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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. #351
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    If I were you, I would contact Tone Barbaccio and ask him about the Jersey Iron method. Just my .02 cents!!!
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    May do so in the future Brian. Have just always wanted to attempt smolov and want to increase my squat plus have a good length of time between meets so thought I might as well. What's he like cost wise bro? He does a good job so could be interested after this is out of my system.



    So begins my smolov journey. I have done the base before but never the full thing. I am going to do the whole thing including the intro cycle. I will have a weeks break after the intro cycle (before starting the base) as will be away for a week up north, may hit the gym still but won't be smolov that week.

    As I mentioned previously in my log I have decided I will let the weight do what it will do. Eat clean(ish) but eat plenty so as to not deprive myself of nutrients. If the body wants calories then it will get them, as surviving smolov on calorie depletion is likely not possible. Plus I want the best results possible, more calories should help this, and I was stronger in the 93's which is where I will be heading.

    I am using a lowered max of 220kg (484lbs) - a weight I could hit to depth on any given day no matter how I felt. Should make the program doable as well as optimal gains.

    Starting stats
    - Body Weight = 82.75kg - 182.1lbs (fasted)
    - Gym max, since back in U83's, is 235kg (517lbs)
    - Comp Max (U83kg Class) 225kg (495lbs) - failed twice on depth at 235kg (517lbs).
    Note: My best ever raw squat was 242.5kg (533lbs) at ~90kg Bw.

    So here's the first day...

    Smolov Intro Cycle - Day One

    Monday 17th December


    Squats
    60kg * 5
    100kg * 3 - 2 set
    Work Sets - no belt today
    142.5kg (313lbs) * 8 - 3 sets
    155kg (341lbs) * 5
    165kg (363lbs) * 2 - 2 sets
    175kg (385lbs) * 1

    Done for the day. Tomorrow is the same then Wednesday is a heavier day.

    Will try bench most likely twice a week to maintain bench. Probably one heavier day with shoulders an another lighter day with some heavy tricep assistance. Deadlifts will be by feel and just speed work for singles. Upper back work will be a regular wherever possible.

    I also took some pre measures of fasted weight, girths and bodyfat - will compare pre an post base an after full training cycle.

  3. #353
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    This will be awesome to follow, you have chosen a very exciting but painful route H haha! Good luck brother! Big squat to follow!
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    That's cool, just give it some thought for the future. I'm not exactly sure, if your interested, send him a PM or click on the link in my signature and ask.
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    Good luck with the smolov, Hayden!
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    Goals (kg) 272.5/165/305 HJP's Avatar
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    Thanks JLS, Brian & Gazzy!

    Smolov Intro Cycle - W1D2

    Tuesday 18th December


    Squats
    60kg * 5
    100kg * 3 - 2 set
    Work Sets - no belt today
    142.5kg (313lbs) * 8 - 3 sets
    155kg (341lbs) * 5
    165kg (363lbs) * 2 - 2 sets
    175kg (385lbs) * 1

    Jono has a work do thing this afternoon so we had to come in in the morning. Not good at morning training but after the 5's it all felt pretty good. I do not like the 8 rep sets...
    Last edited by HJP; 12-17-2012 at 01:48 PM.
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    Nice, light, workout for you there, Hayden!
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    Obviously about to blaze a new trail, very-very nice.

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    Goals (kg) 272.5/165/305 HJP's Avatar
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    Cheers Gaz, easy weight on paper but not so much when done on back to back days haha

    Thanks Coke! Going to be good.

    10 McDonalds Cheeseburgers in 10min

    One of the other forums I post on had this challenge an I gave it a good crack (nowhere near the leader who finished in 6min 40sec). Took 10min 15sec. I just couldn't get the last one down. My mate in the video next to me ended up finishing 8 an calling it there. Technically I also failed as I spewed up a little (probably still kept 8 down lol) in the garden outside McD's about a minute after finishing. Sounds easy but got tough quickly.

    Thought some of you may be interested lol so here it is...

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    Last edited by HJP; 12-18-2012 at 03:17 AM.
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    That... looks... AWESOME!
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    Goals (kg) 272.5/165/305 HJP's Avatar
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    haha thanks Gazz!


    Smolov Intro Cycle - W1D3

    Wednesday 19th December


    Third day of squats in a row. Legs were feeling it but as soon as I got warm the sets felt surprisingly comfortable. Here's today's work:

    Squats
    60kg * 5 - 2 sets
    100kg * 3 - 2 sets
    Work Sets - no belt again today
    155kg (341lbs) * 5 - 4 sets, all @8
    165kg (363lbs) * 3 @8
    175kg (385lbs) * 2 - 2 sets @8,8.5
    200kg (440lbs) * 1 @8.5

    Bench Press
    60kg * 5
    80kg (176lbs) * 12 - 2 sets both @8
    90kg (198lbs) * 12 @9

    Really focussing on sinking the reps deep (want to make depth calls a non-issue in future comps) and also sinking into the hole a bit quicker. Thought I would need the belt today but was fine without it. Most reps felt smooth an easy. Well pleased. A few days off squats now.

    Here's the vids of the final couple of sets...

    First set at 175kg (385lbs)
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    Single at 200kg (440lbs)
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    Nice squats, man.

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    200kg looked a piece of piss.
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    nice H, not a question of depth there haha. Could you have gone any lower? I think you are really going to enjoy smolov.

    I will also be taking on that mcdonalds challenge sooner rather than later.
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    Solid squats and depth obviously was on point! lol
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    Looking ever exceptional!

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    Cheers Tom, Gazz, JLS, Brian & Coke! Got to sink them low, will bring me more white lights lol. Yeah I am pretty sure I will enjoy this program. Want these legs and back to grow!!

    Random Extra Work Day

    21st December 2012



    Deadlifts
    - For the NZBB Forum Comp
    60kg * 5
    100kg * 3, * 2
    150kg * 2
    200kg * 1 - B from here
    Work Set
    220kg (484lbs) * 5 @9 - enough to give me the wilks lead in the forum comp. More left in tank incase someone passes me.

    Pendlay Rows
    70kg (154lbs) * 10 - 3 sets all @8

    3 Board Press
    60kg * 5
    100kg * 3
    130kg (286lbs) * 3 @8.5
    140kg (308lbs) * 3 @9.5
    130kg (286lbs) * 5 @9

    CG Bench Press
    90kg (198lbs) * 10, * 8, * 7 @8.5, 9.5, 9

    Band Crunch
    2 Pink Bands * 20 - 3 sets
    SS w/ Leg Lowers
    3 sets of 10

    Here's the Deadlift video entry for the NZBB Strongest Lifter 2012 Comp - Deadlift of 5 at 220kg, bodyweight of 84.5kg for a wilks of 145.3. Enough to give me the wilks lead at present. The video features Jonos awesome camera skills lol

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    Always managing to stay ahead of the pack!

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    Nice work bro!
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    *************************
    Best geared meet @ 242
    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Deads and benching in one session, strong stuff!
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    Nice work, Hayden.

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    Cheers Coke, Brian, Gazz & Tom


    Smolov Intro Cycle - W2D1

    Sunday 23rd December


    Because I will be away for a week next week (from 30th Dec) and won't get to start the base straight away I have made a few modifications to this weeks days. This is to keep the volume slightly higher this week because next week will be a slight deload before the base starts, want to keep the adaptations from last week continuing, two easy weeks in a row wouldn't be the right way to go into the base in my opinion.

    So the plan this week will be to do four days of squats. The first three will have all the regular week two scheduled 85% work (2 sets of 2 day one, 3 reps day two and 5 reps day three) but will follow this work with a set or so of a taster of what's to come week one of the base. Hope that makes sense, if it doesn't oh well you'll see it pan out.

    Squats
    60kg * 5 - 2 sets
    100kg * 3 - 2 sets
    150kg * 2 - back feeling a bit tired/sore
    Work Sets
    185kg (407lbs) * 2 - 2 sets both @9, first set no belt, second I added belt to relieve the back
    155kg (341lbs) * 9 @8 - kept belt on

    Pull Ups - only with BW
    Neutral Grip * 10
    Wide Grip * 8
    Underhand Grip * 8

    Only real thought that's not already stated is that a 5RM deadlift during smolov intro makes the back a bit sore but hey it's likely the only heavy deadlift during smolov as will be speed focused from here.

    Squatting again tomorrow, this body will be ready for the base cycle.

    Have some vid, may post later
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    Now your talking my language!! 10 cheeseburgers in 10 minutes. I love it. I might have to add this to my food challenges.
    Very nice week of training mate. Strong pulling!
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    Cheers Brian! You'll nail it easy bro with your eating skills haha

    Smolov Intro Cycle - W2D2

    Monday 24th December


    Squats
    60kg * 5
    100kg * 3
    150kg * 2
    Work Sets
    185kg (407lbs) * 3 @8
    175kg (385lbs) * 7 @8
    175kg (385lbs) * 7 @9 - added belt an WW

    Bench Press
    Bar * 10
    60kg * 5
    90kg (198lbs) * 12 @8 - add WW
    95kg (209lbs) * 12 @9.5

    Band Crunches
    2 Minis * 25, * 25, * 30
    SS w/ Leg Lowers
    BW * 10, * 12, * 15

    The three at 185kg felt piece of cake today, back felt ok so managed to leave the belt off till the last set at 175kg. Thought the 175kg felt pretty tough and realised that it was because I was doing an extra 10kg, should have only been 165kg but no worries, got all the reps all good. Day off tomorrow.

    Again I have some vid which I may post later on today.
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    Squat 260kg (573lbs), Bench 150kg (330lbs), Dead 277.5kg (611lbs)

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