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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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    Garage Lifter's Log

    I'll start by saying that 18 months ago I was 165lbs and at 6'4" that wasn't pretty. Since then I've done a lot of different things to try to get bigger and stronger. About 5 months ago I began to really focus on training and making every effort to get bigger and stronger.

    My first total was less than 500lbs and broke down like this:
    Bench 155
    Deadlift 155
    Squat 175

    I tested my maxes on Monday and got this:
    Bench 205
    Deadlift 300
    Squat 255
    Bodyweight is also up to 220

    All of these are lifetime PRs for me and I'm excited about it.

    I really like to get to Class IV and then Class III lifters totals this year.

    Thanks for reading and any feedback and/or comments are always welcome.
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    20 minutes walking today while carrying my daughter (35lbs) in a backpack carrier thing.
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    1/1/10
    Squats 165 x 5 reps x 6 sets RPE = 7
    Deadlifts from a 2in deficit 170 x 5 x 6 sets RPE = 6

    Nothing much. Easing into the new year and a little short on time.
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    Bench Press
    135 x 3 reps x 3 sets

    Skull Crushers
    40 x 10 x 2
    elbows felt sore immediately from these, switched to the cambered bar and it was a little better

    Triceps Pushdowns
    80 x 10

    Squats
    205 x 5 x 2

    Lat Pulldowns with supinated grip
    130 x 10 x 2

    Standing Calf Raises
    180 x 10 x 2

    Machine Crunches
    120 x 10 x 2

    First workout for current programming and I haven't really done the majority of these exercises so there's going to be some learning curve. Nothing too hard but then again it wasn't supposed to be.
    Last edited by StLRPh; 01-04-2010 at 05:56 PM.
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    Cool, man. What kind of programming are you following? Awesome progress, too. You don't make that kind of progress unless you are really working at it.

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    Thanks. Do you sometimes post at RTS? I've been reading Mike T's stuff lately and will probably go to it soon.

    The program is 30lbs in 30 day bench press program from this site. If I can get 225 I'll be pretty f-ing ecstatic.

    Goals for this year are 315-225-405 and then hopefully a grand for my total.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    Thanks. Do you sometimes post at RTS? I've been reading Mike T's stuff lately and will probably go to it soon.

    The program is 30lbs in 30 day bench press program from this site. If I can get 225 I'll be pretty f-ing ecstatic.

    Goals for this year are 315-225-405 and then hopefully a grand for my total.

    Yes I do. I used a Block Training template for awhile and wanted to take that idea a little further so I looked into Mike's ideas. I was already using RPE's to some extent, etc., but he has a lot of ideas that I think may be able to take some of the things I do further. I'm using a little bit of a mix of both for now, trying to get a feel for what Mike's system is and make my block system run better, too.

    Good luck with the program, man. I've never used it but they had a thread somewhere on this site that had people listing their progress, and many of them made 20+lbs.

    Good goals, man, and good luck with everything.

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    1/6/10

    Bench Press
    155 x 3 reps x 2 sets (RPE 6 on both)

    Triceps Pushdown
    80 x 10 (RPE 9)

    Deadlift
    260 x 3 reps x 2 sets (15lb PR) (RPE 7 and 8 respectively)
    (haven't done a heavy triple since mid-September)

    Incline Abs
    10 reps x 2 sets

    Snowing like crazy. Time to get some pizza and chill for the night.
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    Good luck with your goals man, at 6'4" I assume you will have a little harder time filling out the way you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Good luck with your goals man, at 6'4" I assume you will have a little harder time filling out the way you want.
    Definitely. GOMAD x 1 month and I only got about 15 pounds. Basically the only thing that works for me is to consistently get over 5,000 calories and even then if I get stressed at work/home my weight drops.

    On the good side I did the Anabolic diet for a month and dropped about 10 pounds of fat.

    Probably thinking that I'll get to about 240 or 250 and call it a day for weight gain. May go to 260 just say I gained a 100lbs
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    Good luck with your goals, StLRPh! At least you're looking the right places, the WBB forum and the RTS forum are good places to learn.
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    Bench Press
    175 x 2 reps x 2 sets (RPE 7,8)

    DB Bench
    30 x 30 (RPE 10)
    this was really weird. I've gone entire workouts with barely 30 reps
    Triceps fried at this point

    French Press
    60 x 8 x 2 (RPE 8,9)

    Triceps Pressdown
    85 x 10 (RPE 9)

    Leg Press
    4 plates per side x 6 x 2 (RPE 6)
    Haven't ever really done leg press so not sure what weight to use

    Lat Pulldowns
    150 x 10 x 2 (RPE 7,9)

    Calf Raise
    180 x 10
    165 x 10

    Machine Crunch
    120 x 10 x 2 (RPE 6)
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    20-30 minutes of dragging my daughter around the neighborhood on her sled in the snow
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    What gym do you go to? You've made some nice gains. I live in your neck of the woods; Shrewsbury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    20-30 minutes of dragging my daughter around the neighborhood on her sled in the snow
    Good deal pops, lol -

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    Quote Originally Posted by john o View Post
    What gym do you go to? You've made some nice gains. I live in your neck of the woods; Shrewsbury.
    I'm going to Powerhouse in Crestwood right now. I'm collecting equipment for my new house so that I can work out in the garage. Probably move over to the garage all the time by spring.

    How about you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    Good deal pops, lol -
    Thanks Between the backpack carrier and hopefully an actual sled for conditioning or prowler soon she'll be a pretty integral part of my conditioning work.
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    Good stuff, man. One day I'll be trying to do the same with the sled/kid pulling lol. I don't think my wife will let me get too far with that idea, though. She already thinks I'm crazy when it comes to this stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbrin0tk View Post
    Good stuff, man. One day I'll be trying to do the same with the sled/kid pulling lol. I don't think my wife will let me get too far with that idea, though. She already thinks I'm crazy when it comes to this stuff!
    She's just excited to have the house to herself for 30 minutes

    1/11/10 - left my elbow sleeves in the car. Probably not the wisest decision. Workout 4 of 12

    Bench Press
    145 x 3 x 3 (RPE:6 on all)

    French Press
    60 x 10 x 2 (RPE:9 on both)
    Some discomfort in elbows from these. Way better than skullcrushers but it looks like I need to wear the sleeves for these now.

    Triceps Pushdown
    85 x 7 (RPE:10)
    Was supposed to do 10 of these but had to stop early. I think it was a combination of no sleeves and the fact that the french press really fried my triceps

    Squats (sleeves and belt)
    210 x 5 x 2 (RPE:9-ish for both) second set felt a little easier

    Lat Pulldown
    150 x 10 x 2 (RPE:7 and 8)

    Calfs
    180 x 10 x 2 (hard for me to do RPE on calves)

    Machine Ab Crunch
    130 x 10 x 2 (RPE:7 for both)
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    I probably could use me some elbow sleeves too...if elbow problems continue, you may want to check out some glucosamine/chondroitin tablets, they help out a great deal with inflammations and what not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoa View Post
    I probably could use me some elbow sleeves too...if elbow problems continue, you may want to check out some glucosamine/chondroitin tablets, they help out a great deal with inflammations and what not.
    I have a pair of APT red and black knee sleevss that I bought about 40lbs ago and when I outgrew them I started to use them on my elbows.

    Not sure if I should be excited b/c my knee sleeves are tight on my elbows or embarrassed that my elbow sleeves used to fit on my knees

    And BTW I like them a lot
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    Nice workouts!
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    Thanks Phil.

    If anyone gets a chance can you check out this thread:
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...=132373&page=2

    and let me know what you think?

    thanks in advance,
    Last edited by StLRPh; 01-13-2010 at 03:36 PM.
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    1/13/10
    Workout 5 of 12

    Bench Press
    165 x 3 reps x 2 sets (7,7)

    Triceps Pushdown
    80 x 10 (8)

    Deadlift
    265 x 3 x 2 (8,9) PR

    Incline sit ups
    10 reps x 2

    Big PR on deadlift for me. I've never done this much weight for a triple before and I got it for 2 sets
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    Props on the new PR with the deads.

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