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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?

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    Road to a 2000+ raw total

    Hey! I'm Greg. I'm a 20 year old college kid and a powerlifter. This past Saturday I set the drug-free, completely raw all-time world record total in the 220 class.

    Squat 650

    Bench 419

    Deadlift 645

    Total 1714.

    The next goal is either to drop to 198 and make a run at David Ricks's 1818, or move up to 242 and take a crack at 2000.

    I'm not sure what else anyone would like to know, so if you're curious feel free to ask me anything. I'm still trying to learn as much as I can, so comments, advice, and questions are very much appreciated.

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    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Hang snatch/klokov press
    45x3/3
    65x3/3
    85x3/3
    105x3/3
    125x3/3 (k presses feeling better already. first time I did these 95 was a challenge)

    3 second paused squats
    135x3
    225x3
    275x3
    315x3
    365x3
    405x3
    455x3 (pretty easy. PR is 525x1, and I know 495 would have gone today. Just getting back in the swing of things)

    Also a lot of foam rolling and stretching
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    hang snatch/klokov press
    45x3/3
    95x3/3
    105x3/3
    115x3/3
    125x3/3
    135x3/3
    145x3/3

    high bar squats (first rep paused)
    135x2
    225x2
    275x2
    315x2
    365x2
    405x2
    455x2
    495x2 (PR single is 525. definitely had a little more in the tank)

    bench (pause the first one, TnG the second)
    135x2
    225x2
    275x2
    315x2
    365x2
    405x2

    sprints (mainly working on form for me and Lyndsey, but definitely hard work too)
    3 100 yarders
    1 200 yarder

    Overall it was a good day. Weights still feel heavy, but they're moving well again. My CNS is finally starting to recover from the meet and the trip I think.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Training from today, plus a story and my thoughts on gun control: http://gregnuckols.wordpress.com/201...t-gun-control/
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Very sick numbers all-around! Congratulations on the record-breaking total!
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Thanks man! You too! A 405 bench at under 200 is pretty sick.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
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    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Snatch/klokov press
    45x3/3
    95x3/3
    115x3/3
    135x3/3
    145x3/3
    155x3/1
    165x1/1
    175x1/1
    185x1/miss

    DB triceps extensions/seated DB curl
    30 3x10/10
    SS
    Good morning (mostly to stretch my hamstrings)
    95 3x10

    sprints
    200x3

    Good day today. My PR on Klokov press was 135 not long ago, so I'm pretty thrilled with 175 today. Without all the snatches prior, I may have been able to grind out 185, but I was fairly fatigued when I got to it. Everything else was just to work on some weaknesses and loosen up a bit. Running felt better today. As I do more of it, my hips are really loosening up and I feel my stride length and top-end speed coming back (I ran a 4.7 in high school. Not blazing, but I was fairly fast for a large white kid). Lyndsey and I are tentatively kicking around the idea of trying out for the US bobsled team, so I want to get my speed back just in case we decide to go through with it. Plus, running fast and feeling athletic are just a good feelings.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Clean and strict press
    135x1/3
    155x1/3
    175x1/3
    185x1/3
    205x1/1 (PR strict press)

    Paused low bar squat
    up to 495x5 (3 second pauses, not particularly straining. Felt good for 8ish)

    Wrapped it up there. Lyndsey had to get back for a dinner with her staff. Volume is still a little low, but strength has come back.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    solid work out...keep it up and subbed..you will defiantly sent Records

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    Thanks man! I sure hope so. You have some pretty solid goals yourself!
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    high bar paused squat
    up to 535 (10 pound PR)

    strict press
    up to 185x3

    3 sets of 8 strict pullups. 3 second dead hang at the bottom of each.

    ran two 200s


    Two new people training with us today, so I didn't get it as much as I would have liked. They both took to squatting pretty well though, so I think they should end up beasts.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    No real training today, but a new blog post. I feel like it's an important aspect of training that most people get wrong: http://gregnuckols.wordpress.com/201...sh-in-the-gym/
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Bench Ė worked up to 365◊5. Had 6 or 7, but I didnít feel like pushing it.

    Low bar paused squats Ė up to 525◊4. A couple reps shy of failure. Felt great.

    Somewhat disappointed about bench, but not really. My best in this rep range was 370◊7 on a stiff, high bench, and I know for sure I could have gotten a 6th with 365 of a low, very padded bench. Bench stiffness and height may not seem like a big deal, a higher bench is better for leg drive and a stiffer bench ensures that the force you produce is transferred into the bar instead of pressing you farther into the padding. Whatís going on? Iím not a good enough bencher to turn into a diva. Enough whining.

    On a positive note, weight is down a bit. I trained around 224-225 for my last meet, and Iím waking up around 218 now. If Iím holding around 210-215 a couple months from now, I think a cut to 198 for a run at David Ricksís 1818 raw total would be worth it.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Also, some ramblings on paused squats (perhaps my new favorite exercise): http://gregnuckols.wordpress.com/201...heory-of-mine/
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Squatted up to 545 paused and high bar. That was a 10 pound PR.

    I did some pressing as well, but nothing worth writing home about. Just couldnít get my head into it today. Benched some singles at 405 and that was that.



    My squat today was unexpected but made me quite happy. My paused, high bar squat usually trails my unpaused, low bar squat by 125-150 pounds. For example, there was a 125 pound discrepancy between my 5 second grinder, pop some blood vessels paused high bar PR and my relatively easy low bar squat PR at my meet. My 545 today wasnít especially difficult (felt better than 535 a few days ago), so I think that Iím probably closer to a 700 pounds squat than a 650 squat at this point. My goal for these is 605 by summer.

    Some thoughts about priorities, and one of the best compilations of quotes about human movement that I've ever come across: http://gregnuckols.wordpress.com/201...used-squat-pr/
    Last edited by thatNUCKOLSkid; 08-23-2012 at 09:34 PM.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    some awesome squats going on in here! nice work man, look forward to seeing you hit 700 raw! It will no doubt happen sooner rather than later at this rate!
    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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    Amazing raw numbers man, you have a ton of potential. 1700 raw @ 20 years old, fucking crazy. Your squat makes me feel like a little bitch.

    I feel you on using different benches. I absolutely hate super padded ones, just feels like shit when you sink into it during the lift. My legs are on the shorter side so taller benches kinda fuck me over as well.
    Last edited by Invain; 08-24-2012 at 08:17 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J L S View Post
    some awesome squats going on in here! nice work man, look forward to seeing you hit 700 raw! It will no doubt happen sooner rather than later at this rate!
    Thanks man! I'm just doing my best to stay focused on each individual day. The way I see it, as long as I'm consistent and keep myself healthy, the strength will invariably come as a byproduct.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invain View Post
    Amazing raw numbers man, you have a ton of potential. 1700 raw @ 20 years old, fucking crazy. Your squat makes me feel like a little bitch.

    I feel you on using different benches. I absolutely hate super padded ones, just feels like shit when you sink into it during the lift. My legs are on the shorter side so taller benches kinda fuck me over as well.
    And your physique makes me feel like a skinny fat loser, so I guess we're even!

    To be totally honest, I remember when I last posted on this site I was chasing a 600 deadlift (I was still closer to 550 though) and weighed around 230, and you posted a video deadlifting 590 at 190 (if memory serves) and I wanted to just crawl in a hole. haha
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Paused high bar squat 565. 20 PR from yesterday!

    Tight on time so not much else.

    Some thoughts on assessing motivation, the growth of our little crew, and some other various ramblings: http://gregnuckols.wordpress.com/201...-is-expanding/
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Benched up to 385x3. Still didn't feel great, but this wasn't a grinder.

    Paused squatted 555x3 low bar. Left a couple in the tank.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    GMs up to 225x5. I'm terrible at them.

    Paused high bar squat up to 575. (10 pound PR)


    Some thoughts about my training today:
    http://gregnuckols.wordpress.com/201...e-weary-earth/

    Stay tuned, "I'd like to hear about...: Papa Nuck edition" coming within the next couple of hours.
    21 years old, 242 pounds
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    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    A couple questions from my dad about training and diet for the newbie and the old guys: http://gregnuckols.wordpress.com/201...-nuck-edition/
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Today's video of my 545x4 paused squats: http://gregnuckols.wordpress.com/201...eo-from-today/

    Also benched up to 425 today
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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    Paused high bar squat up to 585 (10 pound pr)

    Klokov press up to 175 (tied PR)

    behind the neck push press up to 255


    write-up plus video from today: http://gregnuckols.wordpress.com/201...ring-continue/
    21 years old, 242 pounds
    current: 750 squat, 445 bench, 725 deadlift
    goals: Total 2000+ raw in the next 18 months

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