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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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  1. #51
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    Hittin PRs evrrrry workout thats what I like to see brother!
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    Behemoth - Hey man thanks! It's good to be back in the game haha.

    3/25/10: HIIT Sprints
    -10 cycles of 10/40


    3/26/10: Workout A
    Squats
    warm: 45 x 5, 95 x 3, 135 x 2, 165 x 1
    -(190 x 5) x 3 [+5 lbs]

    One-armed DB OH Press
    -25's x 12
    -25's x 8
    -25's x 7

    Bent BB Rows
    warm: 95 x 5
    -(155 x 5) x 2
    -(145 x 10) x 3 [+10 lbs, +2 reps]

    *Dips, Leg Lifts, and Calf Raises all alternated between sets
    Dips
    -BW x 5 [+1 rep]
    -BW x 5 [+1 rep]
    -BW x 5

    Captain's Chair Leg Lifts
    -(BW x 10) x 3

    One-legged Paused Full-RoM Calf Raises
    -BW x 16 [+1 rep]

    DB Curls
    -25's x 15 [+3 reps]

    Help: I don't know if I'm doing rows correctly. The problem is right now I feel like the majority of the workout is in my arms rear delts and arms (my back is bent to maybe 30-40 degrees from the ground). If I try to make my back parallel to the floor and make it more of a full "row," my lower back would seem to get destroyed. And after doing Squats I don't know how much my back can take. But if I stay in a more upright position I obviously will be doing a form of more "upright" rows rather than true rows for the back. The only time I've really ever felt like I was hitting my middle back correctly was doing Cable Rows, but if I'm only going to be doing one kind of Row in this routine I'd think it should be a free weight non-machine row.

    Any input?
    Last edited by fixationdarknes; 03-26-2010 at 10:15 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    I always try to find a solid location to pull the row up to. If you pull in to your lower stomach it seems to hit more of your lower back, middle stomach middle back and chest, higher back. To me at least. You may try lowering the weight and check it out, see if it works. Workout looks good brother. Keep at it.
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    Digging the workouts and sprints as well.

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    Mark - Thanks for the advice man. I will definitely lower the weights and work with my form.

    Coke - Appreciate it! I love them sprints (well, I don't love them in the middle of doing them haha).

    3/26/10: HIIT Sprints
    -12 cycles of 10/45

    3/27/10: Rest

    3/28/10: Workout B
    Squats
    warm: 45 x 5, 95 x 3, 135 x 2, 165 x 1
    -(195 x 5) x 3 [+5 lbs]

    Deadlifts
    warm: 95 x 5, 135 x 3, 185 x 2, 225 x 1
    -(295 x 3) x 2 [+10 lbs]

    Flat BB Bench
    warm: 45 x 12, 75 x 8, 95 x 5, 95 x 5, 105 x 3
    -120 x 8 [+5 lbs, +2 reps]
    -120 x 7 [+5 lbs, +1 rep]
    -120 x 5 [+5 lbs, -1 rep]

    Chinups
    -BW x 5 [+1 rep]
    -BW x 5 [+1 rep]
    -BW x 5 + long negative and overhand hangout

    Good day! And damn, there have been some hawt japanese milfs at my gym lately lol. How distracting to my deadlift work sets!
    Last edited by fixationdarknes; 03-30-2010 at 12:31 AM.
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    Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    Solid session man, eye candy is always a good deal too, lol.

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    That's about the only thing I miss about 24 hour fitness. haha. I'm gonna check out the shorter interval sprints this week. Looking good in here bro.
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    Coke - Thanks man. Yeah it's a plus hah.

    Mark - Haha where do you work out these days? Good luck with the sprints!

    3/30/10: HIIT Sprints
    -13 cycles of 10/50

    ^ These sucked so hard lol, but so far 10/50 seems to be my favorite interval pair. Fits nicely into a one minute mark (not that it really matters since I have a Gymboss Interval Timer) and allows me to go full out for a good amount of 10 second sprints. I am going at pretty much 95%-100% the whole time. Of course my speed starts to diminish after the first 4 or 5, but I am always killing myself lol.

    3/31/10: Workout A
    ~~~
    Squats
    warm: 45 x 5, stretch hip extensors, 45 x 5, 95 x 3, 135 x 2, 175 x 1
    -(200 x 5) x 3 [+5 lbs]

    One-armed OH DB Press
    -30's x 6
    -30's x 6
    -30's x 7

    *various sets of Pendlay Rows with 95-115 lbs

    Bent BB Rows
    -135 x 5
    -140 x 10
    -(145 x 10) x 3

    ^ Still working on form with these. Not sure whether I should explode up or try to keep the concentric a bit more controlled. I drop and reset the barbell onto safety bars after every rep.

    *Dips and Leg Lifts alternated between sets
    Dips
    -(BW x 6) x 3 [+1 rep]

    Captain's Chair Leg Lifts
    -(BW x 10) x 3

    One-legged Paused Full RoM Calf Raises
    -BW x 18 [+2 reps]

    DB Curls
    -30's x 8


    Morning Weight: 153.5 <-- I should mention that I've dropped about 4 lbs. since I started lifting. I'm sort of on a cut right now. The "wannabebig" mentality usually kicks in after a few months of training but for now my goals are steadily increasing strength while steadily dropping BF%.
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    Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    Nice job keeping on track Fix.

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    Coke: I thank thee! Today was not so on track today though >_>

    4/1/10: HIIT Sprints
    -13 cycles of 10/50

    ^ Last 5 or 6 were pretty pitiful. I think my body is getting worn the hell out.


    4/2/10: Workout B

    Squats
    warm: 45 x 5, 45 x 4, 95 x 3, 135 x 2, 175 x 1
    -205 x 5 [+5 lbs]
    -205 x 3
    -205 x 2

    ^ My whole body was falling apart at the end of set two and three Couldn't get all 5 reps in

    Deadlifts
    warm: 135 x 3, 185 x 2, 225 x 1, 265 x 1
    -300 x 3 [+5 lbs]
    -300 x 2 -- missed third rep

    Flat BB Bench
    warm: 45 x 10, 45 x 7, 75 x 5, 95 x 3, 105 x 2, 115 x 1
    -125 x 6 [+5 lbs, -2 reps]
    -125 x 5 [+5 lbs, -2 reps]
    -125 x 5 [+5 lbs]

    Chinups
    -BW x 6 [+1 rep]
    -BW x 5
    -BW x 6 [+1 rep] + slow negative and 12-second overhand hangout

    Today was ****ty. In addition to my Squats and Deadlifts sucking balls, I accidentally let the edge of a loaded barbell drop onto my foot and while racking weights for bench press my finger got smashed! FFFFUUUUUUUUUUU

    I'm seriously considering either a de-load or a 5 to 6 day break altogether, or maybe a really big cheat day to re-fuel myself. My body feels so ****ing ****ed lol. I gotta keep in mind though I am currently on a cut while trying to gain strength, so...

    Morning Weight: 153.0 [-0.5 lbs]
    Last edited by fixationdarknes; 04-02-2010 at 06:45 PM.
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    Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    Bro, that's a seriously crazy work out, haha. Nice squats and deads though. I usually say the hell with it and walk on the treadmill or bike if my workout ends up like that. I don't think I've had one quite that bad but yeah, we all have them. A little break will do you good, we all need them sometimes to just get some R&R in.
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    Too bad about the mishap...can't be expecting too much in terms of strength while cutting up though.

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    Thanks for the support guys. I took a physical,mental, and dietary break over the weekend haha.

    Morning Weight: 154.5 [+1.5 lbs]

    -->4/5/10: Workout A
    Squats (deload)
    warm: 45 x 5, 95 x 4, 115 x 3, 135 x 2, 155 x 2
    -(175 x 5) x 3

    DB Overhead Press
    -30's x 7 [+1 rep]
    -30's x 7 [+1 rep]
    -30's x 7

    Ghett0 T-Bar Rows
    -45 x 10
    -70 x 10
    -(95 x 10) x 3

    Dips --> Didn't go down as low this time, I still am going down a bit past parallel, but not to the point where my chest/shoulders are extremely stretched
    -BW x 10
    -BW x 7
    -BW x 6

    One-legged Full-RoM Paused Calf Raises
    -BW x 20 [+2 reps]

    *various crunches and leg lifts

    Question: When doing T-Bar Rows today, I felt it a lot in my lats. Is that a bad thing? I do Rows one workout and Deadlifts/Chinups the other workout. Is that too much lat work and not enough work for the thickness of my middle back area?
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    Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    Like seeing you do your own thing, later on you can change things up again and to your own liking.

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    Thanks Coke!

    Here are a few pics I had taken the other day (click to enlarge)







    The only pic I really have of a recent "before" is this:



    I've been training around 7 weeks now (used to lift years ago but stopped, then started, then stopped, and am now started again), on a steady cut to lean up. I know I'm not big to begin with but I don't currently have a driving desire to bulk. I am aiming for lean-ness before I eventually bulk later.

    Currently weigh 154.5, my goal at the moment is to make it to 150 not losing more than 1 lb. a week. Maybe hover around there for a while and see what I want to do next.

    I know I could probably be using my time a bit more usefully by really focusing more on a hard bulk and then hard cut, but I'd rather just be gradual with things *shrug*
    Last edited by fixationdarknes; 04-06-2010 at 04:04 PM.
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    Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    looking lean. good luck on your goal

    you would def benefit immensely with a nice slow bulk..

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    Solid physique dude...depending on height, you could use another 15 pounds and bet you'd stay fairly lean regardless.

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    Looking good bro, really. Another solid work out.
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    Thanks guys. I got to thinking and made a thread in the Diet forum. I should probably bulk up but I'm just afraid haha.
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    Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    4/6/10: HIIT Sprints
    -5 minute jogging warmup
    -5 cycles of 10/40 of running around 75%-ish
    -10 cycles of 10/50 of running 95%-100%

    4/7/10: Workout B
    Squats (still de-loaded a bit, focusing on form of each slowly-done rep)
    warm: 45 x 5, 45 x 5, 95 x 4, 115 x 3, 135 x 2, 155 x 1
    -185 x 3
    -185 x 3
    -185 x 5

    Deadlifts
    warm: 135 x 3, 185 x 2, 225 x 1
    -295 x 3
    -295 x 3

    Flat BB Bench
    warm: 45 x 10, 65 x 5, 95 x 3, 115 x 1
    -130 x 5
    -130 x 5
    -130 x 5

    Chinups
    -BW x 6
    -BW x 6
    -BW x 5 + slow negative and overhand hangout

    No PR's really. Ah well.
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    Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    Still making progress bro, every day. Looks good.
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    Ain't seeing no red in there, WTF, lol.
    Last edited by Coke; 04-08-2010 at 11:46 AM.

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    Thanks guys. It sure does get a bit frustrating seeing no PR's. I'll perhaps put on some weight in a bit and start seeing the strength again

    And srsly Coke, I hate not having red XD

    4/8/10: HIIT Sprints
    -jogging warmup
    -6 10/40 cycles
    -20 burpees
    -15 burpees
    -19 burpees
    -100 jumping jacks

    **My shins are pretty jacked up right now, gonna need to do some variation HIIT that doesn't bother my shins, or if nothing else I'll just have to take some time off. Either way, sucks.

    4/9/10: Workout A (been recently modified so that I no longer Squad Dead and Bench all on the same day)
    Squats
    warm: 45 x 5, 45 x 3, 95 x 3, 135 x 2, 155 x 1
    -(185 x 4) x 3

    Flat BB Bench
    warm: 55 x 15, 95 x 5, 115 x 3
    -135 x 5 [+5 lbs]
    -135 x 4
    -125 x 5

    Ghetto T-Bar Rows
    -bar+25 x 8
    -bar+55x10 [+5lbs]
    -bar+55x10 [+5 lbs]
    -bar+60x10 [+10 lbs]

    Leg Lifts
    -BW x 10
    -BW x 10

    One-legged Calf Raises
    -BW x 10 each
    -BW x 10 each

    DB Curls
    -30's x 8
    Last edited by fixationdarknes; 04-10-2010 at 03:15 AM.
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    Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    Fine training throughout bro.

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    Cardio day looks awesome. All looks well man.
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