x in the same session is cool.i wish this stupid pec tear would heal up...in time it will i just have to be patient i have faith it will heal up stronger than ever,
    anywhoo
    workout from today.

    squatting,,
    no belt
    225x5
    275x5
    315x5
    add belt
    325+ 50lbs of chain x3
    365+90lbs of chainx3 with knee wrap
    405+90lbs of chainx3 with knee wrap.
    Felt good to have some decent weight on my back. I like using the chains raw
    i set them so allmost all the chain de-loads on the floor and i have all the chain off the ground at the top...im gonna do the chain for 2 more weeks before going back to straight weight,,its a good top end overload.

    bench...tried to do some benching 135x10,185x10,225x on the 2nd rep my chest started to tear again so i dumped the benches

    dumbell bench.
    85's x12
    85'sx12
    85'sx12

    seated dumbell sholder press.
    60's 2 sets of 10

    back to squatting
    no belt..
    275x20..i was too tired to do multiple sets so i did one high rep set to get some volume in..
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    did some deadlifting yesterday..
    against mini bands in rack.
    just a belt..conventional..bands should add around 100 or so off the ground and 220 or so at lokcout.
    225+bandsx2
    315+bandsx2
    405+bandsx2
    500+bandsx3..this was pretty rough.
    530+bandsx1..this was rough my whole upper body is totally speckeled with popped blood vessles from this one..lol.

    deadlifts to the knee conventional no belt
    405x5
    405x5
    405x5
    405x5

    5x5 pullups..overhand

    upper back/hamstring exercise..im gonna video these next week because there nasty on my upper back the setup is pretty getto also,,
    100x15
    145x15
    145x15
    530vs bands complements of domingo....thank you sir.
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    That pull was nasty! Great work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    That pull was nasty! Great work
    thansk ben..my hamstrings are rocked today.but it was fun
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    insane pullin lenny,,i am amazed at how fast your pull has come back..with GOD all things are possible..God bless

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    Very impressive stuff going on in this journal. You are a ridiculous deadlifter.
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
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    Nice Squatting Lenny. Are you doing any rehab on your pec / shoulder / whatever it is that is preventing you from benching? I used to have that pec strain tear feeling and some simple warmups helped get rid of it.

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    thanks eric. its a tear in my upper pec i used to teat the unsertion to the armpit all the time..im rolling it out 2-3 times a day with a ball..i think i just went back to benching too quickly i dont really have to worry about it too much for 2 reasons..my bench sucks anyway and since im doing dumbells im still getting a workout in.
    thanks for the comments ive never really been impressed with my lifting its my own opinion that i dont li0ft to my full potential but considering i took a year off and ive only been back training for about 10-12 weeks i think im making some steps in the right direction...again thanks for the comments guys knowing someone is actually reading my journal makes me think twice about slacking off
    hopefully i can get in the gym today and do some deadlifting..
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    I have a couple of mobility drills I do before I bench that have helped me. But then again, I dont have a pec tear, I had a torn labrum and some imbalances which lead to some minor pec strains every once in a while. They may help, they may not. Are you going to do the East End meet in March?

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