The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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  1. #1
    Senior Member kornmong's Avatar
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    Would this lead to eventual burn out?

    Hey all,

    The Last say 8 weeks I have been doing this with my squats and deadlifts,

    on Wednesday is when I do my deadlifts and its the first movement I do, well I only do one working set with lots or warm up leading up to it of which I go for 5 reps but if i hit 5 I go till failure which is usually 5 - 8 then end the set.

    The reason I go beyond 5 is, is to tell myself that if i can do 6 - 8 of the current workouts weight I should be able to get 5 next week with 2.5kgs / 5lbs more on the bar cause I hell i just did 6 - 8 i doubt a tiny bit more weight will drop the reps below 5...

    for example ill write down my last 8 weeks single ending work set.


    W1: 385 x 6
    W2: 396 x 7
    W3: 401 x 6
    W4: 407 x 8 ...This is when I decided to always work till pure failure rather than when i felt was enough, thats why i got a higher rep score than the previous weeks
    W5: 412 x 7
    W6: Sick
    W7: 418 x 6

    ...Now weeks 5 and 7 whoa, killed me so bad I couldn't squat at all on the following Fridays cause it made my back so sore, and if i tried to squat it would swell those to massive back tendons up so i couldn't move/ bend for about 5 mins so just wouldn't squat those weeks

    Same deal with squats on friday but id set my rep limit to 10 then more if i got 10 except for the last 2 weeks where my back was too sore to squat

    so my question after all that:

    Would having one work set on deads and sqauts till failure eventually burn me out the way ive been doing it?

    Or Should I just keep going till I find out where my 5 reps stop and then go for a single then have a break from it...

    Thanks Cya
    Bodyweight : 195 - Height: 5' 9

    Current lifts:
    DL - 490 x 1 - 462 x 4 ... Nearly 500 so close
    BS - 374 x 1 - 330 x 5
    BP - 302 x 1 - 258 x 5, 225 x 10
    BR - 231 x 1 - 209 x 5
    PP - 220 x 1 - 198 x 4

    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=108252&page=3

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    Maybe this could be moved seeing as it is in the wrong forum. You could message one of the mods.

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    oops that was a accident, thanks i would not have noticed..

    can someone with the authority move this too body building forum please

    or where do i ask that lol
    Bodyweight : 195 - Height: 5' 9

    Current lifts:
    DL - 490 x 1 - 462 x 4 ... Nearly 500 so close
    BS - 374 x 1 - 330 x 5
    BP - 302 x 1 - 258 x 5, 225 x 10
    BR - 231 x 1 - 209 x 5
    PP - 220 x 1 - 198 x 4

    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=108252&page=3

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    Senior Member kornmong's Avatar
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    anything to say?
    Bodyweight : 195 - Height: 5' 9

    Current lifts:
    DL - 490 x 1 - 462 x 4 ... Nearly 500 so close
    BS - 374 x 1 - 330 x 5
    BP - 302 x 1 - 258 x 5, 225 x 10
    BR - 231 x 1 - 209 x 5
    PP - 220 x 1 - 198 x 4

    My journal: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=108252&page=3

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    It's fine to go past your rep goals for the week but, as you are finding out, training to absolute failure can be pretty punishing. I'd keep a couple of reps in the tank, meaning a couple of reps short of failure. You'll make the same progress and you won't beat yourself up so bad.
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    IMO, if I were doing what you are, it would burn me out quick. I don't like to push my self to failure every week like that or even train heavy like that back to back on a particular exercise.
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    i find i have to push myself to failure every workout, not pushing myself to failure or having more than 4 days away from the gym ends with me losing progress.


    to be honest i find progress very slow and hard to make but i have to work myself hard to maintain at the very least

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