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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Thanks guys!!!!!

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    Conventional 2" deficit-
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    Sumo 7.75" blocks against purples and minis (110+45) 155lb at top-
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    Add suit straps up
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    585 + 155 x1 Smooth and quick
    625 + 155 (780lb at top) x1 PR VIDEO left 30 in the tank

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    Purple x1 had to stop major cramps and major pain
    Purple x same deal

    Done, this is the most Ive ever done where the bulk of the weight is bar weight 625+155.

    I can lift way more in bands because Im fast and can lock-out way more than I can seperate from the blocks.

    Feeling good.
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    405 plus 155 Raw no chalk high blocks
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    Next time 675+155 (830 at top) could not go for it today as the TRX gang needed the area.
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    Solid work adding more bar weight.
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    That's a sick pull Nick. You seem very strong like you mentioned in lockout and you speed. What are your weaknesses pulling? Is that what you're hitting with the deficit pulls? I'm trying to figure out my deadlift. So far it seems that the more I work on pulling conventional (raw) the better my sumo deadlift (in gear) gets.

    I know I have some grip issues that I've been working on. I have a stong lockout conventional, but not sumo (sometimes I feel this is more a balace issue). I'm just trying to ecide what pulls would benefit me most in my training.
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    Awesome the way you keep going at it bro!!

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    Your a pulling machine Nick!!!
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    Thank you very much Kiff, Mike, Traps, Tank, and BC!!

    I am proud of my speed, it is great to rip weights up like 135 which used to be max effort I can tell you!

    The other day I did 495 off blocks raw and it went up like nothing....had to check bar.

    I want to one day pull off 4" blocks speed pulls against greens singled (200) and 400 bar weight with suit straps up and film.

    I am about to explain why I do block pulls so often when the floor is my weakness.

    I suck off the floor but Im doing what I can to change that, here we go.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesbench View Post
    That's a sick pull Nick. You seem very strong like you mentioned in lockout and you speed. What are your weaknesses pulling? Is that what you're hitting with the deficit pulls? I'm trying to figure out my deadlift. So far it seems that the more I work on pulling conventional (raw) the better my sumo deadlift (in gear) gets.

    I know I have some grip issues that I've been working on. I have a stong lockout conventional, but not sumo (sometimes I feel this is more a balace issue). I'm just trying to ecide what pulls would benefit me most in my training.
    Thanks Mike!!

    My weakness is by far from the floor.

    The reasons I pull from blocks so often are:

    1) I can recover from them way quicker than heavy floor/deficit work
    2) They build what I call potential in the deadlift (down the track ill need strong lock-out)
    3) They build the grip better than anything
    4) They build the back better than anything
    5) I like them and that keeps it fun which is important IMO

    So anyway my weakness is from floor but if I try to pull from the floor heaps I will smash my CNS or get hurt everytime.
    To build my weakness I do deficits like you said but not for max effort very often mostly speed pulls where I still work up a little but also for 5s with medium weight.
    I am doing SLDL every week and they are helping there too along with ultra wides which are a big help.
    Ab work has helped me get the bar moving from floor/blocks.
    I have kinda found a way to pull very often with-out burning out, my block pulls are going up quicker than the comp lift but there has been some carry-over so far and Im happy with my set-up for now.


    If you are strong off the floor and lock-out is harder I would say you need to pull sumo with straps up more, this is because as you know the straps get the bar moving but kinda make the lock-out hard.
    Pulling straps up against bands should help more than any other single thing you could do.
    Your brain/body will have to learn to use the best technique at the top and you will sort out the balance thing too.

    Also speed pulls with straps up would be an idea, I got that from a 705@198 puller who has perfect technique.

    For grip I like using mixed grip for every set on max effort work, DOH just makes your forearms tired before you have moved any real weight, the bands will take care of the grip.


    Hope this helps brother please let me know what you think, I am no expert.
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    Onwards and upwards! Very impressive pulling Nick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    Thanks Mike!!

    My weakness is by far from the floor.

    The reasons I pull from blocks so often are:

    1) I can recover from them way quicker than heavy floor/deficit work
    2) They build what I call potential in the deadlift (down the track ill need strong lock-out)
    3) They build the grip better than anything
    4) They build the back better than anything
    5) I like them and that keeps it fun which is important IMO

    So anyway my weakness is from floor but if I try to pull from the floor heaps I will smash my CNS or get hurt everytime.
    To build my weakness I do deficits like you said but not for max effort very often mostly speed pulls where I still work up a little but also for 5s with medium weight.
    I am doing SLDL every week and they are helping there too along with ultra wides which are a big help.
    Ab work has helped me get the bar moving from floor/blocks.
    I have kinda found a way to pull very often with-out burning out, my block pulls are going up quicker than the comp lift but there has been some carry-over so far and Im happy with my set-up for now.


    If you are strong off the floor and lock-out is harder I would say you need to pull sumo with straps up more, this is because as you know the straps get the bar moving but kinda make the lock-out hard.
    Pulling straps up against bands should help more than any other single thing you could do.
    Your brain/body will have to learn to use the best technique at the top and you will sort out the balance thing too.

    Also speed pulls with straps up would be an idea, I got that from a 705@198 puller who has perfect technique.

    For grip I like using mixed grip for every set on max effort work, DOH just makes your forearms tired before you have moved any real weight, the bands will take care of the grip.


    Hope this helps brother please let me know what you think, I am no expert.
    Nice write up Nick!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Nice write up Nick!!!
    No joke, that is pretty good.

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    I cant see the damn vids.....aarrrgh. Will catch them later!!

    TRX gang, lmao!!

    What happened to that dude Athos? Saw he was banned.
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    Great info man
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    That makes a lot of sense Nick. I never really thougt about your "deadlift potential" idea, but it makes perfect sense. Much like a 2 Board bench helps you handle more weight and adapt your nervous system even if your weakness if off the chest in bench.

    I think more straps up pulling might be just what I need (and I rarely do it), usually just get in the briefs and pull unless a meet is near.

    So, tell me if an outline like this sounds good to you....

    On my ME Days...
    alternate weeks of ME squat or ME pull movement - the DL's will alternate between blocks and rev bands while making an effort to get in the suit straps up more on both.
    As a secondary exercise on days that do a ME squat I can do a RE Deficit DL, SLDL, or other conventional DLing, since I have seen conventional pulling helping my sumo. Then the days I ME pull sumo my secondary exercise can be some RE squat work.

    On DE Days...
    Do my Box Squats followed by speed pulls working into gear; switching between bands, chains, and straight weight.

    Does that outline seem reasonable with whre my issues are?
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    Huge pulling as always Nick, great work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by john o View Post
    Onwards and upwards! Very impressive pulling Nick.
    Thank you John!!

    Truly hope everything is healing up for you brother!!

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    Last edited by NickAus; 03-10-2011 at 02:44 PM.
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    Thank you Tank, Traps (Coke), Kiff and Garage Lifter...........awesome support...I appreciate it more than you know training alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinMcK View Post
    I cant see the damn vids.....aarrrgh. Will catch them later!!

    TRX gang, lmao!!

    What happened to that dude Athos? Saw he was banned.
    Thank you!!

    Yeah they kicked me out.......you can actually hear Her say "unfortunatley we have a class here" I was keen to go for 7 plates but would have needed 5 mins rest.

    Not sure about Steve but I sure hope hes back soon.......very nice guy and great lifter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesbench View Post
    That makes a lot of sense Nick. I never really thougt about your "deadlift potential" idea, but it makes perfect sense. Much like a 2 Board bench helps you handle more weight and adapt your nervous system even if your weakness if off the chest in bench.

    I think more straps up pulling might be just what I need (and I rarely do it), usually just get in the briefs and pull unless a meet is near.

    So, tell me if an outline like this sounds good to you....

    On my ME Days...
    alternate weeks of ME squat or ME pull movement - the DL's will alternate between blocks and rev bands while making an effort to get in the suit straps up more on both.
    As a secondary exercise on days that do a ME squat I can do a RE Deficit DL, SLDL, or other conventional DLing, since I have seen conventional pulling helping my sumo. Then the days I ME pull sumo my secondary exercise can be some RE squat work.

    On DE Days...
    Do my Box Squats followed by speed pulls working into gear; switching between bands, chains, and straight weight.

    Does that outline seem reasonable with whre my issues are?

    That is very solid IMO.......infact I will copy this when I start geared squatting again (no partner now).


    I have found pulling against bands much better than reverse bands so far, not 100% sure why but I have noticed faster gains no question.

    Also I would put the suit on straps up fairly tight from where you normally put on briefs so you get plenty of work in straps up.

    Because you will be moving more weight with suit and straps you will be stressing the back and grip more so you may want to cut back a couple of sets of upperback just to balance out the work and not kill your back or you may be sluggish on speed days (you know your body better than me he he).

    For speed pulls I would try to use straps up for your work sets but not as tight.


    I think you template is about as good as they come bro!!
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    Nice work as usual Nick! That pull was fast!

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    What happened to Eddie?

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    Nice pull, big dawg!! FAAAST!!

    Who is the huge guy with the two tone peashooters standing checking you out with his skinny mochachocafrappacinomachiatta?
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    Thanks Guys!!!!!

    Love the speed work but actually that set was not a "speed set" as such.

    Eddie has no cash and is getting married so.......poor dude.

    Justin no idea what he was doing in the video lol but Ill give him the respect he actually does train hard on squats etc so maybe one day he will pack some meat on.
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