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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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    Great progress! I'll take a look at the video later to see if I can see anything.

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    A new streak. Cool. Can you hear your cords make that swooshing sound on the vid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    One arm longer...LOL
    Nice progress man!!!
    I just realized the camera is at an angle
    Last edited by StLRPh; 03-23-2010 at 11:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatorman2k6 View Post
    Great progress! I'll take a look at the video later to see if I can see anything.
    Thanks, any thing that you see would be helpful. BTW, the camera is slightly at an angle

    Quote Originally Posted by john o View Post
    A new streak. Cool. Can you hear your cords make that swooshing sound on the vid?
    I was wearing jeans today. It wasn't cold enough for cords
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    From that angle it looked pretty good - arms weren't too flared, looked like you were creating tension with your feet. maybe next bench session try a shot from the side as well to see if there is anything to notice.

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    Cycle 2 Wave 3 Squats

    Felt great this morning, had a good nights sleep, and ready to go

    KB Swings for warmups

    Squats
    185 x 5
    200 x 3 (these felt really heavy)
    225 x 2
    waited about 10 minutes and tried again
    225 x 2

    This is the video:


    CoC #1
    Right Hand x 2 reps PR (couldn't close it once a month ago)
    Left hand x 0 (still got some work to do on this one)
    Inverted close
    Right hand x 2 reps
    Left hand x 0.9 (got a tiny bit to go)

    Completely pissed about the squats. I have no idea of what's going on but it really sucks. Can't blame on anything other than gravity today

    Suggestions and comments are, as always, encouraged.
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    Again, I can't acces the vid and wish I could be of more help to you. I looked back at to th last squat session and you got 215 x 8. Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint why we have off days. You did mention that you may have been underestimating RPE's. That could be catching up to you. In my opinion though the program looks solid. Perhaps someone else has something more useful. Nice efforts nonetheless Matt. Don't forget all the progress you have made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john o View Post
    Again, I can't acces the vid and wish I could be of more help to you. I looked back at to th last squat session and you got 215 x 8. Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint why we have off days. You did mention that you may have been underestimating RPE's. That could be catching up to you. In my opinion though the program looks solid. Perhaps someone else has something more useful. Nice efforts nonetheless Matt. Don't forget all the progress you have made.
    John, I really appreciate the words of encouragement. I'm just really frustrated right now
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    Nice benching, as for the squats. One this I noticed is your knee's track inward slightly and it looks as if the weight drifts off of your heel's to the front of the foot. My advice would be to narrow your stance slightly, shove your knee's out during the entire lift, and keep the weight on your heel's. A good way to practice that would be to grab some light weight, set up and do a few reps with your toes pointed up during the lift, this will force the weight on your heel's. You can even get into a bottom squat position with just body weight and shove your knee's out with your elbows while staying upright as possible. That is a great stretch to use also while helping with the bottom position. Hope that helps ya out.

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    I don't want to sound like a jerk, but why did you stop on that set in the video? The second rep was a bit slower than the first, but it didn't look like a killer. It just looked like one of what could have been a few hard fought reps. You have the safety bars, I say on the third week go as hard as you can and if you fail a rep the bars will save you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELmx479 View Post
    Nice benching, as for the squats. One this I noticed is your knee's track inward slightly and it looks as if the weight drifts off of your heel's to the front of the foot. My advice would be to narrow your stance slightly, shove your knee's out during the entire lift, and keep the weight on your heel's. A good way to practice that would be to grab some light weight, set up and do a few reps with your toes pointed up during the lift, this will force the weight on your heel's. You can even get into a bottom squat position with just body weight and shove your knee's out with your elbows while staying upright as possible. That is a great stretch to use also while helping with the bottom position. Hope that helps ya out.
    Appreciate the tip. I've heard that before so definitely something that I need to work on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sousa View Post
    I don't want to sound like a jerk, but why did you stop on that set in the video? The second rep was a bit slower than the first, but it didn't look like a killer. It just looked like one of what could have been a few hard fought reps. You have the safety bars, I say on the third week go as hard as you can and if you fail a rep the bars will save you.
    Paul, don't sound like a jerk at all. That was my second set of two and for some reason I thought it would be easier Once I watched the video the first thing that came to my mind is that I probably had another rep or two left. Hard to judge when you're actually doing it and when you're going solo no one is there to tell you to do another rep.
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    Nice job on the bench PR and with that wingspan of yours, it's even more impressive! I really respect your attitude with asking for suggestions and comments on your videos.... not many people want to hear constructive criticism, but if you ask me, it's the attitude of a winner.... no one ever got better by ignoring their weaknesses. I'm not pretending to be an expert, so take it for what it's worth... on your bench the main thing I noticed was that it doesn't appear you get much leg drive, my guess is that you probably can bench even more than you are if you can learn to utilize that in conjunction with a big arch. On your squat, it's a tough angle, but what I noticed was that your knees still kind of travel over the feet, could be pushed out to the sides more. Also arch your back hard, chest up, looks like you kind of lean over, but that could be the camera angle or maybe just need more lower back work. Otherwise I think you are on the right track, it looks like you got some good power coming out of the hole which is a great thing. You're looking better and better every week and personally I'm thinking you're going to smoke that 1000 total sooner than you think. Keep up the great work!

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    Good work bud! I think you had another rep or 2 in you, but like you said, you don't have someone there pushing you. I wouldn't get too caught up with the reps though. You are making great progress and just be sure to do what the guys have already pointed out.

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    Solid lifting, congrats on the bench PR.

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    You probably saw the thread on how to increase your bench arch in the powerlifting section. Just thought I'd let you know. I know I need work on it.

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    Squats weren't bad at all, just make yourself more comfortable with the movement...could have gone for another rep or two with that set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john o View Post
    You probably saw the thread on how to increase your bench arch in the powerlifting section. Just thought I'd let you know. I know I need work on it.
    I haven't actually. I'll have to look for it now. thanks for the tip
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athos View Post
    Nice job on the bench PR and with that wingspan of yours, it's even more impressive! I really respect your attitude with asking for suggestions and comments on your videos.... not many people want to hear constructive criticism, but if you ask me, it's the attitude of a winner.... no one ever got better by ignoring their weaknesses. I'm not pretending to be an expert, so take it for what it's worth... on your bench the main thing I noticed was that it doesn't appear you get much leg drive, my guess is that you probably can bench even more than you are if you can learn to utilize that in conjunction with a big arch. On your squat, it's a tough angle, but what I noticed was that your knees still kind of travel over the feet, could be pushed out to the sides more. Also arch your back hard, chest up, looks like you kind of lean over, but that could be the camera angle or maybe just need more lower back work. Otherwise I think you are on the right track, it looks like you got some good power coming out of the hole which is a great thing. You're looking better and better every week and personally I'm thinking you're going to smoke that 1000 total sooner than you think. Keep up the great work!
    Thanks for the encouragement and tips

    Quote Originally Posted by gatorman2k6 View Post
    Good work bud! I think you had another rep or 2 in you, but like you said, you don't have someone there pushing you. I wouldn't get too caught up with the reps though. You are making great progress and just be sure to do what the guys have already pointed out.
    Gracias

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    Solid lifting, congrats on the bench PR.
    Thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Squats weren't bad at all, just make yourself more comfortable with the movement...could have gone for another rep or two with that set.
    Thanks and you're probably right

    I've said it before but I'll say it again. Thanks to everyone feedback and support mean a lot. A couple days off and then I'll start my deload and come back strong(er)
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    DELOAD!?!?!?!?! A DELOAD!?

    Good idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by KoSh View Post
    DELOAD!?!?!?!?! A DELOAD!?
    Good idea


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    Strong work, StLRPh!
    Thanks Phil
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    Cycle 2 Deload

    OH Press
    65 x 5 reps x 3 sets

    Sumo Deadlift
    165 x 5 reps x 3 sets

    Leg Raises
    15 x 2 sets

    Crunches w/ just my butt on the bench
    10

    Bodyweight Lunges
    10 reps x 3 sets for each leg

    Power Cleans
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    just to get my heart rate up a little

    Nothing exciting, just a deload. Looking forward to getting back to it later this week.
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    Deloads aren't suppossed to be exciting, but they are part of the program. Spice it up a little for us. How about a lunge video? In all seriousness, I hope this cycle you make some more gains. You started the deload frustrated and a week off can seem a whole lot longer I suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john o View Post
    Deloads aren't suppossed to be exciting, but they are part of the program. Spice it up a little for us. How about a lunge video? In all seriousness, I hope this cycle you make some more gains. You started the deload frustrated and a week off can seem a whole lot longer I suspect.
    Definitely itching to get back . It's crossed my mind about a hundred times to cut the deload a little short and just get back in there.

    I'll think of something excited to tape on my next deload day. Maybe grippers???
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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    Definitely itching to get back . It's crossed my mind about a hundred times to cut the deload a little short and just get back in there.

    I'll think of something excited to tape on my next deload day. Maybe grippers???
    I figured as much, but didn't want to be your mother. Grippers would be even better than the lunges.

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