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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 Off Road View Post
    I was thinking of using the Trap Bar and alternating Split Squats and Stiff Leg Deadlifts as the second exercise. I'd probably do that for a couple of months and then switch back to Squats again.
    Looks like a sound idea mate
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    That standing press is HUGE! Good effort!
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    Olympic squats look strong as hell Off Road. Good work.

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    Hey OR, how're you doing? Been super busy. Hope you're still killin' the training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I was thinking of using the Trap Bar and alternating Split Squats and Stiff Leg Deadlifts as the second exercise. I'd probably do that for a couple of months and then switch back to Squats again.
    Have you considered doing something different and doing barbell lunges as your primary leg mover? I bet you'd see a lot of mass gain with that movement. Check out F=MA's quads to see what i mean.

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    BB Lunges are extremely tough. That's an exercise I hate going to the max on, it's so easy to want to wuss out on it.

    Things are looking good here, I see some movements have increased in weight rather quickly from the beginning weights. I hope you can hurdle over the auto-regulation mountain. The last bout probably helped you out with this newer bout.
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    I've been super busy, I'll respond to you guys shortly...I'm not ignoring you and i appreciate the support
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    okay, I have some free time now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    Looks like a sound idea mate
    Ya, I really miss the Trap Bar and I'm excited about using it again. Not too many people use it, but it really is a brilliant peice of equipment. It targets my legs like no other exercise I've tried.

    Quote Originally Posted by HJP View Post
    That standing press is HUGE! Good effort!
    Thanks HJP, it's becoming one of my favorite lifts. Funny, my lats get so sore from doing them now. Don't know if that's normal or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by PIERCEY View Post
    Olympic squats look strong as hell Off Road. Good work.
    Thanks PIERCEY, they are so tough to get the form on and get the depth. But it's coming around.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodyGirl View Post
    Hey OR, how're you doing? Been super busy. Hope you're still killin' the training.
    Oh, Goody, Goody, look who's popping in. Great to hear from you. Sexy avatar too

    Quote Originally Posted by chevelle2291 View Post
    Have you considered doing something different and doing barbell lunges as your primary leg mover? I bet you'd see a lot of mass gain with that movement. Check out F=MA's quads to see what i mean.
    With my "twisted" F'd up leg, there is no way I could push the lunges hard enough. It gives me fits with the balance aspect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time+Patience View Post
    BB Lunges are extremely tough. That's an exercise I hate going to the max on, it's so easy to want to wuss out on it.
    Not to mention falling over - Haha

    Quote Originally Posted by Time+Patience View Post
    Things are looking good here, I see some movements have increased in weight rather quickly from the beginning weights. I hope you can hurdle over the auto-regulation mountain. The last bout probably helped you out with this newer bout.
    I think I have a much better understanding of the auto-regulation this time around. I really think the secret is to stay away from failure and just take what the body is willing to give you on that day. I purposefully started well within myself this time and I will only increase the weights when I feel it's too easy.
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    Mon Nov 22, 2010

    Bench press = 245 lbs x 6 +2 +2 +2
    Bar dips = +60 lbs x 6 +2 +2 +2
    Barbell curls = 115 lbs x 6 +2 +2 +2

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    That was a nice increase in bar dips without any extra "felt" intensity. I'm pretty sure that's what's supposed to happen, one day the weights just feel a bit lighter, so you throw on a little extra. The bench was fairly tough, so not a big increase there. And the curls were about the same as last time, so no increase on those. I've got the rest periods dialed in and just count about 10 breaths and then start getting back under the weight again.
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    Now that you're dusting off the trapbar any idea of what you want to get to with it? 500lb?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    Now that you're dusting off the trapbar any idea of what you want to get to with it? 500lb?
    500 lbs? For 6 +2 +2 +2? Kinda setting the bar a little high?
    Let's shoot for 400 first and go from there...
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    Looking good mate, nice to hear you feel Gd with your rest periods!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    Looking good mate, nice to hear you feel Gd with your rest periods!
    Thanks kiff.
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    Tues Nov 23, 2010

    Parallel Grip Squat Lift = 385 lbs x 6 +2 +2 +2
    S.l.d.l. = 265 lbs x 6 +2 +2 +2
    Heel raises = 185 lbs x 15 +5 +5 +5

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    Kind of on the easy side, but don't want to start too heavy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    500 lbs? For 6 +2 +2 +2? Kinda setting the bar a little high?
    Let's shoot for 400 first and go from there...
    I was actually thinking for a single. I'm pretty sure you could do 400 right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Parallel Grip Squat Lift = 385 lbs x 6 +2 +2 +2
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    Heel raises = 185 lbs x 15 +5 +5 +5

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    Kind of on the easy side, but don't want to start too heavy.
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    well done good lifting keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    I was actually thinking for a single. I'm pretty sure you could do 400 right now
    Oh...a single...ya 500 would be a good goal. Shoot, pulling 500 from the floor with any lift would be awesome!
    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    Nice mate, what I love about your Journals is you genuinely don't seem to have anything to prove or let your ego get in the way
    Heck, I've got nothing to prove to anybody but myself. That happens as we get older I guess. As long as I'm keeping up with you young studs, what more could I ask for?
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    Looking good in here OR! Hows the body feeling about the new program?
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    You are doing more than keeping up mate! I'm trying to catch up!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HJP View Post
    Looking good in here OR! Hows the body feeling about the new program?
    The body feels great right now. I'm sore in all the right places aftyer my workouts, but no big DOMs, so just right I think.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    You are doing more than keeping up mate! I'm trying to catch up!!!
    You are doing awesome and I'm excited to see you progressing so well. Way faster than I ever did.

    I think the Parallel Grip Squat Lift (Trap Bar Deadlift) was the right choice for me at this time. I've got my squat max right up there where I think it should be and it will take a longish time to keep increasing it to the next goal. That's exactly what I plan to do after I get this hypertrophy bug out of my system. But, while squats made my legs bigger and stronger, the Trap Bar hits them even harder. My quads get so pumped and sore from doing them, and there is no denying that it is a major compound movement. Plus the fact that I can safely perform reps with big intensity without fear of getting trapped or injured. I expect great things from it.
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    Looking good, I am interested in a trap bar. I like the sounds of what your describing. I may have to look into buying one. Your dips are awesome, you probably have healthier shoulders than me at almost double my age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELmx479 View Post
    Your dips are awesome, you probably have healthier shoulders than me at almost double my age.
    Second that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELmx479 View Post
    Looking good, I am interested in a trap bar. I like the sounds of what your describing. I may have to look into buying one. Your dips are awesome, you probably have healthier shoulders than me at almost double my age.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    Second that.
    Yes, the Trap Bar is an amazing tool. The inventor of it was a competetive power lifter who had bad injuries. He used the Trap Bar year round to reduce the strain on his back and still be able to train heavy. He would switch back to the squat and deadlift before a meet and would always see a big carry-over to those lifts. Depending on the lifter and their style, it will resemble a squat or a deadlift. For most, it's more of a squat; hence the nickname, "Parallel Grip Squat Lift."

    As far as dips go, I understand that some people's shoulders get injured from it. I'm thinking it's probably a form issue similar to the bench press. It has never bothered my shoulders as long as I remember to stay really tight.

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