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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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    Thanks Coke!
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    12-24-12: Upper Body Stuff

    Bench (no reps paused except the last)
    warmups
    185x10
    205x12
    225x10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyk7r-gQNuA only set with a belt, just wanted to wear it for the psychological advantage, though it wasn't really tight enough to make much of a difference

    Pendlay Rows
    135x10/10/10/10/15

    Incline Bench
    135x12/10/15

    Pretty good session today. Got 2 pretty big bench PRs, although I'm a bit skeptical about them. Who knows though. I'm skeptical because the plates are from the 80s and really rusted, so they may be lighter than they actually are. I mean they feel just about right when you carry them but I"m always able to lift a lot more in the garage with this equipment than I can in normal gyms, so it may have something to do with it. Or maybe it's the fact that every time I've trained here I've been completely rested. Or it's the fact that the bench pins are literally the best I've ever used, I just pull it straight out of the rack and lose no tightness whatsoever. Plus last time I used this bench I only got 185x12, and though those reps were paused, I did 20 lbs more today, with the last rep paused, which means even relative to this bench I probably gained strength. I mean there's a million factors, but either way I'm happy with these PRs. I won't be dissappointed though if I go back to UCSB and the thick bars, low benches, and terrible hooks there (liftoff is incredibly hard) make it so I can't even hit half this many reps with these weights. Pendlays were pretty good. Again the weight felt pretty light, maybe because the plates are lighter, or maybe because I'm rested, or maybe because the bar is thinner, who knows? Then incline bench I was slightly stronger as well, but I was using a slightly lower incline than usual. Overall a great session. We ate a ton of turkey and rice afterwards. Did I mention I got my PR on video!?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyk7r-gQNuA

    Oddly enough I felt fairly sore in the lower body after bench today, maybe the belt made a difference. I also might mention that I was planning on squatting today but my lower body is incredibly tight from sitting all day so I really wasn't feeling it. Gonna do a 1 mile run tomorrow.
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    12-26-12: Home Session

    No strongman today, so I made a really annoyingly rickety set up using chairs and my portable pull up bar, along with 5 lb DBs, in my room for a workout. I cycled like this: Pull ups->dips->side raises (little 5 lb DBs slow style)->1 legged squats with the 5 lb DBs. I did about 4 or 5 rounds, might have skipped a few by accident but basically just working all my muscles. I did 2-3 extra sets of pull ups. So I basically did 5-7 sets of 6 pull ups (1 set of chins the rest were hammer grip), 4 or 5 sets of 10 dips, 3 to 5 sets of side raises (10-15 reps), 3 to 5 sets of 10 1 leg squats plus 1 unweighted set I believe. Again, not really too exact just looking for a good pump and getting the muscles a little sore. Then after all of the above I did a set of 12 slow incline push ups, then 15 rear delt raises, 15 side raises, then 6 rear delt raises but then my traps were dead and I couldn't get a 7th. With 5 lb DBs. Overall just making sure I don't atrophy my muscles. Legit gym training coming up on Friday. Been sitting around a lot so I look like shit, until I lift, then the blood gets flowing and I look the same as normal. Excited to start my cut in January. Feeling all right after typing this, gonna go do a set of about 6 wide grip pull ups.
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    Should be pleased with how you keep it all on track with the killer schedule, props!

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    Thanks Coke!
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    12-28-12: Deadlift/Press

    Deadlift
    3x125
    3x215
    4x305
    3x355
    3x395
    5x465 (1 rep/60 lb PR, over 405x5 and 465x4)

    Overhead Press
    8x35
    5x85
    5x125
    5x155 (1 rep/10 lb PR, over 4x155 and 5x145): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jFJmbspOAk
    10x125 (10 lb PR)

    Squat
    5xsafety squat bar paused
    5x155 (SSB) paused
    3x5x245 (SSB) paused
    5x295 (SSB) paused
    3x225
    3x315
    2x345

    DB Incline Bench
    45s x 12
    65s x 12/12/10

    Wide Grip Pull Ups
    BW x 5/5/6/8

    Side Raise Machine
    45 lbs x 3x10

    Pullover Machine
    3x10 (1 light set 2 medium/heavy sets)

    Pretty good day today, trained in this old school bodybuilding gym called Stern's where all the 80s bodybuilders used to train back in the day. My first 4 hour training session in a long time, complete with BSing with my old training partner Jim and everybody else at the gym. It's good to train with strong people again. Unfortunately we were deadlifting with a 35 lb bar, I was super stoked to "get" 475x5, but it turned out that it was only 465 when we weighed the bar afterwards. Still a good PR though. Using the same bar I OHP'd 155x5 and 125x10, both PRs. Did a lot of squats to get my legs working, but after deads you can never squat as much. Should have squatted then OHPd then deadlifted. But it's no big deal, just maintaining my legs for now. Then did a bunch of bodybuilding work, my first time using a lot of equipment, like the SSB, side raise machine, and pullover machine. All good stuff. Unfortunately no deadlift video, but I did get an OHP video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jFJmbspOAk
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    That should say 295x3 paused with the SSB.
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    Damn, session was super and ridiculous at the same time, lol.

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    Haha thanks, I agree!

    Went to Indian Buffet last night. Not an Indian buffet, but the Indian Buffet. Ate probably at least 200g protein, had 5 chicken legs, 3 miscelaneous chicken pieces, and 1-1.5 plates of chicken curry, plus lamb curry, rice, bread. I honestly looked bigger this morning than I did yesterday, insta-gains! Especially in the shoulders. I guess I've just been eating at maintainance for so long and half assing my shoulder training, so I was able to make a ton of gains from the direct side delt training weds and fri, plus all the calories last night. Went for a run this morning, 1 mile, didn't time it but it was a lot faster than usual, I was dying afterwards! Gotta get on that cardio, been slacking. Then had 6 eggs and about 200-300 cals worth of oatmeal. Been very productive the last 16 hours.
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    I am so going to load up at the Indian buffet when my next 8 weeks starts!

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    Indian.... /jealous. Not had curry in weeks, lol.
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    Indian buffets are always a good choice, enjoy! The buffet I went to on Saturday, I used to go to 1-2 times every week for about 3 months last year, then still used to go at least 1-2x per month, they know me haha
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    12-31-12: Squat/Bench

    Squat
    5xbar
    5x95
    5x135
    5x185

    Bench
    warmups
    4x255 (1 rep/10 lb PR)
    16x185 (1 rep PR)

    Slow bent over upright rows
    5x10x65 lbs

    1 Clean and OHP for reps
    95x10/10/10/10/12

    25 lb DBs complex
    10 side raises, 15 hammer curls, 5 rear delt flys

    Good session today. Just wanted to do a deload on squats, I'll probably be squatting on Friday so I wanted to give my body a little break, but still get some blood flow to the squat muscles. Bench I'm skeptical about the PRs, but we'll see how much my strength drops off on the shit benches at school. If it's higher than it was before (1x245) then I"ll know I actually did get stronger, which is all that really matters. Then got a really good traps and shoulders pump from high volume assistance work, then finished off with some dumbbells. Ever since I started taking side delt work somewhat seriously my shoulders have been looking way bigger, I actually look bigger in a shirt now!
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

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    1-2-13: Stuff

    Pull Ups
    50 reps total (something like 5/5/5/5/5/8/6/7/4)

    Push Press
    worked up to 175x5

    Yoke Walk
    Worked up to 315 for 3 runs

    Nothing too intense today. Had an appointment for 12:30 that turned out to be 1:30 today, so I went to a nearby park and did a bunch of pull ups. Then I did strongman training, we didn't really feel like going hard so we kinda BSed it a bit, just did some push presses and yoke, nothing heavy.
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    1-5-13: Squat/Bench and Deadlift Deload

    Squat
    warmups
    8x315 (PR): video coming up

    Bench
    warmups
    8x225
    28x135 (PR)

    Deadlift
    warmups
    3x365
    3x3x315 dynamic
    1x405+15 sec hold (left hand under)
    1x405+10 sec hold (right hand under)

    Side Raise Machine
    60 lbs x 3x12

    Light Pullovers for the stretch

    Decent session today. Went to Stern's the old bodybuilding gym again. Wanted to make sure I can still squat heavy and managed to get a PR, felt really strong today. Form was alright, not as bad as it used to be, the first 4 reps were good, maybe questionable depth, but then the rest were very low but buttwinked. You'll see in the video once it uploads. But nothing I'm disappointed with. Bench was alright, the J hooks suck so I lost my tightness on 225, but managed 8 reps. Then I switched into chucks for deads but decided to do another lgiht set of bench. Since it was 135 I was able to unrack it from the shit hooks and maintain my tightness, and got a PR. So I guess my bench is actually going up. That's good. But I liked using the chucks, first time in over a year I've used flat heeled shoes for bench and I really liked it. I think for higher benches i"ll use heeled shoes and for lower benches I"ll use wrestling shoes or chucks. Definitely wrestling shoes at my college gym since the benches are too damn low. Deadlifts were alright, experimenting with a different grip in the fingers instead of the palm as per the advice of the legendary Coachdeez. Works pretty well, but I get a little less leg drive since the ROM is shorter so I"ll have ot play around with it. Plus the grip is a little harder, I"m not used to it. I"ll figure it out, mgiht just deload my deadlift and load it 5/3/1 style. Did some grip holds since those help a ton. Side raises for dat bodybuilding look, half assed a set of pullovers then got out of there. But yeah I'll link the video once it finishes loading in about 30 minutes.
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    In rare form again with your squats, should be well pleased!

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    Thanks Coke!
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

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    1-9-13: OHP/Shoulders/Biceps

    OHP (deload)
    5xbar
    5 sternum chin ups
    5x75
    5 sternum chin ups
    5x95
    5 sternum chin ups
    5x105
    5 sternum chin ups

    DB OHP
    5x10x40s

    Barbell Curls
    2x10x75
    1x10x70

    Rear raise side raise superset
    3x10x15 lb dbs

    Run
    ~.6 miles

    Pretty good day today. Started off with a pretty good warmup, got my shoulders super loose. OHP was just a deload so nothing heavy, although I did really short rest periods and did sternum chins in between sets, got a good pump going already. DB OHP was good too, but relatively heavier, I'm not used to the movement so the last 1-3 reps of each set were grinders. Curls I started out strong but could barely get 10 reps with the 70 by the time I got to my 3rd set. Next week I"ll do 5x10x70. Got a crazy bicep pump though. Then did some DB raises: destroyed my traps and shoulders. Walking afterwards hurt because the movement of my arms when I walk was too much effort for my destroyed shoulders. Never had my shoulders this pumped or sore, ever. Looking forward to this routine a lot. Got a few pictures of myself with the crazy shoulder pump, when I flex I don't look that much bigger but since I was pumped, unflexed I looked massive, traps and shoulders popping like crazy. If I can find out how to upload pictures directly to a forum post I"ll put them up.

    Since I didn't bring my gym bag today I decided to run back from the gym. It always seemed like a really long walk so I originally clocked it at 1-2 miles, but I looked it up on google maps just now and it's only about .6 miles or so. But anyways I ran back from the gym. Ran a lot harder than usual towards the end of the run since I knew exactly what distance more I'd have to run, since it wasn't on a treadmill and as made evident by the last sentence, I suck at gauging distance based on number of miles. Good stuff today.
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

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    1-10-13: Deads/Back

    Deadlift
    4x365

    Good Mornings
    4x10x135

    Barbell Rows
    4x10x135

    Short day today. I have a friend who's trying to gain muscle so I invited him to come to the gym with me. It took me a long ass time to teach him how to deadlift, plus I forgot my chalk and deadlift shoes and wasn't planning on going heavy today anyways being that it's a deload week. But eventually I did teach him, I feel very accomplished.

    Anyways I had a time commitment so I had to cut the workout short after rows, but just getting back in the gym and working out was good. The bar was slipping like a motherfucker because I had no chalk, but I managed not to drop it.
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    1-12-13: Bench/Chest/Lats/Tris

    Bench Deload
    worked up to 10x165
    3-4 sets of 5 wide grip pull ups between sets

    DB Bench
    5x10x70s

    Chest Supp Row
    5x12x55s

    Tricep Pushdowns
    4x25x60 lbs

    Wide Grip Face Pulls
    4x25x50 lbs

    Run
    .6 miles fairly fast

    Pretty good day today. Bench wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Then again I didn't go heavy, but I think my bench actually has gone up since I left. I don't know what I'm going to do about lifting off heavy weights though. I might just have to get a spotter to lift off for me because with these shit J Hooks and thick bars I can't lift off my own weights without either losing tightness or putting my wrists in a shitty position. DB bench was good, really focused on the muscle and got a really good pump without tearing up my shoulders hardly at all. Chest supp rows kind of sucked but even though I hate the movement I'll just have to stick with it. At least it gives me a good arm and upper back pump. Tricep Pushdowns were good, tris were incredibly pumped and sore at the end. Then face pulls were also good, I actually looked pretty good in the mirror after this workout. Then since I didn't bring my gym bag I went for a short run. I need to keep doing the cardio though. Overall a good day. Legs tomorrow, first time in a while I've been looking forward to legs, even though it's an insanely high volume day and I know my legs will still be sore tomorrow, and even more sore afterwards, I'm really looking forward to getting a huge quad pump. Plus that incredible soreness inspires me to eat a lot more.

    Also been leaning out a lot, haven't had much appetite, I think I know why, but anyways I'm about 198 right now. My testosterone definitely goes up when I'm at college as opposed to being back home, even though I get less sleep here, so I think that also plays a factor in me leaning out, along with not eating much.
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

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    1-13-13: Squat/Quads/Abs

    Squat Deload
    2x10x225 no belt

    Hanging Leg raise
    4x10

    Leg Press
    10x4 plates
    10x3.5 plates
    10x3 plates

    Calf Raises
    3x10
    1x12 reps then drop sets

    Pretty good leg day today. Squats were light and pretty easy, abs were good, leg press was hard as fuck. I've never really seriously leg pressed before, my friend who came with me who was struggling to squat 155x10 told me he could leg press 4 plates for 15 reps. So even though 2 plates felt hard to me (was focusing on the contraction and going really low and slow), I put it up to 4 plates and grinded out 10 reps, crazy hard exertion, 11 reps would have been failure. Form was a little sloppy, I was focused on moving weight not contracting the muscle. So I dropped it to 3.5 plates and did 8 reps focusing on the contraction before I had to get sloppy. So I dropped it to 3 plates, sat for a few minutes, and then got 10 good clean reps, the last one was the hardest grinder of the day though since not only was I trying to focus on the contraction, but I'd already basically gone to failure twice. Then calf raises I kind of just used random weights that felt hard for 10 reps. Either way, going on stairs, running, and everything else that takes some kind of exertion of the legs besides walking or standing is really difficult right now. So I got a good workout. My triceps are also super sore form yesterday, and my upper back, chest, and other upper body stuff are sore to a lesser extent. I might also add that yesterday I was outside at 1:00 AM far from my dorm and freezing my ass off so I got down and cranked out 50 push ups, got a good chest pump/soreness from it and also some tris haha. Good day today, shoulders on Wednesday, might do a small upper body pumping session tomorrow, and might go for a run tomorrow or the day after, depending on if I have time/feel like it/have the treadmill open.
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

    Goals for this year: 495/315/585, 500/365/600

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    Very nice bro, moving right along.

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    Thanks Coke!
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

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    1-16-13: OHP/Shoulders/Biceps

    OHP
    Worked up to 7x145
    12x115
    about 4 sets of 5 chin ups between sets

    DB OHP
    3x10x35s
    12x40s

    Curls
    2x10x70
    1x10x60
    2x10x45

    Rear Delt Raise/Side Raise superset
    3x10x15s

    Decent day today, glad to see my strength is still there even though I"m losing weight and leaning out, not to mention I'm hardly getting any sleep, and I'm using the thick bars at the UCSB gym again. Had to go a bit lighter after heavy OHPs on assistance work, but repped out the DBs. Meant to do 5 sets on OHP but I was thinking in terms of leg day, 4 sets. So next week I"ll do 5x10x40s, even after heavy OHP. Curls were kinda bad, I got so pumped that I couldn't complete the ROM because working past the pump took too much strength. By the end of even 45 lbs I was struggling/cheating. Next week I"m just gonna go "too light" and make sure my technique is right. 45 lbs. Rear delts and side delts, I think since I had already done a lot of work, I felt really weak. I think next week I"ll just use the 10 lb DBs so I can really focus on that contraction. Deadlifts/back/hamstrings tomorrow.
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

    Goals for this year: 495/315/585, 500/365/600

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