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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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    i'll start off with saying why i stopped deadlifts and that yesterday and today have been the worst dietary days i've ever had... I was home for a few minutes yesterday besides writing a 6 page paper, and all i had was pizza and popcorn at a nets game. Today, i didn't eat much and i am also feeling somewhat sick. In gym class about 2-3 weeks ago when i had to do fitness, i was walking and some kid was doing leg curls, and he scraped my knee, leaving a huge gash that bled a lot. Today, during the last set of deads i attempted, it came off on the 4th rep and it was the most blood i've ever seen lol. I personally didn't care much, but i got it cleaned up by one of the trainers and went back to training. I decided not to deadlift again since last time it was only my finger, but this time it was my knee and the band aids felt like they would come off any second so i taped em. Also, the whole gym saw when the blood started spurting out like a ****ing founatin, and if i went to deadlift again i guarantee someone would have yelled at me hahaha. Anyways,

    Deads
    135x5
    185x3
    205x1 (switched to mix grip here)
    225x1
    245x1
    255x1
    265x5- tied PR?
    275x3- tied PR (boom in mid 4th rep and my grip was hurt anyway somewhat)

    Bench (at this time some douche was squatting 450 going 2 inches down)
    45x10
    65x5
    95x5
    115x3
    135x2
    160x3- PR in weight and PR 2x3
    160x3
    160x1 (bit spot on 2nd rep. none needed on first two sets)

    Front Squat
    45x5
    65x3
    95x3
    135x2
    145x5- PR 3x5
    145x6 (lost count and realized it was 6. so fatigued lol)- PR
    145x5

    Chest Supported Row
    50x8- PR
    50x8
    50x8

    Cable Pullthroughs
    50x8- tied PR (fixed form)
    50x8
    50x8

    Biceps
    Incline DB Curl- 25s x 4 (yes i am a pussy)- PR
    Hammer Curl- 25s x 8- PR


    Comments: Was upset about deadlifts, but not upset enough to not finish. Bench was very solid, but after my 2nd set my friend said i should arch my back a lot more which i definitely agreed with him on. Front Squats were ****ing tiring. I swear it's the best core workout i ever get; also, my wrists were bent back a lot and hurt a bit, but that's nothing to really worry about. I think i might want to switch to a crossover grip next workout- tried with the bar but didn't know how today. Chest Supported Rows were good, and i ABSOLUTELY LOVE CABLE PULLTHROUGHS because every workout, i get someone else laughing at me. Today, it was 3 middle school girls . I think this shows how i've transformed not only in the gym, but also as a person. I used to sometimes go home right away if i saw any of my stronger friends @ the gym and was self-conscious enough to not do free weights besides curls and DB Bench/Row. Now, I could give a **** what anyone else is doing, and hell, if they laugh at me let them laugh too. Also got some nice looks from deads today; that is before the bleeding. Curls were bad haha.

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    Today's workout:

    Power Clean
    45x3
    65x3
    95x3
    115x2
    135x2
    140x3- PR x3 and 3x3
    140x3
    140x3

    Squat
    45x5
    95x3
    135x3
    155x2
    185x1
    195x2
    205x5- PR x5 and 2x5
    205x5- (4th rep bad, all 9 others good)
    135x21- PR x 21 by 20 lbs

    Neutral Grip Chinups- (BW around 160)
    BW x 2
    BW + 20 lbs x 4- PR
    BW + 20 lbs x 3
    BW + 20 lbs x 2
    BW x 8- PR

    Incline DB
    40s x 5
    50s x 8
    50s x 7
    50s x 3

    Abs (instead of grip work to play basketball)
    Russian Twists w/ 10 lbs x 50 superset with 10 renegade rows w/ 20 lb DBs-
    Russian Twists w/ 25 lbs x 25 superset with 10 renegade rows w/ 20 lb DBs

    Basketball for about 35 mins 1on1 vs a friend. He's huge so i always have to man up against him in the post. 6'2 D1 baseball player next year and i am only 5'9 lol. split games 1-1 and i hurt my ankle a bit but it feels fine now.


    Comments: Cleans were only ok- going to stop them though. I had a guy check my form and he said it was decent, but not great and that i should move down in weight. Squats were good- 135x21 took maybe about 2 minutes and 30 seconds and my friend tried to talk to me and i was like **** off lol. Chins were eh until the BW. That's my PR and it came after all the weighted ones. I think weighted chins have definitely helped me a lot, but my left bicep always hurts after i do them (not in a bad way, but enough to bother me during basketball). Inclines were terrible, and abs i am going to start working harder. Basketball was good too and i am probably going to tryout next year for the hell of it.


    I am going to finish off my next 2 workouts how i normally do them, and then i am going to switch to the following routine after what i think will be a 1 week deload.

    1 squat/lunge, 1 push/1pull + some accessory work. I am going to superset tris/bis with abs and i am not yet sure of the rep range i am going to use.

    Sunday
    Back Squat
    Military Press- PUSH
    Rows- PULL
    Triceps
    Standing Calves

    Tuesday
    Deadlift- PULL
    Dips- PUSH
    Lunges
    Biceps

    Thursday
    Front Squat
    Bench Press- PUSH
    Weighted Pullups- PULL
    Pullthroughs
    Seated Calves

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    Today's workout:

    Squat
    45x5
    95x5
    135x3
    155x2
    185x2
    205x1
    215x1
    230x2- PR in weight and 3x2
    230x2
    230x2

    Overhead Press
    45x5
    70x5
    80x5
    85x5
    95x5
    110x1- PR (lol)
    95x2
    65x12- PR?

    DB Row
    45s x 5
    60s x 7- PR x7 and 3x7
    60s x 7
    60s x 7

    Seated Calves- Nelson's routine with 55 lbs- PR

    Triceps
    DB Skull Crushers
    15s x 10
    20s x 10

    Abs
    V-Ups
    10 (had to go after)


    Comments: Squats were pretty good. Challenging, but i made sure i kept good form. Overhead was harder than usual today for the 95x5. I think i progressed way too fast and it's time to deload on these. Rows were good today- i couldn't do 60s basically at all w/ my right arm about a month ago. Calves left me with a nice limp afterwards, and triceps were eh. I wanted to work abs a lot more, but couldn't.

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    Well today is my last workout before moving onto 5/3/1. Here it is:

    Today's Workout: had to go late because no ride- limited time cuz early closing.

    Deadlift
    135x7
    155x3
    185x3
    205x1 (all the above and this done with right over/left under)
    225x1 (all this and below done with left under/right over
    245x1
    255x1
    265x5- tied PR
    275x2 (wanted 5)
    275x2- PR 3rd working set
    255x3

    Front Squat
    45x5
    65x3
    95x3
    115x3
    135x2
    150x3- PR 3x3
    150x3
    150x3

    Bench Press
    45x8
    65x5
    95x5
    115x3
    135x2
    145x1
    165x2 (medium spot on 3rd)- PR
    165x3 (terrible spotter helped me whole time. i said i didn't need it going down on 1st rep but he had his ipod in)

    Pullthroughs
    57.5 x 8- PR 3x8
    57.5 x 8-
    57.5 x 8

    Biceps
    Hammer Curls
    20s x 10
    20s x 8

    Gym Closed


    Comments: was upset about deadlifts. Today i put my ipod in for all my sets and as a result i found i was more focused. Also none of my friends there so i think the mindset i was in alone was much better than previous weeks. 265 took a lot out of me for the 275. I didn't want to leave only getting 275x2 for one set so i did another one. 255 my grip basically gave out. Front Squats were solid- kept what i think is very very good form. I was so tired by the time i hit bench press- i think doing bench when i am fresh in 5/3/1 will help a lot. After my 2nd set, i was notified i only had 6 minutes until closing so i did 2 sets of pullthroughs and 2 sets of curls and then they closed.

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    Today was Military Press day last set 5+ reps

    Military Press
    65x5
    75x5
    85x9- PR

    Chinups/Pullups (cluster****ed at first because i hate wide grip. feel weird on my shoulders)-
    wide grip Pullups- 5
    wide grip chins- 3 (hands slipped)
    Chinups- 5
    Chinups- 5
    Chinups- 5

    Dips- all BW (first time in a while)
    5- PR 3x5
    5
    5

    DB Skull Crushers
    12 lb DBs x 15- PR 3x15
    12 lb DBs x 15
    12 lb DBs x 15

    Abs (lot of extra time today and was with my dad so had to wait)
    Did renegade rows, russian twists, planks, side planks, leg raises, v-ups... mostly renegade rows though. I ****ing love those- going to keep track more next time

    Also shot around for a while afterwards. My shot is coming back slowly, but steadily

    Weight: 160 PWO-
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    5/3/1 Deadlift Day- 5+ Reps

    Deadlift
    135x6
    185x5
    215x5
    240x10- PR (had about 3-5 reps left in me i think but this was pretty hard)

    Front Squat
    45x5
    95x8- PR 3x8
    95x8
    95x8

    Pullthroughs
    42.5 x 12- PR 3x12
    42.5 x 12
    42.5 x 12

    Hammer Curls
    25s x 10- PR 3x10
    25s x 10
    25s x 10

    Abs
    Renegade Rows
    15s x 20
    15s x 20 (had to pickup my dad)

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    Nice deadlifting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCmmaFAN View Post
    Nice deadlifting!
    Thanks man!!



    Bench day 5+ reps

    Bench Press
    45x8
    105x5
    120x5
    135x9- PR

    DB Row

    30 lb DBs x 15- PR 3x15
    30 lb DBs x 15
    30 lb DBs x 15

    Flat DB Bench

    30 lb DBs x 15- PR 3x15
    30 lb DBs x 15
    30 lb DBs x 15

    Calves (didn't do nelsons, but same concept with 10-15 second pauses)
    45 lbs x 10 reps x 5 sets (10-15 second pauses between sets)
    45 lbs x 10 reps x 5 sets (very slow on the negative and 100 times harder)

    Cluster****
    CGBP
    85 lbs x 12 reps (chest shaking whole time. i was questioning these and am not going to do them)
    Tri Pushdowns
    35 lbs x 12 reps
    50 lbs x 8 reps- possible PR
    1 arm pushdowns- 20 lbs x 5 per arm

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    Squat 5+ reps

    Squat
    45x5
    135x3
    145x5
    165x5
    185x12- PR
    SLDL
    115x8- PR 4x8
    115x8
    115x8
    115x8

    DB Lunges
    20 lb DBs x 20- PR 3x20
    20 lb DBs x 20
    20 lb DBs x 20

    Abs
    decline situps w/ barbell- bar x 7 and 85 lbs x 5 (was weird)
    Russian Twists- 50 with 10 lb med ball... leg raises x 10...renegade rows 15 lbs x 20... leg raises x 10
    Last edited by JRider23; 04-11-2010 at 12:58 PM.

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    Nice work lately.

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    thanks dude. I really like the 5/3/1 template. I am definitely going to make some short term goals at the end of may/beginning of june after my first 2 cycles of 5/3/1. Before college, I definitely want to bench 200+, deadlift 315+, and squat 275+... All of those would probably be underachieving based on what i can do now, but if it's there or higher i'll be ecstatic!!!! Will see in 2 months though.

    Thanks to everyone for all the kind words of encouragement.

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    Military Press day 3+ Reps

    Military Press
    45x5
    70x3
    80x3
    90x7- PR

    Chinups
    10- PR x BW
    4 (shoulda hit 5)
    5
    5
    --- 24 reps in 4 sets- PR


    Dips
    10- tied PR?
    5
    5
    5
    --- 25 reps in 4 sets- PR


    Standing Calves- / indicates 10-20 second rest. slow on the negatives
    90 lbs x 12/12/10/10
    90 lbs x 12/10/8/8

    DB Skull Crushers
    12 lb DBs x 15
    12 lb DBs x 15
    12 lb DBs x 10
    12 lb DBs x 10
    12 lb DBs x 10- PR reps in a workout- 60

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRider23 View Post
    thanks dude. I really like the 5/3/1 template. I am definitely going to make some short term goals at the end of may/beginning of june after my first 2 cycles of 5/3/1. Before college, I definitely want to bench 200+, deadlift 315+, and squat 275+... All of those would probably be underachieving based on what i can do now, but if it's there or higher i'll be ecstatic!!!! Will see in 2 months though.

    Thanks to everyone for all the kind words of encouragement.
    Good luck man. A 275lbs squat is something I wouldn't mine either. I see your doing skulls with dumbbells... have your ever tried them with an EZ curl bar? are you a senior?

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    Quote Originally Posted by famous636 View Post
    Good luck man. A 275lbs squat is something I wouldn't mine either. I see your doing skulls with dumbbells... have your ever tried them with an EZ curl bar? are you a senior?
    Thanks. Yeah, I am a senior this year and can't freaking wait to hit the gym at my college (with way more than 1 rack). I tried them with EZ bars and used to do them that way, but since my arms are pretty uneven i switched to dumbbells.

    Are you a senior? What are you squatting right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRider23 View Post
    Thanks. Yeah, I am a senior this year and can't freaking wait to hit the gym at my college (with way more than 1 rack). I tried them with EZ bars and used to do them that way, but since my arms are pretty uneven i switched to dumbbells.

    Are you a senior? What are you squatting right now?
    Yeah I have like 30 days left. I guess I'm lucky because I have a rack at home. Well I have squatted 255x1 and 245x3. However I got sick and missed about a month and the month after that I just kind of screwed around. Next squat session I will try something in the 200s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famous636 View Post
    Yeah I have like 30 days left. I guess I'm lucky because I have a rack at home. Well I have squatted 255x1 and 245x3. However I got sick and missed about a month and the month after that I just kind of screwed around. Next squat session I will try something in the 200s.
    Just posted in your journal too haha. Did you decide on a college yet?

    And yeah you're damn lucky- good luck hitting 275!

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    Deadlift Day- 3+ reps

    Deadlift
    135x6
    200x3
    230x3
    255x11- PR (not done to failure and i felt somewhat dizzy after the 10th, so i said i'd do 1 more)

    BB Shrugs (first time)
    135x12
    135x12

    Front Squat
    95x10- PR 2x10
    95x10
    95x8 (medicore form on 7th, form gave out on 8th and i stopped right there. didn't want to risk anything)

    Pullthroughs
    42.5 x 15- PR 3x15
    42.5 x 15
    42.5 x 15

    Hammer Curls
    25 lb DBs x 10
    25 lb DBs x 10
    20 lb DBs x 10
    15 lb DBs x 6 (regular curls)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRider23 View Post
    Just posted in your journal too haha. Did you decide on a college yet?

    And yeah you're damn lucky- good luck hitting 275!
    No I'll most likely end up at the local community college until I figure out what I want to do.

    Thanks man. Check out craigslist. I picked up a squat rack, 300lbs, a bar, a weight tree and a bench for $250.

    Btw sick deads man. I like seeing all the red PRs as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famous636 View Post
    No I'll most likely end up at the local community college until I figure out what I want to do.

    Thanks man. Check out craigslist. I picked up a squat rack, 300lbs, a bar, a weight tree and a bench for $250.

    Btw sick deads man. I like seeing all the red PRs as well.
    Wow that's an amazing price dude- i think i just got hard.

    Thanks. Yeah, putting the PRs in red makes them seem that much sexier lol.

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    Bench day today 3+ reps

    Bench Press
    45x8
    95x2
    110x3
    130x3
    145x7- PR (bad spotter- helped me on 6 and 7 even though i didn't need it)

    DB Row
    35s x 15- PR 3x15
    35s x 15
    35s x 15

    DB Bench
    35s x 12- PR 3x12
    35s x 12
    35s x 12

    Seated Calves- 45 lbs very slow negative 6 sets of 10 reps stopping for 10 secs in between. Calves still suffering from DOMS from tuesday.

    CGBP
    45x8
    65x5
    95x12- PR x 12?
    95x10
    85x8

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    Lots of hard work here and it shows with your PR's. I like your deadlifting from yesterday, very solid work. I like deadlifting in case you haven't noticed.
    Last edited by SCmmaFAN; 04-16-2010 at 08:06 PM. Reason: typos

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCmmaFAN View Post
    Lots of hard work here and it shows with your PR's. I like your deadlifting from yesterday, very solid work. I like deadlifting in case you haven't noticed.
    Thanks man. Yeah- i love getting up on deadlift days way more than any other day, but the squat is a close second

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    Squat Day 3+ Reps

    after dynamic stretching, my groin was kinda hurting and it hurt during all my reps, but not to the point where it was bad- i had a really nagging groin injury during soccer this year so i stopped after 9 reps on squats.

    Squat
    45x5
    95x3
    135x3
    155x3
    175x3
    200x9- PR

    SLDL
    125x8- PR 4x8
    125x8
    125x8
    125x8

    DB Lunges
    20 lb DBs x 14
    20 lb DBs x 16
    20 lb DBs x 18
    20 lb DBs x 20
    20 lb DBs x 12
    20 lb DBs x 12
    92 reps wit 20 lbs- PR

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    steppin it up on the squats today

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    thanks. Have extreme DOMS in my quads today probably from the lunges. Groin is also hurting like it did when i hurt it in soccer, but i think it will be ok. Squatting once a week (besides pretty light front squats on deadlift day) is a huge change from squatting heavy 3 times a week with 3-4 sets per workout.

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