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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?

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    10 Weeks Out From 1st Meet

    OK, not exactly 10 weeks out right now I'm about 12. This program starts 10 weeks out. I am going to be out of the gym for a week or so due to leaving Iraq and going back to the states so I'll pick up later next week. I am going to be competing RAW in the AAPF in the 242's. I have been training seriously for powerlifting for a year the whole time I've been in Iraq, but I've been training with weights for about 7 years. This is the first program I've personally made leading up to a meet and I'd like some feedback. Since I am just 10 weeks away I took some of the variation away and left the lifts I think would give me the best bang for my buck come meet time. I am doing a lot of sumo pulls from a deficit because I am weak out of the hole in the squat. When I pull from a deficit though I don't stand on anything, I just load up the bar with only 25lb plates to make it lower. Same concept. Anyways here's the program...any and all feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    I forgot to mention...that I've switched out the DE with the repetition method for a couple of reasons. I have been doing a lot of band work and my speed isn't an issue. I want to take away the accommodating resistance and work with straight weight to improve my technique. I think this close to a meet it will be more beneficial...


    Week 1 (August 18th and 20th only two training days)

    August 18th Squat/DL

    Free Squat 3x6-10 w/ 325 (60% of 540 which is projected meet max)
    Conventional DL 3x6-8 w/ 395 (65% of 610 which is projected meet max)
    GHRs 30 total reps
    Ab Work

    August 20th Bench Press

    Bench Press 3x6-10 w/ 245 w/ one sec pause(60% of 405 which is projected meet max)
    Parallel Grip Floor DB Press 3x8-12
    Lat Pulldowns 5x10
    Side Raises 3x12
    Lying External Rotation 3x12



    Week 2: 70-80% on ME & 55-65% on DE/RE

    Day 1: ME Squat/DL

    Olympic Squats w/ about 275 for a rep max
    Rack Pulls w/ 525 (no straps from knees) 4x3-5
    Good Mornings (Wide Stance) w/ 185 4x8 (65% of 280)
    Ab Work

    Day 3: ME Bench Press

    Close Grip Bench Press w/ 300 for a rep max (80% of 375 current max)
    DB Floor Press 2x10
    Dips Bodyweight 75-100 total reps
    Chin-ups/Pull-ups Bodyweight 40-50 total reps
    Side Lateral Raises 4x10-12
    Ab Work by feel

    Day 4: DE/RE Squat/DL

    Free Squat 4x6-8 w/ 350 (65% of 540 projected meet max)
    Sumo Pulls from a deficit 4x8
    Split Squats 4-5x10-12
    GHRs 40 total reps
    Ab Work

    Day 6: DE/RE Bench Press
    Bench Press 4x6-10 w/ 265 w/ one sec. pause (65% of 405 projected meet max)
    Tri-Rocker DB Extensions on the floor 5 sets of 5 reps 20 second rest between sets
    Kroc Row PR (Current PR 140lb DBs for 21 reps per side without straps)
    Standing DB Press 4x8
    Hammer Curls 3x5
    Ab Work by feel

    Week 3: 80-90% on ME & 60-70% on DE/RE

    Day 1: ME Squat/DL

    Conventional DL (competition stance) w/ 525 for rep max going for 5 (about 85% of 610 which is projected meet max)
    Front Squat 4x8-10
    Close Stance Pull Throughs 4x10-12
    Ab Work

    Day 3: ME Bench Press

    Floor Press with one second pause w/ 320 for rep max (85% of 375 which is current max)
    Weighted Dips 50-75 total reps
    Weighted Chins 30-40 total reps
    Face Pulls w/ external rotation 5x10-12
    Ab Work by feel

    Day 4: DE/RE Squat/DL

    Free Squat 4x5 w/ 375 (70% of 540 projected meet max)
    Sumo Pulls from deficit 4x6
    Close Stance Good Mornings 4x8
    Ab Work

    Day 6: DE/RE Bench Press

    Bench Press 4x5 w/ one sec pause w/ 285 (70% of 405 projected meet max)
    JM Press 5x6-8
    Barbell Rows 5x6-8 with straps
    Standing Military Press w/ 185 4x3 (75% of current max 245)
    Hammer Curls 4x5
    Ab Work by feel

    Week 4:90-100% on ME & 65-75% on DE/RE

    ME Squat/DL

    Box Squat to 3 below parallel box for a 1RM
    Regular Sumo DL 5RM
    Split Squats 5x8-10
    Ab Work

    (After all work is completed, do 3 sets of 10 second squat holds in the power rack with 600-800lbs for CNS acclamation).

    Day 3: ME Bench Press

    2Board Press working up to a 1RM (Current 1RM is 435)
    Kettlebell Skullcrushers 5x8-10
    Barbell Rows with straps 4x8-10
    Face Pulls w/ external rotation superset w/ rear delt raises 5x10
    Ab Work by feel

    (After all work is completed do 3 sets of 10 second bench press unracks in the power rack with 475-525lbs)

    Day 4: DE/RE Squat/DL

    Free Squat 5x3 w/ 405 (75% of 540 projected meet max)
    Rack Pulls 5x5 w/ 545 (75% of 725 current 1RM) no straps, from knees
    Close Stance Good Mornings 5x6-8
    Ab Work

    Day 6: DE/RE Bench Press

    Bench Press 5x3 w/ 305 w/ one second pause (75% of 405 projected meet max)
    Heavy Incline DB Press for rep PR w/ 130lbs (current PR is 10 reps)
    Close Grip Bench Press 5x3 w/ 300
    Kroc Rows 1 set without straps 1 set with straps
    Barbell Curls 4x6
    Ab Work by feel

    Week 5:55-65% on ME & DE work all accessory and supplemental

    Day 1: ME Squat/DL

    Free Squat 3x5 w/ 295-315
    Conventional DL 3x5 w/ 335-350
    Hyperextension superset w/ GHRs 2x12-15
    Ab Work

    Day 3: ME Bench Press

    Bench Press 3x5 w/ 225-240
    Close Grip Bench 3x5 w/ 185-205
    Standing Military Press 3x5 w/ 135-150
    Lat Pulldowns 3x10

    Day 4: DE/RE Squat/DL

    Close Stance Pull Throughs 4x12-15
    Wide Stance Pull Throughs 4x12-15
    Hyperextension superset w/ GHRs 3x15-20
    Ab Work

    Day 6: DE/RE Bench Press

    DB Press 5x12
    Rope Pulldowns 5x12-20
    Cable Rows 5x12-20
    Lying External Rotation 5x15-20
    Hammer Curls 5x15-20


    Week 6: 85-95% on ME & 65-75% on DE/RE

    Day 1: ME Squat/DL

    Conventional DL off of 6 Blocks w/ 570lbs for a rep max (90% of 635 current max)
    Front Squat 5x8-10
    Wide Stance Pull Throughs 5x10
    GHRs 45-55 Total Reps
    Ab Work

    Day 3: ME Bench Press

    Floor Press rep max with a weight based of of 90% of the max from Week 3
    2Board Close Grip Press 5x8
    Weighted Chins 50 total reps
    Cuban Press superset w/ side raises 5x10-12
    Ab Work by feel

    Day 4: DE/RE Squat/DL

    Free Squat rep max with 405
    Sumo Pull from deficit rep max
    Close Stance Good Mornings 5x6-8
    DB Step ups 3x12
    Ab Work
    Day 6: DE/RE Bench Press

    Bench Press rep max with 305
    JM Press 5x6-8
    Barbell Rows w/ straps 5x6-8
    Seated DB Clean and Press 5x6
    Barbell Curls 4x5
    Ab Work by feel

    Week 7: 95-105% on ME & 70-80% on DE/RE

    Day 1: ME Squat/DL

    Box Squat to 3 below parallel box beating week 4s number
    Rack Pulls 5x2 w/ 615 (85% of 725 current max from knees no straps)
    Close Stance Pull Throughs 5x10-12
    GHRs 55-60 total reps
    Ab Work

    (After all work is completed, do 3 sets of 10 second squat holds in the power rack with 600-800lbs for CNS acclamation).

    Day 3: ME Bench Press

    2 Board Press beating week 4s number
    DB Skullcrushers 5x10
    Chin/Pull-ups BW x 75 total reps
    Shoulder Re/Pre-hab
    Ab Work by feel

    (After all work is completed, do 3 sets of 10 second bench press unracks with 475-525lbs for CNS acclamation).

    Day 4: DE/RE Squat/DL

    Free Squat 435 rep max (80% of 540 projected meet max)
    Conventional Pulls from a deficit 405 rep max (75% of 545 current max)
    Wide Stance Good Mornings 5x5
    DB Step Ups 5x10-12
    Ab Work

    Day 6: DE/RE Bench Press

    Bench Press 325 rep max w/ one second pause (805 of 405 projected meet max)
    Close Grip Bench Press 285 rep max (75% of 385 projected max at this time)
    Kroc Rows 1 PR working set no straps
    Barbell Rows 2x10 w/ straps
    Seated DB Clean and Press 5x5
    Curls 4x8
    Ab Work by feel

    Week 8:65-70% on ME & 55-60% on DE/RE

    Day 1: ME Squat/DL

    1 below Parallel Box Squat 4x4-6 w/ 350 (70% of 500 projected max at the time. max now is 485)
    Rack Pulls 4x8 w/ 475 (65% of 725 from knees no straps)
    GHRs 50 total reps
    Ab Work

    Day 3: ME Bench Press

    Floor Press 4x4-6 w/ 70% of max from week 6
    Dips BW 75-100 reps
    Chins BW 50-60 reps
    Shoulder Re/Pre-hab

    Day 4: DE/RE Squat/DL

    Free Squat 5x5 w/ 325 (60% of 540 projected meet max)
    Sumo Pulls from a deficit 5x5 w/ 60% of projected max
    Close Stance Good Mornings 4x10
    Ab Work

    Day 6: DE/RE Bench Press

    Bench Press 5x5 w/ 245 (60% of 405 projected meet max)
    Close Grip Bench Press 5x5 w/ 60% of projected max at the time
    Machine Rows 6x8-10
    Standing Military Press 5x5 w/ 60% of projected max at the time
    Curl Variation 4x10


    Week 9: Opener Week

    Day 1:
    Planned Squat PR is 540
    Planned Bench PR is 405
    Planned DL Pr is 610


    Squat:

    540 x 60% = 325 for 5 reps
    540 x 65% = 350 for 5 reps
    540 x 70% = 380 for 5 reps

    Bench Press:

    405 x 60% = 245 for 5 reps
    405 x 65% = 265 for 5 reps
    405 x 70% = 285 for 5 reps

    DL:

    610 x 60% = 365 for 5 reps
    610 x 65% = 395 for 5 reps
    610 x 70% = 425 for 5 reps

    Accessory work as follows:

    Rope Pull downs 4x12-15
    Side Raises 4x12-15
    Pull Throughs 4x12-15
    GHRs 30 Reps
    Ab Work

    Day 3:

    Squat:

    540 x 70% = 380 for 5 reps
    540 x 75% = 405 for 5 reps
    540 x 80% = 435 for 3 reps

    Bench Press:

    405 x 70% = 285 for 5 reps
    405 x 75% = 305 for 5 reps
    405 x 80% = 325 for 3 reps

    DL:

    610 x 70% = 435 for 5 reps
    610 x 75% = 455 for 5 reps
    610 x 80% = 490 for 3 reps

    Accessory work same as day 1

    Day 5:

    Squat:

    540 x 75% = 405 for 5 reps
    540 x 80% = 435 for 3 reps
    540 x 85% = 460 (opener will be somewhere around here test by feel)

    Bench Press:

    405 x 75% = 305 for 5 reps
    405 x 80% = 325 for 3 reps
    405 x 85% = 345 (opener will be somewhere around here test by feel)

    DL:

    610 x 75% = 455 for 5 reps
    610 x 80% = 490 for 3 reps
    610 x 85% = 520 (opener will be somewhere around here test by feel)

    Very light accessory work if any at all

    This day will be 8 days before meet day


    Week 10: Meet Week

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    Holy **** that was a long post lol

    At this point just follow your gut and see what happens. You just need to train hard and take it easy the last two weeks and you will do well. Open extra light and only focus on finishing the meet. No matter what you do is a pr.

    Good luck
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    Holy **** that was a long post lol

    At this point just follow your gut and see what happens. You just need to train hard and take it easy the last two weeks and you will do well. Open extra light and only focus on finishing the meet. No matter what you do is a pr.

    Good luck
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    Thanks Scott. I know the post was ridiculously long haha. Usually I don't really get too scientific with percentages except for when I do speed work. I am just trying to wave everything to where I think I'll be able to peak in the meet. I plan on opening about 80-85% of my 1RM in all lifts to give myself room to play with. My main goal is to finish the meet and get it in the books. I know I have the strength to total over 1500 and I'd really like to but I guess the biggest thing here is finishing the meet and taking the next step. Thanks for the reply.

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    The one thing that stands out is that your last week of training you are squatting 3x benching 3x and deads 3x all in the same week. That may be a bit much, especially with the volume that you are doing on your warmups sets.

    You might want to try to drop it to singles pretty quickly. For instance if i wanted to hit a 550lbs squat I would do something like this:
    135 x 5
    225 x 3
    315 x 1
    405 x 1
    455 x 1 *might skip this one.
    495 x 1
    550 x 1

    May as well save your energy for the lift that matters I figure.
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    903/524/738 @ 220

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