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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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    Eric Talmant's Training Log

    Week #14

    #32 01 April 2009 (Wed A.M.)

    *30 minutes out: Acetyl-L-Carnitine

    20 minute general warm up:

    Running
    Walking-bouncing steps on toes (high knees)
    Walking on the heels
    Duck Walks
    Lunge Walking
    Twisting Torso Right and Left
    Circular Movements of Arms and Torso
    Jumping Exercises
    Skipping Rope or jumping in place
    Ballistic imitations of the upcoming lifts



    1. Deadlift: 55% x 3; 65% x 3; 70% x 3 x 2; 80% x 2; 91% x 1 x 3 (17)
    2. Bench: 55% x 3; 65% x 3; 70% x 3 x 2; 80% x 3 x 3; 85% x 2 x 3 (27)
    3. Pectoral muscles: 10 x 5
    4. Triceps: 10 x 5
    5. Deadlift to knees: 55% x 3; 65% x 3; 70% x 3 x 6 (24)


    Training time: 2 hours 23 minutes

    The maximal deadlifts were tough today, but my form was solid and my strength was good. Bench weights moved real well also.

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    *Walking the dogs: 60 minutes X 2 sets (morning and evening).

    * L-tyrosine 30 minutes before G.P.P.

    *Elliptical x 20 minutes at a heart rate of 130-140

    Developmental S.P.P. Circuit:

    *Standing Abdominals x 10
    *Oblique’s x 10
    *Pull ups x 5
    *Shoulder Presses x 10
    *Biceps x 10
    *Triceps x 10
    *Delt Raises x 10
    *Rear Delt Raises x 10
    *Scapula Retraction x 10
    *External Rotation x 10
    *Forearms (palms up and down) x 10
    *Calves x 10

    I went from one exercise to the next and to the next until the circuit was complete and then I started over again for a total of 3 circuits. I will *decrease it* to 2 on Sunday and then have my last G.P.P./developmental S.P.P. workout on April 7th. I will still continue to walk my dogs every day.
    I will be covering a Highland Games competition on Saturday for Critical Bench. My good friend Scott Grimm will be competing.

    *Out in the sun with the dogs x 20 minutes

    *Meditation/Visualization x 10 minutes

    *Contrast shower x 10 minutes

    *Subliminal meditation CD while going to bed

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    Week #14


    #33 03 April 2009 (Fri A.M.)


    *30 minutes out: Acetyl-L-Carnitine


    20 minute general warm up:

    Running
    Walking-bouncing steps on toes (high knees)
    Walking on the heels
    Duck Walks
    Lunge Walking
    Twisting Torso Right and Left
    Circular Movements of Arms and Torso
    Jumping Exercises
    Skipping Rope or jumping in place
    Ballistic imitations of the upcoming lifts



    1. Squat: 55% x 3; 65% x 3 x 2; 70% x 3 x 2; (knee wraps off estimated knee wrap max) 80% x 2; 91% x 1 x 3 (20)
    2. Bench Press: 55% x 3; 65% x 3; 70% x 3 x2; 80% x 2; 91% x 1; 93% x 1; 95% x 1; 97% x 1; 91% x 1 (19)

    Totals for week #14 Fundamental Lifts (F.L.) = 167



    Training time: 2 hours

    Squats were probably the best they have been in this short competition cycle. I am becoming comfortable in knee wraps and it showed today. The bench presses were all strong and I had good bar placement and good bar path movement on the singles. One more heavy workout on Monday and then the active recovery begins.

    I will make sure and program 5 week competition cycles in the future, as 4 weeks is not enough time for me (especially when adjusting to even knee wraps) to be at my absolute best. We will certainly program a 5 week competition cycle for the single ply meet in July.

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    Welcome aboard Eric, I'll definitely be following along.
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    05 April 2009

    PALM SUNDAY.
    *Walking the dogs: 60 minutes X 2 sets (morning and evening).

    * L-tyrosine 30 minutes before G.P.P.

    *Elliptical x 20 minutes at a heart rate of 130-140

    Developmental S.P.P. Circuit:

    *Standing Abdominals x 10
    *Oblique’s x 10
    *Pull ups x 5
    * Dumbbell Shoulder Presses x 10
    *Biceps x 10
    *Triceps x 10
    *Delt Raises x 10
    *Rear Delt Raises x 10
    *Scapula Retraction x 10
    *External Rotation x 10
    *Forearms (palms up and down) x 10
    *Calves x 10

    I went from one exercise to the next and to the next until the circuit was complete and then I started over again for a total of 2 circuits. After Tuesday, all G.P.P. and developmental S.P.P. work will cease except walking my dogs.

    *Out in the sun with the dogs x 20 minutes.

    *Meditation/Visualization x 15 minutes
    (roughly)

    *Contrast shower x 10 minutes

    *Subliminal meditation CD while going to bed

    I will be working on an article about the Scottish Highland Games. I have been going and watching my friend Scott Grimm compete for years, and I finally decided to write an official article about it. I will have plenty of pictures and videos to share. The article will appear at CriticalBench.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete22 View Post
    Welcome aboard Eric, I'll definitely be following along.
    Glad to be here

    I hope you will find it informative!

    Eric

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    Week #15


    #34 06 April 2009 (Mon A.M.)


    *30 minutes out: Acetyl-L-Carnitine


    20 minute general warm up:

    Running
    Walking-bouncing steps on toes (high knees)
    Walking on the heels
    Duck Walks
    Lunge Walking
    Twisting Torso Right and Left
    Circular Movements of Arms and Torso
    Jumping Exercises
    Skipping Rope or jumping in place
    Ballistic imitations of the upcoming lifts


    1. Squat: 55% x 3; 65% x 3; 70% x 3 x 2; (knee wraps off estimated knee wrap max) 80% x 1; 91% x 1 x 2 (15)
    2. Bench press: 55% x 3; 65% x 3; 70% x 3 x 2; 80% x 2 x 3; 91% x 1 x 3 (21)


    Training time: 1 hour 40 minutes

    My technical execution was spot on today in both the squat and bench; pretty much flawless. I hit all of my cues on both every time I did the singles and as a result I was really smoking the weights with plenty to spare.

    Four training sessions left until the meet, but all of the heavy work is now done.

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    7 April 2009

    *Walking the dogs: 60 minutes X 2 sets (morning and evening).

    * L-tyrosine 30 minutes before G.P.P.

    *Elliptical x 20 minutes at a heart rate of 130-140

    Developmental S.P.P. Circuit:

    *Standing Abdominals x 10
    *Oblique’s x 10
    *Pull ups x 5
    *Shoulder Presses x 10
    *Biceps x 10
    *Triceps x 10
    *Delt Raises x 10
    *Rear Delt Raises x 10
    *Scapula Retraction x 10
    *External Rotation x 10
    *Forearms (palms up and down) x 10
    *Calves x 10

    I went from one exercise to the next and to the next until the circuit was complete and then I started over again for a total of 2 circuits. This was the last G.P.P./developmental S.P.P. workout leading up to the Clash of the Titans on April 18th.

    *Relaxation massage x 60 minutes. We worked on my nerve zone today since it was the one that showed up lacking a bit in today’s assessment. Surprise, surprise-with all the work I have been doing at 90%+, right?

    *Out in the sun with the dogs x 20 minutes. It is very windy and chilly here today. Chilly for us is 60 degrees.

    *Meditation/Visualization x 15 minutes

    *Contrast shower x 10 minutes

    *Subliminal meditation CD while going to bed

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    #35 08 April 2009 (Wed A.M.)

    Week #15

    #35 08 April 2009 (Wed A.M.)

    *30 minutes out: Acetyl-L-Carnitine

    20 minute general warm up:

    Running
    Walking-bouncing steps on toes (high knees)
    Walking on the heels
    Duck Walks
    Lunge Walking
    Twisting Torso Right and Left
    Circular Movements of Arms and Torso
    Jumping Exercises
    Skipping Rope or jumping in place
    Ballistic imitations of the upcoming lifts


    1. Bench press: 55% x 3; 65% x 3; 70% x 3 x 2; 80% x2 x 5 (22)
    2. Deadlift: 55% x 3; 65% x 3 x 2; 70% x 3 x 2; 75% x 2 x 5 (25)



    Training time: 1 hour 41 minutes.

    My technical execution was again excellent today. I hit all of my cues and the weights were easy.

    I am also very proud, honored, and excited to announce that I am now a part of /sponsored by Titan Support Systems!

    Three training sessions left until the meet.

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    *Walking the dogs: 60 minutes X 2 sets (morning and evening).

    *Out in the sun with the dogs x 20 minutes.

    *Meditation/Visualization x 15 minutes

    *Contrast shower x 10 minutes

    *Subliminal meditation CD while going to bed

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    Usually new journals get a little...



    Congrats on the sponsorship by Titan. That's pretty cool. I followed your log on Elite and while I admit some of the things you do I find interesting, it's definitely worth reading and keeping and open mind.

    Will you be competing raw or equipped?
    What is elite?
    "Those who work the hardest often complain the least." -anonymous
    Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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    Week #15

    #36 10 April 2009 (Fri A.M.)

    *30 minutes out: Acetyl-L-Carnitine

    20 minute general warm up:

    Running
    Walking-bouncing steps on toes (high knees)
    Walking on the heels
    Duck Walks
    Lunge Walking
    Twisting Torso Right and Left
    Circular Movements of Arms and Torso
    Jumping Exercises
    Skipping Rope or jumping in place
    Ballistic imitations of the upcoming lifts


    1. Squat: 55% x 3; 65% x 3 x 2; 70% x 2 x 2; (knee wraps off estimated knee wrap max) 75% x 2 x 3 (19)
    2. Bench: 55% x 3; 65% x 3; 70% x 3 x 2; 75% x 2 x 4 (20)
    Totals for week #15 Fundamental Lifts (F.L.) = 122


    Training time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

    Today is Good Friday. It is a day of fasting and no meat for Catholics-which I take seriously. All sets were right on today. The 75% sets could have been speed work. My ability to properly execute lately has been really good.

    Two more training days until the meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomeYield View Post
    Usually new journals get a little...



    Congrats on the sponsorship by Titan. That's pretty cool. I followed your log on Elite and while I admit some of the things you do I find interesting, it's definitely worth reading and keeping and open mind.

    Will you be competing raw or equipped?
    At the Clash of the Titans (April 18) we can wear belts, wrist wraps, and knee wraps.

    I will compete in single ply gear in July.

    Raw in September, and then perhaps in knee wraps and a belt again in November. Then Raw Unity 2010.

    An open mind is key

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    Week #16

    #37 13 April 2009 (Mon A.M.)

    *30 minutes out: Acetyl-L-Carnitine

    20 minute general warm up:

    Running
    Walking-bouncing steps on toes (high knees)
    Walking on the heels
    Duck Walks
    Lunge Walking
    Twisting Torso Right and Left
    Circular Movements of Arms and Torso
    Jumping Exercises
    Skipping Rope or jumping in place
    Ballistic imitations of the upcoming lifts

    1. Bench: 50% x 3; 60% x 3 x 2; 70% x 2 x 2; 75% x 1 x 4 (17)
    2. Deadlift: 50% x 3; 60% x 2 x 2; 70% x 2 x 4 (15)


    Training time: 1 hour 3 minutes.

    One more training day until the meet.

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    *Walking the dogs: 60 minutes X 2 sets (morning and evening).

    *Relaxation massage x 60 minutes. We worked on my nerve zone again today since it was the one that showed up lacking a bit in today’s assessment.

    *Meditation/Visualization x 15 minutes

    *Contrast shower x 10 minutes

    *Subliminal meditation CD while going to bed

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    What is a contrast shower?

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    Looking good Eric
    Best Raw Squatter and Sponsored by the Best AtLarge Nutrition, Titan, and APT.

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    Week #16

    #38 15 April 2009 (Wed A.M.)

    *30 minutes out: Acetyl-L-Carnitine

    20 minute general warm up:

    Running
    Walking-bouncing steps on toes (high knees)
    Walking on the heels
    Duck Walks
    Lunge Walking
    Twisting Torso Right and Left
    Circular Movements of Arms and Torso
    Jumping Exercises
    Skipping Rope or jumping in place
    Ballistic imitations of the upcoming lifts


    1. Squat: 50% x 3; 60% x 3 x 2; 70% x 2 x 3 (15)
    2. Bench: 50% x 3; 60% x 3 x 2; 70% x 2 x 3 (15)
    Totals for week #16 Fundamental Lifts (F.L.) = 62


    Training time: 1 hour 2 minutes.

    Dave and I will be gone to Dallas, Texas, for the Clash of the Titans from Friday, April 17-Sunday, April 19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bald bull View Post
    What is a contrast shower?
    Cycling 15-30 seconds of very hot water with very cold water for about 5 minutes.

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    Good luck Eric!


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    Quote Originally Posted by kingkong51 View Post
    Looking good Eric

    Appreciate it! Thanks!

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    *Walking the dogs: 60 minutes X 2 sets (morning and evening).

    *Relaxation massage x 60 minutes. We worked on my eliminative zone today since it was the one that showed up lacking a bit in today’s assessment.

    *Meditation/Visualization x 15 minutes

    *Contrast shower x 10 minutes

    *Subliminal meditation CD while going to bed.

    Dave and I leave for Texas tomorrow and will be back on Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    Good luck Eric!
    Thanks Travis!

    Good luck to you at the Iron House!

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    April 18th Clash of the Titans Meet Results:

    Squat: 450, 510, 520
    Bench: 260, 280X, 280X
    Deadlift: 570,620
    Total: 1400

    I got 2nd place in the lightweight division and won the lightweight squat and the deadlift. Something is happening to my bench when I squat really heavy. It has been happening quite often lately. I was doing 275-280 for strict singles leading up to the competition and I was taking them out of the rack myself. 260 felt very heavy and 280 only got off my chest half way at the meet. I did not do anything with my body weight. It was a 2 hour weigh-in.

    The whole competition is supposed to be online next Saturday.

    I got to talk to some good folks: Scott Smith, Jamie McDougal (congrats!), Jeff Phillips, Thomas Phillips, James Hinson, Niko Huslander, Tony Cardella, Jesse Kellum, and Chip Edalgo. If I missed anyone then I apologize.

    Next up for us is the USPF Nationals single ply meet in July.

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