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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    Xtian's Journal - Time to move stuff

    1) Current calorie intake and protein intake. If you don't know, don't answer.

    - Don't know. I eat when I'm hungry and have a protein shake in between meals.

    2) Do you have any current injuries going into this? We are unable to diagnose or treat, so basically anything that'll prevent you performing certain exercises..

    - I injured(dislocated) and had surgery to my right ankle a couple of years ago. The only real issue is pain and stiffness after playing sports and running which generally lasts 2-3 days. I'm still working on getting more flexibility. It has been coming along nicely.

    3) The program will for the most part be performed using basic barbell and dumb-bell exercises - is your exercise selection limited i.e. poorly equipped home gym etc?

    - I have access to barbells, dumb-bells(up to 140 lbs) and a squat cage at my local gym.

    4) How many days training can you commit to? And what days are they?

    - I can commit 4-5 days to training. I usually like to start off my training week on Fridays and go from there. I can do M-F and even the weekends. I guess it all depends on work and family/kids schedule, but my gym is open 24 hours/day, so I really have no excuse not to go.

    I will get updated pics ASAP. I do have some old upper body pics in my sig.





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    Started program 2 -A.

    Weighed in at 210lbs this morning.

    I had Oats and whey for my preworkout meal and took 3 scoops of jack3d 30 mins before training.

    Work sets only

    Pull ups
    BW + 40lbsx6
    BW + 40lbsx6
    BW + 45lbsx6
    BW + 50x6
    BW + 55x6
    BW + 55x6
    BW + 55x2
    BW + 55x2
    BW + 55x2

    One arm DB rows
    100lbsx6
    110x6
    115x6
    115x6
    115x6
    120x6
    120x2
    120x2
    120x2

    Flat Bench press
    225x6
    245x6
    265x6
    275x6
    285x6
    285x6
    285x2(really struggled here, decided to drop down to 275lbs)
    The last 2 set were a real struggle
    275x2
    275x2

    Standing BB press
    100x6
    115x6
    125x6
    125x6
    135x6
    135x6
    135x2
    135x2
    135x2

    overhead DB extensions
    50x6
    70x6
    80x6
    85x6
    90x6
    90x6
    90x2
    90x2
    90x2


    I felt great doing the vert/horiz pulling and horiz press, but I felt like I was getting my arse kicked from the very first set of the vert presses. It was a real struggle completing the rest of the the routine, but I managed.

    I really underestimated the routine, I didn't realize how difficult it was to work to your 6RM and then push out the clusters for each movement. I'm excited to see how I feel doing the squats and deads.
    Last edited by xtian; 02-17-2010 at 03:44 PM.
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    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
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    Hey Xtian - nice work on the first session there. The cluster sets are a bit tougher than they appear on paper!

    I will be your 'Mentor' for this program so let me know if you need anything along the way and I will be keeping an eye on your training log.
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    Just completed session B

    Back squats 295x6x2x2x2

    dead lifts 365x6x2x2x2

    Standing calf raises in machine 280x6x2x2x2

    bicep dumb bell curls 50x6x2x2x2

    weighted decline crunches 45x6x2x2x2


    Hey Tom! I'm so pleased that you're my mentor, real inspiration! My goal is to get bigger and stronger, aiming for 220-225lbs with minimal fat increase. I'm aiming for a 360lb bench, 400lb squat and a 500lb dead lift when all is said and done. I tested out all my 1RM after my short time using wendlers 5/3/1(about 2 months) and can say with confidence that they all seemed very light. However this new wbb routine seems to be very different, 6RM at 80% is really hard. I assumed 80% 6RMx6x2x2x2 would be very easy but am having a huge reality check.

    My diet is a work in progress. I'm going to need A LOT of work in this area.

    Looking forward to this!
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    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
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    Crappy pics


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    Hey I just wanted to say that you've got some good size and also you're not carrying too much fat and if you can achieve that with I eat when I'm hungry and have a protein shake in between meals' you have MASSIVE potential to make some really serious changes on this program if you sharpen up the diet!

    Good luck, I'll be popping in from time to time and you're in good hands with Mr Mutaffis!
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    Looking great man, keep up the good job.

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    Thanks for the inspiration guys!

    Now, to answer the latest email:

    Program: 2
    Diet: 330/110/305 (I will follow the macros I came up with from my diet question thread)

    Any suggestions on a simple meal plan to hit my macros Mr. Mutaffis?
    Last edited by xtian; 02-19-2010 at 02:49 PM.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
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    Do you do any cardio at all or just lifting?

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    No cardio in the last 3 months.
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    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtian View Post
    No cardio in the last 3 months.
    I see, I'm asking because I'm not sure whether to do it myself, probably on the off days.

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    Got in another A session.

    Pull Ups BW + 60x6x2x2x2
    one arm DB rows 130x6x2x2x2
    Bench press 285x6x2x2x2
    Standing BB Press 145x6x2x2x2
    overhead DB extensions 110x6x2x2x2

    Felt real good for this session, didn't burn out at the end at all. Some lifts even went up!

    Energy- 9/10
    Focus -10/10
    Strength - 9/10
    Overall Rating - 9/10


    Going to be starting officially on Wednesday.
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    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
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    I was able to squeeze in another session B.

    Back squats 315x6x2x2x2
    Deadlifts 385x6x2x2x2
    Standing calf raises in machine 300x6x2x2x2
    dumb bell curls 55x6x2x2x2
    seated weighted abd crunches 200x6x2x2x2

    Energy- 9/10
    Focus -10/10
    Strength - 9/10
    Overall Rating - 9/10

    Feeling good, feeling good!
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    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
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    I'm impressed and pleased you're cracking on. You definitely get the concept.; I'm really looking forward to watching you progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Roberts View Post
    I'm impressed and pleased you're cracking on. You definitely get the concept.; I'm really looking forward to watching you progress.
    Thank you sir! I'm motivated more than ever!
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    Great work on your training so far. How did the workouts feel? Have you been sore in the days following training?

    Do you mind if I post the answer to your supplement question here in your journal? This way others could benefit from the information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    Great work on your training so far. How did the workouts feel? Have you been sore in the days following training?

    Do you mind if I post the answer to your supplement question here in your journal? This way others could benefit from the information.

    I was sore 2 days after the first round of sessions A and B, no soreness since the second A and B sessions.

    I don't mind at all. Post away!
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    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
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    Solid numbers in here man, your built like a Mack truck. Looks like we're both enjoying this routine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crapsicle View Post
    Solid numbers in here man, your built like a Mack truck. Looks like we're both enjoying this routine
    You too bro. I'm impressed with your deadlifts... I wanted to black out too lol.



    P.S. I bought a dip belt. I'm looking forward to not holding 70lb+ dumbbells in between my legs lol
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    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtian View Post
    I was sore 2 days after the first round of sessions A and B, no soreness since the second A and B sessions.

    I don't mind at all. Post away!
    Glad to hear that your body is adapting to the program, how do you feel in terms of the weights? Are you ready to start pushing the progression or going to keep things steady for another week?

    A dip belt is a great investment; I am actually going to pick one up this weekend since my gym does not have one and I like to do weighted chins as my primary back movement.

    I will create a seperate post with the supplement information here. Keep up the good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    Glad to hear that your body is adapting to the program, how do you feel in terms of the weights? Are you ready to start pushing the progression or going to keep things steady for another week?
    The first week was definitely more like a "feeler" week. I felt more confident in the concept (as you can tell by my progression from the first a/b set versus the second a/b set) and was able to be more aggressive in tackling the weight. I'm definitely ready to start pushing my progression.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
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    I got my dipbelt for christmas a year ago and I would never be able to train with out it. I too was a victim of tryin to keep heavy db's b/w my legs and focusing on not droppin it rather than the actual movement. ....Great investment

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    Gotta do a better job hitting my macros.

    284/115/335
    Last edited by xtian; 02-22-2010 at 11:09 PM.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtian View Post
    My goal is to hit somewhere in the realm of 220-225lbs while increasing my squat to 400lbs, dead to 500, and bp to 360. What supps do you suggest I look into? Ultimately, I'd like to take advantage of ALN's discount for this program.

    I'm currently taking;
    Oats and whey by ON in the A.M. as I really have no appetite in the mornings.
    ON's 100% Whey Gold Standard immediately after a work out
    Sizeon's New creatine formula which has some protein and Amino Acids
    ON's procomplex once a day

    I really don't have a set meal plan. Recently I have just been making better decisions and trying to avoid my usually fast food junk(I used to eat fast food once-twice a day =X)

    My goal macros are 330/110/305
    3530kcal/day

    -Chris
    It sounds like those goals are realistic for you.

    Here is how I would utilize your current supplements and what I would do in terms of additional supplements to help support your gains.

    ON Oats & Whey - You can continue to use this for breakfast. Are you using one or two scoops? Being that you are looking to gain mass I would mix the shake with skim milk and eat a banana along with your shake. This should provide you with a good balanced breakfast.

    ALN Results - This supplement is free for users of the program and is one of the best mass/strength supplements on the market. I would start taking this on a daily basis. You can have it after breakfast on non-training days and use it as part of your PWO solution on training days (I noticed that you do not currently ingest carbs PWO).

    SizeOn V2 - This is a good intra-workout product. I would sip it while you train.

    ALN Nitrean - You can replace your ON Whey and Pro Complex with Nitrean. The profile is better than both of their products and with the discount from this program the price is unbeatable. Comes out to be around $.50/serving if you buy two tubs with the discounts, and that is for a high quality blend with 5g of BCAA's per scoop.


    If you need stimulants for pre-workout you could pick up a bottle of Nitor for $20 and that would last you 60-90 workouts (4 months) depending on how you dose it. For PWO I would do (2) scoops of Results with (2) scoops of Nitrean.

    I assume that your macro ratio is Carb/Fat/Protein, and I think that something in the 300/100/300 range is reasonable. Chances are that you probably will exceed some of the numbers on training days and then possibly fall a bit short on non-training days.

    Let me know if you want to go through some of your dietary choices, and always make sure that you are getting some lean protein before bed (shake / tuna / cottage cheese / etc.).
    Last edited by Tom Mutaffis; 02-23-2010 at 10:12 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtian View Post
    Gotta do a better job hitting my macros.

    284/115/335
    You are still close in terms of protein and it looks like you hit your calorie number for the day. Consistency is key - as long as you are close I wouldn't beat yourself up over minor discrepancies.
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