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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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  1. #176
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    Great job with the new PRs.

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    Thanks man
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    BS Day

    Today was the worst strongman training session we've ever had and the best BSing session we've ever had. I had fun, even if I didn't get much work done.

    Axle
    Worked up to a top set of 3 cleans and 5 presses with somewhere around 150-160, we'll call it 155.

    Chain Yoke
    Worked up to 385 for 80 feet on a slight sideways incline, threw me out of my already tenuous groove.

    Axle Deadlift
    Worked up to 1x355 before my grip started being a bitch.

    But it was so much fun BSing. Since I didn't get much done here I'm doing some push ups at home. 2x30 with a pause just 1 inch off the ground for the upper back involvement, then pushing myself as far away as possible from the ground at the top, to get the obliques or serratus or whatever it is on the side that gets involved. I need to start incorporating more push ups because they're a great movement for the chest/pressing muscles that lets you get your shoulderblades unpinched. I might just get in 60 strict form paused reps and 15 paused diamond reps every crappy pressing day, or 100 loose form and 30 unpaused diamond push ups every good pressing day (surprisingly easier). Good to vary it up.

    Went to an asian buffet today and hit a new BW PR, 208 on my home scale, which is the equivalent of 212 on my gym scale, a 1 lb home pr and 2 lb gym scale PR. I haven't been eating much these last few days so hopefully all this sashimi and terriyaki chicken will yield me some gains I've been missing out on. No videos from today.
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    5-21-12: 3x5 Squat

    Stair Box Jumps to warm up
    3x5x2 stairs
    3x5x3 stairs
    1x5x4 stairs

    Squat
    Warmups
    5x225
    5x265
    9x300 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYHUDC3SS98

    Front Squat
    3x8x185

    Good Mornings
    20x135

    Wrist curls in between sets of squats

    Today was pretty decent, the gym opened late so I did some box jumps outside to warm up, they're actually really great for warming up the hips, explosiveness-wise and flexibility-wise. I reduced my training max on the squat to 355 because that's the most I could hit last week, yet today I did 300 for 9 reps with maybe 1 left in the tank, which calculates to about 385, which is my previous training max based on 345x4 and 330x6. So I know I could hti 385 on a really really good day. But I'm going to keep my training max low to accommodate for bad days, maybe throw in a few singles with 365 whenever I feel strong just to get used to heavy weight. I felt my form was decent today besides the buttwink.

    Then after my squats I was watching my buddies squat because they're fairly new and need technique ques to keep their knees out and backs arched. Finally I got to my front squats and by the time I was done I barely had any time left before the weight room closed, so instead of doing 165 for 3x8, I just did 135 for 20 reps. My lower back was stiff and pumped as hell, and I could barely walk afterwards, or bend down to pick my stuff up.
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    Very nice session, dig those squats and stair box jumps.

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    Thanks Coke! Box jumps are awesome for building explosive strength
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    5-22-12: Bench

    Bench
    warmups
    5x185
    added arch
    5x205
    added wrist wraps
    8x230 30 lb PR for 8 reps, 5 lb PR for 7 reps

    Pendlay Rows
    5x135
    5x155
    7x170 5 lb PR

    Strict Overhead Press
    warmups
    3x6x135 1 rep PR

    Fat Dumbbell Rows
    2x10x55 (5lb pr)

    Flyes, external rotations, band pull aparts, and rear delt stuff in between sets of pressing

    Pretty good day in the gym today, although I might have tweaked my right shoulder on OHP because it's been hurting since my 2nd work set. Nice PRs across the board. Didn't have time for inclines or close grips because the gym opened late again, so I did OHP instead. Added benefit of also getting my lagging shoulders up a bit. Felt nice to get some weight over my head without my legs again, even if it hurt my shoulder, and I managed to lift a PR weight for 3 sets, 1 without wrist wraps.

    As far as bench goes I feel like my form is getting better and better, no videos from today unfortunately, forgot my camera.
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    Good stuff man, making it happen.

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

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    Shoulder's feeling a lot better right now, but still a little bit of pain, I think the fact that I did front squats yesterday and didn't spend very long warming up today are probably the reasons why it was hurting. I forgot to mention that I also did some heavy lift offs after my benching today. I did 275, 300, then held 315 for 10 sec at the top. That may have also contributed to my shoulder hurting. I'm going to start doing more external rotations with a band on rest days.
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    Reverse Band Deads

    Gym opened up really late today so I only had time for:

    Box Jumps to warm up (while waiting for gym to open)

    Reverse Band Deadlifts
    warmups
    405x3
    455x3
    500x2

    Had about 5 minutes left so I dicked around with leg curl and leg extension, and some flyes. Didn't do dips today because my shoulder is still hurting a little, and I ripped a callus on my deadlifts and I couldn't muster up the machismo to man up and do my chin ups. I ripped open my thumb hook gripping the 500, I think I might have been able to barely get 3 reps, but when it slid down my hand it messed me up. The bands took about 100 lbs off the bottom and deloaded a little above knees (see video) -unfortunately I'm lending one of my usual purple bands out to a friend with shoulder problems so I had to use the monster mini short bands, which weren't as good for this. The purple bands are perfect because they take 135 off the bottom and deload right at the knees, these didn't take very much weight off the bottom and deloaded pretty far up. Either way they deloaded before my sticking point so at least I got some lockout work out of it, and I handled some supramaximal weights, which I always find helps me psychologically.

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP7lX...1&feature=plcp

    I did something that almost looked like hitching on the first rep, second rep was completely clean, third rep I tried to hitch after my callus ripped, and that just made things worse. I'm going to throw in some hip thrusts with bands on saturday, maybe do some push ups today or on saturday.
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    Great video and gratz on the PR. I was looking at your sig and saw 455 deadlift and was like "I just watched him DL 465x2, that can't be right" but saw you did that last week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cards View Post
    Great video and gratz on the PR. I was looking at your sig and saw 455 deadlift and was like "I just watched him DL 465x2, that can't be right" but saw you did that last week.
    Haha thanks man! Yeah I need to update that sometime, hopefully if I can hit 500 in the next 2 weeks
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    Strongman Saturday

    Max Effort Furniture Carrying
    5 sets of 5 bookshelves/dressers

    Dynamic Effort Food Carrying
    About 4 sets of boxes of food

    5/3/1 Method Bed Disassembling
    1 bed 5x65%, 5x75%, 5x85%

    Repetition Method Cleaning Supplies
    About 3 boxes of cleaning supplies

    Deload other stuff carrying
    A bunch of boxes of other stuff

    Max effort unloading everything from the Uhaul truck and carrying dressers upstairs
    5 bookshelves/dressers, bed panels, boxes of food, cleaning supplies, etc.

    If you haven't guessed already today I helped my friend I train strongman with move into his new home. Carrying all that stuff was taxing on the arms and back, and a little on the legs, and we decided it would be our strongman session for today. It was a long day with a lot of work, but overall it was fun! I was going to do some push ups as well but I'm so tired (read: lazy) right now, and I just took a shower, so I'm going to call it a day. Hopefully my shoulder will heal up 100% by tuesday so I can bench properly.
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    Looking super with the reverse band deads!

    You're a good friend to have, helping your bud move.

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    Thanks Coke! Hopefully I can pull 500 without bands in my meet on June 8th
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    5-29-12: 5/3/1 Deadlifts

    Overhead Press
    worked up to 5x135 before my shoulder started hurting, didn't want to exacerbate it and turn the pain into an injury so I stopped.

    Deadlift
    warmups
    5x365 matched old 5 rep PR for an easy warm up set
    3x435
    4x465 2 rep PR in 2 weeks!!!

    BW (210) Dips in between deadlifts
    4x10

    Barbell Curls (not in the squat rack)
    10x70 8 rep PR
    3x110

    Had a great day today, OHP was bothering my shoulder so I stopped at 5x135. Deadlifts were awesome, I sliiiightly hitched the 4th rep of 465, probably enough to get red lighted in USAPL (not to mention that I dropped it-USAPL red light), but I'm still counting it as 4 reps for traning purposes. Got in a few dips which somehow didn't bother my shoulder even though OHP did, and at the end I had about 2 minutes to mess around so I did some curls for what I believe is the first time in 2 years. Last time I did curls I remember struggling to get 1 rep on 70, then my buddy helped me get a second rep. Today I got it for a bunch of reps, I'll just say 10 but it might have been more, with ease. Everybody was laughing because I was doing curls, since I never do them, so one of my friends pointed to the heaviest "premade" barbell we have in the gym, 110, and told me I owe him a pancake if I can't curl it. I got it for 3 reps, so technically he owes me 2 pancakes, but I'll let him slide.

    My schedule for this week got kind of messed up, since I didn't have a gym to train in yesterday, so my plan is 5/3/1 OHP/DL on tuesday, 5/3/1 squat/bench on friday. I'll probably do some pull ups or something tomorrow (wednesday).

    Deadlift: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENrCJ1fq9o0
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    Goals for this year: 495/315/585, 500/365/600

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    Fine with those lifts guy.

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    Thanks man, after checking out your log and seeing that you're basically rowing my DL numbers I feel a little bit less strong lol
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    6-1-12: Meathead Madness

    6:30 AM: Squat and Bench

    Squat
    Worked up to 4x335, then rested 10 sec, then got 1 more rep with 335.

    Bench
    Worked up to 3x255
    Jumped down to 7x225 then effed myself up minorly

    Pendlay Rows
    worked up to 10x155

    Face pulls and shoulder dislocations in between sets of sq/bench

    2:00 PM: Supplementary lifts

    Good Mornings
    2x10x135
    1x12x135

    Weighted Chin Ups
    2x5xBW+10
    2x5xBW+15

    Weighted decline Sit Ups
    3x5x25
    1x8x25

    Weighted Dips
    3x5xBW+15
    1x8xBW+20

    Today was an all right day. On my squat I felt my set up wasn't so good (bar position and tightness could have been better), but I still got 4x335, so I rested 10 sec, readjusted, and did 1 properly set up rep after the 4. On my bench I might have had one more rep on 255, but I wasn't looking to go to failure. Then I did something really stupid.

    I had a lot of time left over so I figured I might as well get some more volume on my bench. I decided I could get 9 reps with 225 because I got 8 reps with 230, and my friend (the pancake one) plugged his ipod into the speakers and started playing I by Meshuggah. I got really pumped up from the blasting music and lifted the 225 really dynamically. Unfortunately on the first rep this caused my back to come off the bench from the compensatory acceleration, and I lost my arch/tightness and I hit failure on the 8th rep. I racked it and tried setting up right again, then attempted another rep within 10 sec of going to failure, but since I'd already gone to failure I missed my second attempt with a good arch at that 8th rep. In my pump up-edness I made the stupid and egotistical decision to push past failure, which is exactly what I was trying to avoid on 255.

    Anyways, one good thing that could come out of that overly dramatic story is that I did bench 6x225 with a flat back (7 if you count the arched first rep), which I guess you could say is a PR for me, my previous flat back PR being 5x195 from almost a year ago. Either way I was stupid, hopefully this won't negatively affect my meet next week. Bro science solution: just eat/sleep a lot and you'll be fine.

    I came back to the gym later that day to get in some supplementary lifts, since I was going to have to stay after school (I usually get out at 1:30ish) anyways for an anatomy project, and I got some decent work in. I wanted to do some front squats but my project group needed me and I didn't have time. I was surprised at how much ab strength I've lost since I last did weighted sit ups, last time I was able to get 3 sets of 15 reps easily with a 25 lb plate behind my head, so after my meet I'm going to have to start doing weighted abs again.

    Since this post is already really long I'm going to write down my adjusted meet goals: For my squat I don't think I can hit 405, but I"m opening with 345, aiming for at least 375, if that feels easy I'll go for 385, and if 375 feels like absolutely nothing I"ll go for 405. On my bench I'll open with 255, aim for at least 275, if that feels easy I'll attempt 300, if it feels hard or I fail it I'm going to 2 board press 300. Last comes the deadlift, I'm aiming for at least 475 but that should be a breeze, then 500, which I'm very confident I can get, and if I feel like I have more in me I'll go for 510, since that's my predicted max, and over half the world record.

    That is one hell of a long post, if you've made it this far then I apologize for my rambling, I guess I've missed writing in my training log since I only trained 2 days this week.
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    Early bird session is great, props getting back at it later in the afternoon too.

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    Thanks Coke!

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    Not really too much, took it easy and made it a GPP session since I've got my "meet" (aka testing my maxes) on friday.

    Axle
    warm ups
    3 cleans and 10 presses with about 100 lbs

    Yoke
    200 ft x 110 lbs
    200 ft x 180 lbs
    200 ft x 250 lbs
    100 ft x 320 lbs
    added belt
    100 ft x 390 lbs

    Pushing the Dolly back with all the weights, and trying to pull it up curbs/steps
    Utter latissimus dorsi destruction, and some cardio, miscellaneous back, pecs, triceps, and quads

    Again I just focused on speed/distance where both apply on everything, without trying to go too heavy. Yoke I was pretty much running with everything except 390, which I still accelerated with at a good pace. Dolly I ran 2 trips with 175 lbs on uphill, which was pretty good cardio, and a good overall whole body workout, got the blood pumping through everywhere. Doing a deload on monday with 3x3x50%, and then just walking every morning and night, foam rolling and stretching, to get ready for friday.
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

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

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    Great work all over the place, got PRs coming out your ears, keep it up!!
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    Thanks Gaz!
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

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

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    6-4-12: Deload

    Squat/Bench/Dead
    ~50%x3x3 (205/155/255)

    Nothing much today, just a small deload to reinforce good technique and get blood flowing. Somehow I think I might have strained my left lower back, I've had this tenderness there since my squats this morning. Since it was light, and doesn't hurt that much, I don't think it's serious, hopefully foam rolling and rest will help cure it. Also my neck has been bothering me a bit from bench and good mornings on friday, again hopefully foam rolling, stretching, and rest will help, I hope to be 100% on "meet" day. I'm going to do a proper deload after friday

    I've also been going for 1-2 mile walks every day also just to keep my cardio up, keep blood flowing, and increase appetite. BW is 210 on my parents' scale, 215 on my scale, and 212 on my gym scale.
    Best Lifts: 425/285/545 at 200

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

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