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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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    Nov 2009
    Northern California

    Competition training (First)

    Hi...I started going to a gym last year to increase my cardio endurance, take yoga classes and do some weight lifting for bone strength. I decided to work with a trainer to learn how to lift weights. He is a former WABDL champ and wasn't afraid to let me try free weights and eventually power lifts. I was hooked when I saw my strength start increasing and how my body began to look. I am leaner and tighter and have some great muscle definition but not masculine at all. I also have so much more energy and absolutely great will power to eat well to maintain what I worked hard for. Just what I wanted! The thing I didn't expect was how addictive the challenge of lifting heavier would be. I love trying something difficult or working up to a goal and I always leave the gym feeling mentally better than when I went in.

    For the past 4-5 months I've been slowly working on my own at increasing my deadlift, squat and bench, but didn't have a real goal or hard core program. I'd check in with my trainer now and then but hadn't deadlifted with him for some time. Then a few weeks ago I scheduled a session and asked him to work with me at deads. When he saw what I could lift on my own ( 185lb) he suggested I start training for a local competition in March. At first I laughed, then thought about it and figured the disipline and challenge will be good for me.
    So, I asked him to tweek my regular workout to focus on training for the deadlift and I have started.
    I'm 5'4" and 118 lbs

    Here is what I was/still am doing (not all on same day):

    Cardio: tabata intervals and 20 min run
    squats:8 reps 4-6 sets
    bench: 6-8 reps 3-4 sets (depends on if I have a spotter)
    deadlifts: 8-10 reps 6 sets
    hammer curls ( I have a sore elbow and hammers don't bother it)
    bent rows
    pullups (assisted)
    pull down cable/lat pulls
    calf raises
    good mornings
    lunges with barbell
    yoga for flex

    Here is the deadlift training routine:
    (squats different day than lifts)
    deadlifts: lower weight with more reps up to higher weight, fewer reps for 6 sets total
    romanian deadlifts:same as above
    boxsquats: same as above
    hammer calf raises
    roman chair lower back extensions
    bench press and other stuff from my old routine mixed in

    So...I'm going to keep a log here to help with motivation. I will list all the weight another post so I can track my progress.......
    Last edited by chico; 11-21-2009 at 02:35 PM.

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