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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Focused70 would like the gnomes of Azeroth to invent a device that makes time in the real world slow down. He'd like them to do it soon (TM), preferably before the Cataclysm*.

    *In other words, my 40th birthday later this month.
    me: so this is the "pump" you speak of
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    Off Roadster -- The mountain gets steeper as time marches onward.

    ======================
    Sunday, December 5, 2010

    Can't believe it's 2011 in 26 days. Where did the year go?

    +W indicates weight increase
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    +! indicates PR

    Skwatz


    bar x8
    75 x6
    75 x6
    80 x5

    I had someone watch my sets.

    It seems I have depth down pat, now I need to work on keeping my shoulders back and maintaining a tight arch on the descent. I could do better with having my feet point out wider. Things are coming along though which is what counts the most.


    Benchy

    bar x8
    65 x5
    70 x5*
    75 x5* (+5W)

    * = spotted sets


    Deadz

    bar x10 (+2R)
    95 x5
    115 x5
    135 x3
    150 x3 (+5W)


    Calves

    140 x8
    140 x8
    150 x7
    150 x6

    Gonna have some dead cow for dinner.

    Later,

    Stash
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    Off Roadster -- Thanks f00.

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    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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    Skwatz


    bar x8
    80 x6
    80 x6
    80 x6

    Getting back up there, but still at parallel.


    Assisted chins -- all medium

    12 x8
    11 x6
    11 x6


    Assisted dips -- 2 wide, 1 narrow

    9 x8
    9 x8
    9 x7


    Seated presses

    55 x5
    55 x5
    55 x5


    Calves -- standing

    150 x8
    150 x8
    175 x8
    200 x7


    Pic Update!!



    The left pic was shot on September 16, 2010. The right pic was taken this past Monday evening. Even though I'm FAT, I suppose you can see some changes.

    Weight's been fluctuating between 168.5 and 170 lately. I'm 169 in the right pic, a gain of 18 lbs. since I started lifting.

    I'm about halfway where I want to be ... figure I'll bulk to around 190-200, then decide what to do next. Lighting in my apartment sucks, otherwise I'd show the other half. Waist size is manageable ... I'm good for another 10 to 15 lbs. before I'd have to go buy some pants.

    In other news, I'll probably hire a PT to show me the ropes when it comes to doing power cleans. Youtube videos only go so far where I'm concerned. Prolly in early February after I file my taxes.

    Later,

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    Off Roadster -- I'd like to think they're also helping me in my other lifts.

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    Saturday, December 11, 2010

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

    Skwatz


    bar x6
    80 x6
    80 x7 (+1R)
    80 x6


    Benchy

    70 x5
    70 x6 (+1R)
    75 x6* (+1R)

    * = spotted set

    More like 75 x 5.5 since I gave out at the last rep.

    Based on today's effort, I think I'll attempt 75, 75, 80 next time around. I feel like I'm in a good place.


    Deadz

    bar x8
    135 x5
    150 x3
    150 x5 (+2R)


    Am I weird that bench and squat are half my deadlift? Or maybe I'm just a freak of nature.

    Later,

    Stash
    Last edited by Focused70; 12-11-2010 at 03:06 PM.
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    sup man, been meaning to stop by.. either way the key is to keep adding weight to the bar. bulking is pointless if youre not challenging yourself! and by challenge i mean on the verge of blacking out :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by f=ma View Post
    sup man, been meaning to stop by.. either way the key is to keep adding weight to the bar. bulking is pointless if youre not challenging yourself! and by challenge i mean on the verge of blacking out :P
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f=ma View Post
    sup man, been meaning to stop by.. either way the key is to keep adding weight to the bar. bulking is pointless if youre not challenging yourself! and by challenge i mean on the verge of blacking out :P
    mmhmm

    although it's funny you say that because the first time I did leg presses back in 2003, I blacked out momentarily. I think I was out cold for 5 minutes, probably from the shock of pressing 50 lbs. LOL
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    anyway, I think I'm doing all right even though the peanut gallery disagrees



    pic on the left was taken on 9/16/10, pic on the right was this afternoon. Oogly boogly.

    I expect to see more improvements the next pic update six months from now.
    Last edited by Focused70; 12-11-2010 at 08:12 PM.
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    Chevy/Captain Physics -- Thanks for stopping in. (I had to think long and hard for a nickname for f=ma. I think it fits. )

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    Monday, December 13, 2010

    Weight was 169 this morning after dumpage.

    +W indicates weight increase
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    Skwatz


    bar x6
    80 x5
    85 x5
    85 x5

    To parallel. It might be a couple of weeks before I get to 90. We'll see. On at least two of the reps on the last set, it felt like I was doing a good morning to get out of the hole.

    Also, Ripp talks a lot about learning to feel rather than see. That's harder than it sounds, at least where I'm concerned.


    Rear delt cable extensions

    5 x8
    5 x8
    5 x8


    Assisted chins -- all narrow

    11 x8 -- these were clean and high. I keep forgetting on setting it on 10, so consequently the last two sets weren't as tight. I could've probably done 10, 9, 9 come to think of it.
    10 x6
    10 x5


    Calves -- standing

    150 x8
    175 x7
    175 x8


    Press

    Some boob was monopolizing the rack. I was like, "can't I work in with you?" Grumble. Ideally I wanted to do these after my squats but that didn't happen.

    55 x6
    55 x6
    60 x5 (+5W)


    Diet is gonna go off the rails tonight. I've been invited to a holiday gathering at a Thai restaurant in Queens. Reservation is for 18 people and it's BYOB.

    In other news, it isn't every day you get to see someone deadlift 585x1. That's 6 pps for the mathematically challenged.

    Later,

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    Friday, December 17, 2010

    Forgot to update Wednesday.

    Blech.

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    Skwatz[/'b]

    bar x6
    80 x6
    85 x6 (+1R)
    85 x6

    Better but stil not satisfied with myself. I might have to do some box squats ... or I could be overthinking things. Don't have a video camera otherwise I'd post a vid.


    Benchy

    bar x8
    75 x6
    70 x5
    75 x6*

    * = spotted set

    Slight deload 2nd set ... last rep of set 1 felt a tad weak. 3rd set was all me, almost gave out the last rep but I squeaked it out of my ass. Still shooting for 80, maybe by this time next week it'll happen. Gym is open Christmas Eve which is awesome because I'll be stuffing my face on my birthday. I'm 15 lbs. from 90, a major milestone for me ... I know I can do it, I just have to put my mind to it.


    Deadz

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

    Have some concerns that I'm rounding my back. Might need to have someone watch me.

    In other news, weight is holding steady at 170. Have to look into drinking 1% skim if I can get past the taste.

    Later,

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    Sunday, December 19, 2010

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    Skwatz


    bar x8
    85 x5
    85 x5
    90 x5

    I had to really work for that last rep of the last set. I feel good, especially since depth was fine.


    Press

    55 x5
    55 x6
    60 x6 (+1R)


    Assisted dips

    7 x8 -- wide
    7 x7 -- wide
    7 x7 -- narrow


    Calves -- all standing

    175 x9
    175 x8
    200 x8
    225 x6 (+25W)


    Gonna shoot for 95 on squats and 80 on bench sometime this week.

    1% milk isn't half bad although I do miss the taste of whole milk.

    Later,

    Stash
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    I feel the 100 lb squats coming very soon. Push it!
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    Off Roadster -- Sooner or later, time will tell. (Bonus points if you know which video game has that reference.)

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    Wednesday, December 22, 2010
    Wherein the hobbit blows his wad early...

    My fortieth birthday is in 3 days. Eek!

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    Skwatz


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

    They're open Xmas eve. 100-lb. skwatz sounds like a plan, eh?


    Benchy

    80 x4 (+5W)
    75 x5
    80 x3*
    65 x4

    * = spotted set

    Hmmm ... maybe I shouldn't have started at 80 first off, and done 75/80/80 instead. Last rep of set 1 felt a little weak (also being it was not spotted) so I de-loaded to 75. That was barely ok. Then on set 3, I gave out at rep 3. But in retrospect, the lift-off could've been better handled. Couldn't even do a full set of 65. *sigh*

    Sounds like I'll be de-loading to 70 and working back up next time.


    Deadz

    bar x8
    135 x5
    155 x4
    160 x3 (+5W)
    160 x3

    Grip needs work.


    Assisted chins

    Lower numbers = less assistance/more bodyweight.

    10 x6 -- medium
    9 x5 -- narrow (-1 stage)
    9 x4 -- medium


    Weight is somewhere between 171 and 172.

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    Dinner tonight -- chile rubbed chicken, Southwestern salad

    Later,

    Stash
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    Wow that food looks amazing!

    You'll get that 100 lb. squat for sure.

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    If you want to get past that 100 lbs in the squat...I want to see at least half a chicken on that plate
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    god i'm sitting here at work and trying not to fall asleep.

    there's a reason why i prefer lifting in the afternoon. because if i eat an early lunch like today, 4 pm rolls around and i've got my head on my desk (i have my own office and it's a fairly secluded location so i can get away with that stuff from time to time)

    except last night's session has made me hungrier than usual. must go eat some dead cow in a few. later.
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    Chevy -- Thanks for the support!

    Off Roadster -- Caveman etiquette isn't my thing.

    ==============================
    Friday, December 24, 2010
    Wherein the hobbit could barely walk to the subway after his workout...

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    Skwatz


    bar x8
    95 x5
    95 x5
    100 x5 (+5W)

    god that felt heavy but at least I managed it.


    Press

    50 x5
    50 x5

    Ran out of steam after that.


    Assisted dips

    Lower numbers = less assistance/more bodyweight

    7 x6 -- wide
    6 x6 -- narrow (-1 stage)
    6 x6 -- narrow


    Calves -- standing

    175 x8
    200 x8
    200 x8
    225 x8


    Calves -- angled

    170 x8 (+10W)
    170 x8
    170 x8
    170 x8


    Hyperextensions

    BW x14
    BW x15
    BW x15


    I feel good. Tomorrow I will feel sore.

    Later,

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    Off Roadster -- Thanks f00.

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    Tuesday, December 28, 2010
    Wherein the hobbit tries something different...

    Took yesterday off because of New York City's snowpocalypse.

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    bar x8
    85 x5
    85 x5
    90 x5

    De-loaded to 85. I don't know if it's just mental but last week 100 felt really heavy. 90 was doable. It's only 10 more lbs. so maybe I'm fooling myself? Maybe not a true de-load ... I'll see on Thursday.


    Deadz *

    bar x8
    95 x5
    135 x5
    160 x4
    165 x4 (+5W) **
    165 x4
    135 x8 ***

    * Different rep schema today. I realize I could easily add 10-20 lbs. on my deadlift each session but I think I still have deficiencies when it comes to upper bod strength and core stability. I'd rather progress slowly than make huge jumps in poundages. There are times when I think my form probably sucks but I have no way of knowing without a quick glance to the side or unless someone tells me.

    ** I thought I was doing 170 but in retrospect it was just 165. Apparently I fail at basic math.

    *** Last set was mostly for grip work. Tried to do these as quickly as possible while maintaining a steady control on the eccentric.


    Assisted chinz

    12 x6 -- wide
    12 x6 -- wide
    11 x3 -- wide

    I should probably include wide-grip chins more than medium or neutral-grip like I've been doing.


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    Just something I whipped up a couple of nights ago. Baked shrimp, with garlic, parsley and potatoes.

    Later,

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    Deads are lookin good.

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    a snow day in NYC? i thought you guys were supposed to be tough

    imo.. you should not deload squats. keep adding 10/week... if it feels heavy, that is good! if youre not seeing spots, youre not pushing hard enough haha

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    Friday, January 7, 2010

    Getting over a sore throat/general feeling of lethargy/tiredness. Not sure if it's a cold, god I hope not because when I get colds, they stay with me for more than 2-3 weeks.

    Colds suck.

    Weak session tonight.

    Squats

    bar x8
    75 x5
    75 x5
    85 x5


    Deadlifts

    bar x8
    95 x6
    135 x4
    155 x4
    155 x4


    Calves

    175 x8 x4 -- standing
    140 x6 x3, 160 x6 x3 -- angled


    Thinking I'll probably morph into the traditional 3-day split very soon. Something along the lines of (1) chest/triceps, (2) back/biceps, (3) legs/shoulders. It'll still be a compound-centric routine but I won't be doing squats three times a week and it won't be Starting Strength. Every other week back day will probably be deadlift day. Because I do love to deadlift. My squat may suck, my bench may suck but at least I can pull close to my bodyweight. Neener neener.

    PS. I very rarely do direct arm work so don't think I'm going to morph into a curl jockey. That's not gonna happen.


    Later,

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