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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    Matt's training journal

    My training routine is basically the one described in Ed Coan's book except for some twitches in the squat and deadlift days due to a lack of proper equipment in my garage. My bench is 135kilos, deadlift is pretty much a guess since I didnt pull a single max from the floor in quite some time now, but I hit a deficit deadlift of 215kilos a month ago. The squat is a work in progress as Im spending some time figuring technique and focusing on hitting depth. I did a double with 160kilos last week but Im pretty confident I got much more in me.

    Here's my short term goals:
    Squat: 180
    Bench: 140
    Deadlift: 220

    I'll take a shot at those numbers within a month.


    If you got any questions or advices and tips please let me know.


    17/04: Bench

    Bench press: warmup then 110kgx7
    Close grip bench press: 90kgx8
    Incline press: 80kgx5; 85kgx5


    18/04: Shoulders

    Press behind the neck: warmup than 75kgx5x2
    Side raises: 22kgx8x2
    Front raises: 12kgx8x2
    External rotations

    19/04: Deadlift

    Rack pulls from the knee: warmup in 5s,3s then workp up to 255kg
    Bent over rows from the floor: 95kgx5x2
    Pull-ups: 6x2
    Reverse flies: 10-12X2

    20/04: Light bench day

    Bench press: 2 sets of a lot of repetitions
    Flies: 2 sets of 10
    Pushdowns: 3 sets
    Dips: BW+15kgsx5x2
    Bis: 10x2
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    22/04: Squat

    Squat: warmup then 140x5x2; 145x5; 150x5
    Lunges: who knows ?
    Abs

    Squat technique is quietly improving, I had to do 140 a second time because I cut some reps a little high on my first set. The 150kilos set wasnt that hard and I should be able to add 5 to 10kilos next week. Lunges sucks.
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Lookin strong in here pal!
    Current 1RM's - Bench 264lbs (Target 308lbs)/Squat 396lbs (Target 352lbs)/
    Deadlift 429lbs (Target 440lbs)
    BIG 3 TOTAL at 220lbs (28% BF) = 1089lbs
    6ft 2, 234lb fat, hairy ape!
    My journal - http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...sion-of-an-ape

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    23/04: Stationary bike and stretching


    24/04: Bench day

    Bench press: warmups then 115x5
    Close grip BP: 90x5; 95x5
    Incline press: 85x5; 90x5

    Incline press is a major-extra-mega PR as I wasnt able to get 5 reps with like 60 kilos 6 months ago..
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    25/04: Shoulders

    Behind the neck press: warmups then 80x5; 80x4
    Side raises: 22x2x8
    Front raises: 12x2x8
    External rotations
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    26/04: Deadlift day


    Deadlift: 100x5; 140x5; 180x3; 210x2; 220x1
    Shrugs: 140x5; 150x5
    Bent over rows from the floor: 100x5; 105x5
    Pull-ups: 7x2; 7x2
    Reverse flies 10x2 superset with abs

    I was going for 210x3 and missed the 3rd. Lower back bent like crazy at the start and I was done. Still a PR nonetheless and I decided to go for 220 which was a goal of mine. It was shaky but went up steadily. My max pull in January was 185 so things are going well.
    I need to spend more time on abs training because I slacked on that area for some weeks now and I think it might help keep my lower back more arched in the future.


    On a side note I finished reading this book last night and I would recommend it to everyone, very sad story but incredible how this guy overcame such tragedies. Eye opening and inspiring to say the least.

    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

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    27/04: Light bench day

    Bench press: 2 sets of lot of reps
    Flies: 2 sets
    Pushdowns: 2-3 sets
    Abs

    Lame session. Passed on the dips and bis because it really killed my back. Its acting up again since Sunday night and I hope it will be better tomorrow for my squat day.
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Good stuff mate. Our strength levels are almost exactly the same.
    Current 1RM's - Bench 264lbs (Target 308lbs)/Squat 396lbs (Target 352lbs)/
    Deadlift 429lbs (Target 440lbs)
    BIG 3 TOTAL at 220lbs (28% BF) = 1089lbs
    6ft 2, 234lb fat, hairy ape!
    My journal - http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...sion-of-an-ape

    "This stuff will make you a sexual Tyrannosaurus. Just like me!" As said by the great Jesse 'The Body' Ventura

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    02/04: Shoulders

    Press behind the neck: worked up to 75kx5
    Side raises: 24kx8 24kx5
    Front raises with a 20k bar x 10; added 5k x10
    Rotator work


    Front raises with a bar are pretty cool and I'll keep doing it for some times instead of using dumbbells.

    Kong: you're killing me on about every pressing movements, remember I pause none of my bench and I'll probably snap in half trying to military press 100kilos.
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Doing pretty good in here man...those short term goals will be surpassed swiftly.

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    03/05: Deadlift day

    Rack pulls from 2nd pin: warmup then 200x3;205x3;210x3
    Bent over rows from the floor: 105x5; 110x5
    Pull-ups: 6x2
    Mini circuitx2 with no rest: chinsx5; abs; face-pulls with green bandx12

    Average session, was a bit apprehensive about my back on the rack pulls but it turned out fine, will go at full speed next week. Rows were ugly as sin, and I think I'll do pull-ups right after pulling to see if I can get more because this is embarassing. Circuit kicked my ass and it shows how out of shape I am.


    04/05: Light bench day

    Bench: warmup then 80x17
    Flies: 21kilos 10x2
    Pushdowns: 40x8 45x8 47.5x8
    Dips: 10x2
    Bis: 2 sets hammer curls

    80x17 is a PR. I suck big time when it comes to reps, I'll continue until I get 20 reps then increase the weight or switch to speed work in 5x5 fashion.
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Doing pretty good in here man...those short term goals will be surpassed swiftly.
    Thanks for looking at my log. Its pretty motivating to get someone as strong as you take a look.
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    06/05: Squat day

    Squats: warmups then 140x8; 145x8
    Green band leg curls: 10x3
    Calves 10x3
    Abs: 12x3

    My previous best with 140 kilos was 5 reps 2weeks ago so Im pleased with 145x8. Im falling forward a bit when coming up since a couple of weeks, not really a problem as I can still complete the lift but Id like to make it smoother.
    The garage was 80F and not a bit of air, not that much but still felt hot and it will be a lot of fun to squat and pull this summer with +100F
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Bench is always the one that gets me when i try and max out. Good effort still tho man.
    Current 1RM's - Bench 264lbs (Target 308lbs)/Squat 396lbs (Target 352lbs)/
    Deadlift 429lbs (Target 440lbs)
    BIG 3 TOTAL at 220lbs (28% BF) = 1089lbs
    6ft 2, 234lb fat, hairy ape!
    My journal - http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...sion-of-an-ape

    "This stuff will make you a sexual Tyrannosaurus. Just like me!" As said by the great Jesse 'The Body' Ventura

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    10/05: Deadlift day

    Deficit deadlift: 140x3; 160x3; 180x2; 190x1
    Goodmornings: 60k 10x2
    Chest supported rows: 10x2
    Pull-ups

    Looks like its not just my bench going backwards as I hit 215 on the same movement like 6 weeks ago. I may take a break from near max weights for some time on the bench and dead.


    Cocoa and Kong: thanks
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Just keep doing your thing & experiment, like doing deads or benching every 6-7 days to see what works best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Just keep doing your thing & experiment, like doing deads or benching every 6-7 days to see what works best.
    I was looking at Ryan Celli's training and he's squatting and pulling on the same day, doing speed squats in another session, and benching just once. That seems interesting, but I may need to add a 4th day because training 3x a week makes me feel like Im slacking.
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Why not give DC a shot like for a while?
    Current 1RM's - Bench 264lbs (Target 308lbs)/Squat 396lbs (Target 352lbs)/
    Deadlift 429lbs (Target 440lbs)
    BIG 3 TOTAL at 220lbs (28% BF) = 1089lbs
    6ft 2, 234lb fat, hairy ape!
    My journal - http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...sion-of-an-ape

    "This stuff will make you a sexual Tyrannosaurus. Just like me!" As said by the great Jesse 'The Body' Ventura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kong View Post
    Why not give DC a shot like for a while?
    What is DC ? I might look into that
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Dogcrapp training mate. Go to the intensemuscle forums and its all outlined in the stickies. Its primarily a routine for bodybuilders utilising one all out rest-pause set but makes you strong as hell. Justin Harris does it and he has an elite total of over 2000lbs or somethin close.
    Current 1RM's - Bench 264lbs (Target 308lbs)/Squat 396lbs (Target 352lbs)/
    Deadlift 429lbs (Target 440lbs)
    BIG 3 TOTAL at 220lbs (28% BF) = 1089lbs
    6ft 2, 234lb fat, hairy ape!
    My journal - http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...sion-of-an-ape

    "This stuff will make you a sexual Tyrannosaurus. Just like me!" As said by the great Jesse 'The Body' Ventura

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    11/05: Shoulders and tris

    Seated barbell press with bar resting on pins at clavicles: 40kg 2x8 dead stopped at each time
    EZ barbell extensions: 37kgx10; 41kgx10x2
    Front raises with 20kg bar + 5kg: 3x10
    Side raises: 2x12
    Push-ups with different grips: 4x10
    One hand barbell curls: 3x5

    Not that bad all in all. Seated BB press is a killer, never did it before, but I enjoyed it and it worked my shoulders like nothing else.
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kong View Post
    Dogcrapp training mate. Go to the intensemuscle forums and its all outlined in the stickies. Its primarily a routine for bodybuilders utilising one all out rest-pause set but makes you strong as hell. Justin Harris does it and he has an elite total of over 2000lbs or somethin close.
    I gave a look and I really like the concept, I wont try it for now but Ill keep it as a plan B in case my new plan doesnt work the way I want.
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Glad you're liking them shoulder presses, that's a baddass movement.

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    12/05: Squat day

    Squats: worked up to 150x8
    Single leg curls with green bands: 3x10
    Calves & Abs

    Happy with the squat that's 5kg more than last week and it wasnt as hard. I really want to nail 200kg at the end of June. Band leg curls are the best hamstrings isolation exercice I did so far. Time to eat like a pig and live up to my screenname
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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    Went to the garage today and rode the bike for 15min and stretched 30min.
    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

    John 15:13 KJB

    "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks"

    Philips Brooks

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