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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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  1. #201
    Senior Member Eric Cartman's Avatar
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    Some recent workouts:

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

    Bench Press 135x4 135x2 115x5

    Standing OH Press 95x2 85x5 85x5

    Seated Row 150x5

    Sit Ups 1x25

    DB Curls Superset {80x2 70x3 60x2 50x5 40x3} x2
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 03-15-2012 at 03:23 PM.

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    Squat 45x5 95x3 115x1 135x3 135x3 135x2 135x2 135x2

    Deadlift 135x5

    Sit Up 1x25

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    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    I feel with the volume you are doing 135, you should be able to increase your weight in the squat. Regardless....looking good, mate.
    My road to powerlifting:
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    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
    I feel with the volume you are doing 135, you should be able to increase your weight in the squat. Regardless....looking good, mate.
    Thanks... I was at 145 lb squat recently, but I lost it... this is sort of a temporary "deload"..

    I guess this is the first real plateau i've had in a few months, but I'm just sticking with the routine,...
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 03-15-2012 at 03:22 PM.

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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 115x1 145x3 145x3 145x3 145x2 145x2

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

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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 115x1 145x4 145x4 145x4 145x3

    BB Curls 80x4 70x5

    DB Curls 70x4 60x1

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    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    nice increase on the bench ...keep going!
    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
    nice increase on the bench ...keep going!
    Hell YES!!!

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

    (just a quick workout after work, not time for much more)

  10. #210
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    Barbell Curls 80x5 80x4 80x3 80x3

    Lying T-Bar Rows 25x5 45x3 60x1 85x4 85x3 85x3

    Standing OH Press 20x5 45x3 70x1 95x5 95x3 95x3

    Pullup BWx5

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    5-4-12

    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 115x1 135x5 135x3 135x3

    Curls 70x5 70x5 70x5 70x5 70x5

    Pulldowns 115x8 115x8

    Seated Rows 75x5

    Lying Rows 25x5 45x3 55x1 70x5

    Comments: Been injured, have returned, lost a bit of strength
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 05-04-2012 at 01:29 PM.

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    Bench Press 145x3 145x3 145x2

    DB Bench Press 110x5 100x6

    Seated Curls 65x6 65x5 65x5

    Pull-up BWx3

    Tricep Pulldown 120x8 120x8 120x8

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    6-1-12

    Seated Curls 70x5 70x4 70x4 70x2

    Bench press 145x3 145x2 125x6

    DB Bench Press 120x4

    Pushups 35

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    Bench press 45x5 95x3 115x1 140x4 140x4 140x4 140x3

    Seated Curl 70x5 70x5 70x4

    Chin-up x2

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

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    Seated Curls 70x5 70x5 70x3 + DB Curls 60x2

    Standing Press 45x3 65x1 85x5 85x5 85x3 + DB Press 60x2

    Standing Rows 70x5

    T-Bar Rows 70x4 65x5 65x6

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    Squat 135x5 135x3 115x5

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    what happened in April?
    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
    what happened in April?
    Good question.

    My doctor has diagnosed me with severe adrenal fatigue. I have been experimenting with different medications, and my workouts have suffered a lot because of this.

    I think most people on WBB have given up on me, but I'm not quitting..

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    Bench Press
    45x5
    95x3
    115x1
    140x5
    140x4
    140x3

    DB Bench Press
    120x4
    110x4
    100x5

    Seated Curls
    70x5
    70x5
    70x3

    Chin-ups
    BWx3

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    A new direction for my journal and my weightlifting.

    I've decided to switch to the 5/3/1 Jim Wendler Program. I believe that this will allow me to focus more on steady progress and pacing my workouts better.

    I'm using the following for my 90 percent of my 1RM:

    Bench Press: 155 lbs x .90 = 140 lbs
    Squat: 155 lbs x .90 = 140 lbs
    Deadlift: 155 lbs x .90 = 140 lbs
    Military Press: 100 lbs x.90 = 90 lbs

    I will be doing the 3-times-a-week program and OPTION 1.

    So my first week should be 90x5 105x5 120x5 for Bench, Squat, and Deadlift, and Military Press should be 55x5, 65x5, 75x5.

    If these numbers don't seem accurate or correct for me, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

    Eric

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    The numbers look good.
    Three days a week looks good.
    Show us your planned assistance work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    The numbers look good.
    Three days a week looks good.
    Show us your planned assistance work...
    I'm not sure about the assistance work, he says you can vary it...

    There may be some days where I only have time for the mainlifts..

    In general, I want to add some rows and curls... maybe some calf lifts.. note sure what else to add, maybe thats it..

    Thanks for looking at the numbers...

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    Get assistance in. I know Wendler talks about getting your main lifts in and not doing assistance work...but knowing Jim Wendler's antics, I'm pretty sure he writes that tongue and cheek. Get your assistance work in. It's good to see you have an idea for what you want to do - but do you know why you are doing it?

    Looking forward to see the next series of posts.
    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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    Wendler does write about going in and only doing the main lifts...AT TIMES!
    There will be times where energy is in short supply or you just don't have a lot of time. When that's the case, Wendler wants you to do the most important stuff, which is the main lifts. But he does want you to do assistance lifts on a regular basis, and so do I

    Like Wendler suggests, just pick a couple each day that will make the routine more well rounded and balanced. Also, pick assistance lifts that will help the main lifts. At the very least I'd do a posterior movement after the squats (stiff-legged deadlifts are my choice), a rowing movement after the bench, and another pull after the presses (could be a chin-up or even a curl).
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    Off Road is right. All I have read, Wendler suggests the main movements when assistance can't be done. Wendler does crazy assistance every time he enters the gym. You'll love the 5 3 1 if you've never done it (my favorite routine). I will say this though I get hurt on this routine so much I stopped it for a while. My auto regulation on the last "go all out set" sucks, so I push until I die. Good Luck though and bump those lifts up!
    Weakest person on the forum, and my bench is higher than my squat.

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