The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís 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. #26
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    Workout B

    Thanksgiving dinner yesterday = influx of superfluous carbs. Still stayed under maintenance though, just destroyed my macros.

    Ran out of Nitrean and started on a bag of Matrix chocolate protein powder. It's alright, not as good as Nitrean but I typically slam down the entire thing in about five seconds, so I suppose supreme taste isn't the most important thing in the world. AtLarge is shipping to Canada again, but the cost of shipping is a bit of a deterrent, considering I can order from a place in Canada and shipping is free.

    B-Alanine isn't giving me pins and needles anymore, and I'm getting no side effects from my ECA stack at all anymore.

    Leg Press

    135x6
    180x6
    200x6
    240x6
    270x6
    290x6
    290x2
    290x2
    290x2

    Standing Calf Raises

    155x6
    175x6
    210x6
    235x6
    255x6
    275x6
    275x2
    275x2
    275x2

    Preacher Curls

    70x6
    75x6
    77.5x6
    80x6
    82.5x6
    82.5x5
    82.5x2
    82.5x1
    82.5x0 Arms out of gas

    Rack Pulls

    135x6
    225x6
    315x6
    365x6
    405x6
    455x6
    455x2
    455x2
    455x2

    Cardio 30 minutes @ 2.8 kph 11.5 incline, heart rate max 165
    Goal: Lift more weight than I'm lifting right now.

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    I forgot to add my ab workout to my last couple sessions. I basically put some weight on the sitting ab machine, and do about 50 crunches without returning to the starting position, so that my abs are contracted the entire time. Nothing too crazy, just enough to make me feel like I'm about to throw up.
    Goal: Lift more weight than I'm lifting right now.

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    Workout A

    Absolutely dead tied today. Left shoulder loudly popped and crunched during a set of shoulder presses. I managed to finish up the rest of the sets, but it's still pretty sore - good thing the weekend is coming up so it'll get a lot of rest.

    My weight has been stuck at 215 for the past two and a half weeks, and yesterday it managed to go up to 217. I'm not too concerned about this, since my pants are fitting looser and old shirts are starting to fit again. I know that I'm eating under my maintenance and I'm getting plenty of exercise, so I'm probably going to avoid the scale from now on.

    Chin Ups

    80x6
    70x6
    60x6
    50x6
    40x6
    30x6
    30x2
    30x2
    30x1

    Hammer Rows

    210x6
    220x6
    230x6
    240x6
    250x6
    260x6
    260x2
    260x2
    260x2

    Bench Press

    110x6
    140x6
    160x6
    170x6
    180x6
    190x3
    190x2
    190x1
    190x1

    Military Press

    100x6
    110x6
    120x6
    130x6
    140x6
    150x5 - shoulder went POP/CRUNCH
    150x2
    150x1
    150xouch

    Dips

    60x6
    50x6
    40x6
    30x6
    20x6
    10x6
    unx2
    unx1
    unx0 - ouch

    Cardio

    30 minutes, 14% incline, 2.8kph, hrt rate avg 160
    Goal: Lift more weight than I'm lifting right now.

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    I've had a rough week - when I woke up for my workout on Friday I felt like I'd been hit by a semi truck. I missed my workout that day, and wound up splurging on food instead. That turned out to be a good decision, since my energy built back up over the weekend and I feel much much better now.

    I blame my crash on the cardio I was doing. I really want to drop a lot of extra weight by Christmas, but I don't think sweating it out on the treadmill is the way to do it. I'm only on 1800 calories a day, so doing 300 cal worth of cardio took way too much out of me.

    I had a nasty crack/pop come out of my shoulder last week, and I was worried I'd pulled something fierce in my back. My long weekend of rest healed everything up, so I'm good to go again.

    I forgot to enter my numbers in from yesterday, so they'll be a part of one long giant post today.

    Workout A

    Chin Ups

    70x6
    60x6
    50x6
    40x6
    40x6
    40x4
    40x2
    40x2
    40x2

    Hammer Rows

    220x6
    230x6
    240x6
    250x6
    260x6
    270x6
    270x2
    270x2
    270x2

    Bench Press

    120x6
    130x6
    160x6
    180x6
    190x6
    190x2
    190x2
    190x2

    Military Press

    100x6
    110x6
    120x6
    130x6
    140x6
    150x6
    150x2
    150x2
    150x2

    Dips

    50x6
    40x6
    30x6
    20x6
    10x6
    unx6
    unx2
    unx1
    unx0 - tired!



    Workout B

    Leg Press

    90x6
    140x6
    180x6
    230x6
    270x6
    320x6
    320x2
    320x2
    320x2

    Calf Raise

    155x6
    175x6
    195x6
    215x6
    235x6
    255x6
    255x2
    255x2
    255x2

    Preacher Curl

    70x6
    72.5x6
    75x6
    77.5x6
    80x6
    82.5x6
    82.5x2
    82.5x2
    82.5x2

    Rack Pull

    135x6
    225x6
    275x6
    315x6
    375x6
    405x6
    455x6
    455x2
    495x2
    515x2
    Goal: Lift more weight than I'm lifting right now.

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    Work is getting hectic and I've gotten lazy with my journal entries for the past week, so here's my workout from yesterday. I'll be entering my numbers for today in a few hours.

    My shoulders have a nagging stiffness to them, I feel like I need to crack my upper back but it's just not going to happen.

    Also, I ALMOST did a full chin up yesterday. I gave it a try at the end of my workout, and nearly got all the way up but ran out of gas. I'm going to give it a shot again today before I do any sort of lifting. Like I mentioned before, a single chin up seems like a silly thing to get excited about, but I've never managed to do one in my whole entire life.

    Workout A

    Chin ups

    80x6
    70x6
    60x6
    50x6
    50x6
    40x6
    40x2
    40x2
    40x2

    Hammer Rows

    220x6
    230x6
    240x6
    240x6
    250x6
    250x6
    250x2
    250x2
    250x2

    Bench Press

    140x6
    150x6
    160x6
    170x6
    180x6
    190x6
    190x2
    190x2
    190x2

    Military Press

    110x6
    120x6
    130x6
    140x6
    150x6
    160x6
    160x2
    160x2
    160x2

    Dips

    50x6
    40x6
    30x6
    20x6
    10x6
    unsupportedx6
    unsupportedx2
    unx2
    unx2
    Goal: Lift more weight than I'm lifting right now.

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    Workout B

    Still no chin up.

    Leg Press

    140x6
    180x6
    230x6
    270x6
    320x6
    360x6
    360x2
    360x2
    360x2

    Calf Raise

    175x6
    195x6
    215x6
    235x6
    255x6
    275x6
    275x2
    275x2
    275x2

    Curls

    72.5x6
    75x6
    77.5x6
    80x6
    82.5x6
    85x6
    85x2
    85x2
    85x2

    Rack Pull

    135x6
    225x6
    315x6
    365x6
    405x6
    455x6
    500x4
    500x2
    500x1
    Goal: Lift more weight than I'm lifting right now.

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    I've been getting lazy with my journal updates, but I haven't stopped going to the gym. I've switched a couple things during my workout - I do T-Bar rows instead of Hammer Rows, and I'm switching over to deadlifts instead of rack pulls. I managed to rip a big callus off of my hand during my last bout of rack pulls, which hasn't been a lot of fun, and find that deadlifting less weight gives me a much better work out than simply lifting it off the rack..

    I switched to t-bar rows since I found myself starting to cheat in the hammer row machine, plus it's good to switch things up a bit. I'm using a bar stuck in the corner, along with a sort of V-handle to hook around the top and lift the weight up. I really like this, since I don't have any sort of support except my legs and my back, and the setup is right in front of a mirror so I can watch for any sort of bad form starting to develop.

    I've started eating a bit more food, and will go on a diet at the beginning of November. I've got a project I need to finish up in the next month and can't tolerate hunger headaches and skipping gym days. Since I've sworn off alcohol for the next foreseeable future, lifting weights is the only stress relief I've got, so I really can't afford to miss a day in the gym.

    Something that I like about eating more food is that I have WAY more energy in the gym now, and my lifts have started progressing again. I'm also not running out of energy halfway through my workouts anymore. I'm debating whether or not to go on a cut again after my contract, or if I should just keep working out and eating what I'm eating. I don't see the point of losing weight if I'm just going to wind up skinny-fat again.

    I'm not going to enter in the numbers from last week, but here's yesterday and today's workouts.

    Workout A (Yesterday)

    Chin Ups

    70x6
    60x6
    50x6
    40x6
    30x5
    30x4
    30x2
    20x2
    20x2

    T-Bar Rows

    35x6
    45x6
    70x6
    90x6
    100x6
    100x6
    110x5
    100x6
    110x2
    120x2

    Bench Press

    150x6
    160x6
    170x6
    180x6
    190x6
    200x5
    200x2
    200x2
    200x2

    Military Press

    120x6
    130x6
    140x6
    150x6
    160x5
    160x4
    160x2
    160x2
    160x1

    Dips

    40x6
    30x6
    20x6
    unsupportedx6
    unsupportedx5
    unsupportedx4
    unsupportedx2
    unsupportedx2
    unsupportedx2


    Workout B (today)

    Leg Press

    I'm really pleased with how my leg presses have come along. Since I never used to do leg workouts, my first leg press session was really embarrassing. I believe I did 50x6, and broke out into a weird itchy sweat, started breathing funny and had aching legs for days afterwards. I think I also managed to pull a muscle in my thigh somewhere when I tried bumping it up to 70lbs. My legs weren't used to bending at all.

    180x6
    270x6
    330x6
    360x6
    410x6
    450x6
    450x2
    450x2
    450x2

    Standing Calf Raise - I stopped myself from cheating on these, I'm now doing a slow raise and a five second negative on each rep.

    155x6
    175x6
    195x6
    215x6
    235x6
    255x6
    255x2
    255x2
    255x2

    Preacher Curl

    75x6
    77.5x6
    80x6
    85x6
    90x6
    95x4
    95x2
    95x1
    95x1

    Deadlifts - Yeah, these make rack pulls seem like a complete waste of time now. I felt like walking death afterwards.

    95x6
    115x6
    185x6
    205x6
    225x6
    270x6
    270x2
    270x2
    270x2
    Goal: Lift more weight than I'm lifting right now.

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    I decided to try putting 80g of dextrose in my shake to see if it had any sort of impact on my lifting. I really never eat sugar in any large amount, so having that all at once almost made me yak all over the counter. I could barely finish drinking the stuff, and noticed no boost of any sort in the gym. I was looking for a little extra gas in my muscles in the later sets of my workout, but didn't notice anything that different, and figure I can live without the extra 300 calories in my routine.

    I switched my leg presses with actual squats and rack pulls with deadlifts. I tried doing a couple of regular body weight squats the other day and found I was finally able to do them. I've always been able to croutch down, but severe hamstring flexibility issues forced me to balance on my toes while doing it. I think doing leg presses for the past month and a half has limbered me up somewhat, as I'm now able to squat down past parallel without going on my toes.

    As usual I didn't enter my numbers in yesterday, so they're included below (workout A).

    Workout A

    Chin ups

    70x6
    60x6
    50x6
    40x6
    30x5
    30x4
    30x2
    30x2
    30x1

    T-Bar Rows

    45x6
    70x6
    90x6
    100x6
    110x6
    120x6
    130x2
    140x2
    140x2

    Bench Press

    95x6
    135x6
    155x6
    165x6
    175x6
    185x6
    185x2
    185x2
    195x2

    Military Press

    120x6
    130x6
    140x6
    150x6
    160x4
    160x5
    160x2
    160x2
    160x2

    Dips

    40x6
    30x6
    20x6
    10x6
    unx6
    unx5
    unx2
    unx2
    unx2


    Workout B

    Squats - It's been a while since I've attempted squats, so these numbers are going to be pathetic for quite some time.

    45x6
    65x6
    95x6
    115x6
    135x6
    155x6
    155x4
    155x2

    Calf Raise

    155x6
    175x6
    195x6
    215x6
    235x6
    255x6
    255x2
    275x2
    295x2

    Curls

    80x6
    82.5x6
    85x6
    87.5x6
    90x5
    90x4
    90x2
    90x2
    90x2

    Deadlifts - Just like squats, I'm just starting out. Once I'm comfortable with my technique, I'm sure these numbers will improve.

    45x6
    65x6
    95x6
    135x6
    135x6
    155x6
    185x6
    185x6
    Goal: Lift more weight than I'm lifting right now.

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