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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?

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    Thanks a lot mate, glad I did it, woulda felt like I'd cheated myself a little if I'd skipped it.

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    Day Thirteen - Unlucky for Some

    Non-workout, really.

    Got to gym and literally as soon as I got under the squat bar my elbow began thorbbing worse than yesterday. Definitely jarred the joint. Tried to struggle through it and did a few squats.

    Body still aching all over from yesterday and quads refused to warm up despite loads of stretching and bodyweight squats. Realised that I'm actually due a deload week and I think my body is telling me that to.

    So as of Monday, first week of deload. =)

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    On positive note - my girlfriend is now squatting! She did:

    6xBW
    6xBW
    6x22
    6x28
    6x33 x2x2x2

    Very pleased. She's decided that she wants to have a go at weightlifting now, so she's going to follow my routine next week as I deload. Should be interesting!

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    Day Fourteen

    First day of deload.

    Actually enjoyed it.


    Deadlift:

    15x132
    15x132
    15x154
    15x154


    Bench:

    15x44
    15x88
    15x110
    15x110


    Leg Press:

    15x154
    15x214
    15x254
    15x254


    Dumbbell Rows:

    15x22
    15x28
    15x33
    15x33


    Lateral Pulldown:

    15x77
    15x93
    15x108
    15x108


    Dips:

    15xBW
    15xBW
    15xBW


    Overhead Press:

    15x22
    15x33
    15x39
    15x39

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    Summary:

    Enjoyed today, though it felt weird to not be lifting heavy. Feel really relaxed tonight and not very achey. Doing 45 dips sure gets the triceps pumped haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    First day of deload.

    Doing 45 dips sure gets the triceps pumped haha!
    I bet! nice work.
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    Day Fifteen

    Second Day of Deload

    Had a hectic coupla days. End of uni term so been in a rush brushing up on my French and Russian work.

    Not had chance to get to the gym yesterday or today. Did a workout at home today, in the freezing cellar with my light weights and the company of a load of spiders.

    Will miss tomorrow and do a workout at the actual gym on Sat morning, making this a three day deload.

    Today's workout:

    Bench:

    15x77
    15x100
    15x110
    15x110


    Dumbbell Rows:

    15x39
    15x39


    Squats:

    15x77
    15x100
    15x100

    Don't have a rack at home, so had to clean the weight over and back. Work sets were very tough, not the squats themselves but just cleaning the weight back over without landing it on my head, haha!


    Hammer Curls:

    15x17
    15x22
    15x22


    Crunches:

    20
    20
    20
    20
    20


    Summary:

    For saying I used light weights and not any partic routine, I feel quite pumped lol. Will get back onto set routine on Sat as I'll be down the gym again. Looking forward to starting heavy again on Monday.

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    nice delaod just done my last week feelt well better when i started heavy again this week

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    Nice deload in adverse conditions mate
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    Thanks guys Got last deload sesh tomorrow morning, then lifting heavy again on Monday.

    Hopefully the rest will have done me some good.

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    Day Sixteen

    Last day of deload.

    Short session.


    Deadlift

    15x44
    15x110
    15x132
    15x154
    15x154


    Overhead Press

    15x22
    15x28
    15x33
    15x39
    15x39


    Dips

    15xBW
    15xBW
    15xBW


    Lat Pulldown

    15x62
    15x77
    15x93
    15x93


    Looking forward to lifting heavy again on Monday. Off uni now until Jan, so plenty of time to rest and recover from heavy sessions. Want to not let myself go over Christmas, but instead make lots of progress.

    Everyone else will be coming into lectures having put on bellies. I'll be coming in looking like a brick ****house.

    Well, that's the plan.

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    Day Seventeen

    First day lifting heavy after Deload.


    Deadlift:

    6x88
    6x132
    6x198
    6x254 x2x2x2


    Bench:

    6x88
    6x110
    6x132
    6x154 x2x2x2


    DB Rows:

    6x33
    6x39
    6x44
    6x55


    Overhead Press:

    6x33
    6x55
    6x77
    6x88


    Leg Press:

    6x214
    6x273
    6x333
    6x392 x2x2x2


    Lat Pulldown:

    6x77
    6x108
    6x139
    6x154 x2x2x2


    Dips:

    6xBW
    6xBW+22
    6xBW+33
    6xBW+44 x2x2x2


    Summary:

    Great workout, especially considering it's first back after deload. Thought I'd've lost strength during deload, as I only had three sessions, but no, if anything I feel stronger after the deload. Anyone else get that?

    Got rid of my gloves today too. Used chalk instead.

    I really struggled with 254lbs on the deadlift before the deload. With the help of chalk it felt like it flew up today. No problems with grip. Even felt like I could've done more, but didn't want to overstretch myself on first day back.

    I feel 300lbs coming within the next week or two...

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    Great session. Most people feel stronger after the deload.
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    Day Eighteen

    Ouch.

    Warmed up nicely. 5 mins of running followed by plenty of stretching.


    Squats:

    6x44
    6x132
    6x176

    Form feeling really good, legs feeling really strong. I belt up and go for 100kgs.

    3x220

    Reach the bottom of the third 220 squat and POP. Ouch! Felt just like when you pop your knuckles, only in my spine. I somehow managed to get the bar back up to the top and rack it.

    I immediately ring my cousin, who's a much more experienced lifter than me (regularly squats 500+) and tell him what happened. He says that it's happened to him before. And literally is just like what happens with your knuckles, though on a bigger scale. He tells me to finish my workout, but leave out anything that involves the back, then to go home and rest it.


    Hammer Curls:

    6x22
    6x29
    6x33
    6x39 x2x2x2


    Calf Raises:

    15x15
    15x55
    15x70


    Front Planks 30secs x3


    Then I manage to hobble home with my girlfriend, on the bus.

    My back is REALLY aching now. Was a struggle to get home, walking like Quasimodo holding on for anything for support.

    Going to rest it up and hope it hurts less over time. I don't think it's a slipped disc, as everyone I know who's had one was on the floor instantly.

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    Slept like an absolute log last night.

    Back feels a bit better this morning, but still not 100%

    Don't think it's a slipped disc, or I'd still be in agony.

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    Crap to hear about your back, make sure you give it all the rest it needs man don't rush back issues man. Keep us informed.
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    Hey bud, ta for checking in.

    Just been doing nothing but resting it in bed today (downloaded Final Fantasy VII, so helps stop me wandering off haha!)

    Feeling MUCH better this evening than earlier.

    Still going to lay off the training tomorrow and sat, but I reckon I'll be fully functional again for next week.

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    you were going good man hope the back is ok

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    Day Nineteen - Recovering

    Okay. Been a week since last worked out. Spent all of the weekend hobbling round like a cripple. Couldn't sit without it hurting, couldn't lie down without it hurting.

    Last coupla days have been much better though, able to walk upright, rather than hunched over like an Igor.

    So went down to the gym today.

    Took it VERY easy.


    Hammer Curls:

    6x22
    6x28
    6x33
    6x39 x2x2x2


    Dumbbell Rows:

    6x33
    6x44
    6x55
    6x66 x2x2x2


    Dips:

    6xBW
    6xBW
    6xBW


    As I said, a very light session, but I didn't want to do anything that might risk my back again.

    Going to do another workout on Friday (Xmas Eve).

    But what to do? I feel like a flat bench won't do anything to my back, so gonna do one of them. But obviously Overhead Press is out. Might just repeat today's workout but with Bench as well.

    From next week (Monday) I'm going to start my usual routine and add squats and deads in at a VERY light weight. I think I might also drop down to three day week for a few weeks to help recovery.


    Really sucks having an injured back. I don't feel like I've lifted at all today.

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    Day Twenty

    Right, managed to get back into gym again after Christmas. Been keeping busy over Crimbo by learning how to pullup better (thanks for that link OR).

    Back still feels a little tender, but not too bad so I added back in Squats and Rack Pulls, albeit very very light ones.


    Squats:

    12x44
    12x88
    12x88
    12x88


    Rack Pulls:

    6x44
    6x88
    6x110
    12x110


    Hammer Curls:

    6x22
    6x33
    6x39 x2x2x2


    Calf Raises:

    6x55
    6x72
    6x90
    6x90


    Summary:

    A very short, easy workout. I used light weights on the squat and rack pull cos I'm still paranoid about my back. I'm guessing I'll need to keep these (and deads) very light for at least the next fortnight or more. Hence the higher reps, to make it feel like I'm actually doing something.

    I skipped Cable Crunches this workout, I'm quite sure they're the last thing you should do with a bad back.

    Right, time to get the pork chops on the stove!

    PS - and OR, the bike didn't break down on way back!
    Last edited by GazzyG; 12-29-2010 at 11:44 AM.

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    Day Twenty One

    Good workout today. Deads back on the routine, woot!


    Deadlifts:

    12x110
    12x110
    12x110

    Nice n low to help my back recover.


    Bench:

    6x88
    6x110
    6x132
    6x154 x2x2x2


    Overhead Press:

    6x33
    6x44
    6x66 x2x2x2


    Leg Press:

    12x115
    12x174
    12x234


    Dips:

    6xBW
    6xBW
    6xBW+44 x2x2x2


    Chins (Neutral Grip):

    25x Singles


    Summary:

    Good workout. Starting to get back into it properly again after hurting my back. Feel like I'm lifting again.

    Always amazed at how much of an insane pump dips give me.

    Started that routine from the Pullup article today, hence the 25 singles. Feels good to slow down and concentrate on the form. Looking forward to the results in a coupla months.

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    Nice work mate, i should know this but are your weights LBS or KG?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    Nice work mate, i should know this but are your weights LBS or KG?

    NE Ways HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Pounds mate - all the weights at the gym are in KGs, but I translate them into lbs for the posts, cos most of our friends are of the Yank persuasion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Pounds mate - all the weights at the gym are in KGs, but I translate them into lbs for the posts, cos most of our friends are of the Yank persuasion!
    See i thought so, then you said you pulled 110 to keep things light and just thought i had missed about 6months of your progression!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    See i thought so, then you said you pulled 110 to keep things light and just thought i had missed about 6months of your progression!
    ROFL, when 110kgs is a light pull to help my back recover, I'll be a very happy bunny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    ROFL, when 110kgs is a light pull to help my back recover, I'll be a very happy bunny!
    You will get there mate we all will with consistent work
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