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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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    <Insert clever title here>

    I have been told that this is where all the cool kids post their training logs, so I figured I might as well hop on the bandwagon.

    A little background:

    I train at Deep South Barbell in Huntsville, AL. Technically, I'm part owner, but that's not real important. Up until recently, I have been training for and competing in multiply powerlifting. My first meet was a success and I walked away with an elite total at 242. But I've decided that the multiply stuff just isn't for me. I had much more fun training for and competing in strongman competitions, so that's what I'll do.

    I'm starting this log to keep track of my progress and hopefully get some constructive criticism. I train using the westside method and have been for the past few years, but that will probably change in the next few weeks. For now I've just added in some conditioning more overhead work, and dropped most of the gear.

    This is getting a little long-winded. Here is what I did today.

    Sat. 7/21/12

    ME Lower

    Parallel Box Squat w/ SSB (raw)
    Bar x a bunch
    155x5
    205x3
    245x3
    295x3
    335x3
    385x3
    425x3
    475x1
    515x1
    545x1 (PR)
    565x1 (PR)

    Pretty sizable pr considering my best raw box squat is 545 I think, with a normal bar.

    Deficit Stiff-leg deadlifts
    Up to:
    425x5x3 sets

    Pendlay rows
    5x5

    GHR hyper extensions w/ avg. + monster mini bands
    3x7

    Some abs

    Conditioning:
    Prowler - 5 sec sprint w/ 20 sec rest (4 rounds)

    Conditioning is slowly improving. Here's a video of my last squat.



    I'm a noob when it comes to posting videos, so this may or may not work.

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  3. #2
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    Sun. 7/22/12

    ME Upper

    Incline bench
    Bar x a bunch
    95x3
    135x3
    185x3
    225x3
    255x3
    275x1
    295x1
    Add slingshot
    315x miss
    Remove slingshot
    275x1
    185x10

    Haven't done incline in years, literally. I thought I'd try the slingshot just to see if it would work on incline bench, turns out it doesn't. At least not for me. Next time I'll use rev. bands instead for an overload set. Other than that blunder, the incline work wasn't that bad. But I'm not too excited that there's a 110 lb difference from my flat bench. Guess that just means there's a lot of room for improvement.

    Bradford press
    2x10

    JM Press / elbows out band extensions
    95x5 / monster mini x 15 (6 rounds)

    Trying to do the JM presses correctly. They're a lot harder when I focus of keeping my elbows above my chest.

    Chins (various grips)
    6x6

    Band pull-aparts
    6x10

    Abs
    Rev. Hyper
    A few curls

    Not a bad day. Will has a meet next week, so I'll probably deload during the weekend. I feel I could use it anyways.

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    U need to get fatter!!!
    Elite Total at 275
    Deep South Barbell
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  5. #4
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    Don't be jealous, Will.

    Tues. 7/24/12

    This week of training doesn't really matter much since I'll be changing my programming. It's a good time to experiment.

    DE Lower

    Free Squat + ~120 chain (raw)
    bar x a bunch
    add chain
    bar x 5
    155x2
    245x2
    295x2
    335x2x8 sets

    Ditched the box just to see how it would go.

    Conventional Pulls + doubled avg. band w/ oly shoes
    315x1x a bunch of sets (lost track)

    Pendlay Rows w/ doubled mini band
    5x5

    Elevated GHR
    6x10

    Ab Rollouts
    5x8

    Rev. Hyper (heavy)
    3x5

    Not a bad day. Just got some good work in.

  6. #5
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    Thurs. 7/26/12

    Strict OH Press
    Worked up to 190x8 (probably a rep PR)

    Some other miscellaneous upper accessory stuff.

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    Sat. 7/28/12

    Drove to Buford, Georgia to handle Will at his meet. He didn't have the best day, but since this was his first meet post injury, it was a success because he completed it and w/o any further injury.

    I think it was a poorly ran meet which made it into quite a long day. Oh well, these things happen.

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    Sun. 7/29/12

    I did a bunch of upper accessory work. The main thing I did was press every dumbbell we have for 10 reps starting from 50 lbs to 105 lbs.

  7. #6
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    Made a new program and I started it this week.

    Tues. 7/31/12

    Week 1, Day 1

    Free Squat w/ Bulldog Bar (5x1 @ 90%, based max off 525)
    Bar x 10
    155x3
    245x3
    335x3
    385x3
    425x1
    475x1x3 sets
    450x1x2 sets

    475 didn't feel heavy, but it wasn't moving as fast as it should have so I dropped my last couple sets to 450, which were much better. I will drop my training max to 500 to be on the safe side.

    Incline Bench (5x2 @ 80%, based max off 295)
    Bar x a bunch
    135x5
    185x2
    235x2x5 sets

    Pin 3 Rack Pull - bar is 4" below knee (5x3 @ 70%, based max off 655)
    135x3
    225x3
    315x3
    405x3
    465x3x5 sets

    Elevated GHR
    3x12

    Dips
    3x8

    I really suck at these, I'll be doing them a lot more often.

    Ab rollouts
    3x7

    Pretty rough start. I felt like shit all day prior to training and the heat/humidity certainly didn't help. But work needed to be done.

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    Thurs. 8/2/12

    Week 1, Day 2

    Strict OH Press (5x1 @ 90%, based max off 225)
    Bar x a bunch
    95x5
    115x5
    135x3
    155x3
    185x3
    205x1x5 sets

    Might have been a little too conservative here, but that's not a bad thing.

    Pendlay Row (5x2 @ 80%, 1RM = ?)
    135x10
    185x5
    225x3
    275x2x5 sets

    As with most programs, percentages are just guidelines. I'll be implementing the RPE scale for all my movements to help choose an appropriate weight. 275x2 felt to be about an RPE 8, which is right about where it needs to be.

    SSB Front Squat (5x3 @ 70%, 1RM = 425)
    bar x 10
    155x5
    205x3
    255x3
    305x3x5 sets

    Dips
    4x10

    Lexen Extensions
    45x8x8x8 (3 rounds)

    Rev. Hyper
    4x10

    Abs

    Today wasn't bad, mainly because the heat let up a little.

  9. #8
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    Haven't had time to update this thing lately. Here are the last few.

    Sat. 8/4/12

    Week 1, Day 3

    Deadlift (5x1 @ 90%)
    Worked up to:
    565x1x5 sets

    SSB Free Squat (5x2 @ 80%)
    Worked up to:
    385x2x5 sets

    Flat Bench (5x3 @ 70%)
    Worked up to:
    285x3x5 sets

    GHR Back Extensions w/ avg. + monster mini bands
    4x8

    JM Press
    95x8-10x4 sets

    Abs

    Stability OH Press

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Sun. 8/5/10

    Week 1, Day 4

    Events

    Log Press (clean once)
    Worked up to:
    200x3x2 sets
    210x3

    Weight was light, just trying to work on my push press / push jerk technique.

    Farmers
    Worked up to:
    225 per hand @ 40 ft - 2 trips
    275 per hand @ 40 ft - 2 trips

    Stones to 48" (no tacky)
    220x1x5 sets
    240x1x5 sets

    Successful first event day. Felt good to load stones again. I was sweating like a stuck pig and had to dry my forearms before each attempt. Really annoying. I need to pick up some athletic tape for next time. I might even use a small amount of tacky on my fingertips, we'll see.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    Tues. 8/7/12

    Week 2, Day 1

    Free Squat w/ Bulldog Bar (5x3 @ 70%)
    Bar x 10,
    155x5
    245x3
    295x3
    355x3x5 sets

    Incline Bench (5x1 @ 90%)
    Barx10
    115x5
    155x3
    205x3
    245x1
    265x1x5 sets

    Pin 3 Rack Pull (5x2 @ 80%)
    Worked up to:
    525x2x5 sets

    Elevated GHR
    4x12

    Dips
    4x12

    Ab Rollouts
    4x8

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Thurs. 8/9/12

    Week 2, Day 2

    Standing OH Press (5x2 @ 80%)
    Worked up to:
    185x2 (RPE 7)
    195x2x5 sets (RPE 8)

    I wanted 5 sets at around 8, but 80% felt too light, so I upped it a little.

    Pendlay Row (5x3 @ 70%)
    Worked up to:
    245x3x5 sets

    SSB Front Squat (5x1 @ 90%)
    Worked up to:
    385x1x5 sets

    Dips / Lexen Extensions (superset)
    14 / 55x8x8x8
    14 / 55x8x8x8
    10 / 55x8x8x8
    10 / triceps fried

    Rev. Hyper (light)
    3x10

    Abs

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    So far, I really enjoy this style of training.

  10. #9
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    I'm doing a terrible job at keeping this thing updated.

    Sat. 8/11/12

    Week 2, Day 3

    Deadlift (5x1 @ 90%)
    Worked up to:
    565x1
    575x1x4 sets

    SSB Squat (5x2 @ 80%)
    Worked up to:
    385x2
    395x2x4 sets

    Flat Bench (5x3 @ 70%)
    Worked up to:
    285x3x5 sets

    GHR Back Extensions w/ avg. + monster mini bands
    4 x 8-10

    JM Press
    95x10
    105x8-10x5 sets

    Abs

    Press Stability

    -----------------------------------------------------------------

    Sun. 8/12/12

    Week 2, Day 4

    Log (clean once)
    bar x a bunch
    120x3 strict, 3 push-press
    140x3 strict, 3 push-press
    160x3 strict, 3 push-press
    180x3
    200x3
    210x3
    220x3x2 sets
    160x3x2 sets

    Just some more technique work. The log press actually feels stronger than it ever has.

    Farmers
    Up to: 225/hand for 50 ft, 3 trips

    Stones to 48" (no tacky)
    220x2x3 sets
    240x1x5 sets .....wanted to do more, but platform broke.

    Did some other small stuff.

    -----------------------------------------------------------

    Tues. 8/14/12

    Week 3, Day 1

    Squat w/ Bulldog Bar (5x2 @ 80%)
    Up to:
    405x2x5 sets (I'd rate these @ 7)

    Incline Bench (5x3 @ 70%)
    up to:
    205x3x5 sets

    Pin 3 Rack Pulls (5x1 @ 90%)
    Up to:
    605x1x5 sets

    Interesting note: I was able to pull 545 w/ a double over-hand grip while warming up. I was a little surprised by this.

    I think I did some dips, GHR's and Abs.

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    Wed. 8/16/12

    I had my wisdom teeth removed and haven't trained since, except for some light stuff the other day. Hopefully I'll be good to resume training on Tuesday (8/21).

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    Tues. 8/21/12

    Week 3, Day 1 (repeat)

    I am redoing the 3rd week just to get back on track.

    Squat w/ Bulldog Bar
    Worked up to:
    425x2x5 sets

    Incline Bench
    Worked up to:
    205x3x5 sets

    Pin 3 Rack Pulls
    Worked up to:
    605x1x4 sets
    615x1

    4.5" Elevated GHR
    5x10

    Dips
    5x10

    Abs

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Thurs. 8/23/12

    Week 3, Day 2

    Standing Press
    Worked up to:
    205x1
    210x1x4 sets

    Pendlay Rows
    Worked up to:
    275x2
    285x2x4 sets

    SSB Front Squat
    Worked up to:
    305x3x5 sets

    Dips / Lexen extension (super set)
    15 / 45x8x8x8
    15 / 45x8x8x8
    10 / 45x8x8x8
    8 / done

    Rev. Hyper
    3x10

    Abs

    Classes have started. We will see how everything works out.

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