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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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    Beached Whale Chronicles

    Hi everyone,

    I started this journal on a bunch of other boards but I'm stopping most of them from now on.

    I haven't posted on this board in forever and I think it's time I come back..I've always liked the feel of this board so I'm setting up shop here

    I started this year weighing 215 lbs @ 5'7. Needless to say, I was fat. I am now down to 185-190 lbs.

    I'm 21 years old and a Senior at Trinity University majoring in Finance and Economics with a huge amount of elective classes in History. If the money paid well, I'd love to be a History major.

    I have been training for 5 years now (6 in March 2010) and I spent the first few doing stupid things. I then suffered a series of shoulder and lower back injuries for a good year and a half almost.

    I then got introduced to the wonderful ideas of shoulder stability, hip mobility, etc by Eric Cressey and Eric Troy.

    I am a strength trainee of sorts...I'm not a powerlifter so I don't focus as much on the big three as some of you guys.

    I dabble in Overhead Squats, Pistol Squats, Deadlifts, Military Press, etc...

    I don't follow "routines". I train.

    I follow templates and the exercises are rotated every 4 weeks. Each block of 4 weeks is one Mesocycle. I am currently on Week 2 of my 15th Mesocycle.

    I'm going to post the last 2 weeks' workouts just to keep this fresh with Mesocycle 15.

    Thanks for reading everyone and it's great to be here

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    I would actually like to post my workouts but I record videos with every workout and I need to have a post count of 10 or more to add links. So I am going to go ahead and subscribe to a few interesting journals (which got me to this site to begin with) and then hopefully I will have the ability to post my workouts here

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    I still need 5 more posts before I can post my actual training.

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    Welcome back. Thanks for checking out my journal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famous636 View Post
    Welcome back. Thanks for checking out my journal.
    You're very welcome, mate.

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 15 - Week 4

    Deadlift Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    I have had a very relaxing week. Next week exams begin and all hell will boil over.

    It's also bitterly cold here in San Antonio. It's been in the low 40s all week and I hate this weather. One of the reasons why I chose Trinity University was so I could enjoy the warm weather.

    I know this workout is the first one for this journal and I dunno if anyone is following me, but if you want to check out any of my previous workouts over the last year, check out my blog: Beached Whale Chronicles

    I am currently doing a short 3 week Singles cycle using the article posted on Ground Up Strength called The Singles Scene by Eric Troy and Joe Weir.

    If any of y'all have any questions about my training or anything, feel free to ask. I am here to learn, share and grow in all ways!

    Workout:

    Deadlifts:
    415 lbs x 1 rep (91%)
    435 lbs x 1 rep (96%)
    455 lbs x 1 rep (100%)
    455 lbs x 1 rep (100%)
    425 lbs x 1 rep (93%)
    I got 1 more rep than last week with 455 and I think my form improved as well. I am looking forward to next week when I am supposed to do 9 singles again.

    Weird Ab Exercise:
    BW x 5 reps x 3 sets

    Ab Roller:
    BW x 10 reps x 3 sets

    Videos:

    Deadlifts and Core Training:
    Video

    Overall Impression:

    I hope everyone's having a good week! Thanks for reading.

    The weather forecast says tomorrow is gonna be snow day. *shiver*
    Last edited by Andalite; 12-04-2009 at 12:13 AM.

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    haha, now I get why you like our videos. We have some business/finance majors (one was dual major with history) and a bunch of engineers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusWild View Post
    haha, now I get why you like our videos. We have some business/finance majors (one was dual major with history) and a bunch of engineers.
    hahaha....You guys have some great insight into lifting. Y'all should discuss more about hip mobility and static core training so the Rippetoe-Nazis learn something.

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    I'm going to check out your journal too. Love the name of it!
    Titanium Enhanced.
    Lean Mean Machine in progress!
    Go hard or go home!

    GoodyGirl's Lean Mean Machine Journal

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodyGirl View Post
    I'm going to check out your journal too. Love the name of it!
    Hahaha...great to have you here, ma'am

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 15 - Week 4

    Press Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    This is yesterday's workout.

    Workout:

    Crazy Plate Bench Press:
    185 lbs x 3 reps x 2 sets
    205 lbs x 2 reps
    210 lbs x 1 rep
    215 lbs x 1 rep
    185 lbs x 5 reps
    My friend Paul managed to hit 300 on this. We had the 25 lbs plate suspended from the Blue bands.

    Dumbbell Rows:
    120 lbs x 4 reps x 2 sets
    120 lbs x 6 reps x 2 sets

    High Cable Rows:
    160 lbs x 10 reps x 3 sets

    Banded Shrugs:
    Blue x 15 reps x 3 sets

    Cable Wood Chops:
    32.5 lbs x 12 reps
    37.5 lbs x 12 reps
    42.5 lbs x 12 reps

    Videos:

    Crazy Plate Bench Press:
    Video


    My boy Paul hitting 300x1:
    Video

    Overall Impression:

    Gonna take today off and then hit Squats on Sunday and Pistols and Monday.. Exams start from next week so I need to put my nose to the grindstone now.

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 15 - Week 4

    Squat Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    This is last night's workout. I have such a love-hate relationship with the Front Squat. I love FS and it hates me

    Workout:

    Front Squats:
    255 lbs x 2 reps
    275 lbs x 1 rep
    285 lbs x 1 rep
    295 lbs x FAIL
    295 lbs x 1 rep
    Oh man....This destroyed me. The bar rolled forward in 295 on the ascent and I had to dump it. I got the weight on my second attempt though.

    Front Squat Cluster Sets:
    (225 lbs x 1 rep x 4 minisets) x 1 set
    (225 lbs x 2 reps x 4 minisets) x 1 set
    Did 2 sets here. Tired the **** outta me. If anyone is wondering: you do clusters by choosing a weight, doing some reps, resting for 20 seconds, doing some more reps, rest for 20 seconds and then do some more reps, etc. I have these two sets on video but I warn you that they are VERY boring because of all the waiting around I did.

    Cable Pull-throughs:
    90 lbs x 10 reps x 3 sets

    Farmers Walks:
    110 lbs x 2 trips x 3 sets

    Jackknife Pikes on a Swiss Ball:
    BW x 7 reps x 2 sets

    Videos:

    Front Squats, Cluster Sets, Pull-throughs, Farmers Walks and Jackknife Pikes on a Swiss Ball. WARNING: VERY LONG!:
    Video

    Overall Impression:

    The workout was pretty decent. I am happy with 295 on the Front Squats. The Cluster Sets were really difficult (mentally) to go through.

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    Way to stick with it after a failed attempt.

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    Thanks, dude.

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 15 - Week 4

    Pistol Squat Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    Went in on Tuesday again....

    Workout:

    Pistol Squats:
    7 + 7 + 7 = 21 reps
    My form went to complete **** come the 3rd set. I was pretty pissed off about this.

    Pull-ups:
    BW x 3 reps x 3 sets
    BW + 20 lbs x 3 reps
    BW + 35 lbs x 3 reps
    BW + 50 lbs x 2 reps x 2 sets
    BW + 40 lbs x 1 rep
    Total Reps = 20
    Decent session.

    Banded Bench Press:
    Orange short band x 10 reps x 2 sets
    A friend of mine bought these bands so I thought I'd be the first to break them in

    Renegade Rows:
    50 lbs x 7 reps x 3 sets

    Alternating 1 Arm 1 Leg Front Planks:
    BW x 60 seconds x 3 sets
    I got this one video.

    Videos:

    Pistol Squats, Pull-ups and Core Training:
    Video

    Overall Impression:

    I hope everyone's having a good week. Thanks for reading!

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 16 - Week 1

    Deadlift Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    I went in last night got this workout in....I have finals going on this week and the next and I had just consumed 4 scoops of protein and 2 chicken breasts over the course of the whole day before I hit this workout.

    Workout:

    Deadlifts:
    415 lbs x 1 rep (91%)
    435 lbs x 1 rep (96%)
    455 lbs x 1 rep (100%)
    455 lbs x 1 rep (100%)
    425 lbs x 2 reps (93%)
    I was supposed to get in 9 Singles but I slept in such a weird position my upper trap was hurting and in extreme pain and my form went to ****....I applied some tiger balm at night but it's still hurting today though the pain has subsided considerably.

    Weird Ab Exercise:
    BW x 6 reps x 3 sets

    Pallof Press:
    32.5 lbs x 12 reps
    37.5 lbs x 12 reps
    42.5 lbs x 12 reps
    47.5 lbs x 12 reps

    Videos:

    Deadlifts and Core Training:
    Video

    Overall Impression:

    My diet has gone to **** recently but I am making changes. And I hope my trap heals up. I hate it when I get these tweaks...and I got it while sleeping!

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 16 - Week 1

    Press Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    This is Friday's workout. Tonight I'm gonna go do Squats...

    Workout:

    Military Press:
    175 lbs x 1 rep (95%)
    185 lbs x 1 rep (100%)
    185 lbs x 1 rep (100%)
    175 lbs x 2 reps (95%)
    155 lbs x 5 reps (83%)
    I weighed in at 190 lbs that morning. I am pretty pleased with this workout. The Press was definitely hard and 185 was a bit of a grinder but I think all this cross-training of bench and dips have definitely helped me.

    Dumbbell Rows:
    120 lbs x 3 reps x 3 sets
    My calluses were hurting a lot after Deadlifts on Thursday and I've ripped some flesh off my palms. So it was very painful to do this exercise which is why I cut it a bit short. I need to figure out what to do about this problem I have with my calluses.

    Wide Grip Pull-ups:
    BW x 5 reps x 5 sets

    Cable Rows:
    170 lbs x 10 reps x 3 sets

    Lat Pulldown Crunches:
    80 lbs x 10 reps x 2 sets

    Videos:

    My Military Presses:
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    My boy Conner Wilson hit a 715 Box Squat @ 18 years of age:
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    Overall Impression:

    I'm done with 2 finals and I have 2 left: Wednesday and Thursday. After that I am a free bird lol...

    I hope everyone's having a good weekend.

    I went and saw Invictus last night. What an awesome movie. "I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul."

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 16 - Week 1

    Squat Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    I am going to be starting the 4 squat workout this Mesocycle. I dunno how long I will run it but I am going to gradually get into it. This session involved only 3 squat variations but come next week I will add in the 4th variant.

    Workout:

    Overhead Squats:
    135 lbs x 3 reps
    145 lbs x 3 reps
    155 lbs x 3 reps
    175 lbs x FAIL
    I am just getting back to doing this exercise. It wreaks havoc on my shoulders and whenever I start doing this exercise after a big layoff (in this case a month or two), I need to relearn it in terms of hand placement. As you can see in the video, my sets with 135 and 145 lbs were kinda shoddy but my form was spot on with 155. Thats because through trial and error I finally found the sweet spot for my grip on the bar come 155 lbs. Too bad I lost it and failed at 175 though.

    Front Squats:
    225 lbs x 5 reps
    255 lbs x 3 reps
    275 lbs x FAIL
    275 lbs x 1, FAIL
    I am in a dilemma about this exercise. I tried using the clean grip with wrist straps (coz I lack wrist flexibility) but it feels extremely unstable on my shoulders. With all my shoulder injuries, this grip makes me feel like I am ripping my shoulders out and I don't know how to hold the bar in place. If I use that gay ass cross grip, I end up making the bar roll forwards as what happened with 275 lbs. Also, the safety bars distract me for some reason because they make me want to touch them on every rep. I've spent so much time doing Anderson Front Squats that regular front squats baffle me at times!

    Back Squats:
    275 lbs x 5 reps
    305 lbs x 3 reps
    335 lbs x 1 rep

    Farmers Walks:
    110 lbs x 2 trips x 3 sets
    120 lbs x 2 trips
    Finally moved up to the heaviest dumbbells in my gym (which isn't saying much).

    Pallof Press:
    37.5 lbs x 12 reps
    42.5 lbs x 12 reps
    47.5 lbs x 12 reps

    Videos:

    Overhead Squats, Front Squats, Back Squats and Farmers Walks:
    Video


    Also, here is my boy Paul who doesn't believe in Pre workout nutrition who almost got killed doing Full Clean and Presses with 205 lbs:
    Video

    Overall Impression:

    Decent workout...Time to get back to studying. Tomorrow is going to be Pistol Squat Day.

    I hope everyone had a fun weekend! Thanks for reading!

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 16 - Week 1

    Pistol Squat Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    This is last night's workout...

    Workout:

    Pistol Squats:
    7 + 4 = 11 reps
    Decided to cut this short today. I wasn't feeling it and my legs were too sore for me to control my form properly.

    Pull-ups:
    (BW + 20 lbs x 2 reps x 5 minisets) x 3 sets
    Total Reps = 30
    Decided to do a cluster set for this today. I got all 3 sets on video...

    Dumbbell Rows:
    120 lbs x 4 reps
    120 lbs x 2 reps x 3 sets
    I absolutely hate it when my calluses hurt like this. It makes lifting VERY hard.

    Unilateral Lat Pulldowns:
    60 lbs x 8 reps x 3 sets

    Lying Dragon Flags:
    BW x 7 reps x 3 sets.

    Videos:

    Pistol Squats & Pull-ups:
    Video

    Overall Impression:

    Nothing special to think about. I need my calluses to heal because they're beginning to really piss me off!

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 16 - Week 2

    Deadlift Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    I am finally done with exams. I leave for my hometown Bombay, India come Saturday afternoon. I am not looking forward to spending 20 hours on a freaking plane....I will workout tomorrow (Friday) and then I'll be gone for 2 days that it takes to travel to India. Then once I am home I'll be back online as regularly as always.

    Workout:

    Deadlifts:
    415 lbs x 3 reps
    455 lbs x 1 rep
    475 lbs x 1 rep
    455 lbs x 1 rep
    I was supposed to do 3 singles. This is the last week of the Singles Training. Next week I begin clusters.

    Videos:

    Deadlifts:
    Video

    Overall Impression:

    Diet has been super-gay during these exam weeks. I think I've gained 5 pounds just from eating tacos every night.

    One of the cuisines which I really miss when I am home in Bombay is Mexican food. Otherwise, I'm all set to go

    I hope everyone's had a good week. Friday is almost here and so is the weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andalite View Post
    I need my calluses to heal because they're beginning to really piss me off!
    Do you pick them before they get to bad. Might sound weird lol but I pick mine and haven't had any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famous636 View Post
    Do you pick them before they get to bad. Might sound weird lol but I pick mine and haven't had any issues.
    No..I am going to start doing that. I'm gonna "shave" my calluses...apparently there's this little pink soap-like object which helps you shave them off so I'll be doing that from now on

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 16 - Week 2

    Press Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    This is yesterday's workout. I leave for Bombay in 20 minutes so I'm gonna me this quick...

    Workout:

    Incline Close Grip Crazy Bell Bench Press:
    155 lbs x 5 reps
    175 lbs x 3 reps
    195 lbs x 2 reps
    215 lbs x FAIL
    185 lbs x 2 reps
    This was super hard lol...

    Dumbbell Rows:
    120 lbs x 3 reps x 5 sets

    Pull-ups:
    BW x 8 reps x 3 sets
    Definitely a PR...

    Cable Rows:
    170 lbs x 10 reps x 3 sets

    Weird Ab Exercise:
    80 lbs x 6 reps x 3 sets

    Videos:

    Press, Rows and Abs:
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    Overall Impression:

    Time to go...

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    Mesocycle 16 - Week 2

    Squat Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    So I arrived at 5 am today. I slept a lot on the plane...

    Workout:

    Overhead Squats:
    135 lbs x 5 reps
    145 lbs x 5 reps
    155 lbs x 4 reps, FAIL on 5th

    Front Squats:
    225 lbs x 5 reps
    255 lbs x 4 reps
    265 lbs x 3 reps
    Tried to focus on form.

    Back Squats:
    295 lbs x 5 reps
    315 lbs x 5 reps
    345 lbs x 1 rep
    365 lbs x FAIL because spotter helped my wrists
    My goal next week is to get 315x5. That would be AWESOME!

    Barbell Static Holds for Grip Work:
    295 lbs x 10 seconds Over/Over Grip
    205 lbs x 15 seconds x 3 sets Hook Grip

    Weird Ab Exercise:
    This exercise is damn hard to do on a Smith Machine. I just did some static holds.

    Videos:

    Overhead Squats, Front Squats and Back Squats:
    Video

    Overall Impression:

    I had a Pizza today. First time in 4 months. My replacement for Tacos I guess....

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    Fall 2009 Training
    Mesocycle 16 - Week 2

    Pistol Squat Day

    Beginning Thoughts:

    Eating too much ****....I might end up putting on a lot of fat if I'm not careful or if I haven't already. I had a Pizza for the first time in 4 months and I followed that with 2 burgers and a ****load of coke. Awesome.

    Workout:

    Pistol Squats:
    3 + 3 + 3 + = 12 reps
    MUCH better form than last week.

    Pull-ups:
    (BW + 20 lbs x 2 reps x 5 minisets) x 4 sets
    Total Reps = 40
    This destroyed me. I wasn't gonna do my 4th set but I decided to anyway. I got Cluster Set #4 on record.

    Pallof Press:
    17.5 kgs x 12 reps
    20.0 kgs x 12 reps
    22.5 kgs x 12 reps
    25.0 kgs x 12 reps

    Videos:

    Pistol Squats & Pull-ups:
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    Overall Impression:

    I'm gonna eat better tomorrow.

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