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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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    IS HCT-12 Good if returning after 3 month layoff?

    I am trying to be as detailed as possible here please don't laugh.

    So about 1 and a half years ago I started lifting doing Starting strength. I weighed 130 pounds and I am 6ft tall.(Yes, really)
    Anyway I worked out with SS/ Baby Got back for close to 1 year and a couple months and got up to about 165/170 pounds.
    My Bench Max was about 185
    Squats 225
    Deadlifts 225

    I then hurt my back and was out for about 1 month and then took about 3 months off.

    Would it be best to go back to SS or HCT or somethign else

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawga View Post
    I am trying to be as detailed as possible here please don't laugh.

    So about 1 and a half years ago I started lifting doing Starting strength. I weighed 130 pounds and I am 6ft tall.(Yes, really)
    Anyway I worked out with SS/ Baby Got back for close to 1 year and a couple months and got up to about 165/170 pounds.
    My Bench Max was about 185
    Squats 225
    Deadlifts 225

    I then hurt my back and was out for about 1 month and then took about 3 months off.

    Would it be best to go back to SS or HCT or somethign else
    In my opinion Starting Strength is more of a pure beginner program and may not work well for someone with your strength levels.

    With a back injury you may want to avoid the high amount of lower body work in programs like SS and instead go with something like a Push/Pull/Legs split where you are only training lower body one day per week.
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    Thanks for the responses! I was looking at HTC-12 and it seemed like it was definately a more intermediate workout. Although I worked out for a year and made some decent gains I still feel like a beginner.

    I only weigh 165 pounds at 6ft so I feel like I really need to bulk before I could head to something like HTC. I will take a look at some of the other workouts and see what fits.

    You are definately right though about only working the lower body once a week. I tore a muscle in my back and although it is healed I am scared as hell to do anything to heavy for now lol

    Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawga View Post
    I only weigh 165 pounds at 6ft so I feel like I really need to bulk before I could head to something like HTC. I will take a look at some of the other workouts and see what fits.
    You do not have to be a certain size/strength to make good progress with any weight training program.

    Since you have been weight training consistently for over one year (prior to a recent layoff) I would classify you as an intermediate lifter.
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