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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #51
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    thanks for the support fellas!

    Friday 1/8
    rest

    Saturday 1/9 and Sunday 1/10
    went skiing

    Monday 1/11 Morning weight: 202lbs
    Squat: 220lbs, 3x5
    OH Press: 115lbs, 3x5
    BB Row: 135lbs, 3x5
    Pull-up negatives: 3 or 4
    Abs: weighted situps, 35lbs, 1x12

    went up in squats and had a tough time but made it. hit my previous sticking point on the OH Press of 115lbs. it wasn't easy, but i didn't rest a ton between sets and was never concerned that i wouldn't make it. rows were solid and will be going up to 140 next time. i threw in a few pull-up negatives at the end. i can't even do 1, at least not at the end of my work out (i can do a chin-up though), so i've been doing some negatives once in a while. i'd really like to be able to do them one day.

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    Tuesday 1/12
    did the BB complex from the WBB article, wow my hammys are sore!

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    Wednesday 1/13
    Squat: 220lbs, 3x5
    Bench: 170lbs, 3x5
    DL: 225lbs, 1x5

    i was gassed when it came time to DL and could already feel my form slipping. i noticed i have habit of almost straight-legging the weight, rounding my back. decided to lower the weight and work back up with good form.

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    Thursday 1/14, Friday 1/15, Saturday 1/16
    rest

    Sunday 1/17 and Monday 1/18
    skiing

    Tuesday 1/19 Morning weight: 201lbs
    Squat: 225lbs, 3x5
    OH Press: 115lbs, 3x5
    Row: 135lbs, 3x5

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    Good to see you upping those squats.
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    thanks. it's tough, definitely isn't feeling any easier.

    Wednesday 1/20
    DB Complex, 3 sets with 30lbs DBs (too heavy), 1 set with 22.5lbs

    Thursday 1/21
    Squat: 225lbs, 3x5
    Bench: 175lbs, 3x5
    DL: 230lbs, 1x5

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    How are you liking the complexes? Seems everybody is doing them these days.
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    They have been a fun and interesting alternative to plain ol running. I enjoyed the DB complex more so than the BB. With the BB complex the ab roll outs hurt my knees and just seemed super awkward. When I was done I felt like I had ran miles but only spent 15 minutes in the gym.

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    Ive read through your journal and i commend you on all the work youve done. Keep working hard and good luck on the weight loss
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    thanks. i'm glad that i've been getting stronger, but losing weight, at least as told by the scale, hasn't been happening. it's hard to tell if i'm dropping any body fat or not. the next few months should give me a better idea.

    Friday 1/22 and Saturday 1/23
    rest

    Saturday 1/24
    Squat: 230lbs, 3x5
    OH Press: 120lbs, 3x5
    Rows: 140lbs, 3x5

    totally excited about this workout, increased each exercise by 5lbs and hit all my reps. i wasn't sure i'd even be able to get 1 set of 5 on the press, but banging all 3 sets out wasn't an issue. it was hard, but after a few reps there was no doubt i'd get everything done. probably has something to do with all that pizza i ate at poker night on friday.

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    Excellent.
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    Monday 1/25 Morning weight: 204lbs... eek
    BB complex

    Tuesday 1/26
    Squat: 235lbs, 3x5
    Bench: 180lbs, 3x5
    DL: 235lbs, 1x5
    Treadmill: 1 mile in 9:40

    went up 5lbs in everything. the squat reps got slower and slower, and i had to take some breaths between reps at the end, but the depth was there on each rep. bench was what i would assume to be close to failure, i asked for a spotter on the last 2 sets out of fear of death, but they never had to touch the bar. DL just feels hard and i'm not using any weight. still struggling with form.

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    Wednesday 1/27
    rest

    Thursday 1/28
    Squat: 235lbs, 3x5
    OH Press: 120lbs, 3x5
    Row: 145lbs, 3x5

    went up on the rows, everything else felt really heavy. i actually felt a bit weak/hungry going into the gym. i need to eat more beforehand.

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    Saturday 1/30
    8.5 mile hike

    Sunday 1/31
    built a jump in the back country, hiked/skied

    Tuesday 2/2 Morning weight: 203.5lbs
    Squat: 235lbs, 3x5
    Bench: 180lbs, 3x4
    DL: 240lbs, 1x5

    bench was tough, fought the bar the entire way and could never find a groove. for whatever reason, never asked for a spotter so i was uneasy going for a 5th rep. a little upset, but oh well.

    Thursday 2/4
    Squat: 235lbs, 3x5
    OH Press: 125lbs, 5,4,5
    Row: 145lbs, 3x5

    Squat was very hard, stance was too wide starting out. Went up 5lbs in the press and only missed 1 rep. Was pretty happy that I hit 5 reps on the last set after only getting 4 on the previous set. Rows were easy and need to go up.

    Monday 2/9 Morning weight: 208.5lbs.... ate a ton at SB party. Was 206 this morning.
    Squat: 235lbs, 3x5
    Bench: 180lbs, 3x5
    DL: 245lbs, 1x5

    squat isn't getting significantly easier, maybe just a little, and i might be resting slightly less between sets. however, i'm still a little scared to go up in weight because i feel like 235 is extremely close to my 5 RM. maybe i just need to try it and pray for the best.

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    Tuesday 2/10
    DB Complex, 22.5lb DBs

    Wednesday 2/11
    Squat: 240lbs, 3x5
    OH Press: 125lbs, 3x5
    Row: 150lbs, 3x5
    some abs stuff

    Went up 5lbs in the squat and row, hit all reps on the press (barely). I had noticed while squatting that I almost pause at the very bottom before coming up, similar to what I would expect a box squat to be like. I watched some videos on here and it looked like most people sorta bounced up, using that tension at the bottom to boost out of the hole. Anyway, I squatted using this method and it definitely made things a little easier. Is this ok/accepted? Or frowned on, similar to bouncing the bar off your chest?

    As you can see from my recent body weights, I have upped my food intake and and am off the cut-only mindset. I felt like I was hitting a wall so early and it was totally due to eating only about 2000 cal/day. I'm not tracking my calories too carefully now, but am aiming for 2600-3000 cal/day. I don't want to gain fat, I have plenty already, but I don't want to totally shortchange my gym efforts. I figure I'll eat a bit more, get a little stronger, and hopefully everything will take care of itself over time.
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    Its pretty common, in fact probably ideal, to utilize the hamstring stretch reflex in the hole to get a bit of "bounce" from your squats. Thats pretty cool if you figured out how to do it, i still struggle with it, im really crappy out of the hole in a squat.

    When you coming to fort fun for a good training sesh?

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    that's good to hear. my descend on squats was super slow. speeding it up a bit helped me find that pop.

    friday 2/12
    squat: 240lbs, 3x5
    bench: 180lbs, 3x5
    DL: 250lbs, 3x5

    squat felt moderately easy, will go up to 245 next time. bench was easier, did all sets without even asking for a spotter, but still feel like 185 would destroy me. DL was fairly easy to pick up the weight but i'm worried my back is rounding like crazy. i try to keep things straight but it's so hard to tell.

    saturday 2/13
    light 2 mile jog outside

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    Monday 2/15 morning weight: 205lbs
    didn't hit the gym, was sick

    Tuesday 2/16
    Squat: 245lbs, 3x5
    OH Press: 130lbs, 5,5,2
    Row: 155lbs, 3x5

    felt a little better yesterday, but not perfect. went up in weight on every exercise but couldn't get all the reps on the press. the squat wasn't terribly hard, but a funny/horrible thing almost happened. on my last set i was really focused on sitting back and staying on my heels... so much that i almost tipped over backwards at the bottom of a rep. that would have been embarrassing. i was happy i did 2 full set of the press, but the final rep of the 2nd set took me a few seconds to lock out. when the 3rd set came i was totally finished.

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    Great effort on everything. Laughing at almost falling over. Been there before.
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    it would have made so much noise, i was petrified!

    Wednesday 2/17
    BB Complex, 60lbs

    Thursday 2/18
    Squat: 250lbs, 3x5
    Bench: 180lbs, 3x5
    DL: 255lbs, 3x5

    went up in squat and DL. squats are feeling moderately hard but there was no issue about completing reps. will probably stick with this weight for another workout or two. bench just isn't getting any easier. i'll try 180 one more time, and if i don't feel progress, deload. DL didn't feel bad, moving the weight wasn't an issue, hopefully form held. i haven't been noting it, but i've been doing a little ab work with most workouts.

    after my last few workouts i've also been doing a couple of pull-ups. not a bunch, just a set of 3-5. i've never, in the history of my life, been able to do a pull up (or a chin, obviously). i've always been too fat and too weak. maybe 2 months ago i tried them but could only do from an elevated position, not a dead hang, and couldn't link them. not sure if i can do a true chin yet. anyway, i think they are a fun and functional movement. whenever SS stops working and i need a new routine, pull/chin ups definitely need to be incorporated.
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    Congratulations on the pull-ups!

    I know that had to be a good feeling. I've never been able to do pull-ups, chin-ups and dips. I was just too big and not strong enough. I hope to change that in the near future.

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    thanks!

    saturday 2/20 and sunday 2/21
    went skiing

    monday 2/22 morning weight: 205lbs
    squat: 255lbs, 3x5
    oh press: 130lbs, 3x5
    row: 160 lbs, 3x5

    went up in squat and row, hit the missed reps on oh press. increasing my calories has been working wonders lately.
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    wednesday 2/24
    squat: 255lbs, 3x5
    bench: 180lbs, 3x5
    dl: 260lbs, 1x5

    bench felt a little easier, maybe, but still hard. might need to invest in some fractional plates.

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    thursday 2/25
    db complex, 25lb db

    friday 2/26
    squat: 255lbs, 3x5
    oh press: 130lbs, 3x5
    row: 165lbs, 3x5

    barely made the press again. some weeks i only get 2 workouts in due to skiing, the weeks i do 3 i need to make sure my calories are even higher.

    sunday 2/28
    db complex, 22.5lbs

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    Like you signature says, you're "making progress." Little by little, keep at it. Nice work.
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