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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. #26
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    Ha, I had my wife's pulled pork last night...so dang yummy, I had three huge pulled pork sandwiches.
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    Woohoo, page 2 ... I have arrived!!!

    Off Roadster: -- Pork is the OTHER white meat.

    =======================
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Workout and stuff

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR


    Some jacked mofo was pulling 4 pps so I did a few sets of assisted dips to warm up.

    Squats

    bar x8
    75 x5
    75 x5
    80 x5 (+5W)

    I thought I had 80 on the bar the first two sets. It was a /facepalm moment.


    Press

    bar x5
    bar x4
    bar x2 ... oy vey. ...


    Cable rear delt extensions

    5 x8
    5 x8
    5 x8


    Standing calf raises

    150 x8 (fast count)
    175 x8 (fast count)
    200 x10 (fast count)
    200 x10 (fast count)


    Angled calf raises

    140 x8 (+20W) (medium count)
    140 x8 (medium count)
    140 x7 (medium count)


    Hyperextensions and other "core" stuff, and done.
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    Saturday, October 30, 2010

    Busy week at work and it's only going to get worse next week.

    Workout and stuff

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR


    [b]Box squats/b]

    bar x8
    60 x5
    60 x5
    60 x5


    Bench press

    bar x8
    55 x6
    60 x6
    60 x5

    I feel good -- that was the first time in a long while where I didn't struggle on the last set. Next stop = 65.
    Been close to a month since the last time I attempted 60, so clearly there's been some improvement.


    Deadlifts

    bar x8
    95 x5
    115 x3
    115 x3

    This is what happens when you forget your notebook at home. FAIL!


    Assisted dips

    Lower stages = more bodyweight.

    Stage 9 x8 (narrow)
    Stage 9 x7 (wide)
    Stage 8 x5 (narrow)


    Finis.

    Later,

    Stash
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    If you can bench 60, I expect you to squat more than that. Kick it in the pants man, it's in there somewhere
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    I'm always worried I'm not going low enough. The box squats were just to help my mindset.

    Also ThomasG doesn't live in NYC otherwise I'd hire him in a heartbeat.

    Almost forgot. Was 163 earlier this morning after taking a dump. Life is good.
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
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    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Somehow the lock I usually carry with my gym bag wasn't there this morning. hmmm. Put my wallet in my sock and carried on as usual.

    Workout and stuff

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR


    Skwatz

    bar x8
    75 x8 (+3R)
    80 x8
    80 x6


    Assisted dips

    stage 10 x8 (wide)
    stage 10 x8 (narrow)
    stage 9 x8 (wide)


    Assisted chins

    stage 11 x6 (medium) (+1R)
    stage 10 x6 (narrow) (-1 stage)
    stage 10 x5 (narrow)


    Calves, hypers and a couple of "core" stuff to finish.

    Skwatz, press and I dunno, maybe deadz on Friday.

    Have to pick up a broomstick and practice power cleans at home.

    Stash
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    Fri-uh-day, November 5, 2010

    Workout and stuff

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR

    Skwatz


    bar x8
    85 x5 (+5W)
    85 x5
    85 x5


    Deadz

    bar x8
    95 x5
    135 x3
    135 x3


    Press

    bar x5
    50 x5 (+5W)
    50 x4

    How about that.

    I feel like steak tonight (but what will probably happen is sushi instead).

    Later,

    Stash
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    Hobbit Food Pr0nography


    By the way, anyone want to guess what this is?

    I'll give you a little hint -- it tastes like chicken, literally.
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    Nice increase on the squats.
    Looks like frog legs?
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    Off Roadster -- Yes, they're frogs' legs.

    It's clear I'm going to have to try harder to stump you.

    =====================
    Sunday, November 7, 2010

    Pic from this morning:



    About a 6.5 to 7 pound gain so far for anyone who's been keeping score. Probably mostly fat.


    Workout and stuff

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR


    You're probably wondering what with the "! indicates PR" business. While it's true I was on a hiatus for 3 years b/c of financial difficulties (so coming off from that extended break, even a 5 lb. gain on bench press is a PR), the honest truth is, I don't consider anything a PR until I'm able to exceed the poundages in my old journal. More of a note to myself -- for squats, that means 110; bench, 105 and deadlifts, 245. I also have a little disadvantage because of the weight/muscle/strength loss that comes with being poz. On the other hand, that's not so much a setback as a way to give me a kick in the pants when I need it most.

    Remember the tao of lifting: you get out what you put in.


    Skwatz

    bar x8
    85 x6 (+1R)
    85 x5
    85 x7 (+2R)


    Benchy

    bar x6
    65 x5 (+5W)
    65 x5*
    65 x5*

    * = spotted sets


    Assisted chins

    stage 10 x4 (medium) (-1 stage on medium)
    stage 11 x5 (narrow)
    stage 11 x4 (medium)


    Standing calf raises

    200 x8
    200 x8
    200 x8
    200 x8


    Angled calf raises

    140 x8
    140 x8
    140 x8
    140 x8


    Think I'll try my hand at power cleans (with just the bar) next time. I saw someone doing them today; watched him and asked him for pointers. The "jumping part" is the part I can't wrap my brain around. Also wrist flexibility might be an issue but I won't know until I try.

    Incidentally, my gym is the NYC branch of the same gym where Rich Gaspari got his start back in the mid-1980s.


    Later,

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    Yikes...Man Feet

    You will hit your PRs soon enough. Everything is on the rise.
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    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Crazy week at work.

    Eating's been off, also today's session was supposed to have been yesterday's ... if it weren't for a 2nd assignment that got handed to me at the last minute.

    Truncated lunch time session today.

    Workout and stuff

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR

    Skwatz


    bar x8
    90 x5 (+5W)
    90 x5
    80 x5

    2nd set felt a little shaky so I deloaded 10 lbs. I don't think there'll be much upward progression for a couple of weeks until I feel confident and strong enough (and by that, I mean that I'd like to see a solid triple of 90x5x3 at a minimum before adding more weight).


    Deadz

    bar x8
    95 x5
    135 x3
    135 x3
    140 x3 (+5W)


    Assisted dips

    stage 9 x10 (narrow)
    stage 9 x8 (narrow)
    stage 8 x6 (wide) (-1 stage)
    stage 8 x5 (wide)


    Hyperextensions

    BW x15
    BW x15
    BW x13


    And done. Saturday should be better (as in I'll have lots more time so I won't feel rushed -- will be attempting cleans then).


    Wannabe Palaver

    Oops. Locked my stuff in my gym locker and left the key inside. D'oh! Thank god for padlock cutters. Also running around in the gym half-naked while wearing a towel isn't a good idea.

    Later,

    Stash
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    Good efforts lately. I suspect that you have a lot more strength in you, however. How tall are you?

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    Chevy -- Thanks. I give nicknames to everyone who posts in my journal. I'm a six-foot tall professional hobbit (also 39, HIV+ and just getting back into lifting from a forced 3-year vacation.) You're correct there's a lot of strength in me but much of what comes first is a rediscovery phase. Consistency as usual, is key.

    As I remarked on Facebook, I could seriously see myself squatting 1 pps in a couple of months. I've never been able to do that, even when I was lifting 3 years ago. Actually, as I recall, 90 lbs. took me a long while the first time around. I never thought I'd say that skwatz are my favorite movement over deadlifts (and that's saying a lot).

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    Sunday, November 14, 2010
    Wherein the hobbit finds that his form sucks ...

    I had someone critique my form today with 90 on the bar. Not really parallel ... maybe an inch off. So if you're expecting more of the same today, you're going to be disappointed..


    Workout and stuff

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR

    Skwatz


    bar x8
    65 x5
    65 x6
    65 x5[/b]

    It seems to me that hip flexibility/mobility is my big issue this time. So I deloaded by 25 lbs. and made sure to go to parallel or lower for each of those.


    Press

    50 x5
    50 x5
    55 x5 (+5W)


    Power cleans

    bar x5
    bar x5

    And my form REALLY sucks.

    Watching a vid -- I can see how it's done, but I learn best when someone can demonstrate, in person. The internet only goes so far.

    Weight was 166 this morning, after bio stuff. I also seem to have gained an inch on my waist.

    Later,

    Stash
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    Good for you. Working on the form is important and will lead to bigger lifts. I know it sucks to lighten a weight, but you'll feel much better when you get the weight up legitimately.
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    Hey man! Great to see you've started back with a journal!

    OffRoad hit it right on the head: Focus on getting your form right at first with small, gradual increases. Once that starts to feel really good you'll take off.

    Keep up the good work!
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    Off Roadster -- Keep your panties on (j/k), I've been working 12 hour days for the past 3 weeks. Haven't had time to go to the gym, much less eat. My diet went off the rails this week (and yeah, I know Behemoth and whatshisname work lotz and still manage to fit in the gym.)

    I got yer update today.

    Panda -- OMG you're posting again. Sup f00?

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    Sunday, November 21, 2010

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR

    Skwatz


    70 x6
    70 x6
    70 x5

    To parallel. These were wide stance though, I really need to work on my hip mobility so I can do them shoulder width like most people do.


    Assisted dips/chins

    Dips (all wide) --

    9 x8
    9 x7
    8 x7
    8 x6

    Chins (all medium) --

    11 x6
    11 x6
    10 x5


    Deadz

    I'll take "bench jockeys be gone" for $100, Alex.

    bar x8
    95 x5
    135 x5
    135 x5

    Time to move up on these. Been working on slow and controlled on the descent.


    Random ****

    McRib sandwiches hit the spot when you can't get real food down the gullet.

    I have to find out if they're open Thursday. I'll be with friends later that evening but the way scheduling will work this week, a sesh will fall on T-day itself.

    Later,

    Stash
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    Very sorry to hear you are HIV+.

    Good idea on the deload. I too am not happy with my squat form.

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    You know, I'll have to defer the McRib comments to you oh lord of the food, as I've never had one.

    Fuck, fight, or hold the light.

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    Chevy -- I can't worry about that, ya know? **** happens, you move on. The worst that has occurred was an extended case of MRSA shortly after the diagnosis. I'm REALLY thankful to be alive seven years later. I never thought I'd live to see 40. My birthday is in a month.

    Lifting makes you feel young again in more ways than one.

    Chubster -- It's 500 calories of awesome porky goodness. I could eat five of them at one sitting but that might not be such a good idea. LOL.

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    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    I'm taking tomorrow (Thanksgiving) off and getting back in the gym Friday.

    Weight was 166 after my morning dump. I've been fluctuating between 163 and 166 for the past week.


    Workout and stuff

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR

    Skwatz


    I actually did four sets. Was not my intention ... I had someone watch me the last set so I could get a sense of whether I was going to parallel. He did say I was about 1/2" above parallel but that could have been because I had already shot my load ... lifting wise. Otherwise I'm there.

    I feel good knowing I can get to where I need to be. I think going forward I'll have someone watch me whenever possible because I can't tell by feel whether I'm at parallel. And if it's not at parallel, why bother?

    bar x8
    65 x6
    75 x6
    75 x7
    75 x6

    In other news, now I know what a really SORE butt feels like. LULZ.


    Assisted dips -- all wide

    Remember, lower numbers mean more bodyweight.

    10 x6
    8 x8
    7 x6 (-1 stage)
    6 x5! (-1 stage)

    Plan is to begin at 7 next time and work progressively downward.


    Press

    50 x5
    50 x4
    50 x5


    Angled calf raises

    140 x10
    140 x8
    160 x8 (+20W!)
    160 x8

    That's the first time in a very long time where my calves started screaming. It's such a great feeling, I could barely walk to the subway. HAH!

    I can tell tomorrow's going to be interesting. At least I'll be well-fed and drunk.

    Later,

    Stash
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    Well-fed, drunk, and sore legs...sounds like Thanksgiving is gonna be good. Have a great one.
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    Off Roadster -- It was a turkey-less Thanksgiving. I like turkey, except not a full meal of it. I'll post the menu if you want although it might make your eyes glaze over.

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    I don't have my notebook in front of me so I'll just post today's sesh from memory.

    Monday, November 29, 2010

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR

    Skwatz


    Felt a little weak today.

    bar x8
    75 x6
    75 x5
    75 x6


    Benchy

    bar x8
    60 x8
    60 x6
    70 x5* (+5W)

    * = spotted set


    Assisted dips

    7 x6 -- wide
    7 x5 -- wide


    Assisted chins

    10 x5 -- narrow
    10 x5 -- narrow


    Weight was 167 this morning, post-dump.

    Right now, am hungry and feeling sleepy. Afternoon workouts always want to make me go to bed.

    Later,

    Stash
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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    A 3 lb. jump from earlier this month. I only FEEL fatter when I put on a pair of jeans ... must go clothes shopping this weekend.

    Anyway.

    Thursday, December 2, 2010

    +W indicates weight increase
    +R indicates rep increase
    +! indicates PR

    Skwatz


    bar x8
    75 x6
    77.5 x6
    77.5 x6

    I could not for the life of me find a stupid 2.5 lb. plate to save my life. The right side was slightly heavier than the other which is just as well, because I consider that my weaker side.

    If you were to look at me, you'd see that my right calf is a lot smaller than my left. Probably because when I was growing up, I had surgery on that leg to correct a club foot.

    At least they were to parallel.


    Deadz

    bar x8
    135 x3
    135 x3
    145 x4 (+5W)


    Assisted chins -- all medium

    10 x6
    10 x6
    10 x4


    Calves

    150 x8
    150 x8
    175 x8
    175 x8

    Gonna go eat a couple of dead cows for dinner.

    Later,

    Stash
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
    me: I could never figure out what people were talking about
    Relentless: like an all over body hardon, yeah


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