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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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  1. #1
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    ML Powerlifting log

    Long story short. Back in January, I started working with Mike Tuchscherer. I was a beginner and started with pretty low numbers: 215 SQ / 150 BP / 275 DL at around 150lb BW. I was supposed to compete in June, but got hurt and I had to withdraw from my first powerlifting competition. I still decided to test my numbers in the gym and got 275 SQ / 170 BP / 365 DL at around 160lb BW. Unfortunately, some personal issues arose in early June and I had to stop training entirely (felt unmotivated, burnt out, changed job, moved to another town, and still have to financially take care of my girlfriend). I joined a gym recently and let me just say that I'm pretty weak, and I lost a bunch of weight (now weighing 146 lbs). It's time to have fun again (although I can't train with Mike yet), to gain some weight, and to lift heavier weight.

    Here's what I've been doing so far:

    2012-09-04

    Deadlift
    135x5, 185x1
    190x4x6

    Snatch grip RDL
    135x2x10
    135x2x6
    135x5

    Barbell shrugs
    135x15
    135x12
    135x9

    Back raises
    BWx4x10

    Dumbbell curls
    10'sx3x15

    2012-09-05

    Bench press
    45x5
    95x4x6

    Floor press
    95x2x10
    95x9
    95x2x5

    Squat
    45x5, 95x3
    130x4x6

    Barbell lunges
    65x5x5

    Seated row
    75x5x10

    Dumbbell reverse fly
    7.5'sx15
    7.5'sx2x10

    2012-09-06

    20 minutes light cardio @ 120-130 bpm

    Front plank and side plank
    2 sets of 30 seconds each



    As you can see, those are some very light weights. I have to work up slowly to heavier weights, as my work capacity is also pretty low now.

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  3. #2
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    Welcome back and the strength will come back in no time....keep at her

  4. #3
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    Thanks Rob. I just have to be patient and not rush everything.

    2012-09-07

    Deadlift
    135x5, 185x1
    190x4x4

    Good morning
    85x5x6

    Barbell shrugs
    135x3x12

    Back raises
    10x5x6

    Dumbbell curls
    15'sx3x12

    Kind of easy day today. The volume on deadlift was reduced by a third, but all sets felt very light and fast. The accessory work was also light. My hamstrings and back are still sore, so that explains why the weights on GM and back raises are fairly light.

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    2012-09-08

    Bench press
    45x5
    95x4x4

    Close grip incline press
    65x4x10
    65x8

    High bar olympic squat
    45x5, 95x3
    130x4x4

    Leg press
    90x4x10
    90x7

    Pull-ups
    BWx4
    BWx2x3
    BWx2x2

    Dumbbell reverse fly
    7.5'sx3x12

    It's sad seeing those numbers. I know they will go up in time, but I should be benching and squatting much more than that. Cardio and abs tomorrow and deadlift on Monday.

  6. #5
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    Don't sweat it. Put in the work, reap the rewards over time.

  7. #6
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    Thanks Rock. I just have to remember this each time I step in the gym.


    2012-09-09

    20 minutes light cardio @ 120-130 bpm

    Front plank and side plank
    2 sets of 60 seconds each

    Week 2 starts tomorrow.

  8. #7
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    Hey bud.

    Good on you for getting back into the gym. I'm sure you'll bounce back and exceed where you were very soon!
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    Thanks Gazzy. I hope so too. One thing I'm doing differently now (among other things)is including more accessory work early in my cycle and taking my time to work up to heavier weights over the next several weeks.

    2012-09-10

    Deadlift
    135x5, 185x1
    205x4x6

    Snatch grip RDL
    135x2x10
    135x8
    135x6

    Barbell shrugs
    135x3x12

    Back raises
    10x4x8

    Dumbbell curls
    17.5'sx3x12

    Got in, felt tired. Got out, felt tired. The weights moved fairly well though. Bench press and squat tomorrow.

  10. #9
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    2012-09-11

    Bench press
    45x5, 95x1
    100x4x6

    Dumbbell floor press
    35'sx4x8

    Squat
    45x5, 95x3, 135x1
    140x4x6

    Barbell lunges
    75x4x5

    Dumbbell row
    30x10
    40x3x10

    Dumbbell reverse fly
    7.5'sx3x12

    There were muchos gringos at the gym today, so I had to substitute some exercises. Surprisingly, the squats are becoming easier aerobically. More hypertrophy work Thursday.

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    Next/first meet early December

    So, I've been training and I found out last Thursday that there should be a meet early December. I'm giving myself 11 weeks with a tentative meet date of December 8. It's time to be serious and get ready!

    2012-09-22

    Military press
    45x5
    70x2x10

    Pause wide-grip bench press
    45x5
    95x2x10

    Floor press
    95x10

    Dumbbell triceps extensions
    12.5'sx2x12

    Triceps pushdowns
    75x2x12
    75x8

    Cable curls
    60x12
    60x9

    Week 1 of 11 starts Monday. I can't wait!

  12. #11
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    nice work so far buddy! looks like you are building that base back up nicely!
    Check out my training:
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...?144135-My-Log

    My smolov blog '12 : start 475 - finish: 520
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    Week 1 of 11, day 1

    2012-09-24

    Squat
    45x10, 95x3, 135x1
    160x5

    2ct pause squat
    125x5

    Barbell shrugs
    135x2x12

    Leg press
    90x2x12

    Leg extensions
    30x2x12

    Single-leg leg curls
    20x2x12

    First day is in the books. The squats went fairly well. I just hope to get where I was at a lighter bodyweight come meet day. I also did 20 minutes cardiac work at 120 bpm on my new elliptical machine at home.


    Quote Originally Posted by J L S View Post
    nice work so far buddy! looks like you are building that base back up nicely!
    Thanks JLS! Training is now fun again and feel much more motivated to get stronger!

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    Week 1 of 11, day 2

    2012-09-25

    TnG Bench press
    45x10, 95x5
    110x2x10

    Pause close-grip bench press
    95x2x10

    Pause incline DB press
    20'sx10
    25'sx10

    DB curls
    15'sx2x12

    Hammer curls
    20'sx12
    20'sx8

    DB lateral raises
    10'sx2x12

    DB front raises
    10'sx2x12

    Bent-over flies
    7.5'sx2x12

    The gym was full today. I think I will do upper body on Monday and lower body on Tuesday next week, because there seems to be less people on Monday, which is weird. Bench felt harder than it's supposed to be. I weighed myself tonight and I'm still at 146 lbs, so I guess I'll have to adjust my diet.

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    Week 1 of 11, day 3

    2012-09-29

    Military press
    45x8
    95x0
    85x4x1

    Bench press
    45x5, 95x1
    115x6x3

    DB floor press
    25'sx3x10

    DB rows
    30x3x10

    Unfortunately, I will have to train 4 days in a row, because I couldn't train Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Went to a pub after work yesterday with my "new" coworkers. Nothing better than a beer with friends. On a negative note, my overhead pressing is pretty pathetic, meh... Heavy deadlifts and repetition squats tomorrow.

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    Week 1 of 11, day 4

    2012-09-30

    Deadlift
    135x5, 185x3, 225x1
    245x4x1

    Squat
    45x5, 95x3, 135x1
    165x6x3

    Pull-ups
    BWx3x3

    DB curls
    20'sx3x10

    A bit disappointed in the deadlift, but I'll work from here. First week is in the books. It wasn't so bad getting ready mentally. 10 weeks left!

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    Good job in week one keep it up and everything will fall into place.
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    Week 3 of 11, day 1

    Unfortunalely, I haven't had the chance to train at all last week. Also, I'm not sure if I'll be able to compete. The meet date has been confirmed: December 8. However, I have a meeting out of town on December 6 and I will have to sleep there... Anyways, I'll still train like I'm preparing for the meet.

    2012-10-08

    Bench press
    45x10, 95x3, 115x1
    140x5x1

    Military press
    70x6x3

    DB incline press
    30'sx10
    25'sx2x10

    Elbows out extensions
    20'sx3x10

    The bench presses are somewhat easy, but I'll stick to the plan. I'm aiming for 235/155/315 at the meet. It's seriously not a lot compared to what I did back in June, but with two months of not training and dropping 15lbs, I have to build my strength back.


    Quote Originally Posted by larsen540 View Post
    Good job in week one keep it up and everything will fall into place.
    Thanks larsen. I just have to stick to the plan and believe in myself.

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