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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís 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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    Senior Member Eric Cartman's Avatar
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    Squat 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x3 145x3 145x2

    Standing OH Press 20x5 45x3 65x1 90x5 90x4 90x3 90x3

    T-bar Row 25x5 75x5

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    December 6th, 2012:

    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x3 145x3 145x2 145x1 145x1

    Dumbell Curls 80x2 80x2 80x2 80x1 80x1

    Chin-ups BWx5 BWx5 BWx5

    Comments: Wow, tough to curl 40 lb dumbells, I really got stuck.

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    I think you might have taken low reps to heart a bit early. You are progressing and that's great, but remember that 5 reps will be better for hypertrophy than singles, so at your stage I'd try to stick to 5s as much as possible. It will help you build more muscle, and that's what you need right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. View Post
    I think you might have taken low reps to heart a bit early. You are progressing and that's great, but remember that 5 reps will be better for hypertrophy than singles, so at your stage I'd try to stick to 5s as much as possible. It will help you build more muscle, and that's what you need right now.
    I'm not purposely doing less then 5 reps... I'm just increasing the weight and then hitting failure and having to stop the set.

  5. #180
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    Bench press 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x3 145x3 145x3 145x1 145x2

    Squat 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x3 145x2 145x2

    DB Curls 80x3

    Barbell Curls 60x8 60x5

  6. #181
    Senior Member Eric Cartman's Avatar
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    Standing OH Press 20x5 45x3 65x1 90x5 90x5 90x4

    Lying T-Bar Row 25x5 45x3 55x1 80x5 80x5 80x3

    DB Curl 80x2 80x2 80x1

    Comments: See, I can get 5 reps!

  7. #182
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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x4 145x4 145x3 145x3

    Squat 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x4

    DB Press 80x3 80x2 60x6 60x4

    Comments: Pulled a muscle doing a clumsy rep and had to stop squats, will try again on Wednesday. Bench press is progressing...
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 01-16-2012 at 06:00 PM.

  8. #183
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    Standing OH Press 20x5 45x3 65x1 95x3 95x3 95x3 95x2 95x2

    Squat 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x3 145x2 145x2

    Wide Grip Pull-up: BWx2 BWx2 BWx2 BWx1

    Comments: I'm sure squat will be 3x5 soon... just hitting failure really fast for some reason.

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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x2 145x2 145x1 145x1

    DB Curls 80x1 80x1 80x1

    DB Bench Press 110x5 100x8 100x6

    DB Curls 50x12 60x6 60x5

    Chin ups BWx1 BWx1

    Comments: Muscles were sore and not at full recovery today, so I deloaded to get in some reps so the day would not be wasted.
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 01-20-2012 at 01:52 PM.

  10. #185
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    Squat 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x5 145x3 145x3 145x2 145x2

    Standing Press 20x5 45x3 60x1 95x4 95x4 95x3 95x2 95x2

    Lying T-Bar Row 25x5 45x3 55x1 80x5 80x5 80x5

    Comments: I'm making progress!!!!

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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x4 145x2 145x3 145x2 145x1

    Squat 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x2 145x2 145x2 145x1 145x1

    DB Curls 80x1 80x1

    BB Curls 70x5 70x5 70x5

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    Standing OH Press 20x5 45x3 65x1 95x3 95x3 95x3 95x1 95x2

    Lying T-bar Row 25x5 45x3 65x1 85x3 85x3 85x3 85x1 85x1

    BB Curls 80x2 80x2 80x1 70x5 50x8

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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x4 145x2 145x2 145x2 145x1

    Squat 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x3 145x3 145x3 145x1

    BB Curls 80x3 80x3 80x2

    Comments: My doctor thinks I may have low adrenal function, is looking into supplements. My blood pressure is very low also. Maybe this explains some of my lack of strength progress.

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    Standing OH Press 20x5 45x3 65x1 95x5 95x3 95x3 95x2 95x2

    Seated Low Cable Row 45x5 135x5 135x5 135x6

    BB Curls 80x2 80x2 80x1
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 02-10-2012 at 05:01 PM.

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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x5 145x3 145x3 145x2 145x2

    Leg Press 90x8 140x5 140x5 140x5

    Squat 145x1 135x3

    Chin-ups bwx5 bwx5 bwx5 bwx3

    Tricep Pulldown 110x5 110x5 120x1 130x1 140x1

    DB Curl 80x2 80x2

    Comments: Going to have to deload squat, I've hit some weird sort of plateau and have to start over and work back up to it. Hope it only takes a week.

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    BB Curls 80x5 80x3 80x3 80x2 80x2

    Standing OH Press 20x5 45x3 65x1 95x4 95x3 95x2 95x2 95x1

    T-Bar Rows 24x5 45x3 55x1 85x3 85x3 85x3

    Seating Low Cable Row 150x3

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    Squat 45x5 95x3 115x1 135x4 135x4 135x3 135x1

    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 120x1 145x3

    DB Press 100x10 120x5 130x3

    Assisted Dips 40x5 25x5

    Calf Lifts 45x5 90x5 115x5 115x5 115x5

    Comments: Having some health issues, but IM NOT GIVING UP!!

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    OH Standing Press 20x5 45x3 65x1 95x5 95x4 95x4 95x2 95x2

    Seated Cable Row 40x5 90x3 100x1 120x1 150x5 150x5 150x5

    BB Curls 80x6

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    DB Bench Press 40x5 80x3 120x1 140x3 140x2 140x2 140x2 140x1

    BB Curls 80x4 80x4 80x4 80x3 80x3 80x2

    Chinups BWx6

    Comments:

    New Record on Curls!!

    Switching to Dumbell Press for a few sessions, then back to regular bench press. Lets see if that helps...

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    Glad to see you are still making strides on your training.
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecityalive View Post
    Glad to see you are still making strides on your training.
    Thanks... the progress has been slow, but I do see some improvement. Not sure how you guys manage to add so much strength so quickly, for me its a grind..

    Several months ago I couldn't even do 1 rep with some of these weights and exercises, so its definitely going the right way.

    Cheers,
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    Perhaps I could attribute that to Nitrean and Results - but really, I just attribute it to willpower and want. That, and sometimes, I get ahead of myself and just try weight I never have tried before. I don't really care if I fail...that's what spotters or a safety catch is for.

    If you are going to try and progress, do it in small increments each week IMO
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecityalive View Post
    Perhaps I could attribute that to Nitrean and Results - but really, I just attribute it to willpower and want. That, and sometimes, I get ahead of myself and just try weight I never have tried before. I don't really care if I fail...that's what spotters or a safety catch is for.

    If you are going to try and progress, do it in small increments each week IMO
    Having a spotter gives you the courage to push for those extra reps, I thinks its a key to making quicker progress.

    I also agree that weekly consistency is key. I'm having to miss weeks because of medical problems I'm having... they might be putting me on adrenal medication soon.

    The journal may be put on hold for a while, until I get things sorted out, bare with me!!!!

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    DB Bench Press 40x5 80x2 100x1 140x3 140x2 140x2 140x2 140x2

    BB Curls 80x3 80x3 80x3

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    Dumbbell Bench Press 40x5 80x3 100x1 140x4 140x2 140x3 140x2 140x2

    Squat 45x5 95x3 115x1 135x3 135x2 135x1 120x1 115x2 (dont ask)

    BB Curls 80x5 80x4 80x3

    DB Curls 80x1

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