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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?

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  1. #1
    Gary Leung
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    Record summer heat and drop in weight squatted

    Hi, all,

    I wonder if any of you can give me some advice.

    I came back from a week long trip 2 weeks ago, before that my squatting stat has been 315x12, 345x10, 365x8, 385x8, 405x6, 425x3, 445x3 (in one training session of legs, which include leg extension/curl combo-> squat-> deadlift or front squat-> leg press/calf raise combo -> lunges or other exercises).

    Last week I squatted 315x12, 345x10, 365x8, 385x8, 405x6, 425x3, supersetting with deadlifts (225x10, 275x8, 315x6).

    Last night the temperature (in North Carolina) was 78F/26C at 10pm when I went to bed and I woke up at 3am in a pool of sweat. I got up at 5am to go to the gym but felt less energy in general. Today I squatted 315x12, 345x10, 365x8, 385x8, 405x6, 425x3 but no deadlifts.

    I wonder if my lack of strength/energy was due to heat? lack of quality sleep? overtraining? or the fact that I am just just getting old?

    Or this is normal and I am just paranoid?

    Gary

    33 years old
    5'6" (167cm)
    145 lbs (66kg)
    been weight training for 10 years

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    Squat Heavy, Squat Often Cards's Avatar
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    is there any structure to your program? progression? reason and rhyme for the lifts you pick?

    @145 and squatting 425 plus 10 years experience, i'm kind of surprised you're asking this question.
    Last edited by Cards; 07-18-2012 at 05:24 PM.
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    Got a video of that squat? You would be setting records at 145.
    Last edited by FearFactory; 07-18-2012 at 07:08 PM.

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    I know the question was stupid since I know the answer. It is just that I was frustrated at myself and needed some reassurance.

    I train for hypertrophy/bodybuilding and competed naturally for a couple times.

    I super-set leg extension and curl to warm up. Then I squat when I have the most energy. Then I do deadlift or front squat depending what I want to focus, quads or hamstrings during that session. After that, sometimes I do a set of 20 reps on squat at 225lbs to burn out, just to shock the system for growth. I then do leg press or hack squat to further focus on the quads or hamstrings. The final exercise is to work other parts of the legs, such as glutes, adductors or abductors.

    I obviously use split routines. Mon: chest, back; Tues: biceps, triceps; Wed: legs (see above); Thurs: chest, biceps; Fri: shoulders, back. Calf raises 4x a week. Cardio: Tues (low-medium intensity), Fri, Sat.

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    I wish I had a video of that but I am camera shy.

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    Hey, where in NC are you?

    The heat has drained me 24/7, all my workouts are at about 80% on a good day.
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    Squat Heavy, Squat Often Cards's Avatar
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    my original comment wasn't really meant to mock you, just curious. i would imagine that doing widowmakers and deadlifts week after week after heavy squatting could definitely take a toll on your CNS and recovery.

    i find I eat less when it's hot which can have a direct impact on my training.
    Last edited by Cards; 07-19-2012 at 05:20 PM.
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    I am in Chapel Hill, NC

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    What does 'widowmaker' mean? I thought it usually means the narrow coronary artery that causes heart attacks.

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    I got it (widowmaker in relation to weight training).

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    I too find it difficult to swallow my breakfast in this heat.

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    Try work out early in the morning. I start mine at 6am when it is still cool from the night.

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    One the most important benefit of morning exercise is that it improves sleep, a benefit that could also promote good health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyyatleung View Post
    I am in Chapel Hill, NC
    Cool man, I'm just up in Durham, where you work out at?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.V View Post
    Cool man, I'm just up in Durham, where you work out at?
    I work out at Kinetix in Carrboro (formerly Carolina Fitness, AC Fitness). And you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cards View Post
    my original comment wasn't really meant to mock you, just curious. i would imagine that doing widowmakers and deadlifts week after week after heavy squatting could definitely take a toll on your CNS and recovery.

    i find I eat less when it's hot which can have a direct impact on my training.
    I super-set squat (315x12, 345x10, 365x8, 385x7, 405x6) with deadlift (225x10, 275x8, 315x5) today. It was very humid in the gym and I needed to take long breaks between sets. Also, I think I need to take it light now because my upper glutes, near hips, hurt when I get up from chair or sit down. I don't think I have hurt my back/ herniated disk because nothing hurts otherwise. Any thoughts?

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