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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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    Meet write-up with video

    This was a very intersting training cycle. I looked back through my log and saw that I did in fact only put the shirt on twice before the meet. After doing back to back meets in the shirt I was just tired of it. So, I figured I would just get stronger and see what happens. I know I got stronger because I hit a pretty comfortable 550 raw bench during a warm up set a few weeks ago and I had not trained my raw groove at all. I also hit a 640 raw three board which was a pr regardless of weight.

    Now, on to the meet. Interestingly I had spent a lot of time last week mentally preparing myself for the contest. I figured if I was going to throw caution to the wind with my equipped training I'd need some sort of edge. Man oh man I sure needed it. All was running smoothly until my last warm up. I was taking 765 to a one board and on the way down the bar started rolling wildly out of my hands. So I told the guys to take it just as I touched the board. Note to self, do not use a crappy bent gym bar to bench 700+ pounds. Anyway, normally something like that could really throw me. It's not exactly a confidence boosting occurrence for a last warm up. However, I was not bothered by it in the least.

    When it was time for my frst attempt I felt confident and comfortable. My setup was good. I felt strong when I took the weight (I mean how could I not with a perfect Rhodes hand off). My form felt good, but it seemed to take forever to touch. Normally I'd panic in this situation. When I got the press call I felt the weight shift to the right on me. At this point time slowed down in my head. Instead of saying "Take it" I heard my voice in my head say "I can get this." For those who have seen me lift over the years, you know I am not a grinder. This was one of the slowest lifts I have ever made. I know if I had not spent as much time as I did last week on the psychology of lifting I would not have been able to correct the weight and get the push on it that I did.

    After the 830 I went on to take two unsuccessful attempts at 845. It's really odd because we set up the shirt exactly the same. Karsten and I joke about what we do with the shirt--nothing. We don't tug it, twist it, or pull it. We just belt it. So that's not hard to replicate. Although, we did wet the shirt for the last attempt in hopes of an easier touch, it was to no avail.

    The 830 was certainly an ugly lift, but I'll take it. I learned a lot from the experience. First of all, mental preparation can clearly be a difference maker. I'm glad I spend time working on that aspect of the sport. Second, I need to get in the shirt a lot more. Although I am stronger now, I am not as technically proficient in the shirt as I used to be. Lastly, I will be sticking with the Westside training priciples. I have made my best gains equipped and raw with Westside. I just need to tweak it for my needs.

    I just want to thank everyone who has helped me through this process. My wife, who really does so much for me it's ridiculous. My parents, sister in law, and dog who all mean so much to me. My training partners Brian, Drew, Karsten, Josh, Rhodes and Tee rock! Gene and Ame for putting on another kick ass meet. The trophies were being handed out within ten minutes of the last deadlift. Now that's efficient. We were out of there at about 3:45. It was cool to see so many old friends and it was awesome to make some new ones. I got to bench with an old MM buddy Chuck Scherza. He hit a solid number. It's good to see him on the platform again. Thanks to all for the support I get on the net. It means a lot. Lastly, thanks to my very excellent sponsors, AtLargeNutrition and EliteFTS.

    I am taking this most of this week off from weight training. I have not done this in a while. Heck, I still trained on my vacation in Aruba over the summer. I'm also taking a week off from my diet. I'm just going to enjoy myself for a few days. If I feel like doing some conditioning then I will. I'll also be working on my upcoming training program. Rhodes and I already discussed a few ideas. I'm planning on competing in the Lexen Pro Am in March. It's time to throw my hat back in the ring with the big boys. Plus, how can you beat Ohio in March. It rivals the Hampton's in the summer. Maybe I'll get to see Wendler on his new chopper wearing nothing but chaps. That alone would be worth the trip.

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    Great job overcoming the mental adversity! Excellent writeup.


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    wow.... I didn't expect the dip to be so dramatic..... nice job recovering from that! Show's some serious experience in your spotters as well to get close enough to grab it if you missed, but still give you the chance to grind it out.

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    Nice!!
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    Great job man! That is one hell of a bench.

    What exactly did you do to mentally prepare yourself for the meet?
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    Nice work.Congrats on the 830 Ipa Record.

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    Congratulations Vincent!
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    Sick bench Vin! Really inspirational work


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    Awesome bench Vin! Way to grind it out, congrats.
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    Awesome job vinny.
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    Congrats on another record bench Vincent!
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    Heck of a recovery Vinnie! Way to go fight!
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    Just continuing to get better with what you want to do. Keep it up!

    Side note, did you see the HBO documentary Monica and David? It was about a couple who both have Downs and get married. Chronicles up to the wedding and some time after it. One of the best I have seen in a long time.


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    830 was a PR for you wasn't it? Way to stick with it!

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    Thanks guys. Yes, the 830 was a pr. I hit 820 at 308 back in January. I hit 800 at 275 this past July. I see an upward trend here. I just have to keep the train on the tracks.


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    awesome! Congrats!

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    I knew I chose to spot on that side for a reason.
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    Congrats Vincent. Way to stick with it!!!!


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    Nice job Vin! Way to stick with it and pull it out...

    Lexen Pro/am....is there a bench only portion? Been a while since a big meet..might be a good one to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bencher8 View Post
    Nice job Vin! Way to stick with it and pull it out...

    Lexen Pro/am....is there a bench only portion? Been a while since a big meet..might be a good one to do.

    Paul Key
    Yes, they are having a bench only at this meet. I will probably be doing this meet, too. You can crash at my place again if need be, Paul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bencher8 View Post
    Nice job Vin! Way to stick with it and pull it out...

    Lexen Pro/am....is there a bench only portion? Been a while since a big meet..might be a good one to do.

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    Yes, they are having a bench only at this meet. I will probably be doing this meet, too. You can crash at my place again if need be, Paul.
    Crap, if you two are in, then I am out!


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    Awesome lifting Vinnie! Way to gut it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    Just continuing to get better with what you want to do. Keep it up!

    Side note, did you see the HBO documentary Monica and David? It was about a couple who both have Downs and get married. Chronicles up to the wedding and some time after it. One of the best I have seen in a long time.
    Thanks. I will definitely be checking that documentary out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IronDiggy View Post
    Great job man! That is one hell of a bench.

    What exactly did you do to mentally prepare yourself for the meet?
    I really focused on the process of my lifting and not the results. I had plans for if I was too anxious or conversely, too too relaxed. You need to be ready for whatever the day brings. Also, fefore each warm up and lift, I visualized the lift, set up without over thinking, and made each attempt without any doubt.

    I am a fan of sports psychology and have read a number of excellent books.


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