The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    Starting Strength

    Hey my name is Drew and this is my second journal. I'm just getting back into lifting since I hurt my back deadlifting two months ago. My advice on that form down and not let your back arch. Before I hurt my back I was working out in my basement. Now I go to a gym. I plan to follow the basic outline of starting strength. I want to gain weight and strength. I'm aways willing to listen if you have advice or if I should switch something up.

    Workout A (sets x reps):
    Squat 3x5
    Bench Press 3x5
    Deadlift 1x5

    Workout B (sets x reps):
    Squat 3x5
    Standing Barbell Overhead Press 3x5
    Powerclean 5x3

    Current Stats:
    Weight 152.6 lbs
    Bench Press: 155lbs 5
    Deadlift: 225lbs 5
    Squat: 155lbs 5
    Military Press: 95lbs 3
    Powerclean: 155lbs 3
    Last edited by Drew92; 05-28-2009 at 05:34 PM.

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    Week 1

    Thursday
    May 28th 2009

    Workout B:
    Power Clean: 3x5
    135lbs-3/140lbs-3/145lbs-3/150lbs-3/155ls-3
    Squat: 3x5
    155lbs 5-5-5
    Military Press: 3x5
    65lbs-5/85lbs-5/95lbs-3
    Seated Calf Raise: 3x?
    50lbs 15-15-15
    Cable Shouldar Crossover: 3x5
    20lbs-15/30lbs-12/20lbs-15
    Dips: 3x5
    0lbs 8-8-10
    Cable Curls: 2x?
    100lbs 15-15

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    May 30th 2009

    Workout A:
    Squat: 3x5
    160lbs 5-5-5
    Dumbbell Bench Press: 3x8
    50lbs 8-10-10
    Deadlift: 1x5
    245lbs 5
    Dips: 3x8
    0lbs 8-10-12
    Tricep Pushdowns: 2x15
    100lbs 15-15
    Cable Curls: 2x15
    100lbs 15-15

    I've been using straps for my deadlift. The bar at my gym is thicker then the one at home which makes a huge difference. I had a pain in my left shouldar on my 1st set of benching so I switched it up to dumbbells.

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    June 3rd 2009

    Squat: 3x5
    165lbs 5-5-5
    Bench: 155lbs 5-5-5
    Deadlift: 185lbs 5-5-5
    Calves: 3x20
    135lbs 20-20-20
    Skull: 3x12
    60lbs 12-12-12
    Curls: 3x8
    90lbs 8-8-8

    No more going to the gym. I got a squat cage and bench with a full set of weights with a tree off of craigslist. I will post some pictures later. This setup is much better than the gym I went to.

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    This is my new equipment I got off of craigslist. I got a power rack, bench, bar with full set of plates and a plate tree. The guy I bought the cage from built it.






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    Looks like a handy setup, go hit em hard.

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    June 5th 2009

    Squat: 3x5
    160lbs 5-/165lbs 5-/185lbs 5
    Military Press: 3x5
    85lbs 5-5-5
    Power Clean: 3x3
    135lbs 5-/145lbs 5-/155lbs 5
    Chin Ups: 3xF
    0lbs 10-9-8
    Skull Crushers: 3x12
    60lbs 12-12-12
    Curls: 3x12
    80lbs 12-12-12

    I miss calculated my first two sets of squats I ment to have 170lbs and then 175lbs. So I went way up and completed 185lbs. I wasn't to sure on depth though I will have to film it next time. This new equipment is really nice comparied to what I used to use.

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    June 7th 2009

    Squat: 3x5
    185lbs 5-/190lbs 2-4-/185lbs 5
    Bench: 3x5
    160lbs 5-5-5
    Deadlift: 3x5
    205lbs 5-5-5
    Dips: 3x8
    0lbs 8-8-8
    Pull Ups: 3x8
    0lbs 8-8-5
    Skull Crushers: 3x12
    65lbs 12-12-12
    Calves: 3x20
    135lbs 20-20-20
    Curls: 3x12
    80lbs 12-12-12

    Second set of squats sucked. I hit the safey bar and it threw me off, so I had to drop the weight. Pull ups are palms facing away chins are palms facing me.

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    Looks like your enjoying ur new setup! Good to hear. Keep working hard!

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    Week 2

    Wednesday

    June 10th 2009

    Squat: 3x5
    175lbs 5-/185lbs 5-/195 3(help on the last two)
    Military Press: 3x5
    95lbs 5-5-5
    Power Clean: 3x3
    155lbs 3-/160lbs 3-/165lbs 1
    Chin Ups: 3x8
    5lbs 8-8-8
    Skull Crushers: 3x12
    65lbs 12-12-20

    Today is the first day of summer so I'm really looking forward to being 100 percent focused on my lifting.

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    Wow, our numbers are pretty close. Ill be interested in seeing how you progress.
    Last edited by slashkills; 06-10-2009 at 10:48 AM.

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    June 12th 2009

    Squat: 3x5
    185lbs 5-5-5
    Bench: 3x5
    165lbs 5-5-5

    I went to the store and bought chalk. Helps alot.

    Deadlift: 3x5
    225lbs 5-5-5
    Dips: 3x8
    5lbs 8-8-8
    Pull Ups: 3x8
    0lbs 7-7-0
    Calves: 3x20
    140lbs 20-20-20
    Skull Crushers: 3x12
    70lbs 12-12-12
    Curls: 3x12
    85lbs 12-12-12
    Wrist Rolls: 3x
    25lbs/35lbs/45lbs
    Elbow Planks: 3x1 minute
    olbs 1-1-1

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    Week 3

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    June 15th 2009

    Squat: 3x5
    190lbs 5-5-5
    Bench: 3x5
    170lbs 4-5-4
    Deadlift: 3x5
    22lbs 5-/245lbs 5-/265lbs 5
    Skull Crushers: 3x12
    70lbs 12-15-15
    Wrist Rolls: 3x6ft of rope
    75lbs 1-1-1-1

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    June 19th 2009

    Squat: 3x5
    195lbs 5-5-5
    Bench: 3x5
    170lbs 5-5-4
    Deadlift: 3x5
    235lbs 5-/255lbs 5-/275lbs 5
    Dips: 3x8
    0lbs 8-10-10
    Calves: 3x20
    145lbs 20-20-20
    Skull Crushers: 3x12
    75lbs 12-12-12
    Curls: 3x12
    35lbs 12-12-12
    Wrist Rolls: 3x
    75lbs 1-1-1
    Elbow Planks: 3x1:15
    0lbs 1-1-1
    Last edited by Drew92; 06-20-2009 at 04:23 PM.

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    Looking good dude. Nice choice going for Starting Strength. Don't forget you are only supposed to do 1 set of 5 for deadlifts. Numbers are looking pretty solid, good job!

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    Good stuff man

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuNalicious View Post
    Looking good dude. Nice choice going for Starting Strength. Don't forget you are only supposed to do 1 set of 5 for deadlifts. Numbers are looking pretty solid, good job!
    Yeah, maybe I should try and drop the first two sets and just do one heavy set. Only one set doesn't really seem like much though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famous636 View Post
    Yeah, maybe I should try and drop the first two sets and just do one heavy set. Only one set doesn't really seem like much though.
    It doesn't at first site but when they become heavier it takes that last bit out of you. I also found that when your squats get really heavy you are happy you only have to do one set. As long as you are increasing the weight with one set you should be fine.

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    Here is my home made dip station. I made it today.


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    Week 4

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    June 22nd 2009

    Squat: 1x20
    135lbs 20
    Seated Press: 3x5
    95lbs 5-/105lbs 5-/Push press 5
    Powerclean: 3x3
    135lbs 3-/155lbs 3

    Came back a few hours later.

    Pull ups: 3x8
    0lbs 8-8-7
    Dips: 3x8
    0lbs 8-10-12
    Skull Crsuhers: 3x12
    75lbs 12-12-12
    Curls: 3x15
    35lbs 15-15-15
    Wrist Curls: 3x
    75lbs 1-1-1
    Elbow Planks: 3x1:25
    0lbs 1-1-0

    If my sternum hurs after dips what am I doing wrong?

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    June 24th 2009

    Bench: Doubles
    155lbs 2-/175lbs 2-/185lbs 2-/190lbs 2
    Deadlift: 3x5
    225lbs 5-5-5
    Pull Ups: 3x8
    0lbs 8-7-10
    Dips: 3x10
    0lbs 10-10-10
    Shrugs: 3x15
    90lbs 15-15-20
    Curls: 3x12
    40lbs 12-12-12

    My legs were to sore to squat again.

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    June 26th 2009

    Squat: ?
    200lbs 4-/215lbs 0
    Pull Ups: 3x8
    0lbs 8-/5lbs 8-/0lbs 5
    Military Press: 3x8
    85lbs 8-10-9
    Shrugs: 3x20
    100lbs 20-20-20

    I need to find or make a new routine. Squating 3x a week isn't giving me enough time to rest. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by famous636 View Post
    Here is my home made dip station. I made it today.

    This looks sic, nice job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by depotman View Post
    This looks sic, nice job.
    Thanks, I have an updated one in the vids/pics forum.

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    Week 5

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    June 29th 2009

    Squat: 3x5
    200lbs 5-4-3
    Bench: 3x5
    170lbs 5-5-4
    PullUps: 3x8
    0lbs 8-8-8
    Dips: 3x8
    5lbs 8-8-8
    Sandbag Lift: 3x6
    90lbs 57 inch platform 6-6-6
    Skull Crushers: 3x12
    70lbs 12-12-12
    Calves: 3x20
    135lbs 20-20-20
    Curls: 3x12
    40lbs 12-12-12
    Shrugs: 3x20
    135lbs 20-20-20
    Wrist Rolls: 3x
    75lbs 1-1-1

    Today I weighed 160lbs

    Okay this routine is clearly not starting strength. Squatting 3x a week was getting ridiculous. Not enough time to recover. I did pretty much stuff today so if it becomes to much I will take some isolation movements out. I'm trying to work on my weak links ; shoulders, biceps, and back. I will deload for bench and squat about ten pounds and start doing a 5x5 instead for those lifts. The sandbag lift is alot of fun. Dips are still leaving my sternum sore so if any one has anything to say to help me out I would appreciate it.

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