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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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    Quest to #1800 single-ply

    My name is Mike. I live in Colorado Springs Colorado. My team is called SoCo Barbell. We currently have 5 members and 4 or 5 guy that show up about half the time.

    I've been training almost 3 years. My best lifts when I started where a #315 squat #275 bench and a #365 deadlift raw at #180 pounds. I'm 6' 2" and now #225 competing at #220. My best gym lifts drug free and single ply are #655 squat #425 bench and #600 deadlift.

    I have only competed in NASA. My best meet lifts are #575 squat #424 bench and a #601 deadlift. I am currently training for the NASA World Cup meet in August.

    I trained using the Westside template almost the whole time I've been lifting. With the help of Shawn Frankl I have recently started using the Big Iron style and am very pleased with it so far.

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    Friday 3-26-10

    Squats

    I really felt like crap at the gym today because I didn't eat well at all. Today was my first day getting busy in the suit since the meet so...........

    With loose suit bottoms. I have 42 hips. I use a size 40 Super Centurion for meets and a size 42 for training.

    #500x1
    #555x1
    #600x1

    Reverse bands

    #655x1
    #705x1

    All except #555 where a little high. I just felt real bad.

    Leg press 5x6

    Leg extensions 3x10

    Abs on a decline bench 3x10 with a #25 plate.

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euUNc-COgmA
    Last edited by SoCoBarbell; 03-28-2010 at 03:27 PM.

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    3-28-10 Upper assistance

    Bench warm ups

    Worked up to #225x10

    4 board

    #315x3
    #365x3
    #405x3
    #425x3

    Pull ups 3x5

    Chest supported rows 4x6

    Face pulls 3x10

    Hammer strength shoulder press 4x6

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc5kaSg4ZlI

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    Mike, good luck with your goals. Be interesting to see another style of programming.
    "Its not the will to win that matters, everyone has that. Its the will to prepare to win that matters." Bear Bryant
    My blog: http://mattsdailyjournal.wordpress.com/
    My Journal: http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...88#post2271988

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    squats looked good to me, dint look high at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Manley View Post
    squats looked good to me, dint look high at all

    I had a side spotter and he said I needed another inch or so. NASA has real strict judging. Thanks for checking me out Mick. I look forward to any help you can give me.

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    Mike, squats still looked really good for an off day. glad to see you got the journal going.

    If you could check out my journal, there are some deadlift videos I'd like you to take a look at and give me some feedback on. I'd appreciate it.
    5'8" 177 (meet PRs) ALL RAW

    Bench - 290 (291) Pause reps Dead - 500 (479.5) Squat - 446 (430)

    Total - 1236 (1168.4)

    Goals: Bench - 280 met 1/19/09 new goal - 300 Squat - 435 met 11/28/09 new goal 475 Dead - 500 met 1/23/10 new goal 525

    The Quest

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    Deadlifts against purple bands

    About #150 at the top

    #135x10
    #225x6
    #315x1
    #405x1
    #455x1

    Good mornings 4x6

    We do good mornings on this weird machine at our gym. It works great and really blasts my glutes and hamstrings. I took a video of it for anyone interested.

    45 degree back raises w/ purple band around my back 2x10

    Decline bench abs w/ #35 plate 3x10

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zEnBOEvTTI

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    Bench 4-1-10

    Raw

    #185x10
    #225x6
    #275x3
    #295x3
    #315x3

    Shirt 2 Boards

    #365x1
    #405x1
    #435x1
    #455x1
    #475x1
    #495x1

    That was all I had time for today.

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK3Xhc4WNUQ

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    Squats 4-2-10

    Raw

    Up to 405x3

    Added suit bottoms

    #455x1
    #500x1
    #550x1
    #605x1

    Added wraps and loose straps

    #650x0 GOT SMASHED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Going back to Westside starting next week.................

    Leg press 6x6

    Leg extentions 3x10

    Abs on the decline bench 3x10 w/ #45 plate

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdhf83iGiPE

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    4-4-10 Bench assistance

    Speed bench #185 + minibands

    3x3 close grip
    3x3 medium grip
    3x3 comp grip

    4 boards w/ minibands

    #225x3
    #275x3
    #315x3
    #345x3

    Chest supported rows 5x6

    Pulldowns 3x10

    Face pulls 3x6

    Rear delt machine 3x10

    Hammer strength shoulder press 4x6

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvBhbe_nwYI

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    Super lifting Mike, see the little guy in the vid is off to a real early start helping out in the gym, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Super lifting Mike, see the little guy in the vid is off to a real early start helping out in the gym, lol.
    Thanks Bro. We're starting the future early.

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    Deadlifts 4-5-10

    We had a gym challenge tonight pulling from hole 4. I got my ass kicked.

    Tony got 2 PRs #475 & #495

    Bobby pulled #675

    I did the following

    #495x3
    #545x1
    #585x1
    #635x1
    #675x0

    45 degree back raises with bands 4x6

    Reverse hypers 3x10

    Abs on the decline bench 3x10 with a plate

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULEr5Xh7dQg

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    Bench 4-7-10

    #365x1 2 board
    #385x1 1 board
    #405x1 chest

    1 Board from here out

    #425x1
    #445x1
    #455x1
    #475x0 I'll get this next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Decline 4x6

    Incline 2x6

    Hammer strength bench 3x6

    Pushdowns 1x40

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uq1TDf0H_M

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    Squats 4-9-10

    Lactic acid tolerance training Box squats

    #85 chains

    Bar weight #365

    19 sets x2 1 set x10 We had 4 guys in the group and all squats were done in 40 minutes

    I didn't have anything left in the tank after this.

    I did some abs on the decline and standing and that was it.

    My ass is extremely sore today.

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQE8O_nxGsY

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    4-11-10 Speed bench

    #185 + minibands

    3x3 close grip
    3x3 medium grip
    3x3 comp grip

    4 boards w/ miniband
    #275x3
    #295x3
    #315x3
    #335x3
    #355x3

    Chest supported rows

    6x6

    Face pulls

    3x10

    Rear delt machine

    3x10

    Video http://www.youtube.com/user/socobarb.../1/ayehlVARagY




    4-12-10 Deadlifts

    Stiff legged sumo

    This was my first time ever trying these. Dam....... where they HARD

    #135x10
    #185x6
    #225x3
    #275x3
    #315x3
    #365x3
    #405x3
    #455x0 Came back and got it for 1

    45 degree back raise against green band

    3x6

    Reverse hypers

    3x10

    Decline sit ups w/ #55

    3x10

    Leg curls

    3x10

    Abductor machine

    3x10

    Video http://www.youtube.com/user/socobarb.../0/bRy-NM_knts

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    I'm sick again. I feel like total crap I'm light headed and can't really eat but, got busy anyway.

    4-14-10 Bench

    Raw sets

    #225x10
    #275x6
    #315x4

    Shirt on

    #365 2 board x1
    #385 1 board x1
    #405 chest x1
    #425 chest x1

    1 Board

    #445x1
    #455x1
    #475x1 PR

    I shut it down cuz I felt like I was gonna pass out. I missed #475 last week so I was real pleased getting it done today considering the circumstances.

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    4-16-10 Squats

    #85 chains

    #395 9 sets x2

    #445 1 set x2

    Hack squats 4x6

    Leg extensions 4x10

    Abs on the decline bench 2x10

    Video @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHfvq0JIl08

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    Bench assistance 4-17-10

    Speed Bench #185 + minibands

    3x3 close grip

    3x3 medium grip

    3x3 comp grip

    4 board w/ minibands

    #225x3
    #275x3
    #315x3
    #335x3
    #355x3
    #365x3

    That was it today. I'll do some upper back work Monday.

    Video @ http://www.youtube.com/user/socobarb.../0/BXCsAwsu838

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    Good job throughout man...excellent vids with you and your team.

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    I was supposed to deload a little this week but, things don't always go as planned.

    4-19-10 Deadlifts

    My plan was to do 6 singles with #495 while trying out a different deadlift suit (Titan Velocity) The verdict is in. I don't like it at all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #495 x 3 singles

    They all felt real easy so I decided to go up a little BAD IDEA...................

    #545 3 singles

    Form sucked cuz I couldn't set up with the suit and I struggled with every rep.

    I got pissed and went home.

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rufezLyEnIw

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    4-21-10 Bench

    Worked up to ....................

    #315x4 unequipped

    Added shirt

    #365x1 2 board
    #385x1 1 board

    All touch

    #405x1
    #425x1
    #435x1 PR

    3 board

    #455x1
    #475x1
    #495x1
    #515x1
    #535x0 close

    That was it. It was a long night helping a couple guys new to shirts.

    Bobby hit a strong #500 at under #242 bodyweight his second time in a Katana.

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNy4GcmNbgo

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    Squats 4-23-10

    #85 chains

    #425 8x2

    #455x1
    #500x1
    #545x1
    #585x0 got completely stapled to the box

    I didn't do any assistance work.

    We wont be doing any squats or deadlifts this week so we can deload before starting with bands.

    Video http://www.youtube.com/user/socobarb.../0/3Oa3hr6LhIQ

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    Great vids, you guys aren't joking around.

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