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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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  1. #1
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    first meet build up

    hey guys, i've been learking for a while, but only posted on bb.com. I'm 20yrs. old former college bball player, currently about 6'5 265, will be lifting in whatever class i eat myself into, current best ever lifts are
    545 squat,
    325 bench,
    550 dead

    My primary goal for the meet is to just not bomb out, if i achieve that, my sights are set for 6-4-6, to total 1600, but we'll see how it goes. Any feedback is welcome

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    I've been sick (lost 25 lbs in 2-3 days), and am easing into a pretty heavy volume weaks 2-5/6, then i'll cut back the volume dramatically
    01-19-09
    ME Lower
    Low box squat
    worked up to
    315x3
    330x3
    345x3
    (all raw, no belt even)
    deads
    225x3
    313x3
    405x3
    405x3
    405x3
    1-leg leg press
    3plates/side
    x10each
    x10each
    x10each

    Deads felt light and fast, squats weren't very heavy, but i had a tough time getting down to that box, resulting in me gm'ing off of it too much... I think i'll use this box for speed work with briefs on to get me used to that depth.

    I was pretty gassed (hadn't lifted in a couple weeks)..will try to do a little active recovery and abs Tuesday

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    ME Upper
    5 board press
    barx?
    95x8
    135x8
    185x5
    225x3
    add boards
    225x5
    255x5
    285x5
    315x5
    315x5
    My tendonitis was HURTING after this, so i took some ibuprofen and a couple hours off
    came back.. arms were still sensitive

    cable extensions
    stackx10
    stackx10
    stackx10

    overhand strict bent over bb rows
    130x8
    130x8
    130x8

    cable curls
    stack-2
    x10
    x10
    x10

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    01-23-09
    "DE" lower
    well, i wasn't speedy today, but that's okay, i just wanted to get some work in, i'll focus more on speed during upcoming weeks
    box squat w/ straps down
    bar
    135x8
    225x5
    225x3 add choked greens
    275x3+bands
    315x2+bands
    315x2+bands
    315x2+bands
    315x2+bands
    315x2+bands

    My bicep tendonitis was bugging me a bit in both arms, and i jammed my pinky finger racking the second set with 3 plates, and that to an accidental pre-workout nap, and my music no playing today, and my head just wasn't where it needed to be, no excuses, got to have a better workout next time. Bar was moving waaaayyy too slow, i mean, it wasn't overly heavy feeling, just was slow.

    gm's
    135x10
    225x10
    225x10
    225x10

    I did these a little different than usuall, i allowed a lot of knee bend, and kind of tucked myself into a ball, with my chest hitting my thighs, i actually felt these a bit in my quads...they felt super light though, but i felt good (but tired-i RARELY do reps, on anything) doing them

    calf raises on lg press machine, 4 plates/side
    x21
    x21
    x21

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    01-24-09
    RE upper
    close grip bench
    225x8
    225x8
    I got super sick and lost 25 lbs, it seems my bench is being affected the most by the weight loss. i'll get it all back (i'm about halfway there) but it's tough... tendonitis was sore afterwords, not terribly, but a decent amount
    db rows
    120x5x5
    ...again tendonitis hurting
    jm press
    100x15
    100x15
    kept it light, and surprisingly tendonitis didn't bother me that much, but it just showed me how LITTLE muscular endurance i have:S

    bent over lat raises (15x10) supersetted with db curls(2 hands at a time, 50x10)
    This tendonitis is being a big pain in the ass, i got another 2 weeks to go before a deload week, we'll see how i go as i really want to get some volume in to help facilitate some adding of size in these next few weeks, after the deload i'll be focusing much more on dialing my form in

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    01-26-09
    ME Lower
    low (1-2' below parallel) box squat with suit bottoms
    135x5(yes, i can get there with my suit)
    225x5
    275x3
    315x1
    345x1
    375x1
    405x1-felt pretty good
    425x1-was a bit of a grinder, i think my stance was a bit too narrow, ended up gm'ing the weight a bit
    440x1-felt better than 425, my form was a little more dialed in, figured i'd throw a couple more pounds on and see how it went
    455x1-felt good, hard, but good, i maybe had 10 lbs left, i considered it, but figured i'd stop their, as i'm trying to get volume in, peak, and make sure i don't miss any lifts

    concentric only gm's from a little bit high position
    225x6
    315x6
    350x6
    350x6

    I did some jumping and throwing objects by warming up and practicing shot put a bit with the schools team immediately after for about 30 minutes, i'll do some AB work later this evening

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    ...and later that evening...
    landmines, 3x10w/10kg
    reverse hypers 50lbsx15x3 sets
    oblique pulldowns on pulldown machine 100lbsx25/side x 4 sets
    abductor machine stack x15 repsx3 sets
    standing ab pulldown on pulldown machine 3x15 reps x 100lbs

    I felt i got a lot of volume done today, and (at least for the earlier session) used some (relatively) high weights, all-and-all it was a good day, i ate quite a bit as well
    Last edited by teamshower; 01-26-2009 at 11:38 PM.

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    01-28-09
    "I F***ING SUCK AT BENCHING WORKOUT"
    I got a new shirt today, it was free, and one size bigger than the shirt i'm ordering, also, i'll be puting about 20lbs (of bw) on, so i'm not too concerned that i could put the shirt on by myself relatively quickly...
    warmed up to
    225x3 raw
    put shirt on (too big new (used) f6)
    255x2-got it about an inch from touching
    285x1-touched, came up-not too difficult
    300x1-touched, came up, but with a bit of a stall
    310x1-" " but it was a grinder, and took a minute
    315x1-" " it was VERY similar to 315, but even slightly harder still... i've hit 320 raw before, (i was sick and lost weight, so i think i'm probably at about 305 right now) needless to say, i wasn't too pleased with the bench.
    I'm going to try to diagnose my weaknesses, which, in order, are as follows:
    1. tricep strength
    2. technique work
    3. speed
    4. upper back work for stability
    5. shoulder strength (i have weak shoulders, and i'm sure that can't help)

    I then moved to a raw 4-board which again went terribly
    275x4
    285x4
    285x4 (no leg drive for any set)
    I think i'm just having bad day, but damnit.. i'm going to get work in!

    wide grip pullups
    2x8

    strict jm presses,
    105x12
    105x12

    So, i did lots of tricep stuff today, i have some tendonitis in both biceps bothering me, so it will be hard to fit speed work in, but, i'll do lots of upper back, and high rep delts, and tris on Friday

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    01-31-09
    "DE Low/RE Up"
    low box squat
    225x2x2
    245x2x2
    265x2x2
    in my Z suit straps down, didn't go very well, not nearly as fast as i'd have hoped...that was it for lower body stuff as i have ME lower on Monday
    light weight upper body stuff to help combat tendonitis
    strict millitary press
    95 lbs
    x10
    x10
    x10
    seated cable row
    200 lbs
    x10
    x10
    x10
    Then i just did some light high rep extensions, and curls on the cable machine
    all-and-all i managed to avoid much pain which was nice, and i think i gave my body a little more time to recover, i won't usually be combining these days, but it was a nice little mini-deload, i think it will serve me well in the long run

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    ME Lower
    deadlift+ one mini band wrapped around each foot, then the bar 3 times, then back around same foot (so shortened+doubled). In total, over 100lbs at lockout i'd guess, but, no added tension until about 1-2 inches off the ground

    lots of jumping around weight and band tension in warmup until finally settled on above tension
    bands+345x1
    bands+415x1
    bands+465x.5? ...it was slipping, just as i locked it up it fell out of my hand, not sure if it would have counted or not, but, as far as back+leg muscles go, i was fine.
    bands+485x1 ...chalked up better, and moved my grip a TINY bit wider, so it was all on the knurling (i tend to have a very anrrow grip for sumo's) it was a grinder at the top, but definitely a clean lift

    Leg press
    3plates+25/side, 1 legged
    x10
    x10
    x10

    kettlebell pullthrough+ swings, 53lb
    x18
    x18
    x18

    calf raise on leg press, 3.5 plates, 1 set x50 reps

    Will do ABS today, workout went pretty well, only thing is i hurt something in my right forearm, not sure if it's serious or not, it doesn't really hurt, it just feels like it's really pumped up (the next day) so, we'll see how it goes, it happened trying to pull 465+bands, and i was still able to pull 485+ bands, so i think/hope i'll be okay, but, we'll see i guess

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    ME Upper
    warmed up raw to 250
    then, monster minis doubled (in a bit harder than normal way)+95x3
    mm+135x3
    mm+185x3
    mm+205x1
    mm+225x0
    mm+205x1
    mmx205x1

    jm presses
    115x12
    115x12

    bent over bb rows
    worked up to 200lbs
    x8
    x8
    x8
    (had to cheat a fair bit...need to work on my upper back strength... a lot)

    halbert swings
    15lb
    x15
    x15
    x15

    cable tricpe extensions
    stack x 21 (cheating for last quarter of reps)

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    Lower assistance

    full goodmornings (bent knees, chest to thighs)
    315x8
    315x8
    315x8
    single leg leg press, 4 plates/side
    x5
    x5
    x5
    x5
    x5
    (all/leg)
    glute ham raises
    x8
    x8

    standing pulldown abs
    120
    x8
    x8
    x8

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    Upper Assistance
    bench
    225
    x11
    x11
    x11
    (in these next few weeks, i want to try to put on some size+i'd like to be able to bench 225x15, right now i could have gotten 13, maybe 14)
    db rows
    100
    x15
    x15
    x15 (/arm)
    ...****, this exercise destroys my life, even without going heavy
    strict standing overhead press
    115
    x10
    x10
    face pulls with green band
    x20
    x20
    tricep extensions with green band
    single arm
    x10
    x10
    double arm
    x37

    ....still no word on my equipment OR singlet coming in, my meets April 4th, and it looks like my shirt+briefs may still be over a month away:S:S

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    02-09-09
    ME Lower
    wearing max dl suit, straps down+strangulator wraps
    405
    440
    465
    500 (<---likely my opener)...video of this lift, super clean, likely want to drop it 1/4' lower, to ensure whites, i think it's good though
    525<--- 15 lb pr(y)
    still wasn't too hard, this was my indicator lift, I figured if i could hit about 515-520, i'd be able to hit my 600 in April, so, i'm pleased.

    good morning pull throughs (these are good mornings, done using a pull through motion)
    315x8
    315x8
    315x8

    db snatches
    85x3
    85x3
    85x3/arm (haven't done these in a while, i was quite dissapointed actually, i planned on working up to 120, but, i don't think i would have gotten them up for a single, even....only dissapointing part of my workout

    situps with the 85lb dumbell on my chest
    x10
    x10
    x10

    calf raises on leg press machine...5 plates/side
    x40
    x40

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    02-11-09
    ME Upper
    warmed to 2 plates raw- put on shirt
    265x1(just missed touching)
    290x1
    305x1
    320x0 (fell out of the groove... just missed touching, got scared, started pushing, stalled midway-as i was out of groove)
    325x1 good gym lift, i touched, but, i didn't pause for any amount of time whatsoever... i'm still working in my way too big shirt (i can put it on by myself-easily) as my fitted one will not arrive for at least another couple weeks. While i get a little stronger put on about 10 more lbs, learn the shirt better, and get 1 size smaller shirt, i still think i'll be able to hit over 350 (kind pathetic... but, an improvement)
    db floor presses, 100lbs
    x6
    x6
    x6
    (first time doing these in a while)
    db rows 100lbs
    x20
    x20/arm (i love/hate these)
    rolling tricep extensions, 50 lbs
    x10
    x10
    halbert swings 30lbs
    x12
    x12 (will go back to 25 lbs next week, this felt just a little too hard, to get full benefit)
    wide pullups
    bw, 3x3
    Last edited by teamshower; 02-11-2009 at 07:09 PM.

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    02-13-09
    Lower Assistance
    powercleans
    95x3
    95x3
    135x3
    135x3
    155x3
    155x3
    175x3
    175x3
    ( may start doing these a bit more, i'd like to clean 275)
    abductor
    stack
    x20
    x20
    leg extensions
    10 sets of 5 reps, most (7?) sets were with the stack

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    Hey Ice Tea. Training is going well. Did you order new gear for the meet?

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    well...i tried to. I ordered from the Titan dealer, i didn't find out until later that he didn't have it in stock. I have a new f6, and a pair of centurion briefs but, i want them the start of March at the latest

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    Upper assistance

    srict ohp's
    125x10
    125x10

    machine chest supported rows
    210x10
    210x10
    210x10

    tate presses
    30x21
    30x21

    chins
    bw
    4x4

    easy abs

    ..today was supposed to be a really easy light day, and for the most part it was. My body still isn't accustomed to high reps, and even after today's workout i feel a bit queezy. The ohp's were harder than i'd have hoped, everything else easy

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    ME Lower/D-LOAD aka(i'm *****ing stupid and weak day)
    ...well, today wasn't a good day, i decided i'd go in, hit a deadlift triple, do no assistance, and go home... before the session even started i was just.... not feeling great (not sick, or injured...just not into it)
    the bar felt heavy from the get

    bar
    154x3
    220x3
    310x3 (really feeling WAY too heavy)
    400x3 (i'm straining hard, already)
    450x1 (didn't want to bother tiring myself out before my next set)
    475x3...a PR, by about 20lbs... but, i wasn't happy, it felt too hard.
    So, this is where the idiocy begins... i could, and should have called it a day there...not a great day, but not terrible..i decided i'd go for a single
    510x1...took about 19 seconds to budge from the ground
    ...i thought that i needed to stop being a pussy, and just put some more weight on, and pull hard... my all-time pr is 550, and my goal for my meet April 4 was 600
    so, i loaded more weight on
    535x0(didn't budge off the floor)
    tried again
    535x0(same result)

    there are many contributing factors to todays debacle.... i figured i should have been good for about 565-570 today.

    1. I worked all 3 nights this weekend, not getting home until 4am... so, my sleeping was ****ty (+10lbs with better sleep)
    2. I worked hard to get 470x3 (+10lbs if i was less tired from previous sets)
    3. My form was a little off (+5lbs with slight tweak)
    4. I haven't pulled straight bar weight for a while, so my body isn't acclimated to it (+5lbs)
    5. I simply wasn't as strong as i thought i was (i should get at least 5lbs stronger in the next month and a half leading up to the meet

    so, i figure i would have hit about 520 today, +35lbs, and my new goal for the meet is going to be 555, for a 5lb pr, to go with that, i still want to squat 605 (to beat the mark of 600 that somebody said they squated once)...and, round it out with a 340 bench, to hopefully hit 1500, in the 275 class... not a good total by any means, but i'll be happy if i hit it my first meet. (much of my ability to hit it will depend on whether i get my briefs delivered on time (currently, i have none) and also if i get my bench shirt delivered on time (currently the one i use is too big/old)...no excuses though, i'll try to hit 1500 even if i'm using my old shirt, and i turn my Zsuit into briefs

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    ME Upper (Deload)
    concentric only pin presses (about 1.5 board height)
    270x1
    290x1
    300x1...it looks like my old training journal is gone, so i don't know if this is a PR or not, which pisses me off.
    barbell rows
    215
    x8
    x8
    x8
    (not much cheat)
    kipping pullups
    x10
    x10
    chins
    x5
    x5

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    Lower Assistance (deload)

    kettlebell swings/pullthroughs (53lbs)
    x21
    x21

    leg press
    6plates/side
    x15
    x15

    kettlebell swings/pullthroughs (53lbs)
    x21
    x21

    today was a better workout, i felt like **** still... but, i did a good amount of work to keep me refreshed

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    ME Lower (skipped Assistance upper, as i wanted to rest before these hard weeks)
    Conc. only gm's (off pins)
    305x3
    315x3
    355x3(very hard...put on more weight)
    395x3(had to cheat a bit, not a tonne, but a bit. This was 4 plates (35 lb bar) I can tell i'm not quite where i want to be at strength wise, but, feel i probably have a small window to still get a little stronger
    355x3
    Front squats
    175x3
    225x3(....this was way too hard, my quad strength/form is ****ty)
    Leg press
    9 plates/side
    x6
    x6
    x6
    Kettlebell swings
    x20
    x20...tried to do these sets as explosively as i could. I bring the bell all the way up to over my head,... these hit my middle back quite a bit, actually.

    I'm please with how today went, will do some abs tomro.

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    When do you get into your squat suit next and are you going to video it?

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    just going to go straps down on to a box next monday (may, or may not film)
    Then on the 9th I'll be in full gear, and definitely be filming it for last second tweaks. Then no gear on the 16th, squat & dead openers on the 23rd.

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