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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    Is the OH press strict?

    Nice Deficits
    Strict as I can make it, buddy. Didn't do the clusters as I felt I'd have to throw my whole body into it, was so tired.
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    Good effort getting in an doing it given the conditions mate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HJP View Post
    Good effort getting in an doing it given the conditions mate!
    Thanks!

    All self-inflicted mate, tbh! Was mrs' bday over weekend, so far too much booze and far too little sleep, haha!

    I'm thinking (like Kiff) of entering a coupla powerlifting comps this year... want to get my total up to something respectable over these next few weeks.
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    Look forward to it mate, keep us informed of what comps etc you entering!
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    Day Forty Seven

    Squats:

    6x44
    6x110
    6x198
    6x242 x2x2x2


    Rack Pulls:

    6x132
    6x220
    6x309
    6x352 x2x2x2 PR


    Calf Raises:

    6x154
    6x154
    6x154
    6x154


    Hammer Curls:

    6x28
    6x33
    6x39 x2x2x2


    Leg Raises:

    6
    6
    6

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    Summary:

    Good session. Enjoyed the rack pulls, Only thing holding me back on them is the feeling of my skin tearing from my hands. Aside from that, my back feels easily capable of pulling more.

    Did very light calf raises after, as was wary of putting too much weight through back straight after squats and RPs.
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    Nice PR on the pulls. Don't be afraid to use straps for your top sets if it will allow you to use more weight.
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    Day Forty Eight

    Good short session today, joined by a good training partner - only the one and only Kiff!


    Deadlifts:

    6x132
    6x132
    6x220
    3x330
    2x330
    1x330


    Overhead Press:

    6x44
    6x66
    6x88
    6x110 x2x2x2


    Bench:

    6x110
    6x132
    6x154
    1x198 PR
    1x220 - Not counting as PR, as struggled and did it with poor form.
    6x154 x2x2x2


    Dips:

    6xBW
    6xBW
    6xBW+44
    6xBW+44

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    Summary:

    Really good session, was a top laugh with a great bloke. Good to put face to name.

    Had a bit of fun squatting too, seeing how low we could go. You coulda stuck a drawing pin on the floor and Kiff woulda spiked his ass on it, haha!

    Great sesh.

    Also, after having a nice lengthy chat over lunch with Kiff, I think I'm gonna change things up a bit - move away from HCT-12 and move towards a more strength oriented program like 5/3/1. I'll have a good read up about it, but I know a lot of you guys are very experienced with it and I'd very much appreciate some pointers.

    Cheers guys.
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    You had a good session, good luck reading up on 5/3/1 you did great today man pleasure to train with you.
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    ye guys had a good workout.

    looks like your done with hct for a while, are ya happy with your gains on it over all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the pope View Post
    ye guys had a good workout.

    looks like your done with hct for a while, are ya happy with your gains on it over all?
    Cheers mate! Yeah, I'm very happy with the gains I've made in the last forty seven HCT-12 sessions.

    Overall, I've made:

    Squats: +44lbs (198-242)
    Bench: +66lbs (132-198)
    Deadlifts: +110lbs (220-330)

    I'd say I've made a lot of progress in four/five months. But now I want to mix things up a bit and lift heavier weights less often.
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    Congrats on the day 47 PR!!

    What is your bodyweight now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    Congrats on the day 47 PR!!

    What is your bodyweight now?
    Thanks mate!

    At 76kg now, so about 10kg up on when I started.
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    Lookin good mate. I'm currently cruising HCT-12. What kinda routine you thinkin about using next?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kong View Post
    Lookin good mate. I'm currently cruising HCT-12. What kinda routine you thinkin about using next?
    Thanks mate!

    Thinking of 531 next. Want all my big lifts on diff days so I can really give them 100%. And gonna stop deadlifting twice a week, as I think it's too much.

    PS - digging the Predator quote, bud!
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    Been going nice and steady for a while, keep at it this way and you can't go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Been going nice and steady for a while, keep at it this way and you can't go wrong.
    Thanks Coke. Yeah, been going steady, but with some of my exercises - particularly deadlift and bench - I keep stalling, cos I'm doing them 2x per week. Not giving myself enough time to recover.

    I'm looking at 5/3/1, because it's less volume but the same exercises. I'm thinking that if I hit the big four (Bench/DL/Squat/Press) once a week, with only a couple of assist exercises, then it might stop me stalling so often.

    Sometimes a change is better than a rest. And to be fair, I'm often lopping exercises out of my routine, because the gym I go to is so busy that it sometimes takes well over an hour and a half to finish the whole workout.
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    Good **** going on, will be following your progress my man!
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    I replied to your post on the main forum, but I will reply here too.

    I'd stick with HCT-12 for longer, you've been making fantastic progress with it and I'd hate to see you give that up. Just switch to the 5 day routine (it's actually 4 days after the first week) and stay on the path you set for yourself. It will have you doing shorter and more intense sessions and it will space out your lifts a bit more. BUT, you will continue to make progress at a faster rate than with 5/3/1.
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    Thanks guys.

    I've been having a good look through the HCT-12 book at the 5 day routine. I'll sit down and work out what exercises I could do on each day.

    Do you guys think I should drop DL/Squat/Bench down to once per week each still?

    Thanks again.

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    You have probably hit the point where hitting each lift less frequently will allow progress to continue at your expected rate. And that's what makes the HCT-12, 5 day routine so desirable; one week you will hit squats and deads twice, then one week you'll hit bench twice, then one week you'll hit shoulder press twice, and back to squats again for twice a week. I think that it would be a very worth-while experiment for you rather than switching horses while still making progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    You have probably hit the point where hitting each lift less frequently will allow progress to continue at your expected rate. And that's what makes the HCT-12, 5 day routine so desirable; one week you will hit squats and deads twice, then one week you'll hit bench twice, then one week you'll hit shoulder press twice, and back to squats again for twice a week. I think that it would be a very worth-while experiment for you rather than switching horses while still making progress.
    Makes sense, OR.

    Times like these I'm glad I'm part of this forum, to get some outside perspective on things rather than just going off on my own tangent.
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    One thing I've noted while working out my 5day split is that if I go back to the original HCT12, it puts squats and DLs on the same day again.

    Not sure whether I should go back to splitting them up, or stick with this and just make sure to do one lighter than the other.

    So far, I've split it as follows:

    Workout A -

    Bench
    Dips
    Hammer Curls


    Workout B-

    Squat
    Deadlift
    Calf Raise


    Workout C-

    Chins
    DB Row
    Standing Press
    Hanging Leg Raises
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    There are many ways around that...

    You could do the deadlifts every-other session, you could swap (squats and deads) which one you work first week to week, you could use a deadlift variation like rack pulls or stiffies, or you could swich deadlifts with rows so that you hit them on a different day.
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    Right, cheers.

    Workout A -

    Bench
    Dips
    Hammer Curls


    Workout B1 -

    Squat
    Rack Pulls
    Calf Raise

    Workout B2 -

    Deadlift
    Legpress
    Calf Raise

    Workout C-

    Chins
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    Standing Press
    Hanging Leg Raises


    There we go, split that B session up and will alternate those two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Thanks mate!

    At 76kg now, so about 10kg up on when I started.
    Good work!!

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