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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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    Oh ok, I like Titan squat gear. I have boss briefs for comps and super centurion single ply for speed work. It's been about a year since I've had either of them on, lol.
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    Solid work man, awesome PR bro.
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    Thanks Mark!

    The briefs are the only 'gear' I've ever used. I can't imagine trying to hit depth in anything thicker and/or heavier. The experience gives me a better appreciation for geared lifting. I don't understand why some people hate geared lifting so damned much. It takes an incredible amount of training to get the best out of gear. Not to mention the need for a solid basis in strength.

    The whole raw vs geared stuff is silly. Kind of reminds of the current 'birther' thing. It is a non-issue and only detracts from what is actually important - getting stronger and hitting PRs.

    I would love to try a bench shirt, but I work out alone and trying to get into and out of a shirt without help is probably more trouble than its worth. The slingshot is good enough for me. I still have a lot of 'basic' strength gains I need to achieve too.

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    I agree, I think the raw vs gear situation is stupid. I like both and will continue to do both. Training alone in a bench shirt can get difficult. It would be hard to get it set just right. I'm still thinking about getting a slingshot or ram. I'm just being cheap right now.
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    Warm-ups - spent extra time on the warm-ups tonight.

    Military Press
    Bar x 10 x 2
    85 x 5
    95 x 5
    115 x 5
    125 x 5
    140 x 5
    160 x 5 - added belt and wraps
    175 x 3
    185 x 3 - felt easy, had another rep or two in me.
    135 x 10 x 2 - dead

    Triceps Pushdowns
    70 x 20 x 2
    70 x 15 x 2

    BOBR
    135 x 15 x 3

    BW = 205 lbs

    Nothing special tonight. Just some good, solid work.

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    Solid session Tim!!! Are you doing those seated or standing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Solid session Tim!!! Are you doing those seated or standing?
    Standing with strict form - i.e., no leg drive. I don't want to turn it into a push press. To tell the truth, I've never done a sitting military press. I'm old. I don't like new things or change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    Standing with strict form - i.e., no leg drive. I don't want to turn it into a push press. To tell the truth, I've never done a sitting military press. I'm old. I don't like new things or change.
    I had to do strict shoulder presses the last two weeks and let me tell you, they are crazy hard. I haven't done them seated in awhile. I have mainly focused on zydrunas presses or standing ohp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    I had to do strict shoulder presses the last two weeks and let me tell you, they are crazy hard. I haven't done them seated in awhile. I have mainly focused on zydrunas presses or standing ohp.
    Would that have anything to do with blowing up your knee? ;-)

    Every time I watch the video of Vinny pressing 405 I am in awe. There is something very cool about pressing something heavy over your head. It is somehow cooler than a heavy squat, bench, or deadlift. I mean... that bar is over your head!

    Too bad I didn't take up Olympic lifting when I was 6 years old.

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    Tell me about it, watching Scott Weech doing a push press with 465lbs is crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Tell me about it, watching Scott Weech doing a push press with 465lbs is crazy.
    Wait until you heal up before you try this... If Scott irritates you too much with one of his awesome push presses, wait until he is almost locking out around 50% of his max. Run up to him and punch him in nuts. You'll want to move fast because that weight is coming down.

    When Scott looks at you with that WTF face, you yell, "Whose yer Daddy!" as loud as possible. I guarantee you'll never see Scott ever press anything overhead while you're around.

    Of course, you'll never be able to do anything more than accessory work while Scott is around. Revenge is best served cold after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    Wait until you heal up before you try this... If Scott irritates you too much with one of his awesome push presses, wait until he is almost locking out around 50% of his max. Run up to him and punch him in nuts. You'll want to move fast because that weight is coming down.

    When Scott looks at you with that WTF face, you yell, "Whose yer Daddy!" as loud as possible. I guarantee you'll never see Scott ever press anything overhead while you're around.

    Of course, you'll never be able to do anything more than accessory work while Scott is around. Revenge is best served cold after all.
    Your crazy, lol!!!!
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    Warm-ups

    Squats
    BW x 50 - really don't see what the big deal is on bodyweight squats
    Bar x 20 - added knee sleeves
    175 x 5
    210 x 5
    270 x 5
    315 x 5 - added belt
    355 x 5 - tightened belt a notch, added knee wraps. Had a myocardial infarction on this set.
    225 x 20 - warped the space/time continuum.
    225 x 15 - done

    BW = 205

    355 was one of the hardest sets I've done in awhile. Following that up with a set of 20 was intense. My conditioning needs work. :lol: Left biceps hurts like an SOB after any type of intense gripping. Can't wait to put that behind me.

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    Nice session Tim!!!
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    Nice job! I wanna hit 315, period. It would really be nice to do it weighing around 185 lbs too.

    Warm-ups

    Bench
    Bar x 10 x 2 - close grip & suicide grip
    115 x 5
    145 x 5
    175 x 5
    185 x 5
    215 x 5
    245 x 5 - P.O.R.; added belt and wrist wraps. Finally have enough arch to where the belt interferes!
    285 x 1 - slingshot & wrist wraps, ditched the belt
    300 x 1 - 3 count at bottom; regular grip (don't feel comfortable with a suicide grip & slingshot)
    315 x 1 - 3 count at bottom & 3 count at lockout
    175 x 18 - close grip, no wraps, no slingshot
    175 x 12
    175 x 9

    BOBR
    155 x 15 x 3

    BW = 205 - its getting too f'n hot to be carrying around this kind of weight.

    Been feeling stiff and beat up. Both knees hurt, the right more than the left. Leg drive could have been better. Had a tough time with the heat this afternoon. Ninety-one degrees with lots and lots of humidity is rough.

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    Warm-ups
    Foam Roll & Stretch
    Shrugs x 30 x 2 - average band
    Face pulls x 30 x 2 - mini-band
    Internal Rotation x 30 x 2 - mini-band
    External Rotation x 30 x 2 - mini-band

    Military Press (strict & standing)
    Bar x 10
    75 x 5
    95 x 5
    115 x 5
    140 x 5
    160 x 3 - added wraps & belt
    180 x 5 - PR I am the strongest motherf'cker in my gym! :disco: Caveat - I am the only one in my gym.
    135 x 10 x 3

    Triceps Pushdowns
    70 x 15 x 4

    BOBR
    155 x 12 x 2
    155 x 20

    BW = 205

    I built a tack room for my wife this morning. It has been over a decade since I've swung a framing hammer for that long. Can still sink a 16 penny in three swings. One to set, two to sink. My wrist and elbows are plenty sore now. Contrast showers and ice will be tonight's entertainment.

    Didn't feel like I had much in me this evening. Seriously contemplated missing the workout. Every joint in my body ached/aches. Figured I would hit my working sets and call it a day. Got started, hit a PR, finished strong.

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    Great job on the PR!!!!
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    Thank Brian! I am closing in on the elusive 225 military press. About 15 lbs away! Maybe in 3 months?

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    15lbs isn't much, just keep hitting them hard and focus on the reps and get work done.
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
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    Warm-ups

    Squat
    BW x a bunch - knee sleeves
    Bar x 10
    175 x 5
    215 x 5
    250 x 5
    315 x 5 - belt & wrist wraps
    355 x 3
    395 x 1 - knee wraps; hardest part of this set was unracking the weight and walking it out. The squat was easier than expected. Relatively slow and controlled descent with good speed on the way up. Gripped the bar so hard I tweaked my left biceps. Maybe its just scar tissue breaking up? Shut it down there. No need to irritate or re-injure my left wing. Might be a PR. Can't remember if I've gone this heavy without briefs.

    With squats I feel like the no accessory work guy. Gone before the bar gets cold. :lol:

    BW = 205

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    Good job on the squats and smart move shutting it down before you make things worse.
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    Every once in awhile I do something smart. After some ice and ibuprofen it is feeling much better.

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    Smart move, glad to see it's feeling better.
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    Warm-ups - left shoulder bothering me a bit.

    Bench
    Bar x 10 x 2 - close grip, suicide grip
    115 x 5
    145 x 5
    175 x 5
    215 x 5
    245 x 3 - P.O.R; added wrist wraps, normal grip
    275 x 2 - PR
    305 x 1 - added slingshot; dog crap set, very poor all the way around, but it went up and went up quick.
    335 x 1
    225 x 8 - close grip, raw, suicide grip
    225 x 7
    185 x 6 - tired

    BOBR - supersetted with pull-ups
    135 x 10 x 3

    Pull-ups
    BW x 5 x 3 - first time doing pull-ups since I tore my biceps.

    BW = 203

    Been dropping some weight in order to get my snoring under control. Sleep study results said I have severe obstructive sleep apnea. During my 5 hours sleep study, I spent over 15 minutes not breathing. Losing weight will help with the snoring, but even at 166 lbs I had problems with sleep apnea. I'll get a CPAP machine on Tuesday. Looking forward to getting some quality rest.

    The past few days I've been having issues with cramping. Woke up last night with a cramp in my left calve. Not sure what the deal is. I'm drinking a ton of water. Time to aggressively stretch.

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    During my 5 hours sleep study, I spent over 15 minutes not breathing.

    Damn bro, that sucks. Hopefully losing the weight will help you out.

    The past few days I've been having issues with cramping. Woke up last night with a cramp in my left calve. Not sure what the deal is. I'm drinking a ton of water. Time to aggressively stretch.

    I hate it when that happens. I'm happy to say that I haven't had that problem in awhile. I feel where your coming from.
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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