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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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  1. #176
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    Bad days happens to all of us. Just forget it and move on. That's the beautiful thing about lifting....there's always next time.

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    Wherein the hobbit posts a pic update...

    Off Roadster -- I may even lift in the early morning. *gasp* That almost never happens but I really want it so I'll move mountains to get to where I want to be.

    Big Daddy -- I hope so.

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    Flat bench

    Not a good session.

    bar x8
    75 x6
    85 x5
    95 x3* -- FAIL

    * spotted set

    I won't count the first two reps of the last set where my spotter lifted the weight up for me. Kind of ran out of gas quickly.

    I have to figure out what's not working here. Could be the warmup schema or that my shoulders really suck, or that I'm just lacking in strength. Isaac says I should try doing 20 pushups before attempting bench. What I might end up doing is pushups on a daily basis, and subbing in db presses at some point. I'll give this another whirl next week and see what happens next.

    I can do 7 the last time I checked so it's not a complete loss. Seven not very perfect pushups though, to be clear.

    My right side is still a weakness because I can still feel the imbalance especially when I press the weight up. The 95 was supposed to have been my second set but ended up being my third. *grumble*


    Cybex chest press

    105 x8
    105 x8
    105 x6


    Asst. dips

    11 x7, 6 -- wide
    11 x8, 7 -- narrow


    Calves -- sitting

    150 x8, 8 -- 8 count
    175 x8, 8 -- 8 count


    Ab stuff

    And done.


    Hobbit Bod Pr0nography



    Pic on the left was taken Monday evening. I'm slightly under 182 in that pic, at probably 20-ish% BF.



    Leg shot, same time range.




    Just so you have a sense of what things looked like at the beginning of this journal. The real work began a few weeks ago once I got to 180.

    Friday can't come soon enough.

    Later,

    Stash
    Last edited by Focused70; 07-13-2011 at 03:23 PM.
    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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    Have you ever tried ultra-abreviated training?
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    What's that? For the lazy googler in all of us.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Focused70 View Post
    What's that? For the lazy googler in all of us.
    It's a focus on the most important and result producing lifts...only. Many people have made remarkable progress with it. This is very low volume, but with the low volume you can and should be training at maximum intensity. Working super hard on a few exercises will overcome any sticking points and put on size and increase power. An example:


    Day One (monday?):
    Squats
    Bench Press

    Day Two (thursday?):
    Deadlifts
    Overhead Press
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    Have to think about that.

    It occurs to me too that part of the reason for the crappy bench session was not enough calories. I've always sucked on bench, and it's not a matter of not pushing hard either. What usually happens is I begin to run out of steam after the first set. If I'm lucky, I can make it through the second set unassisted. God help me if I try to bench without a spotter on the third set.

    I have to look into training bench. I don't have the link for my old journal but I do recall struggling for several months just to get to 100.
    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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    Wherein the hobbit has a good session and has some dead cow for dinner...

    Skwatz

    bar x10
    95 x7
    115 x6
    120 x6, 5

    Much better, and now my legs are feeling it. Slowly working up to 1 pps.


    SLDLs

    bar x8
    95 x7
    135 x7, 6


    Calves -- sitting

    135 x8 -- 6 count
    155 x8, 8 -- 5 count
    175 x8 -- 5 count


    Military press

    bar x7
    55 x6, 6

    Have to stop cheating.


    Asst. pullups

    10 x4 -- wide
    11 x5 -- wide
    10 x6, 5 -- neutral

    Finally moved up a stage!

    Had some dead cow (a/k/a 12 oz. steak with fried onions, rice and spinach) as a neato reward.

    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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    Been dealing with a migraine for most of this week. I get them quite regularly -- this most recent episode shut me down for several days. Although unlike Michele Bachmann, I'm a man and a Democrat.

    Weak joke, lol.

    Anyway, sort of all right workout. Didn't go heavy on deads, just concentrated on form and a x5 rep schema.

    Deadlifts

    bar x10
    135 x5 -- overhand, pause for 1
    155 x5 -- overhand, pause for 1
    185 x5, 5, 5 -- overhand x2, mixed x1
    135 x7 -- overhand

    Last week when I did the 225, someone told me that I wasn't dragging the bar close enough to my shins. He was right.


    Asst. pullups

    11 x5 -- wide
    10 x5 -- wide (+1R)
    10 x5, 5 -- neutral


    Asst. dips -- all narrow

    12 x8
    11 x8
    10 x8


    Lat pulldowns

    70 x8
    80 x8, 7


    And done.

    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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