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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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    My Fight for Power

    Hey everyone, I'm getting back into lifting after a very long time off. I'm looking forward to losing some fat, gaining some muscle, and getting as powerful as possible. I feel like I could lose 20 lbs of fat and be pretty lean. I'd like to gain about that much muscle mass, so I'd like to stay around 210 lbs just get much leaner and stronger.

    Age: 26
    Height: 6'
    Weight: 211

    I worked up to a 1 rep max tonight for bench press.

    135 x 10
    185 x 4
    225 x 1
    235 x 1
    245 x 1
    255 x 1
    265 x fail

    In the long run I have 3 main goals I would like to hit. A 315 lb bench, a 405 lb squat, and a 500 lb deadlift. For now, I'll set my bench press goal as 280 by september 4th, giving me 60 days to gain 25 lbs on my max. I'll set my squat and deadlift goals tomorrow after I set my PRs for each lift. Thanks for stoppin in, and hopefully this journal gets much more impressive as time passes.

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    Good luck reaching for all your goals man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Good luck reaching for all your goals man.
    I appreciate the support, I'll need it.

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    I went to the weight room today, and I wanted to set a PR for deadlift and squat, but ended up only getting a PR for deads. I am so out of shape right now its bad. I'm feeling weak, and have no cardio. I'm excited to see what kind of progress I can make.

    I did about 5 mins on the eliptical and then went for my PR.

    Deads

    135 x 5
    225 x 4
    275 x 2
    315 x 1
    350 x 1
    360 x 1 - PR
    I could have probly done about 10 more pounds, but my form was less than ideal and the last thing I need is an injury on my second day back.

    I did a bunch of ab work, a few over head presses and some lat pulldowns. Nothing heavy, just trying to feel out the weight to see where I stand. I look forward to really getting after it after the next couple workouts.

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    With my Bench and Deads out of the way it was time to hit a PR for squats.

    bar x 10
    135 x 6
    185 x 3
    225 x 1
    245 x 1
    255 x 1
    265 x 1
    275 x 1 - PR
    205 x 6

    After the 3 reps at 185 my legs were already getting tired, and by the time I tried 275 they were screaming. I'm going to be so sore for the next couple days.

    Current PRs
    Bench - 255
    Deadlift - 360
    Squat - 275

    Goal for September 4th
    Bench - 280
    Deadlift - 400
    Squat - 300

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    considering you had a "very long time off" your current lifts are really good. stay consistent and youll get what you want.
    I may have "Love" on my head, but i have Hate in my heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2kool View Post
    considering you had a "very long time off" your current lifts are really good. stay consistent and youll get what you want.
    It's been about 19 months since I have done anything resembling a good workout. And I appreciate the encouragment.

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    Bench

    bar x 10
    135 x 10
    185 x 5
    225 x 3
    225 x 3
    185 x 5
    135 x 10

    I also did some ab work, curls, lat pulldowns, shrugs, and oh press. I'll start keeping track of reps and weight my next time in the gym.

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    Deadlift

    120 x 5
    190 x 5
    240 x 5
    320 x 5
    300 x 5


    DB Bench

    75 x 6
    85 x 6
    95 x 4

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    Nice job bro, off to a consistent start.

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    Bench

    132 x 10
    182 x 6
    222 x 5
    222 x 6
    222 x 7


    Wow it was feeling good today even though I have been fighting a cold. I was using a different barbell than usual and after the last set, I decided to weigh the bar (it was just feeling tooo light). It was only 42 pounds. That kinda sucks, but i think the 3 lbs would not have made a huge difference.

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    Deads

    135 x 10
    225 x 5
    275 x 5
    330 x 5

    Pretty sore today from softball over the weekend, but the one heavy set felt good.

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    Squat

    bar x 10
    135 x 10
    185 x 5
    235 x 5
    235 x 5
    235 x 6

    It didn't feel that heavy, but my weight was starting to drift forward as I reached paralell. On the last set I was basically just trying to sit back on my heels and it seemed to help.

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    Yep, you gotta wiggle those toes.

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    Way to be focusing on the big three movements individually and seperately dude.

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    SCmmaFAN, thanks for droppin in again, and I will have to remember to think about wiggling my toes next time around. I think if I can just remember to sit back the rest will take care of itself.

    Coke, thanks again. I plan on adding more lifts in as time passes, but for now I am content with mostly focusing on the big three.

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    Bench

    bar x 10
    132 x 10
    182 x 5
    232 x 5
    232 x 5
    232 x 5

    I used the same bar as last week, which for some reason is only 42 lbs. Thats why the numbers are weird.

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    Deadlift

    bar x 10
    135 x 10
    225 x 10
    315 x 1
    350 x 5 - I had to stop and reset after the first 3 reps.

    My back has been feeling pretty good for the most part, and I felt like pushing myself a little tonight. Went for 5 at 350 but I couldn't do them non-stop. I stopped for about 20 seconds reset and pulled the last two with pretty decent form.

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    Where did you get your tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCmmaFAN View Post
    Where did you get your tire?
    I work at a car dealership, and when they change tires on cars and trucks, they have to pay to get rid of them. So I just waited for a large truck to get a tire change, and took one of the used tires. It's not big enough to use for flippin or draggin, but it worked great for hitting with a hammer.

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    Sledge work.

    40 strikes
    30 strikes
    30 strikes

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    Squat

    bar x 10
    135 x 10
    205 x 3
    245 x 5
    245 x 5
    245 x 6

    + Speed bench, lat pulldowns, db overhead press, and more sledge hammer work. It was feeling good today, and now I'm beat. Now time to consume some lean protein and take a nap.

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    The squats and all rock Blaine.

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    Appreciate it coke!


    Bench

    Bar x 10
    132 x 10
    182 x 3
    237 x 5
    237 x 5
    237 x 4 - sooooo close on the last rep. I should have had it. The biggest problem was that when I really started digging for strength the bar started to drift up on me. Next time....

    + sledge work

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    Deadlift

    135 x 5
    225 x 5
    315 x 1
    355 x 5
    365 x 1

    OH Press

    bar x 10
    120 x 5
    120 x 5
    120 x 5

    + BB Curls with 100, lat pulldown with 180, and some bent rows.


    My back was feeling great today. I flew through the set of 5, which was suprising considering I struggled with 350 last week. I decided to go for a 5 lb pr with 365 and it came up easy. Looking forward to maxing out again next month.

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