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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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    When I squat, I use a foam archery target with a couple of 2x4s under it. I've also used a low stool, a low bench, and an off road tire. I just tried a bunch of different things until I found something sturdy at around 14" high.
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    Got Vulcan squat racks (with dip attachment), pillars of power, Pendlay econ bar and 210lbs of bumpers for $600 a month ago. Everything else I pieced together randomly.

    2/18/10
    Cycle 1 Wave 2 OH Press

    OH Press (sleeves)
    75 x 3
    85 x 3
    95 x 12 (PR)
    65 x 10 reps x 5 sets (RPE - 10 for last set

    Standing French Press using the straight bar (sleeves)
    45 x 10 reps RPE-9
    45 x 10 reps RPE-10
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    Good job with the PR!

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    Props for putting together your garage gym that way, it's not too hard to envy it all, lol.

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    Making good progress with the program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athos View Post
    Good job with the PR!
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    Props for putting together your garage gym that way, it's not too hard to envy it all, lol.
    I still envy those of you that have workout in heated rooms that don't smell like mildew
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    Making good progress with the program.
    I think I'm really going to enjoy the program. The variation in rep schemes is a good way to fight training ADD and their are a lot of ways to track PRs so you're always motivated.
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    Wow you are just like me when I started 2 years ago...except you have the info from this forum. You will gain weight in no time... I didnt have any info and didnt realize you had to eat to gain weight...was a real noob. Bought some maximus and slammed it down my throat every night and gained like 10 pounds in 2 months from 200 to 210. Dont get discouraged if your bench/press take forever to go up. They are tough to move up for anyone, much less someone with long ass arms like you. Took me about a year to go from 185 to 225...hopefully you can get it sooner.

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    Solid lifting man, keep it up.

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    Thanks everyone. Feeling good and motivated.

    2/19/10

    Cycle 1 Wave 2 Deadifts

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    145 x 10
    195 x 3 (belt)
    220 x 3 (belt)
    250 x 7 (belt) PR est. max 308 (PR)
    145 x 10 reps x 4 sets (belt)

    It took me about 5 minutes to get enough energy after the all set to finish up on my accessory work. I've pretty much decided that I'm completely worthless after deadlifting. So expecting to do ab work also is probably setting myself up for failure. Gotta figure it out.

    On a completely unrelated matter my bench got here today and it's awesome! It's red so I know that'll increase my bench by at least 10lbs and then maybe I can grow a 'stache and get another 10lb. Then I'll be at my goal
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    Bow chic-e wow wow.

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    Nice Deads. I've felt like you, not wanting to do anything after my deads. I will sometimes just go relax for an hour or so and then go back and bust out my sit-ups later. Congrats on the PR.
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    Great news about the new bench...fine deads man.

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    Deadlifts look solid, excellent work. Glad to hear your bench is in, that's got to feel great. Here's to another week of cold garage workouts, I'm feeling your pain - but spring will be here before we know it.

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    Great job with the deads, bud. I feel just like you after heavy squats or deads. Basically worthless. It's part of the reason that I like programming centered around big, heavy movements with much less of a focus on a bunch of accessory work. I'd rather put all my energy into the big lifts and make progress there. For me it's pretty hard to do much after I've given my all on a big movement.

    Very awesome that you are setting up your own gym. I wish I could do that. Maybe one day!

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    Thanks for the feedback and support

    Cycle 1 Wave 2 Bench Press

    Bench Press (sleeves)
    95 x 10
    130 x 3
    145 x 3
    165 x 9 (PR) Estimated Max: 216 (PR +10lb)
    95 x 10 reps x 4 sets (RPE on last set was 8.5)

    Barbell Rows Supinated Grip
    105 x 10 reps x 5 sets (RPE-7 on last set)

    I am living the dream. I started working from home Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays today and for my lunch break I walked to the Garage did my workout and got a solid bench workout in.

    BTW, I knew the red bench was good for at least 10lbs

    Now to sit on my ass and clean out my fridge
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    Laughing at the red bench...nice job Garage Gorilla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Laughing at the red bench...nice job Garage Gorilla.
    Thanks. Got my Convicts in the mail about 15 minutes ago and I squat tomorrow. Pretty excited to see what happens. I use EFS Heavy Knee wraps right now so hopefully they won't be too much. Never know unless you try...
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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    I am living the dream. I started working from home Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays today and for my lunch break I walked to the Garage did my workout and got a solid bench workout in.
    Doesn't get any better than that, lol.

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    Man you are living the dream - working from home would be perfect... mid-day workouts, etc. Nice! Good session and I like the use of the RPEs a lot! Also, definitely post up your thoughts on the convicts after you use them, I got a pair last month, but I haven't tried them yet... but wow do they feel like they would get some serious rebound!

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    Red? Like the 300 Spartans at Hells Gates?

    I like it.
    "Donít fall for the crap that people are peddling on message boards, in magazines or on TV. Get your **** in order, and get your training in order. Start kicking ass, and take out the crap that doesnít matter. Start doing and believing in the stuff that works, and do it today and forever. You want science and studies? **** you. Iíve got scars and blood and vomit."
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    A few changes today.

    For one I started to squat to a 3 gallon paint can. I eyeballed it and said that's probably about parallel. I measured it AFTER my session and its only 15" off the ground and comes up to the bottom of my calves Since I'm almost 6'5" I think I might need something a little higher.

    I'm using some 2inch thick loadable dumbells for side bends now. I'm going to move the Rolling Thunder work to after deadlifts.

    Using APT Convict Knee Wraps for working sets now instead of the heavy sleeves I was using.

    Last change is that I'm following up my final work set of squats with ATG paused squats without belt, without sleeves, without wraps. I'm trying to build a little more strength and stability at the bottom. Also, this helps with my ankle flexibility.

    Now to the workout.
    Cycle 1 Wave 2 Squats

    Squats
    95 x 10
    115 x 10
    160 x 3 (wraps)
    180 x 3 (wraps)
    205 x 8 (wraps) (est. max 260lbs)

    First off. These aren't comfortable but weren't unbearable. I cranked them down pretty much from the get go and was still able to deal with it fine. Went to below parallel on all sets no problem. Biggest thing is learning how to wrap them properly. The first two sets felt like my knee was coming through them at the bottom. The third set was much better. As far as extra rebound I'm not really sure. I usually wear heavy knee sleeves from EliteFTS. So I definitely got that much out of them but since the depth this time was quite a bit lower than usual couldn't really tell you how much. I was initially irritated that I didn't get 1 or 2 more reps but when I measured the can I was squatting to it makes sense.

    Taking a camera out next time and I'm going to figure out my depth.

    15 minute break to eat some food and recover from squats.

    Side bends
    95 x 10 used the regular bar for this but it was all over the place so I switched it up to:

    Side bends w/ Thick handled DBs (2in)
    60 x 10 reps
    65 x 10 reps (RPE-7)

    ATG RAW squats with a pause at the bottom (no belt/no sleeves/wraps)
    95 x 5 reps x 3 sets (RPE-9 on last set)

    Enjoyed the workout, enjoyed the Convicst and I'm looking forward to figuring those things out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KoSh View Post
    Red? Like the 300 Spartans at Hells Gates? I like it.
    Proven by bro-science to add 10lbs to your 1RM
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    Good progress...

    The constant maintenance for keeping up your weight slows down after a few months...you wont have to keep eating 5k+ calories a day. When I hit 225 for the first time, I had to constantly eat to keep that weight...but as time went on, all I needed was 3500 calories a day. Seeing as I got over 1k of those from two double nitrean shakes, it wasnt hard at all to maintain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mchicia1 View Post
    Good progress...
    The constant maintenance for keeping up your weight slows down after a few months...you wont have to keep eating 5k+ calories a day. When I hit 225 for the first time, I had to constantly eat to keep that weight...but as time went on, all I needed was 3500 calories a day. Seeing as I got over 1k of those from two double nitrean shakes, it wasnt hard at all to maintain.
    I'm pretty sure that I'm eating at maintenance right now and average is probably about 3500. My plan is add some Nitrean and milk in the next few weeks and see where that takes me. Thanks for the input
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    Quote Originally Posted by mchicia1 View Post
    The constant maintenance for keeping up your weight slows down after a few months...you wont have to keep eating 5k+ calories a day. When I hit 225 for the first time, I had to constantly eat to keep that weight...but as time went on, all I needed was 3500 calories a day. Seeing as I got over 1k of those from two double nitrean shakes, it wasnt hard at all to maintain.
    Checked out your log and noticed that your doing pretty much the same supplementation that I'll be starting in a few weeks. Going to have to start log body weight again
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