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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Most muscular at 135, 165, and 222lbs + rear lat

    I posted the 135-222 awhile back in another thread I started about squatting, but I thought I'd add the 165lb one here too.

    Anyway, here is a MM pose at 135lbs the week I started, 165lbs which is where I was stuck before I joined here (and got my power rack), and 222lbs a few months ago. I'm pretty much the same weight since I hit 225 and decided to take a break from trying to gain more. I've gotten a lot stronger since then though.



    And here's a rear lat spread from awhile back too.



    I could stand to cut, but I'm too afraid of losing strength. Plus now it's Fall, so there's no point. I've been doing the 5/3/1 routine for a couple months but it's too hard to tell if I'm still getting stronger. I'll stick with it awhile longer but I may switch some lifts back to my old routine.
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    If I were you, I would have stopped at 165 and never picked up another weight in my life unless it was just to maintain. Would never utter the words diet or cut again. I'd be on an eternal maintenance. You're insane for getting fatter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorgan View Post
    If I were you, I would have stopped at 165 and never picked up another weight in my life unless it was just to maintain. Would never utter the words diet or cut again. I'd be on an eternal maintenance. You're insane for getting fatter.
    WTF????? Was this comment an inside joke I didn't get?

    To Berfles......simply amazing transformation man.
    Last edited by Mik; 09-30-2009 at 01:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorgan View Post
    If I were you, I would have stopped at 165 and never picked up another weight in my life unless it was just to maintain. Would never utter the words diet or cut again. I'd be on an eternal maintenance. You're insane for getting fatter.
    Your either trolling or an idiot.

    Anyhow,

    Looking ****ing awesome at 222, serious mass. Congrats on your awesome progress.

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    looking big berfles. We have almost the exact same story, and simliar stats, but your about 10lbs heavier than me. You really put in the effort and it shows.Ciongrats bro
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    You have clearly made great progress over the years!
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    You're a goddamn sherman tank at 225lbs mate. good work!
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    Dang, look at them traps.

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    222 looks GREAT!! I can only imagine how much you must eat.
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    Wow, that just made me feel bad . We are the same weight and you look like i want to look. Awesome work, i cant even begin to imagine the work you put in.

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    From Smeagol to beast mode.

    That's a really awesome transformation. Congrats and kudos on your hard work.
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    Awesome as always, berfles. I'm really diggin' the cherries painted on the wall, lol.
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    Damn man you're lookin' pretty huge. I remember when you first joined wbb, it's been interesting following your progress considering your insane metabolism. One of the biggest transformations on the boards I'd say.
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    Great progress mate, whats your routine look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorgan View Post
    If I were you, I would have stopped at 165 and never picked up another weight in my life unless it was just to maintain. Would never utter the words diet or cut again. I'd be on an eternal maintenance. You're insane for getting fatter.

    I too would like to hear your reasoning behind this, whether you were joking or being a dick. Either way, enlighten me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Detard View Post
    looking big berfles. We have almost the exact same story, and simliar stats, but your about 10lbs heavier than me. You really put in the effort and it shows.Ciongrats bro
    I challenge you to a raw liftoff!

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    Awesome as always, berfles. I'm really diggin' the cherries painted on the wall, lol.
    Haha, my sister did those too. That room was supposed to be her pottery room, but she never really got started so after she moved out I took over.

    Quote Originally Posted by benno View Post
    Great progress mate, whats your routine look like?
    Right now I'm doing the 5/3/1 routine from Jim Wendler.



    Thanks for all the other comments guys, it makes me want to buckle down harder and start ensuring I get 6000 calories every day again.
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    you've made a hell of a transformation there, berfles. it's clear you've put in the work. great job, man. don't be afriad to cut down, though. if you're doing everything correctly you won't lose much strength at all.


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    ...just wow man
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    Quote Originally Posted by berfles View Post
    I too would like to hear your reasoning behind this, whether you were joking or being a dick. Either way, enlighten me.



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    I'm saying you looked really, really effing good at 165. You didn't have to bulk up more, and personally, I wouldn't have. But I guess if you're doing it for the sport of BBing/PLing, that's cool. Do your thing. Personally, I'm a lazy bastard who is just into weightlifting to get into shape, and I would never go to another gym again in my life if I had your 165lbs body, unless it was just to maintain it every few weeks or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorgan View Post
    I'm saying you looked really, really effing good at 165. You didn't have to bulk up more, and personally, I wouldn't have. But I guess if you're doing it for the sport of BBing/PLing, that's cool. Do your thing. Personally, I'm a lazy bastard who is just into weightlifting to get into shape, and I would never go to another gym again in my life if I had your 165lbs body, unless it was just to maintain it every few weeks or so.
    There are many things I want to reply with...but Ill keep it simple. With that strength and build and a well organized program and diet layout, his extra weight is going to fall off...and when it does, and he is lean at 185 instead of 165, that 165 will seem laughable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorgan View Post
    I'm saying you looked really, really effing good at 165. You didn't have to bulk up more, and personally, I wouldn't have. But I guess if you're doing it for the sport of BBing/PLing, that's cool. Do your thing. Personally, I'm a lazy bastard who is just into weightlifting to get into shape, and I would never go to another gym again in my life if I had your 165lbs body, unless it was just to maintain it every few weeks or so.
    If you hit 165 and go to the gym every few weeks or so you wouldn't have his body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorgan View Post
    I'm saying you looked really, really effing good at 165. You didn't have to bulk up more, and personally, I wouldn't have. But I guess if you're doing it for the sport of BBing/PLing, that's cool. Do your thing. Personally, I'm a lazy bastard who is just into weightlifting to get into shape, and I would never go to another gym again in my life if I had your 165lbs body, unless it was just to maintain it every few weeks or so.
    What, and look like every other pseudo-ripped, marginally strong dude out there? What's the point in that? Most of us are here to get as big or as strong as possible, or both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorgan View Post
    I'm saying you looked really, really effing good at 165. You didn't have to bulk up more, and personally, I wouldn't have.
    He really didn't. Berfles made good gains to get up to 165, but he still looked like your average joe at that weight. Going up to 225 from there is far more impressive, and takes a work ethic I doubt you'll ever know.

    But I guess if you're doing it for the sport of BBing/PLing, that's cool. Do your thing. Personally, I'm a lazy bastard who is just into weightlifting to get into shape, and I would never go to another gym again in my life if I had your 165lbs body, unless it was just to maintain it every few weeks or so.
    Why are you on these forums? If your goal is to get to 165lbs and lean, freakin do it. That's not very difficult, not difficult at all. I'd say most men could accomplish that in a year or two, easy... unless you have the testosterone levels of a female bunny rabbit.

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    Berfles, very impressive transformation. What kind of routines did you use to get up to 225lbs? I believe you're a fan of 5x5 across, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xMeat_Headx View Post


    Berfles, very impressive transformation. What kind of routines did you use to get up to 225lbs? I believe you're a fan of 5x5 across, right?
    I am indeed. I am actually strongly considering going back to it for squats, I'm not progressing at all with them in the 5/3/1 routine. Probably because they're all I do for legs and it's only three sets, and I'm not good with higher rep squats. I'll paste my routine that I posted elsewhere:


    Monday
    Flat bench 5x3
    Weighted dips (triceps) 3x5

    Tuesday
    Deadlifts 5x5 (or 3x3)
    Weighted pull-ups 3x5

    Wednesday
    Shoulder press 5x5
    Side laterals supersetted with fronts 3x8

    Thursday
    Squat ATG 5x5

    Friday
    Whatever I feel like doing for biceps and additional tri work, if anything.

    I know that seems like barely anything, but that's the core of my workout. I'll add additional exercises to each day depending on how I feel, but more often than not that's how it is. Like I said, I would definitely not do this over another well established routine because I catered it to myself after seeing how my body responded.
    That's basically what I did from 165 to 225. I feel like I'm getting a bit stronger in bench and deadlifts, but my squats are really pissing me off.
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    Squat - 455x2 (old)
    Deadlift - 500(old)

    Total: 1280lbs 100% raw




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    Damn Berles! Now That's A BACK!

    Congratulation. And keep going mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BULK_BOY View Post
    Damn Berles! Now That's A BACK!

    Congratulation. And keep going mate.
    Thanks, I think my back will look pretty good once I cut down a bit.

    Here is another old picture, take a look at the fierce gaze.

    22 - 5'10@236lbs!
    Bench - 325 (old)
    Squat - 455x2 (old)
    Deadlift - 500(old)

    Total: 1280lbs 100% raw




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