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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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    Bout time.

    Hello everyone,

    Bout time I made a journal. I accomplished a 12 week cycle of HCT not too long ago and can attribute my current maxes to that amazing routine. A friend of mine wanted to try 5/3/1 together and I needed a better way to track my lifts. So here I am. My goals are a 355+bench, break 400+ on squat, and hit 525 on deadlifts. I was hovering around 213lbs while doing HCT. I currently weigh 195lbs.

    2 cycles in.

    7/18
    squat
    235x5
    275x5
    310x7

    cable pull throughs
    80lbx20
    100lbx20
    120lbx20
    140lbx20
    160lbx20

    bulgarian lunges
    25dumbellsx20
    25x18
    30x15
    50x10
    70x5 50x4 25x4

    db bicep curls
    30lbx20
    40lbx13
    55lbx5 30lbx8

    reverse bb curl
    45lbx20
    45lbx20

    Here's a teaser clip we shot with the Flip.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Standing BB Military Press
    Warm up
    80x5
    100x5
    120x3
    Working Set
    135x5
    150x5
    170x6

    Seated DB press
    45x20
    80x9 45x8
    90x4 55x4 45x5

    db rear raises
    25x20
    25x20

    towel pull ups
    BWx13
    BWx11
    BWx8 + Reg pull ups BWx5
    pull ups BWx6
    towel pull ups BWx4

    CGBP
    135x20
    185x10 dipsx15
    205x7 dipsx15
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    7/21

    I wasn't feeling today's session. My hamstrings/glutes were still pretty sore and tight from squat day. I felt as if I used a lot of back and not enough legs/hips, back rounded a lot during the last set.
    deadlifts
    warm up
    200x5
    250x5
    300x3
    working set
    325x5
    375x5
    425x7

    single leg curls
    40x20
    50x15
    55x10

    leg press
    2plates each side x 20
    3plates x 18
    4 plates x 15
    5 plates x 10
    3 plates x 10

    weighted ab crunch
    60x20
    70x20
    80x20
    90x16
    100x10

    bb curl
    85x13
    85x12
    85x10
    concentration curls
    35x5
    35x5
    35x5

    calf raises
    210x6
    240x6
    270x6x2x2x2
    Last edited by xtian; 07-21-2010 at 09:25 PM.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    BB Bench press
    @70% 220x3
    @80% 250x3
    @90% 280x5

    Incline Bench press
    155x20
    185x15
    205x8 135x5

    DB incline flies
    55x15
    60x11

    pull ups
    BWx20(pr)
    bw+10x9
    bw+10x8
    bw+15x8
    bw+15x8
    bw+8
    bw+9

    Single hand Cable Press downs
    Overhand
    50x20
    60x15
    70x12
    underhand
    50x15
    60x10
    Last edited by xtian; 07-24-2010 at 01:07 PM.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Impressive vid, killer quads Jay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Impressive vid, killer quads Jay.
    Thanks!

    squats
    @70% 255x3
    @80% 290x3
    @90% 330x5

    hyperextensions
    BWx20 pause up top
    BWx20 pause up top
    BW+25x15 pause up top
    BW+35x15 pause up top
    BW+55x15

    Front squats
    115x10
    135x10

    High box step ups
    BWx20
    BWx20
    BWx20

    incline DB curls
    25x15
    40x12
    45x8 40x3 30x5

    weighted crunches
    150x20
    155x15
    160x10
    170x10
    170x10

    calf raises
    200x6
    220x6
    240x6x2x2x2
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    My 425x7 pull from 7/21/10


    I have to work on lowering the bar.

    Todays 330x5 squat
    Last edited by xtian; 07-25-2010 at 05:49 PM.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Standing Military Press
    @70% 135x3
    @80% 155x3
    a little over 90% 175x4

    seated DB shoulder press
    55x15
    60x12
    70x10
    Hammer str shoulder press
    80 per side x 10
    90 per side x 10

    Hammer High str row
    115 per side x 20
    135 per side x 15
    hammer low str row
    90 per side x 10 x 10

    Dips
    BWx20
    BW+45x14
    BWx45x10


    MEH!
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Deadlifts
    @70% 350x3
    @80% 400x3
    @90% 455x7(PR!)

    Leg curls
    50x10
    55x10
    60x10
    60x10
    50x20

    Bulgarian lunges
    BWx20
    BW+20lb DB's x 10
    BW+20lb DB's x 10

    Leg extensions
    120x15
    150x13
    180x10

    Preacher curls w/ EZ curl bar
    25's per side x 10
    30's per side x 10
    35's per side x 10

    Hammer curls
    40x10
    40x10

    DB shurgs
    90x10
    100x10
    110x10

    Abs Leg raises 3x10
    Last edited by xtian; 07-28-2010 at 11:42 PM.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Bench Press
    @75% 230x5
    @85% 260x3
    @95% 295x1
    315x1
    325xfail
    315x1

    Incline hammer str
    2ppsx18
    2pps+5lbx13
    2pps+25lbx10

    machine flys
    120x15
    140x10

    pull ups
    BWx1 7
    BW+10lbx10
    BW+25lbx7
    BW+30lbx6
    BW+45lbx5
    BW+50x5

    DIPs
    BW+45x10
    BW+55x10
    BW+55x10

    One hand Press downs
    70x10
    70x10



    My pressing(bench & mili press) has been a real struggle lately. I'm just not as confident under the bar anymore. Maybe its because of my weight loss. I used to rep out 315x5's with a max of 345x1, but I was at 215-220ish. As of today, I'm weighing in at 195lbs. What has me confused is I have been progressing nicely on deads and squats, shouldn't this be stalling as well?
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    squats
    @75% 275x5
    @85% 310x1
    @95% 345x1

    Decided to go for a max squat at my current BW
    360x1 really grinded through
    365xFAIL
    365x1 success!!

    Looks like I added 10lbs on my squat from 2 months ago when I squatted 355x1 at 205 body weight

    Cable pull throughs
    120x20
    140x20
    150x20
    160x20
    180x20

    Walking lunges
    BWx18 per leg
    BWx16
    BW+25lb db's x14
    BW+20lb db'sx12
    BW+40lb db's x10

    cable bicep curls w/ ez bar
    100x10
    110x10
    120x10
    130x10
    140x10

    cable crunches
    70x10
    80x10
    90x10
    110x10

    did some calve work
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Some footage of me from this cycle of 5/3/1
    the deads are actually 425lbs, not 430lbs. The cable pull throughs and towel pull ups were definitely lacking in the ROM department lol.




    Thanks to my bro for his editing skills!
    Last edited by xtian; 08-02-2010 at 12:10 AM.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Over Head Press
    @75% 150x5
    @85% 170x2
    @95% 190x1
    200x1

    DB shoulder press
    70x10
    80x8
    90x8
    100x5

    up right row
    70x15
    90x10

    cable machine reverse fly
    110x10
    120x10
    140x10

    CGBP
    185x10
    225x8
    245x4

    pause bench
    205x1
    225x1
    275x1
    295x1
    Last edited by xtian; 08-03-2010 at 07:21 PM.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    great deadlift day!
    @75% 375x5
    @85% 425x3
    @95% 475x1
    515x1 PR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    did some hammy curls, leg press, bi's, and weighted abs. everything was a blurr after the deads.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    My bro had fun making this vid.



    My bro in red hit 275x1 @ 145lb. Thats a 50lb weight difference from 2 months ago when he did 225x1

    Our training partner with some solid pulling @ 195ish

    The last lift in the video was a PR for me!! 515x1 It definitely felt lighter than it looked!
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    deads
    @65% 340x5
    @75% 390x5
    @85% 445x7

    hammy curls
    90x10
    100x10
    100x10

    low box squats
    225x5
    265x5
    300x1
    315x1
    335x1

    one hand cable bicep curls
    45x10
    50x10
    60x10
    70x5
    90x3
    100x1
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Nice vid with you and your workout crew...props on the new deads PR.

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    ^^Thank you!

    BB bench press
    @70% 225x3
    @80% 260x3
    @90% 295x3+1 ( I rounded up 7 lbs, should have done 290 for more reps but w/e)

    DB floor presses
    55x10
    85x10
    95x10
    105x8
    115x8

    DB flyes
    60x16
    70x10

    towel pull ups for a total of 43 + 7 reg pull ups

    cable over head extensions
    70x20
    90x15
    100x15
    110x10
    120x10

    threw in some light standing db shoulder presses, face pulls and side raises.

    dang just noticed we only did one back movement this session.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Squats
    @40% 150x5
    @50% 185x5
    @60% 225x3
    @70% 260x3
    @80% 300x3
    @90% 335x3

    SLDL
    185x15
    225x10
    315x8
    GM's
    115x10
    135x10

    bulgarian lunges
    BWx10
    BW+25 DB's x 10 for 2 sets

    Hit Biceps, calves and abs using the HCT method.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    The training is looking good man keep it up
    22 y/o, 6'1, ~205 lbs
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    Thank you K.Huget!


    Todays shoulder session was based off of 200-205lbs. I went on feel for the most part. The goal on my last set was 3 or more (90% of 205). I only managed 4.

    Standing BB OHP
    @40% 80x5
    @50% 100x5
    @60% 120x3
    @70% 145x3
    @80% 160x3
    @90% 185x3+1

    Seated DB shoulder presses
    65x15
    70x10
    70x10

    pause BB bench press
    135x8
    135x8

    Pull ups
    BWx10
    BW+25lbs for 5
    BW+35lbs for 5
    BW+45lbs for 5
    BW+70lbs for 5

    BB row
    135x10 under hand grip
    135x10 over hand
    135x10 over hand

    cable pressdowns (straightbar overhand grip)
    100x10
    120x10
    150x10

    Dips
    BWx20
    BW+45lbs for 10
    BW+45lbs for 10
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    What a crappy workout.

    Todays percentages were based off of 525lbs.

    Deadlifts
    @40% 210x5
    @50% 265x5
    @60% 315x3
    @70% 370x3
    @80% 420x3
    @90% 475x2 Supposed to hit 475 for 3 or more but failed. Form was crap, couldn't maintain my lower back arch in the second rep but I was still able to bring it up.

    Leg machine curls
    40x10
    55x10
    70x10

    BB Lunges
    135x8
    135x8
    135x8

    BB Bicep Curls(HCT)
    45x10
    50x10
    95x6
    95x6
    105x6+2+2+2

    Machine Calf raises (HCT)
    200x10
    220x6
    250x6
    270x6
    300x6+2+2+2

    Cable AB crunch (HCT)
    90x6
    100x6
    110x6+2+2+2

    Going to start a bulk This Friday.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Bench day -Lifts based off of 320lbs

    BB benchpress
    Warm up
    @40% 130x5
    @50% 160x5
    @60% 195x3
    Working Set
    @75% 240x5
    @85% 275x3
    @95% 305x1 -The plan was 1 or more reps, but stopped at 1 and decided to go for a fail.
    315x1
    325x1
    335xFAIL

    BB incline benchpress
    185x10
    205x8
    225x5
    Incline DB press
    60x10
    70x10

    Pull ups
    BWx10
    BW+25lbs x 5
    BW+45lbs x 5
    BW+70lbs x 5
    BW+90lbs x 4

    Cable Rows
    160x10
    180x10
    200x8

    Dips
    BWx20
    BWx20
    BWx20
    BWx18
    BWx15
    Last edited by xtian; 08-28-2010 at 01:15 PM.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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    Benching is super, great pullups too man.

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    Thanks CoCoa!

    Squat day - Lifts based off of 370lbs
    Warm Up
    @40% 150x5
    @50% 185x5
    @60% 225x3
    Working Set
    @75% 280x5
    @85% 315x3
    @95% 355x1 - I wanted to do more but because of my hammy problem I good morninged it too much to my liking

    SLDLs
    185x10
    225x10
    275x10

    Leg press (HCT)
    4 pps(45 plates per side) x 6
    5 pps x 6
    5 pps x 6
    6 pps x 6+2+2+2

    DB bicep curls (HCT)
    25x6
    35x6
    45x6
    55x6+2+2+2

    AB's
    Weighted cable crunch (HCT)
    worked up to 110x6+2+2+2


    Planning to go back on the HCT routine in 2 weeks. Looking to get back up to 215lbs BW.
    5'10" 196lbs as of 6/10/11
    Best lifts B 365/ S 425/ DL 545/ OHP 200
    Goals: B 385+ S 450+ DL 600+ OHP 225+
    Progression Pics->http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=122375
    Journal with vids/pics http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...07#post2364507

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