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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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    2010 R.A.W United North American Open meet results

    Let me just say that, I will probably never go to an Olive Garden the night before a meet again. It all started when I woke up at 1:20am Sunday morning and started throwing up. It didn't stop until 7:30am when I was getting ready to leave for the meet. So I was pretty much waking up every 1-2 hours throwing up, so I didn't get much sleep. Then it started to come out both ends, but I did decide to just go and compete and see how I feel when I start warming up.

    I get there and I still couldn't eat anything so i'm pretty much just sipping on water and gatorade. But my stomach still wouldn't let me hold that down. Anyways I went through my squat warm ups like I planned and it felt heavy but my handlers said that it looked good so I said screw it, i'll keep my opener the same and just go for it. My 1st attempt felt really good and my 2nd attempt did also, but I passed on my third because physically my body was not all there. I wanted 600 and I got it so I was happy with that.

    After my squats, I tried eating some crackers and after my first one I was running to the bathroom. I won't go into detail but things weren't pretty. My bench warm-ups sucked and of course everything felt heavy. I did lower my opener down to 350 just so I get on the board. I smoked my 1st and 2nd attempts and missed my 3rd attempt about half way or so and I just couldn't get it back towards my head. But it moved fast off my chest and I know I can get it.

    On to the deadlifts. I still couldn't eat anything, so i'm going on 17-18 hours from the last time I actually ate a meal. I went through my warm-ups as normal and once again, everything felt heavy so I lowered my opener just to play it safe and get on the board. I ended up smoking all 3 attempts, which really surprised me.

    Here is how my attempts went:

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    1st attempt-550...Good lift
    2nd attempt-600...Good lift
    3rd attempt-Pass

    Bench press
    1st attempt-350...Good lift
    2nd attempt-405...Good lift
    3rd attempt-425...No good

    Deadlift
    1st attempt-550...Good lift
    2nd attempt-600...Good lift
    3rd attempt-650...Good lift

    Total
    1655...PR!!!!

    1st place in 242's

    I felt like **** when I was sitting around waiting, but once I sniffed that ammonia and stepped onto the platform I was a different person. I am proud of my total but I am more proud of the fact that I didn't give up. I went to the meet feeling like **** and I won.

    I do want to thank everyone who supported me going into this meet. Especially to Scott Lamb and Brian Strickland for coming out and helping me, also April Mathis and her training partner (sorry but I can't remember his name) for coming out and supporting me as well. Last I want to give a big thanks to my family and my wife for coming out and taking video of the meet and sitting though a meet just to support me. Thanks to everybody!!!!

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    Awesome job all things considered. Way to fight through it man. Get some rest and get over the bug you got and come back stronger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbc3po View Post
    Awesome job all things considered. Way to fight through it man. Get some rest and get over the bug you got and come back stronger!
    Thanks, I feel a little bit better but I still got to be carefull with what I eat. I am looking forward to hitting the gym and getting stronger or the next meet!!!!
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    Fantastic job Bri! That really sucks about being sick, but simply awesome that you still kicked azz. Big props bro, congrats!
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    Great job!


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    That sucks getting sick on food after all the work that you put into training. You did great though. Is your next meeting going to be raw?
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    Awesome lifts....

    At any given meet, what would you say the minimum lifts are for people in the 242 class? I want to compete within 6 months to a 1 year for fun, but I am not sure if my ego can take coming in last . Unfortunately, because my height, I do not want to drop down into the 220 range. I am hoping in a year I can be at a 450 raw squat and 550 raw DL. Hopefully be able to pause a 315 bench as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mchicia1 View Post
    Awesome lifts....

    At any given meet, what would you say the minimum lifts are for people in the 242 class? I want to compete within 6 months to a 1 year for fun, but I am not sure if my ego can take coming in last . Unfortunately, because my height, I do not want to drop down into the 220 range. I am hoping in a year I can be at a 450 raw squat and 550 raw DL. Hopefully be able to pause a 315 bench as well.
    Don't let other people affect your success. Just do a meet now. I have training partners that can't bench single body weight and compete.
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    Great job Brian.
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    Excellent work, Brian. Congratulations. Hope you continue to compete in our events. Spero always does a great job.
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    Thanks alot everybody for the kind words, I really appreciate it!!!!
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    Best geared meet @ 242
    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleAl View Post
    Excellent work, Brian. Congratulations. Hope you continue to compete in our events. Spero always does a great job.
    Thanks, I was very pleased with how well the meet was ran. I will definitely continue to support the R.A.W United in the future.
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    Best geared meet @ 242
    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Great job considering the circumstances! Gonna head back into gear mode?
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    Great write up. Those damn breadsticks and endless salad!


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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodandThunder View Post
    Great job considering the circumstances! Gonna head back into gear mode?
    Thanks alot B&T!!! I'm not sure yet, but I am thinking about doing one geared meet next year. About 5 mins ago I was on the RAW United site looking for another raw meet to do and I think I might have found one, lol!!!
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    Best geared meet @ 242
    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    Great write up. Those damn breadsticks and endless salad!
    Thanks Joey!!!! I'll be stepping away from those for awhile.
    My Training Log
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    New Dimensions Wellness & Education

    *************************
    Best geared meet @ 242
    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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