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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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  1. #101
    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    WEEK 10

    Day 1


    Weight 180.3
    Warm-up: Broad Jumps, dynamic stretching, and foam rolling

    Deadlift (225x6 to warm up)
    • 365x6
    • 405x2
    • 385x6
    • 385x6
    • 365x6


    Bulgarian Lunge
    • 160x8
    • 160x8
    • 180x8
    • 180x8


    Romanian Deadlift
    • 225x8
    • 225x8
    • 225x8


    BB Hack Squat (increase next week)
    • 255x15
    • 255x15
    • 255x15


    Seated Calves 4x10 @ 135, 140, 140, 160


    • Kinda looking for opinions on my deadlift. I tried pulling my max again, and I got 2. Should I have got more? Just concerned about pulling it only twice. Oh well, basically increased every other lift today. Hack squats with rubber weights make you look like a beast.


    I did get into a debate with the stupid weight room attendant about deadlifting. I was apparently making too much noise when I finished my sets. I will touch n go like everybody else, but when it comes to the last rep, I don't give a damn after I lock out. He gave me some bro-fitness critique on how I need to control the weight down at the very end or my workout would have been pointless. After giving him a physiology lesson, he still said other wise. Damn FLEX magazine, you scary.

    Granted, I do that in between reps, but my last rep, I'll take it where I need to and put it aside. He then tried to tell me that the weight could roll away and hit someone...I laughed in his face and continued pulling. I didn't know our weight room at University was turning into a Planet Fitness. I then mentioned that fact that I was lifting on a lifting pad that sat on top of a bouncy mat flooring and he proceeded to say I could still damage the bar. I then gave him a physics lesson. Still adamant. He just couldn't handle me out pulling him by 200# I guess.

    /end rant


    Good day today. increasing my seated calf raises was a good idea. I feel like I could go harder on these. Hack squats always my fave at the end. My quads benefit so much from these.
    Last edited by thecityalive; 09-19-2011 at 05:21 PM.
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    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
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    Total: 1205 lbs.
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  2. #102
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    Strong session, isn't 405x2 a PR?

    when are you scheduled for 395x6?
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    I lifted at Rutgers where my girlfriend goes... and some bitch came up to me while I was under the bar ready to start benching, and told me to put clips on the fucking bar. I just stared at her.... I can't fucking stand people. Like at least have the decency to wait till i'm done with my lift. I feel your pain. /endrant
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    I didn't go all the way back, but I notice you are doing a good amount of volume for your pulls with multiple sets of 6. What were you looking to do with 405? When I go for rep PR's I warmup and go right to the workset. So if my workset was 405 for reps, I would personally work up to 315 for 1 or 2 singles and then go to 405(my best is 12 reps). You may want to work up to 365 for a single and then go to 405 so it is not such a huge jump. I wouldn't waste energy first with the 365x6 which is obviously pretty taxing. If you want to do your volume work, I would do it after that set. Just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cards View Post
    Strong session, isn't 405x2 a PR?
    when are you scheduled for 395x6?
    Yes. I suppose I jumped the gun a bit on that one, I think I just got a little excited. Next week we will see 395x6, I bet I would have done it this week had I not attempted my max weight. 365 is moving fairly easy. I get a funny tingle in my hands after deadlifting heavier loads, is that normal due to me just gripping?


    Quote Originally Posted by fooz View Post
    I lifted at Rutgers where my girlfriend goes... and some bitch came up to me while I was under the bar ready to start benching, and told me to put clips on the fucking bar. I just stared at her.... I can't fucking stand people. Like at least have the decency to wait till i'm done with my lift. I feel your pain. /endrant
    That is the downside of working out at University, you get people clustered up curling in front of the mirror (which happened today when I was foam rolling), you get quarter squats with impossible loads, fitness mag mentality, and gym coaches....LOTS OF THEM. I just shrug and go about my business.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodgers View Post
    I didn't go all the way back, but I notice you are doing a good amount of volume for your pulls with multiple sets of 6. What were you looking to do with 405? When I go for rep PR's I warmup and go right to the workset. So if my workset was 405 for reps, I would personally work up to 315 for 1 or 2 singles and then go to 405(my best is 12 reps). You may want to work up to 365 for a single and then go to 405 so it is not such a huge jump. I wouldn't waste energy first with the 365x6 which is obviously pretty taxing. If you want to do your volume work, I would do it after that set. Just my opinion.
    Chris, thanks for the response and tip. I think I just got over zealous and wanted to rep 405. Getting two is nice, but it's also humbling. Will put that into account for next time
    Last edited by thecityalive; 09-19-2011 at 09:48 PM.
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    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
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  6. #106
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    Chris gave some very good advice!
    H: 5'7" W:185
    Goals: 495 -315 -585

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    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    WEEK 10

    Day 2
    Weight: 181.0


    Incline BB Press
    • 185x6
    • 195x6
    • 195x6
    • 185x6
    • 185x6


    Neutral Grip Pullups
    • BWx6
    • BWx6
    • BWx6
    • BWx6


    Neutral DB Press
    • 65x8
    • 70x8
    • 75x8
    • 65x8


    Push Press
    • 115x8
    • 105x8
    • 105x8
    • 95x8


    Bent-Over lateral raises
    • 20x8
    • 20x8
    • 25x8
    • 25x8


    EZ Bar curls
    • 80x6
    • 90x6
    • 100x6
    • 100x6


    Hammer Curls (each arm - DB on preacher bench)
    • 35x25
    • 35x25


    Russian BB twist
    3x16@ 45BB+10

    Had some jackass (who is a member of a website that will not be named) spot me on my second 195x6 for my IBBP. Fucker basically curled the bar and didn't allow me to work. I got the true set in a couple minutes after. This is one of the same guys who quarter squats 500#. Whatever.

    Had to work extra hard for IBBP this week. I can feel stronger already. NDBP is feeling strong too. Just to think that 10 weeks ago, I was shaking doing 55 or so.
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
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    Your incline looks really good at your weight. Congrats on the new PR, making some big strides in here!
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    Squat ATG: 335x5
    Bench: 315x2
    Dead: 420x4


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    Good lifts bro. keep up the good work
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    Deadlift: 405 (raw)

  10. #110
    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    Did some gymnastics tonight...well let me clarify: A friend of mine invited me out to open gym and I tackled some back tucks and rings. After watching gymnastics and my sister's cheerleading, I've developed a good mental picture for what I should be doing. Also, I used to have a big trampoline when I was a pre-teen, so that always helped. Just gotta do 100 more until I can do them confidently. LOL. Threw in some butterfly kicks and butterfly twists as well. (those I can do well apparently)
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
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    stong workout, City. Do you have any type of weight goal in mind or is it just strength at the moment?
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    WEEK 10
    Day 3

    Weight 182.4

    Box Jump 5x3 <*> Placed a bench to sit then jump. Saw someone do this here, felt like I would incorporate this.

    Front Squat (135 warmup)
    • 225x6
    • 265x5 <------------- [ PR ]
    • 245x6
    • 235x6
    • 225x6


    Reverse DB Lunge
    • 130x8
    • 130x8
    • 130x8
    • 130x8


    Weighted Jump Squats
    • 80x10
    • 80x10
    • 80x10


    SHELC 3x8

    Seated Calf Raises
    • 140x10
    • 140x10
    • 160x10
    • 160x10

    Spinning bike: 3 Mins cool down

    BIG PR! I can smell a 300# Front squat coming soon. OMG I am hungry for this shit. Opticen reserves depleted today. Sad sad. Gonna nab a Nitrean+ as well.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cards View Post
    stong workout, City. Do you have any type of weight goal in mind or is it just strength at the moment?
    Strength for now. Quite frankly, I am content with my weight at the moment. I mean perhaps I will bulk then cut back down to this weight, but I like where I'm at size wise. I certainly look a lot bigger since when I started. Progress photos soon.
    My road to powerlifting:
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    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
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    Best advice to working out in a gym like that is to get so strong, that noone will talk to you. I never ever understand why people are so worried about other people's training unless they were a training partner. Next time he critiques you, just drop some Supertraining or Science and Practice on him and tell him to GTFO lol.

    To go along with what Chris said, every so often you should bump your intensity and do some volume at 85% +, like 3 singles at 90%. Rep PRs are great but sometimes they can be a poor indicator of 1RM. Also I wouldn't worry too much about only hitting 2 reps. IF we PR'ed everytime in the gym, we'd all be 1500 lb pullers. Progession is king.
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    WEEK 10
    Day 4
    Weight 182.0


    Bench Press (135x6 warm-up)
    225x3
    230x3
    230x3
    230x3
    225x3
    225x2

    T-Bar Row
    115x6
    140x6
    140x6
    140x6
    150x6 <----- [ PR ]

    Weighted Dips
    +45x8
    +45x8
    +45x8
    +45x8

    High Pull
    130x6
    130x6
    140x6 <----- [ PR ]
    140x6

    Overhead DB Press
    50x8
    55x8
    60x5 <----- [ PR ]
    55x8

    Ring Push-Ups (to failure)
    15/11/11

    Weighted Pull-Ups
    +20x8
    +15x8
    +25x8

    Barbell Rollouts
    3x10 @50# barbell

    Battling Ropes: 6 rounds, 60 seconds

    Dialed down the bench to a feasible weight. 230 is moving well. I'm gonna record myself benching to get some feedback on my form, elbows, etc. I really want to get this board fabricated soon.

    After my lifts, I did my battling ropes routine with a personal trainer and kicked ass (both mine and hers).

    3 movements, 20 seconds each, 60 seconds total. ~60 seconds rest
    Round 1: Alternate, double, high/slow alternating
    Round 2: Grappler, uppercuts, jumping jacks
    Round 3: Seated mason twists, side plank waves (R), SPW (L)
    Round 4: Small/quick alternate waves with burpee surprise.
    Round 5: Alt with hip pivot, crab waves (quick alt with deep hip lean), chariot waves
    Round 6: Big ascent to double small decent, Tricep wave, ......puke
    Last edited by thecityalive; 10-02-2011 at 08:40 AM.
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
    twitter @thecityalive

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    Damn good efforts man, props.

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    I wish I had the wrist flexibility to front squat like that. Thanks for video taping my strongman today!
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    Bench: 345
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    front squattin like a bausss!
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    Squat ATG: 335x5
    Bench: 315x2
    Dead: 420x4


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    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    Coke, Dan and Fooz, thanks for the support guys! This week felt amazing. I'm considering moving up with the hack squat. Enough BS...MOVIN ON UP!

    On a side: I have to pull a 5am session tomorrow because I have crap to do in my afternoon. FML.
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
    twitter @thecityalive

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    Thanks for the vote of confidence on the dips Rob. You are getting freaky with the front squat. I watch your progress for ideas. Even more than your weight lifted, I am impressed with your strength endurance. You maintain an almost unnatural volume close to your one rep max. Awesome work output!
    Journal: http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...Bastardo-Flaco
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    Bench====180x6 (08/25/11)
    Deadlift===375x5 (09/06/11)
    Press==== 115x6 (08/21/11)

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    Doing real well!!
    Squat briefs only 625 @ 210
    Bench geared 525 @ 210
    Deadlift geared 650 @ 220

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    WEEK 11
    Day 1
    Weight 183.2

    Warm-up: Broad Jumps, dynamic stretching, and foam rolling

    RAW Deadlift (225x6 to warm up)
    370x6
    395x6
    395x6
    385x6
    385x6



    Bulgarian Lunge
    160x8
    160x8
    180x8
    180x8



    Romanian Deadlift
    225x8
    225x8
    225x8



    BB Hack Squat
    275x15 <----- [ PR ]
    275x15
    275x15


    Seated Calves 4x10 @ 135, 145, 145, 165


    Not bad for a 6 a.m. session. I love hack squats. I need a tip on breathing on my deadlift ascent. Do I hold my breath or exhale? Noticed the music seemed to bend in pitch as I came up on my initial lift. After that, it was just smooth sailing for reps. Probably the most awake I've ever been at this hour. I'm considering being a morning warrior now.
    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    Doing real well!!
    Thanks for the support Nick! I feel quite well improved since I first started a while ago. My only concern is do you (or anyone else) think I am getting enough hip/glute action in my week? What amendments could/should I make?
    Last edited by thecityalive; 10-02-2011 at 07:58 AM.
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
    twitter @thecityalive

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    That is a fine workout Rob.

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    WEEK 11
    Day 2
    Weight: 181.1


    Incline BB Press
    185x6
    195x6
    195x6
    195x6
    185x6

    Neutral Grip Pullups
    BWx6
    BWx6
    BWx6
    BWx6

    Neutral DB Press
    70x8
    80x8
    75x8
    70x8

    Push Press
    105x8
    105x8
    105x8
    105x8

    Bent-Over lateral raises
    25x8
    25x8
    25x8
    25x8

    EZ Bar curls
    80x6
    90x6
    100x6
    110x6

    Hammer Curls (each arm - DB on preacher bench)
    35x25
    35x25

    Russian BB twist
    3x16@ 45BB+20

    Left shoulder felt tweaky, but loosened up after I pressed. Considering/going to ease up on press/ pull...or see a physician. Meh.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke View Post
    That is a fine workout Rob.
    At 6am...hell yeah it was. Thanks!
    Last edited by thecityalive; 10-02-2011 at 08:04 AM.
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
    twitter @thecityalive

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    watch the shoulder broski... don't end up like me! solid ass hack squats too 275x15... damn!
    19 5'7 235
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    Squat ATG: 335x5
    Bench: 315x2
    Dead: 420x4


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    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    I love hack squats. My quads get nice and warm after doing that.
    Last edited by thecityalive; 09-28-2011 at 07:07 PM.
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
    twitter @thecityalive

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