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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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    Kaizen's Texas Method Log

    Hey guys; long time lurker first time poster here

    Brief history: After being on and off with weight training for years (31 now, started lifting around 13 I think), I started Starting Strength on November 29, 2010.

    Initial workouts were:

    • Height: 163 cm (about 5'4") <- really wish I could progressively increase my height somehow
    • Body weight: ~83 kg (182.6 lbs)
    • Deadlift: 142.5 kg (313.5 lbs) (1 set x 5 reps)
    • Squat: 102.5 kg (225.5 lbs) (3 sets x 5 reps)
    • Bench: 97.5 kg (214.5 lbs) (3 sets x 5 reps)
    • Press: 55 kg (121 lbs) (3 sets x 5 reps)


    Starting Strength: Results After 3 Months

    Here's where I ended up on March 4, 2011:

    • Body weight: ~87 kg (191.4 lbs)
    • Deadlift: 185 kg (407 lbs) (1 set x 5 reps)
    • Squat: 152.5 kg (335.5 lbs) (3 sets x 5 reps)
    • Bench: 117.5 kg (258.5 lbs) (3 sets x 5 reps)
    • Press: 75 kg (165 lbs) (3 sets x 5 reps)

    Somewhere during this time period I started doing power cleans, and got it up to a measly 72.5 kg for 5 sets of 3 reps.

    So in 3 months (95 days):

    • I put on 4 kg (8.8 lbs) in body weight
    • Increased Deadlift by 40 kg (93.5 lbs)
    • Increased Squat by 50 kg (110 lbs)
    • Increased Bench 20 kg (44 lbs)
    • Increased Press 20 kg (44 lbs)


    Began the Texas Method on March 7, 2011.

    So my workout now is:

    Monday (volume)

    • Power Cleans (5 sets, 3 reps)
    • Squat (5 sets, 5 reps)
    • Bench Press/Press (5 sets, 5 reps) * alternating every other week


    Wednesday (recovery)

    • Power Cleans (5 sets, 3 reps)
    • Squat (2 sets, 5 reps)
    • Press/Bench Press (3 sets, 5 reps) * alternating every other week
    • Pull ups/Chin ups (3 sets to failure) * alternating every other week
    • 45 degree hyperextension
    • Weighted decline sit ups


    Friday (intensity)

    • Power Cleans (5 sets, 3 reps)
    • Squat (3 x 2, 2 x3 or 1 x 5)
    • Bench Press/Press (3 x1, 2 x 2 or 3 x 1) * alternating every other week
    • Deadlift (2 sets, 3 reps)
    • Weighted dips/1 arm dumbbell rows * alternating every other week


    I start with power cleans for 2 reasons:

    1. I feel as though my technique isn’t perfect, so practicing the movement with a light weight while I’m fresh will develop the skill.

    2. Light power cleans serve as a warm up

    I'll start the journal with last week's workout:

    MONDAY MAY 9, 2011

    Power Cleans:
    60 kg: 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat:
    157.5 kg: 5,5,5,5,4

    2nd set, saw stars after 2nd rep.
    Last set- exhausted

    Bench Press:
    115 kg: 5,5,5,3,4

    • 3rd set, last rep slow to go up.
    • 4th set: too much arch? Abs felt stretched.
    • 5th set: struggled on last rep, but failed. Try again next time.
    • Other:

    Scale: 88.4 kg

    Notes: I wonder why people at my gym do sit-ups on the incline bench…??

    WEDS MAY 11, 2011

    Power cleans
    60 kg: 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat
    132.5 kg: 5,5

    Press
    77.5 kg: 5,5,5 (+2sec hold)

    Pull ups
    Bodyweight 88.3 kg: 8,7,5

    45 degree hyperextension
    10,10,10

    Decline situps
    15lbs: 8,8,8

    (Note: hypers & situps done in superset)

    Notes:
    Saw some dude picking his nose in between sets on a rear delt machine. Nasty…

    FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011

    Dammit, aiming for a 2RM with 137.5 kg (302.5 lb.) on the Bench Press but settled for 5 sets of 1 (managed to do 3 sets of 1 rep 2 weeks ago).

    Bar touching chest of course.

    Power Clean
    72.5 kg (159.5 lb.): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat
    172.5 kg (379.5 lb.): 5

    • 1 vertical jump before set
    • Last 2 reps were difficult
    • If squeeze back, core feels more stable


    Bench Press
    137.5 kg (302.5 lb.): 1,1,1,1,1

    2nd set failed on 2nd rep
    Struggled half way on 4th set

    Deadlift
    197.5 kg (434.5 lb): 3,3

    Dips
    90 lbs: 3,3,3

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    huge progress, looking forward to seeing how far you're able to take it
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    Power clean
    62.5 kg (137.5 lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat
    157.5 kg (346.5 lbs): 5,5,5,5,5

    Standing Overhead Press
    77.5 kg (170.5 lbs): 5,5,5,5,3

    Notes:

    * Yawning a lot after squats. Thinking about changing from 5×5 to 8×3
    * Triceps felt fatigue as the set of presses progressed. Maybe because of the dips last Friday?

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    Weds Recovery Day

    Power clean

    62.5 kg (137.5 lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    135 kg (297 lbs): 5,5

    Bench Press

    112.5 kg (247.5 lbs): 5,5,5

    Chin ups

    11,8,6

    45 degree hyper-extension

    10,10,10

    Weighted decline sit ups

    15 lbs: 8,8,3

    Notes

    • Bodyweight: 88.3 kg (194.3 lbs)
    • Superset hypers & sit ups
    • Chin up on a skinny bar

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    Power Clean
    75 kg (165 lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat
    182.5 kg (401.5 lbs): 1,1,1

    Press
    92.5 kg (203.5 lbs) : 2,2

    Deadlift
    202.5 kg (445.5 lbs): 3,3

    1 Arm Rows
    110 lbs

    Right: 13+2
    Left: 12+3

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    You made some really nice progress on Starting Strength. Can't wait to see where you end up with Texas Method. Good luck to you.
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    Thanks Off Road!

    Here's my workout log for Monday, May 23, 2011:

    Power clean
    65 kg (143lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat
    160 kg (352lbs): 5,5,4

    Bench Press
    115 kg (253lbs): 5,5,5,5,4

    Notes:

    Squat

    • Failed on last rep, 3rd set
    • Planned on doing 5 x 5 but felt too hot/ light headed


    Bench

    • Failed last rep at bottom

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    Power Clean

    65 kg (143lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    135 kg (297lbs): 5,5

    Press

    77.5 kg (170.5lbs): 5,5,5

    Chin Up

    BW: 88.4 kg (194.5 lbs): 12,8,7

    45 degree Hyper Extension

    10,10,10,10

    Decline Sit up

    (15 lbs): 8,8,8

    Notes:

    Chipped tooth during push press attempt...dammit. And I think it's partially dislodged too!

    Happened when I was warming up for the press. Never done push press before so I figured it would be safest to do them with a lighter weight just to try them out. Went down and pushed with my legs...some how the bar nicked my chin causing my lower front tooth to jam into my top front tooth.
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    Power clean

    77.5 kg (170.5lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    182.5 kg (401.5lbs): 2,2,1

    * Failed first attempt. Dead squatted 122.5 kg from pins to rack.
    * Failed last set, last rep

    Bench

    137.5 kg (302.5lbs): 2,2

    Deadlift

    207.5 kg (456.5lbs): 3,2

    * Couldn't lockout on the last rep, last set

    Dips

    Body weight (~88.4 kg): 15,15,15

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    Power Clean

    67.5 kg (148.5lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    160 kg (352lbs): 5,5,5,5,5

    Press

    80 kg (176lbs): 5,5,5,5,5

    Notes

    • Eating a lighter breakfast seem to make me less fatigue during the workout
    • Engaging in self-talk to hype myself up seems to work to get me through each set. Especially squat.
    • Finally did 5x5 on press first try. Not sure if I can keep on making 2.5 kg jumps. Might be time to invest in fractional plates?

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    Recovery Day

    Power Clean
    67.5kg (148.5lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat
    122.5 kg (269.5lbs): 5,5

    Bench Press
    102.5 kg (225.5lbs): 5,5,5

    Chin Up
    BW – 89 kg (195.8lbs): 13,8,7

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    PR Friday - Hit PR's on all lifts

    PowerClean
    80 kg (176lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat
    187.5 kg (412.5lbs): 1,1,1,1,1

    Press
    97.5 kg (214.5lbs): 1,1,X



    Deadlift
    212.5 kg (467.5lbs): 2,1,1
    Last edited by Kaizen; 06-03-2011 at 02:46 PM.

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    Volume Day

    Power Clean

    72.5 kg (159.5lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    162.5 kg (357.5lbs): 5,5,5

    Bench Press

    117.5 kg (258.5lbs): 5,5,5

    Notes:

    Lowered the volume of my main lifts to 3x5 (from 5x5) because I'll be hitting the pads 2x/week for the rest of this month and I don't want to over train.

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    Recovery Day

    Power Clean

    62.5 kg (137.5lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    127.5 kg (280.5lbs): 5,5

    Press

    80 kg (176lbs): 5,5,5 (+2 sec hold)

    Chin Up

    BW: 89kg (195.8lbs): 13,9,7

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    Intensity Day

    Power Clean

    • 82.5 kg (181.5 lbs): 3,3,3,3,3
    • PR


    Squat

    • 190 kg (418lbs): 1,1,1
    • PR


    Bench Press

    • 142.5 kg (313.5lbs): 1,1,1,x
    • PR


    Last edited by Kaizen; 06-10-2011 at 02:56 PM.

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    Volume Day

    Power Clean

    75 kg (165lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    165 kg (363lbs): 5,5,5

    Press

    82.5 kg (181.5lbs): 5,5,5

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    Recovery Day

    Power Clean

    65 kg (143lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    130 kg (286lbs): 5,5

    Bench Press

    102.5 kg (225.5lbs): 5,5,5

    Chin Up

    BW - 89.3 kg (196.5 lbs): 12,9,7

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    PR Fridays

    Power Clean

    85 kg (187lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    192.5 kg (423.5lbs): 1,1,1

    Press

    92.5 kg (203.5lbs): 2,2

    Deadlift

    217.5 kg (478.5lbs): 1,1

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    Oh man. I think you're ready for some powerlifting competitions.
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    Volume Day

    Power Clean

    77.5 kg (170.5lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    172.5kg (379.5lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Bench

    122.5 kg (269.5lbs): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Getting seriously strong with everything. Very cool stuff.
    Thanks!

    Recovery Day

    Power Clean

    67.5 kg (148.5lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    132.5 kg (291.5lbs): 5,5

    Military Press

    82.5 kg (181.5lbs): 5,5,5

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    Power Clean

    • 87.5 kg (192.5lbs): 2,2,2,1,1 *2RM PR
    • 72.5 kg (159.3lbs): 3


    Squat

    • 182.5 kg (401.5lbs): 1
    • 195 kg (429lbs): X


    Bench Press

    • 145 kg (319lbs): 1,x *1RM PR
    • 122.5 kg (269.5lbs): 3


    Deadlift

    • 222.5 kg (489.5): 1*1RM PR
    • 227.5 kg (500.5lbs): 1,1,x*1RM PR

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    Volume Day

    Power Clean

    80 kg (176lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

    Squat

    175 kg (385lbs): 3,3,3,2

    Military Press

    85 kg (187lbs): 3,3,3,3,3

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