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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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    The Raw Reckoning

    Thank you for reading. First time poster on this site, which I've found to be a knowledgeable and impressive powerlifting community. This log will chronicle my training for raw powerlifting. I compete as a 198 in the USAPL and will remain at that weight (or 205 depending on how class changes are adopted here) for the foreseeable future.

    The log begins with a new training cycle that will carry me through the end of the year. I've returned from a honeymoon abroad, and have taken two weeks off from training. Feeling fresher than I have in a long while, and very eager to attack some weights.

    Today's session was pulls. The bar drifted a little on the top set, but the weight is not heavy so nothing was a grind. I am anticipating that the explosive pulls after the heavier pulls will help consolidate and improve technique quickly as the weights increase.

    9/6/12 Deadlift

    BW: 191

    Deadlift
    135x5
    225x4
    315x2
    335x5
    375x5

    Deadlift (explosive/60 secs rest)
    3x295
    3x295
    3x295
    3x295

    SSB Squat
    8x175
    8x175

    DB Row
    12x90
    12x90
    12x90

    HS High Row
    12x160
    10x140

    Ab Wheel (paused)
    Bx12
    Bx12
    Bx12
    Last edited by Zak198; 09-07-2012 at 12:17 PM.

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    9/8/12 Bench

    Bench
    45x10
    135x5
    185x4
    205x3
    235x8
    245x8

    Bench (illegal wide/touch & go)
    205x8
    205x8

    Incline Bench
    155x8
    155x8

    Elbows-Out Extension
    30x12
    30x12
    30x12

    Hammer Curl (Football Bar)
    75x10
    75x10
    75x10

    Shoulder Horn
    15x15
    15x15

    I dropped about 5 lbs during the two weeks away from training, and upper body strength has taken a hit. Planned on 255x8 but after the first workset (235x8) I could tell that would have been a death set. Will be back on track soon.

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    Nice work and I look forward to following your journey man. Welccome!
    36 yr old novice PL

    Best lifts (non competition):
    Squat - 305
    Bench - 300
    Deathlift - 405

    My Training Log -
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...s-Training-Log

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruiser View Post
    Nice work and I look forward to following your journey man. Welccome!
    Thanks bud, appreciate it. Definitely open to comments, criticism, ridicule, whatever.

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    9/10/12 Squat

    BW: 189

    Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    185x4
    225x3
    255x8
    295x8

    Squat (Explosive/90s intervals)
    225x4
    225x4
    225x4
    225x4

    Squat (3ct pause/Olympic stance)
    235x6
    235x6

    Good Morning
    155x10
    155x10

    Chest-Supported Row
    115x12
    115x12
    115x12

    Hanging Leg Raise (Spud Straps)
    Bx12
    Bx12


    Solid first squat session. Something to build on.

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    9/11/12 Press/Bench Assist

    Military
    45x10
    95x5
    115x3
    135x8
    155x8

    Military (Explosive/60s intervals)
    125x4
    125x4
    125x4
    125x4

    Closegrip Bench (Fatbar)
    205x8
    205x8

    Curl (Fatbar)
    75x10
    75x10

    Rear Delt Fly (Pec Deck)
    75x15
    75x15

    Rope Pushdown
    Double drop-set to flush

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    9/13/12 Deadlift

    BW: 189

    Deadlift
    135x5
    225x4
    315x3
    345x5
    390x5

    Deadlift (Explosive/60s interval)
    295x3
    295x3
    295x3
    295x3
    295x3

    SSB Squat
    185x8
    185x8

    DB Row
    95x12
    95x12
    95x12

    Lat Pulldown (Pause at bottom/SS/Close)
    150x10
    135x10

    Ab Wheel (Pause)
    Bx15
    Bx15


    So far so good. Everything beltless for the first few weeks of the cycle.

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    looking good dude, I like the way you set up your training!
    Check out my training:
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...?144135-My-Log

    My smolov blog '12 : start 475 - finish: 520
    http://jtrain-ing.blogspot.co.uk/

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    I'll be following this journal as well. Whens your next meet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J L S View Post
    looking good dude, I like the way you set up your training!
    Quote Originally Posted by byronsru24 View Post
    I'll be following this journal as well. Whens your next meet?
    Thanks much for dropping in guys. Last meet was in the spring, went 452/314/529 @ 198, which was a little disappointing but a learning experience. I've decided to spend a few months really working on building up the base, so not planning on competing again til early next year.

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    9/15/12 Bench

    Bench
    45x10
    135x5
    185x4
    235x6
    255x5

    Bench (3ct pause)
    225x6
    225x6

    Bench (wide/tng)
    205x8
    205x8

    Incline Bench
    165x8
    165x6

    Pec Deck
    75x12
    75x12
    75x12

    Hammer Curl (Football Bar)
    75x12
    75x12
    75x12

    Cable Curl
    50 reps to flush


    Very disappointing...learning that upper body strength is not persistent, and with the two week break for the honeymoon and the several weeks before that in which I didn't handle much weight, it's really fallen off. Going to have to reset the bench cycle and stay positive...hopefully the big stuff continues to go well.

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    One thing I've found is I need to only be STRONG when I step on the platform on MEET day. Trying to stay 100% strong year round just burnt me out quick. You just got married and took a few weeks off...don't worry about it.

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    9/17/12 Squat

    Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    185x4
    225x3
    265x8
    315x8

    Squat (explosive/90s interval)
    225x4
    225x4
    225x4
    225x4
    225x4

    Squat (3ct pause/Olympic)
    245x6
    245x6

    Good Morning
    165x10
    165x10

    Hanging Leg Raise (Spud Straps)
    Bx15
    Bx15


    Made easy work of this. Legs are feeling strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byronsru24 View Post
    One thing I've found is I need to only be STRONG when I step on the platform on MEET day. Trying to stay 100% strong year round just burnt me out quick. You just got married and took a few weeks off...don't worry about it.
    Yeah this is a good tip, appreciated. Important to understand and respect the difference between building strength versus testing strength. The only numbers that matter are on the platform. Something for me to keep in mind as I build the bench back up here.

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    9/18/12 Bench Assist

    Light Bench
    135x10
    185x8
    185x8
    185x8

    Military Press
    115x5
    145x8
    145x8

    Pullup (Semi-Sup)
    Bx10
    Bx10
    Bx10

    Rear Delt Fly (Pec Deck)
    90x12
    90x12

    Fatbar Curl
    65x15
    65x10


    Still tooling around with my approach on the bench.

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    still looking good buddy, squats are strong, lots of good volume in there!
    Check out my training:
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...?144135-My-Log

    My smolov blog '12 : start 475 - finish: 520
    http://jtrain-ing.blogspot.co.uk/

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    9/20/12 Deadlift

    Deadlift
    135x5
    225x4
    315x3
    365x5
    405x5

    Deadlift (explosive/60s intervals)
    295x3
    295x3
    295x3
    295x3
    295x3
    295x3

    SSB Squat
    195x8
    195x8

    BB Shrug
    315x12
    315x12

    Wheel (paused)
    Bx15
    Bx15


    Workmanlike effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J L S View Post
    still looking good buddy, squats are strong, lots of good volume in there!
    Yeah, subjectively squats feel the strongest right now. Tough thing about training is fine tuning things to get everything moving together...often seems like an overall approach that works well for one lift doesn't do much for another, but mixing and matching philosophies can be tough. Looks from your log like you're figuring out how to make it happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak198 View Post
    Yeah, subjectively squats feel the strongest right now. Tough thing about training is fine tuning things to get everything moving together...often seems like an overall approach that works well for one lift doesn't do much for another, but mixing and matching philosophies can be tough. Looks from your log like you're figuring out how to make it happen.
    couldnt agree more with this. Bench will always be the hardest I think, just because it is generally the slowest and the only way I've seen people around me, bench no.'s shoot up is ironically when they are not SQ/DL'ing through injury or some other reason!
    Looking at the way you set your training up though and your strength levels you clearly know what you're doing dude haha! It will all come together no doubt!
    Check out my training:
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    My smolov blog '12 : start 475 - finish: 520
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    9/22/12 Bench

    BW: 191

    Bench
    135x10
    185x5
    225x6
    225x6
    225x6
    225x6
    225x6

    Closegrip
    185x10
    185x10

    Elbows-Out Extension
    30x12
    30x12

    DB Row
    100x12
    100x12
    100x12

    Overhead Rope Extension
    Double drop set to flush


    Going to take a couple weeks to build up the bench volume and reestablish a base here.

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    Nice work dude, some good volume in there on the benching!
    Check out my training:
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...?144135-My-Log

    My smolov blog '12 : start 475 - finish: 520
    http://jtrain-ing.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak198 View Post
    Yeah, subjectively squats feel the strongest right now. Tough thing about training is fine tuning things to get everything moving together...often seems like an overall approach that works well for one lift doesn't do much for another, but mixing and matching philosophies can be tough. Looks from your log like you're figuring out how to make it happen.
    One thing I do is treat each training week like a car trip. You only have so much gas both physically and mentally to last through the week. If you have your pedal to the floor all week, by the end of it, your training will suck. You just have to know when to put your foot on the break, and again on the gas. Think long term, rather then short time like I did for so long.

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    9/24/12 Squat

    Squat
    45x10
    135x5
    185x5
    225x3
    295x5
    335x5

    Squat (Explosive/90s interval)
    225x4
    225x4
    225x4
    225x4
    225x4
    225x4

    Squat (3ct Pause/Olympic)
    255x6
    255x6

    Good Morning
    175x10
    175x10

    HLR (Spud Straps)
    Bx13
    Bx13
    Bx13


    Felt weak, slow and tight, but the weight was not tough. The beat goes on. Deload next week, then back on the horse.

    Byron, that's a solid analogy, I like that and will use it.

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    could of just been an off day! got it done regardless. nice work!
    Check out my training:
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...?144135-My-Log

    My smolov blog '12 : start 475 - finish: 520
    http://jtrain-ing.blogspot.co.uk/

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    9/25/12 Bench/Accessory

    Bench
    135x10
    185x10
    185x10
    185x10

    Military
    135x5
    155x8
    155x6

    Pullup (Semi-Sup)
    Bx12
    Bx12
    Bx12

    Rear-Delt Fly (Pec Deck)
    90x13
    90x13

    Fatbar Curl
    65x15
    65x11

    Reverse Cable Curl
    Double dropset to flush


    So ends the first 3 week block of the cycle. Deloading next week. Feel solid about squats, decent about pulls, and bench is in the tank, but I have a plan. Always a plan...

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