The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    Starting fresh - Boring but big

    Starting a new journal with 5/3/1. Took a long look at my routine and decided to try 5/3/1 BBB. I just can't do a routine that doesn't allow me to squat/dead/bench/OHP, and wendler bases this entire program around those lifts... my kind of guy

    So, without further ado, today was day1 of BBB.

    Stats:
    5'9"
    199 lbs
    34" waist

    Maxes used for BBB: (being conservative, I dropped about 15% off my maxes for the routine)
    Bench: 190
    Squat: 275
    Dead: 355
    Overhead Press: 115

    Day 1
    Mo - 1/17/2011

    Overhead Press
    5x50
    5x60
    5x70 (should have been 3 reps... messed it up already..)
    5x90
    5x95
    9x100

    5x10 @ 65lbs (push pressed last rep of set 3, last 2 reps of set 4 and 5)

    Dips
    5x10 @ BW (3rd set only got 9 reps, 4th set 8 reps, 5th set 7 reps)

    Chins
    1x3 BW
    3x2 BW

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    Weight this morning : 197lbs

    Day 2
    Tu - 1/18/2011

    Deadlift
    5x145
    5x180
    3x215
    5x270
    5x285
    8x305

    5x10 @ 180 lbs

    Leg Raises
    5x10 @ BW

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    What are your goals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Behemoth View Post
    What are your goals?
    Short(ish) term goals are to bench 250+, deadlift 450+, squat 350+ and OHP 155+. Long term is bench 300+, dead 500+ and squat 400+, long term not worried about my OHP because if I can get my main lifts where I want them, I'm sure I'll be satisfied with my OHP

    My main goal is strength, and eventually I'd love to compete but only to keep my drive and have a bigger reason to lift other than I love to do it.

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    Weight: 196

    Day 3
    Th - 1/20/2011

    Bench Press
    5x80
    5x95
    4x115
    5x145
    5x155
    8x165

    5x10 @ 95 lbs

    Chins
    1x5 @ BW
    2x3 @ BW
    2x2 @ BW

    Grip work
    5 sets of static holds for 10 seconds each - 225 lbs - barbell (double overhand)
    5 sets of static holds for 20 seconds each - holding 45lb plate in each hand

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    Weight: 198

    Day 4
    Fr - 1/21/2011

    Squat
    5x110
    5x140
    3x165
    5x210
    5x220
    10x235

    5x10 @ 140 lbs

    Leg Raises
    5x10 @ BW

    Barbell Curls
    8x55
    8x65
    8x75
    8x85

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    Wow we started BBB at the same time with almost the same stats, I'll be keeping up with your progress! BTW, gotta have strength goals but also have to build the muscle mass to get to them. If your waist is 34" at 200lbs I'd say you're around 12-15%. Why not set some body composition goals too, say gain 10lbs of lean mass on the way to your short term goals? Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat_Head View Post
    Wow we started BBB at the same time with almost the same stats, I'll be keeping up with your progress! BTW, gotta have strength goals but also have to build the muscle mass to get to them. If your waist is 34" at 200lbs I'd say you're around 12-15%. Why not set some body composition goals too, say gain 10lbs of lean mass on the way to your short term goals? Just a thought.
    Haha that's crazy, it's a small world I'm thinking I'm more around 18%ish BF so I'm really trying to recomp and ditch fat and gain muscle without cut/bulk over and over. So far it's been a long journey but I think i've been making pretty good progress. I started out about 5 lbs lighter than I was and max at around 225 on bench where when I started my max was about 130. My end goal for body comp is 10% bf @ 220lbs. It's gonna be a long road but I'm ready to take it I'll definitely be keepin an eye on your journal also... that way if I see you shooting past me I'll have some inspiration

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    Weight: 199

    Day 5
    Mo - 1/24/2011

    Overhead Press
    5x50
    5x60
    3x70
    3x95
    3x100
    10x105

    5x10 @ 60 lbs

    Dips
    2x10 BW
    1x9 BW
    1x8 BW
    1x6 BW

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    Day 6
    Tu - 1/25/2011

    Deadlift
    5x145
    5x180
    3x215
    3x285
    3x305
    8x320

    5x10 @ 180 lbs

    Hanging Leg Raises
    5x10 @ BW

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    Weight: 196
    Day 7

    Th - 1/27/2011

    Bench Press
    5x80
    5x95
    3x115
    3x155
    3x165
    5x175

    5x10 @ 95 lbs

    Chin ups
    1x4 BW
    3x3 BW
    2x2 BW


    Quick announcement... I quit smoking yesterday. This is day 2 of being a non-smoker once again. As of 1/26/2011 I no longer smoke. Wish me luck, but I don't think I'll need it

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    Nice workouts split, 320x8 on deads, not bad at all! Congrats on quitting smoking
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat_Head View Post
    Nice workouts split, 320x8 on deads, not bad at all! Congrats on quitting smoking
    Hey Meat and thanks I think I give deads the most effort because they're my favorite lift haha. And thanks on the smoking, it's hounded me for a long time and tuesday night I decided I have had enough. How can I continue to be serious about lifting while I pump my lungs full of nicotine.... it just didn't make sense... but quitting did. I'm just glad that this time I've really made up my mind.

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    Strong deads
    accuflex - LOLZZZZ!!!11one1!! SOEM PPL WORK THRE ARMZ!!!!11!! LETS KILL THEM111

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    Thanks Behemoth

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    Day 8

    Fr - 1/28/2011

    Squat
    5x110
    5x140
    3x165
    3x220
    3x235
    9x250

    5x10 @ 140 lbs

    Hanging leg raises
    5x10 @ BW

    Barbell Curls
    8x45
    8x65
    8x85
    8x95

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    Day 9

    Mo - 1/31/2011

    Overhead Press
    5x50
    5x60
    3x70
    5x90
    3x100
    10x110

    5x10 @ 60 lbs

    Dips
    2x10 BW
    1x9 BW
    2x6 BW

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    Day 10

    Tu - 2/1/2011

    Deadlift
    5x145
    5x180
    3x215
    5x270
    3x305
    6x340

    5x10 @ 180 lbs

    Hanging Leg Raises
    5x10 @ BW

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    Day 11

    Th - 2/3/2011

    Bench Press
    5x80
    5x95
    3x115
    5x145
    3x165
    5x185

    5x10 @ 95 lbs

    Chin ups
    1x5 BW
    1x4 BW
    3x3 BW
    1x2 BW

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    Day 12

    Fr - 2/4/2011

    Squat
    3x45
    5x110
    5x140
    3x165
    5x210
    3x235
    9x265 - REALLY happy with this set. I was really focused and just nailed it.

    5x10 @ 140 lbs

    Hanging Leg Raises
    5x10 @ BW

    Barbell Curls
    8x45
    8x65
    8x85
    8x95

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    Day 13

    Mo - 2/7/2011

    Deload Week

    Overhead Press
    5x50
    5x60
    3x70
    5x70
    5x75
    5x85

    5x10 @ 60 lbs

    Dips
    4x10 @ BW
    1x6 @ BW

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    Hey dude. Looks like we both started new programs at about the same time. 5/3/1 is probably my next routine once I wear out my newb gains on my current 5x5 program. Your lifts are looking strong, seems like your best lift is DL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killxswitch View Post
    Hey dude. Looks like we both started new programs at about the same time. 5/3/1 is probably my next routine once I wear out my newb gains on my current 5x5 program. Your lifts are looking strong, seems like your best lift is DL.
    Hey thanks for the kind words. So far I'm really liking 5/3/1 even though deadlift day makes you feel like a total bitch.

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    Day 14

    Tu - 2/8/2011

    Deload Week

    Deadlift
    5x145
    5x180
    3x215
    5x215
    5x235
    5x250

    5x10 @ 180 lbs

    Hanging Leg Raises
    5x10 @ BW
    Last edited by SplitQuick; 02-08-2011 at 12:43 PM.

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    Day 15

    Th - 2/10/2011

    Deload Week

    Bench Press
    5x45
    5x80
    5x95
    3x115
    5x115
    5x125
    5x135

    5x10@ 95 lbs

    Chin ups
    1x5 BW
    1x4 BW
    3x3 BW

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