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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. #76
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    Hey Eric,

    I am a huge fan, bro! Lookin strong! Good Luck at your push/pull! I have a push/pull in Dec...I cant wait!

    I noticed that you are a pretty lean lifter, but maintain a bodyweight around 270lbs or so. What is your diet like? I also want to remain somewhat lean without the big belly, but def want to take alot of calories in to gain proper weight. Any tips on diets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewy23 View Post
    Hey Eric,

    I am a huge fan, bro! Lookin strong! Good Luck at your push/pull! I have a push/pull in Dec...I cant wait!

    I noticed that you are a pretty lean lifter, but maintain a bodyweight around 270lbs or so. What is your diet like? I also want to remain somewhat lean without the big belly, but def want to take alot of calories in to gain proper weight. Any tips on diets?
    Thanks man!! Honestly, i've always just been naturally lean... it's very hard for me to keep my weight up around 270ish.. i have to eat a lot and not miss any protein shakes throughout the day. I am usually in the lower 270's when i'm peaking for a meet... when i'm on my down time i will flucuate anywhere between 258-262lbs usually, that's just where my body weight stands when i'm not training very hard or heavy. As far as the foods i eat... i like to eat a lot of lean chicken breasts... i will buy bags of chicken breats and i will just boil them. Now they will be very dry so the best thing to eat them with is just some bbq sauce to help get it down easier LOL. I will also buy turkey and chicken lunch meat, all lean meats and make sandwiches. I definitely noticed a difference when i started eating those more often. For snacks i like eating protein bars or granola bars or peanuts. I also drink a ton of water and powerade!

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    Accessory workout day 10-18-10

    Weighed in at 270lbs

    Pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Leg extensions:
    3 sets of 15 reps (add more weight each set)

    Reverese leg curls:
    3 sets of 15 reps (add more weight each set)

    Calv raises:
    3 sets of 15 reps (add more weight each set)

    Upright rows:
    bar x 20
    75 x 15
    95 x 15
    115 x 15
    140 x 15
    115 x 20

    Preacher curls w/ curl bar:
    80 x 15
    100 x 15
    120 x 15

    Dumbell preacher curls:
    45's x 12
    35's x 15

    Leg raises:
    2 sets of 15

    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water





    Heavy bench workout, 10-20-10

    Weighed in at 270lbs

    Pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Bench:
    bar x 50
    135 x 15
    185 x 12
    225 x 10 (first rep paused)
    275 x 5 (first rep paused)
    315 x 3 (first rep paused)
    365 x 1 (paused)
    405 x 1 (paused)
    440 x 1 (paused)
    470 x 1 (pased)

    505 x 1 - 2 boards

    -Bench felt great! This is my final bench workout before my push/pull meet in 10 days. 440lbs is my planned opener for the meet, and my planned 2nd attempt will be around 470lbs. I took the 505 to a 2 board just to feel out the weight and to work my triceps hard and it felt very good.

    Dumbell bench press:
    -slow reps, about a 2-3 second count on the way down for each rep.
    100's x 15
    80's x 15

    Dumbell pec flys:
    60's x 15
    50's x 15

    Tricep cable push downs:
    3 sets total of 10 reps, 12 reps, 15 reps (drop weight each set)

    Decline sit ups:
    2 sets of 10 reps with 20lb medicine ball


    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water.


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    I've been resting since last week, so i will not have any training updates until after my competition this saturday. Wish me luck!!!!

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    Congratz on the push/pull meet Eric!
    Raw w/ wraps

    Squat: 390
    Bench: 230
    Deadlift: 415

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    Sorry i haven't posted anything on here lately, been taking off time since my meet and i got really sick after my meet and have been trying to recover from that, i've lost about 8 pounds since then and today i finally started feeling better so i decided to squat, still not sure yet if i'm going to do this meet in december, but i'll have to see how training goes the next couple weeks. here's just what i did for today to get back into it after being sick.

    Squats: w/ squat bar
    bar x 12
    145 x 10
    235 x 8
    325 x 5
    415 x 3
    505 x 2 belt only
    605 x 1 belt only

    Lat pull downs:
    3 sets of 15, 12 and 10 reps, added 40lbs each set

    Decline sit ups
    2 sets of 15 reps

    Called it a day after this, body felt very weak and fatigued.. hopefully next week will be a lot better, getting sick SUCKS!!!!!!

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    bench day 11-10-10

    weighed in at 265lbs (gained back a few pounds after losing a lot from being sick)

    pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Bench:
    bar x 50
    135 x 20
    185 x 12
    225 x 10
    275 x 6 (first rep paused)
    315 x 3 (first rep paused)
    365 x 2 (first rep paused)
    405 x 1 (paused)
    455 x 1 (paused)

    Board work
    475 x 1 - 1 board (paused)
    500 x 1 - 2 board (paused)
    525 x 1 - 3 board (paused)
    550 x 3 - 4 boards (touch n go)

    Dumbell pec flys
    70's x 12
    60's x 12
    50's x 15

    Tricep cable push downs
    3 sets of 10, 12, 15 reps (deload weight each set)

    Decline sit ups
    2 sets of 15 reps

    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water

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    Insane lifting Eric. Will be following this log for sure!

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    Eric what does your training look like when you are not peaking for a meet? Do you just back off heavier weights and do more rep work? Great job at the meet.
    Last edited by cttballer23; 11-17-2010 at 09:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cttballer23 View Post
    Eric what does your training look like when you are not peaking for a meet? Do you just back off heavier weights and do more rep work? Great job at the meet.
    It honestly all depends.... if i'm not training for a meet and don't have any meets planned for a few months, then i will basically just go by how i feel. The exercises in each workout are still the same, just my weights and reps will usually change. I like to train a lot of heavy board work all the time on benching... it really works well for me. I don't ever do reps on the deadlifts, i only pull singles on my big sets so if i'm feeling good i'll usually pull in the lower 700's every few weeks just to keep my form and feel some heavy weight. As for squats i will usually just back off and go very light...sets of like 3-5 reps and no where near the weights that i usually hit when i'm trying to peak for a meet. I like letting my joints and everything take a nice break because when i'm peaking for a meet, i know my body goes through hell every single week, and by the time i do a meet and it's over with, i can feel my body is very beat up and needs a break.

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    Heavy bench workout on 11-17-10

    Weighed in at 267lbs today

    Pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Bench:
    bar x 30
    135 x 15
    185 x 12
    225 x 10 (first rep paused)
    275 x 6 (first rep paused)
    315 x 4 (first rep paused)
    365 x 2 (first rep paused)
    405 x 1 - paused
    440 x 1 - paused
    475 x 1 - paused

    Board work
    500 x 1 - 1 board
    525 x 1 - 2 board
    550 x 3 - 3 board (PR for me, was my last set so i went all out to see what i could do and was feeling good tonight)

    Dumbell pec flys
    70's x 10
    60's x 12
    50's x 15

    Tricep cable push downs
    3 sets of 10, 12 and 15 reps each, decreasing the weight each set

    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water


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    Back/Arm training on 11-18-10

    Weighed in at 266lbs

    Pre workout- 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Upright rows:
    bar x 20
    95 x 15
    115 x 12
    130 x 12
    145 x 12
    100 x 20

    Preacher curls w/ curl bar:
    75 x 10
    100 x 10
    125 x 10

    Preacher curls w/ dumbells:
    35's x 15 full slow reps + 7 half reps after to failure

    25's x 15 full slow reps + 12 half reps after to failure

    Decline sit ups w/ 15lb medicine ball:
    2 sets of 15

    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of milk

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    light squat and deadlift day 11-20-10

    weighed in at 265lbs

    pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Light squats: w/ squat bar, no belt
    bar x 15
    145 x 10
    235 x 8
    325 x 5
    425 x 3
    515 x 3

    Speed deadlifts:
    145 x 5
    235 x 5
    325 x 3
    415 x 2
    505 x 2
    605 x 2 (belt only)
    655 x 1 (belt only)
    705 x 1 (belt only)

    Bent rows: no hook grip, no straps
    325 x 15
    285 x 15
    235 x 20


    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean & 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water


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    nice job eric, apoligise for my ignorance, posted on your facebook a while ago asking if you kept a training log, had no idea you were on here

    keep up the good work i will sure as hell be following
    19 years old, moving into the 93kg/205lb class...

    best lifts so far:
    RAW IPF
    460lb squat
    285lb bench
    500lb deadlift
    my training log:
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...41#post2401241

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLjaysmith View Post
    nice job eric, apoligise for my ignorance, posted on your facebook a while ago asking if you kept a training log, had no idea you were on here

    keep up the good work i will sure as hell be following

    No problem man it wasn't ignorant at all! I should probably post this more on my facebook, i have posted before that i kept a training long on this website, and for those people that know i'm sponsored by AtLarge i figured would know that this site is a huge part of AtLarge Nutrition. I sometimes forget to post my accessory workout days but i always post my bench, squat and deadlift workouts which to me, i think are the most important!

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    Accessory workout day 11-24-10

    Weighed in at 265lbs

    Pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Upright rows:
    bar x 20
    95 x 15
    115 x 10
    135 x 10
    155 x 12
    115 x 20

    Preacher curls w/ curl bar: (with a close grip in the middle, no cheat curls)
    90 x 10
    110 x 10
    130 x 10

    Preacher curls w/ dumbells:
    35 x 15 full reps, 5 half reps immdiately after
    25 x 15 full reps, 10 half reps immdiately after

    -If any of you guys wonder why i do half reps right after, this REALLY pumps and focuses strictly on the bicep. I will do 15 reps full range with normally a 2 second count on the way down and squeeze at the top, after doing those full 15 reps, doing the half reps really helps work the biceps hard because at 15 reps i'm already feeling pretty fatigued. I've already noticed a huge difference in size and strength with doing these. They work much better with dumbells.

    Leg raises:
    2 sets of 15

    Post workout: 2 scoops of opticen and 2 scoops of nitrean with 16 ounces of milk.





    Bench workout 11-25-10

    Weighed in at 265lbs

    Bench:
    bar x 30
    135 x 15
    185 x 12
    225 x 10
    275 x 5 (first rep pause)
    315 x 4 (first rep pause)
    365 x 2 (first rep pause)
    405 x 1 (first rep pause)

    -stopped at 405, didn't feel 100% recovered from my last heavy bench workout last week so i decided to stop there and save it for next week.

    Dumbell pec flys:
    60's x 10
    50's x 15
    40's x 20
    30's x 20

    Tricep cable push downs:
    3 sets of 10 reps, 12 reps, 15 reps (decrease weight each set)

    Tricep kick backs:
    2 sets of 15

    Decline sit ups:
    2 sets of 15

    Post workout: 2 scoops of opticen and 2 scoops of nitrean with 16 ounces of water

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    Squat day 11-27-10

    Weighed in at 265lbs

    Pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Squats: w/ 55lb squat bar and 5lb collars
    bar x 12
    155 x 10
    245 x 8
    335 x 5
    425 x 3
    515 x 3
    605 x 3 (belt & wraps)
    655 x 3 (belt & wraps)
    705 x 1 (belt & wraps)

    -Haven't squated over 600 in over 2 months and was only doing singles and doubles to try and let my body heal and rest up. Just getting back into the swing of things and getting back into the heavier sets. Next squat workout i will most likely be doing some reps with 705 and see how things are feeling. I'll post a video of my next squat workout.

    Deadlifts (light & w/ a double over hand hook grip)
    145 x 5
    235 x 5
    325 x 3
    415 x 3
    505 x 2

    Bent rows: (double over hand and no straps)
    350 x 15
    285 x 20

    Ab work:
    2 sets of 15 with leg raises

    Post Workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water

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    Heavy bench day 12-1-10

    Weighed in at 265lbs

    Pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Bench:
    bar x 30
    135 x 15
    185 x 12
    225 x 10
    275 x 5
    315 x 4 (first rep paused)
    365 x 2 (first rep paused)
    405 x 1 (paused)
    455 x 1 (paused)
    500 x 1 - 1 board (paused)
    525 x 2 - 2 board

    Dumbell pec flys
    70's x 12
    60's x 12
    50's x 15

    Tricep push downs
    3 sets of 10,12, and 15 reps, decrease weight each set

    Tricep kick backs
    2 sets of 15 reps

    Decline sit ups
    2 sets of 15

    Post workout: 2 scoops of opticen and 2 scoops of nitrean with 16 ounces of water

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    Deadlift day 12-5-10

    Weighed in at 263lbs

    Pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Light squats: (no belt) w/ 55lb squat bar
    bar x 15
    145 x 10
    235 x 8
    325 x 5
    425 x 3
    525 x 3


    Deadlifts:
    135 x 5
    225 x 5
    315 x 3
    405 x 2
    505 x 2
    605 x 1 (belt only)
    655 x 1 (belt only)
    705 x 1 (belt only)
    750 x 1 (belt only)


    Bent rows:
    350 x 15
    315 x 15


    Decline sit ups:
    2 sets of 15

    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water & 1 banana


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    Light bench workout 12-8-10

    Weighed in at 262lbs

    Pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Bench: (narrow grip, 1 inch- 1 1/2 inches inside the rings)

    bar x 30
    135 x 20
    185 x 15
    225 x 12
    275 x 6
    315 x 4
    365 x 2
    385 x 2
    405 x 2

    Incline bench: (first time doing these since i tore my pec back in the summer)
    135 x 15
    225 x 10
    255 x 8
    285 x 6

    -My inclines consist of 3 sets, reps are 10, 8, 6

    Close grips: (middle finger on the nurling in the middle where it starts)
    315 x 10
    225 x 17

    Dumbell pec flys:
    3 sets of 12

    Tricep push downs:
    3 sets of 10

    Decline sit ups:
    2 sets of 15




    Accessory work day: 12-9-10

    Weighed in at 262lbs

    Pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Upright rows:
    bar x 20
    95 x 15
    125 x 10
    145 x 10
    165 x 10
    140 x 15

    Preacher curls: w/ curl bar
    100 x 10
    120 x 10
    140 x 10

    Dumbell preacher curls:
    2 sets of 15 reps

    Leg raises: w/ medicine ball
    2 sets of 15



    Heavy squat day 12-11-10

    Weighed in at 261lbs

    pre workout: 2 1/2 scoops of results with 8 ounces of water

    Squats: w/ 55lb squat bar and 2.5kg collars
    bar x 15
    155 x 10
    245 x 8
    335 x 5
    425 x 3
    525 x 2
    605 x 1 (belt and wraps)
    655 x 1 (belt and wraps)
    705 x 2 (belt and wraps)

    -Was feeling pretty tired and exhausted on this day so i decided to skip all of my accessory work and call it a day and rest up.

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    Heavy bench day (12-15-10)

    Weighed in at 262lbs


    Bench:
    bar x 50
    135 x 20
    185 x 12
    225 x 10
    275 x 6 (first rep paused)
    315 x 4 (first rep paused)
    365 x 2 (first rep paused)
    405 x 2 (first rep paused)
    435 x 2 (first rep paused)
    465 x 1 (paused)

    500 x 2 - 2 boards
    530 x 2 - 3 boards

    Dumbell pec flys- using fat gripz
    60's x 12
    50's x 15
    40's x 15

    Tricep cable push downs
    3 sets of 12 reps

    Decline sit ups
    2 sets of 15

    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water

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    Light bench day 12-23-10

    Weighed in at 262lbs

    Bench: (narrow grip, a couple inches inside the rings)
    bar x 30
    135 x 20
    185 x 12
    225 x 10
    275 x 5
    315 x 3
    365 x 3
    385 x 3
    405 x 3

    Incline bench:
    235 x 10
    265 x 8
    300 x 6

    Close grips: (middle fingers on the part where nurling starts in the middle)
    325 x 10
    235 x 15

    Dumbell pec flys:
    70's x 10
    60's x 12
    40's x 20

    Tricep push downs:
    4 sets of 8, 10, 12, 15 reps (drop weight each set)

    Decline sit ups:
    2 sets of 15 reps

    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water

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    Heavy Bench Day 12-29-10

    Weighed in at 262lbs

    Bench (close grips)
    bar x 30
    135 x 20
    185 x 12
    225 x 10
    275 x 5
    315 x 4
    365 x 2
    405 x 2
    435 x 1
    470 x 1 (PR)

    Board work w/ narrow grip
    505 x 1 - 2 boards
    550 x 1 - 3 boards

    Dumbell pec flys
    70's x 12
    60's x 15
    50's x 15

    Tricep push downs
    3 sets of 10, 12 and 15 reps, dropping weight each set

    Decline sit ups with 20lb medicine ball
    2 sets of 15

    Post workout: 2 scoops of nitrean and 2 scoops of opticen with 16 ounces of water

    Last edited by elilliebridge; 12-30-2010 at 02:05 AM.

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    Just wanted to say I really enjoy your training videos. You seem to be very consistent (right word?), you're always using good form and keeping the weights controlled well. It's really impressive.

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