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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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    Garage Lifter's Log

    I'll start by saying that 18 months ago I was 165lbs and at 6'4" that wasn't pretty. Since then I've done a lot of different things to try to get bigger and stronger. About 5 months ago I began to really focus on training and making every effort to get bigger and stronger.

    My first total was less than 500lbs and broke down like this:
    Bench 155
    Deadlift 155
    Squat 175

    I tested my maxes on Monday and got this:
    Bench 205
    Deadlift 300
    Squat 255
    Bodyweight is also up to 220

    All of these are lifetime PRs for me and I'm excited about it.

    I really like to get to Class IV and then Class III lifters totals this year.

    Thanks for reading and any feedback and/or comments are always welcome.
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    20 minutes walking today while carrying my daughter (35lbs) in a backpack carrier thing.
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    Squats 165 x 5 reps x 6 sets RPE = 7
    Deadlifts from a 2in deficit 170 x 5 x 6 sets RPE = 6

    Nothing much. Easing into the new year and a little short on time.
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    Bench Press
    135 x 3 reps x 3 sets

    Skull Crushers
    40 x 10 x 2
    elbows felt sore immediately from these, switched to the cambered bar and it was a little better

    Triceps Pushdowns
    80 x 10

    Squats
    205 x 5 x 2

    Lat Pulldowns with supinated grip
    130 x 10 x 2

    Standing Calf Raises
    180 x 10 x 2

    Machine Crunches
    120 x 10 x 2

    First workout for current programming and I haven't really done the majority of these exercises so there's going to be some learning curve. Nothing too hard but then again it wasn't supposed to be.
    Last edited by StLRPh; 01-04-2010 at 05:56 PM.
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    Cool, man. What kind of programming are you following? Awesome progress, too. You don't make that kind of progress unless you are really working at it.

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    Thanks. Do you sometimes post at RTS? I've been reading Mike T's stuff lately and will probably go to it soon.

    The program is 30lbs in 30 day bench press program from this site. If I can get 225 I'll be pretty f-ing ecstatic.

    Goals for this year are 315-225-405 and then hopefully a grand for my total.
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    Good luck with your goals, StLRPh! At least you're looking the right places, the WBB forum and the RTS forum are good places to learn.
    APF Elite @ 242
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    Bench Press
    175 x 2 reps x 2 sets (RPE 7,8)

    DB Bench
    30 x 30 (RPE 10)
    this was really weird. I've gone entire workouts with barely 30 reps
    Triceps fried at this point

    French Press
    60 x 8 x 2 (RPE 8,9)

    Triceps Pressdown
    85 x 10 (RPE 9)

    Leg Press
    4 plates per side x 6 x 2 (RPE 6)
    Haven't ever really done leg press so not sure what weight to use

    Lat Pulldowns
    150 x 10 x 2 (RPE 7,9)

    Calf Raise
    180 x 10
    165 x 10

    Machine Crunch
    120 x 10 x 2 (RPE 6)
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    20-30 minutes of dragging my daughter around the neighborhood on her sled in the snow
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    What gym do you go to? You've made some nice gains. I live in your neck of the woods; Shrewsbury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john o View Post
    What gym do you go to? You've made some nice gains. I live in your neck of the woods; Shrewsbury.
    I'm going to Powerhouse in Crestwood right now. I'm collecting equipment for my new house so that I can work out in the garage. Probably move over to the garage all the time by spring.

    How about you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    20-30 minutes of dragging my daughter around the neighborhood on her sled in the snow
    Good deal pops, lol -

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Good deal pops, lol -
    Thanks Between the backpack carrier and hopefully an actual sled for conditioning or prowler soon she'll be a pretty integral part of my conditioning work.
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    Nice workouts!
    APF Elite @ 242
    Best Multi Ply Lifts: SQ 848lbs/BP 523lbs/DL 722/Total 2055lbs
    Raw Elite @ 275 (actual weight 243.9lbs)
    Best Raw Lifts: SQ 573lbs/BP 407lbs/DL 705lbs/Total 1658lbs
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    Thanks Phil.

    If anyone gets a chance can you check out this thread:
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...=132373&page=2

    and let me know what you think?

    thanks in advance,
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    1/13/10
    Workout 5 of 12

    Bench Press
    165 x 3 reps x 2 sets (7,7)

    Triceps Pushdown
    80 x 10 (8)

    Deadlift
    265 x 3 x 2 (8,9) PR

    Incline sit ups
    10 reps x 2

    Big PR on deadlift for me. I've never done this much weight for a triple before and I got it for 2 sets
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    Props on the new PR with the deads.

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    Thanks Coke. Pretty sure 3 plates is going to fall at the end of the month.
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    real nice work Stl, if I'm curious as to how you got from the original 165 to the 220 you are when this thread started - is there a specific workout you could point toward? I've recently rededicated myself to hitting the gym and looks like you're accomplishing everything I hope to. i'm 6'3, 175.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcleo View Post
    real nice work Stl, if I'm curious as to how you got from the original 165 to the 220 you are when this thread started - is there a specific workout you could point toward? I've recently rededicated myself to hitting the gym and looks like you're accomplishing everything I hope to. i'm 6'3, 175.
    I screwed around a lot for the first year of lifting and got a little stronger and a little bigger. When I actually started to focus things went really well.

    For me, what worked was doing Starting Strength transitioned to the Advanced Novice version. This made me the strongest I've ever been. I did a program designed for me by a pro-powerlifter. It was 9 weeks long. Not sure how much it helped my lifts but I did gain some weight. My maxes were pretty much what I thought they were after the Advanced Novice program.

    I'm 2 weeks into the 30lb program and I feel like I'm going to make PRs on all three lifts. also still gaining weight. I've gotten a lot of good advice here and will probably do Wendler's 5/3/1 for my next program.

    As for gaining weight here's what I learned:
    1. Eat until you're uncomfortable
    2. Eat before you go to bed (500+ calories)
    3. Minimal conditioning work
    4. Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press, OH Press and other big basic movements.
    5. More volume in accessory work (I hate volume BTW).
    6. Eat consistently. If you get 5,000 calories 5 out of 7 days and only 2,000 on the other days you're ate all that food for nothing.
    7. Don't freak out when your waist gets bigger

    Good luck,

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    It's a good day in the STL to be outside. Stuck inside watching the twins until wife gets back from shopping, then I go to the gym. I need to start some cardio myself, I like your idea of lugging children around on walks. I'll try that this spring. Excellent progress! I go to Gold's because it is across the street basically. Is Powerhouse set up to be able to drop weights and do Oly lifts? Gold's does not allow that, so I can't do powercleans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thinwheat View Post
    It's a good day in the STL to be outside. Stuck inside watching the twins until wife gets back from shopping, then I go to the gym. I need to start some cardio myself, I like your idea of lugging children around on walks. I'll try that this spring. Excellent progress! I go to Gold's because it is across the street basically. Is Powerhouse set up to be able to drop weights and do Oly lifts? Gold's does not allow that, so I can't do powercleans.
    They have weightlifting platform, a pair of 25lb bumpers and a pair of 10lb bumpers. I've never had anyone complain when a get a little loud on powercleans and/or deadlifts. They also allow chalk, which is pretty nice. Where abouts are you?
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    I'm down in Fenton. I kinda figured Powerhouse was set up better to do powercleans. I signed up for a year, plus a gym is so close. But before I renew again I'll have to check out Powerhouse.

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    Bench Press (sleeves)
    155 x 3 reps x 3 sets (RPE-6 for all)

    French Press (sleeves)
    65 x 10 x 2 (RPE-7,8)

    Triceps Pushdown (sleeves)
    80 x 10 (RPE-8)

    Squats (sleeves)
    210 x 5 (RPE-8)
    215 x 5 (RPE-8)
    Was supposed to do 215 for 2 sets but misloaded the bar . Thought about doing a third set to get 215 x 5 x 2 but decided to err on the conservative side this time.

    Lat Pulldowns
    165 x 8 x 2 (RPE-9 both)
    A little disappointed in this. Did them on a different machine than I usually use and it felt heavier. Was planning on doing 2 sets of 10 but instead did 2 sets of 1 rep short of failure (which ended up being 8 reps)

    Calf Raises
    180 x 10 x 2 (RPE-6 for both)

    Machine Ab Crunch
    140 x 10 x 2 (RPE-8 for both)
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    Nice workout overall man, got a lot done.

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