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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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    Babyeater Lifts: Powerlifting Adventures

    Hi everyone! I have been lurking around the site for a bit and really want to make a log and join the diverse group of lifters posting here. A little about me:

    Age: 26
    Height: 5'2"
    Weight: 110-113 note: I have competed twice in the 114 class and now plan to cut weight to 105 for my April 2013 meet.

    I began dabbling in strength training about two years ago in a very casual way. I have a fairly strong running background and spent most of my teenage and early adult years very wiry (under 100 lb) with basically no upper body strength whatsoever--and heck, given that all I was doing was running, no lower body strength either.

    In the later part of 2009/early part of 2010, I began to learn how to lift. Since that time period, I have experimented with various lifting protocols. Last year, I set a goal to register as "overweight" on the BMI scale and fell short two pounds when I stupidly came up with a sternum injury from performing dips too low. At my heaviest, I came in at 133 lb.

    In the later part of December 2011, I began lifting again seriously and trying to pull myself out of the hole I had fallen into mentally and physically. At this point, I have by far surpassed the strength levels I had attained back before the sternum injury but am roughly 20 lbs lighter than my high weight.

    I started training specifically for powerlifting at the end of April of 2012. I competed in my first meet in the 114 pound weight class in July; my total was 540. I will continue to compete in this weight class and would like to see significant increases in my total. I look forward to posting here--I've been lurking for a bit and absolutely love reading the logs of other female lifters on this forum.

    PR's as of February 2012:
    Squat: 187 (meet lift) Paused bench: 125 Deadlift: 300
    Last edited by babyeater; 02-09-2013 at 02:37 PM.

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    yesterday's (2/8) lifting:

    squat
    bar x 5
    bar x 5
    95 x 3
    120 x 2
    135 x 1
    150 x 1
    160 x 1
    172 (microloaded) x 1
    172 x 1
    172 x 1
    172 x 1
    172 x 1
    172 x 1
    172 x 1

    Threw in an extra set on this because my boyfriend is running Smolov and he makes me feel incredibly lazy by comparison.

    barbell hip thrusts:
    145 x 9
    145 x 10
    145 x 10
    145 x 9
    145 x 9

    single-leg back extensions
    10 ea
    7 ea
    7 ea

    band adductors
    18, 17, 17



    I do videos with commentary because I'm a final cut pro freak and have fun doing so, mostly it's just commentary in which I make fun of myself.
    Last edited by babyeater; 02-10-2013 at 08:48 AM. Reason: ugh, cannot get dates right

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    Great log and video.... Keep it up
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    Thanks, Adrian! Thanks for steering me over here, too!

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    Yesterday's bench session:

    2/9 lifting:

    paused bench
    bar x 5
    bar x 5
    bar x 5
    75 x 3
    85 x 2
    95 x 1
    105 x 1
    110 x 1
    110 x 1
    112 x 1
    112 x 1
    115 x 1
    115 x 2 rep PR yaaaaay
    127 PR attempt FAIL flattened flattened flattened. Trying this out after six work sets, several upwards of 90%, and repping out the last work set was, I suppose, reaching a bit far.

    wide-grip technique work
    85 x 5
    85 x 5
    85 x 5

    neutral-grip pull-ups
    11, 9, 8

    seated unilateral rows
    50 x 10 ea
    50 x 10 ea
    50 x 10 ea

    band pushdowns in a complex with ab rollouts using a bar:

    20, 10
    17, 8
    12, 8
    10

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    It's been a rough past few days, and yesterday was one of few days in which I've just had a day on which I had to take a day off from lifting for reasons other than injury or illness. This was partially, admittedly, due to the fact that I'm currently attempting to cut weight in order to try to make 105. This is a trial cut, and right now I'm EXTREMELY glad I'm running a trial prior to the "real thing" that will most likely take place in April. I've never cut weight before, and it is a psychological process that has resonance with the years I spent with eating disorders. That said, I'm in a very different place now in relation to the place I was during those years, so let's not all freak out here. I will say that this is very new and confusing territory for me, and I imagine it is for many women who cut weight for the first time. I think the way we fundamentally characterize weight, body composition, weight loss, etc. is so dysfunctional that it can't help but have some impact on how we navigate the cutting process at a psychological (hopefully not a working) level.

    So. I'm still training during this, except for the day I stop all intake (Sunday), which is basically an extra workout day anyway. I made up for yesterday's squat work today and benched.

    squat

    bar x 8
    bar x 6
    95 x 3
    120 x 2
    135 x 1
    145 x 1
    154 (microloaded, hence the weirdo number) x 3
    154 x 4
    154 x 4
    154 x 9

    paused bench
    bar x 5
    bar x 5
    bar x 5
    70 x 3
    80 x 2
    90 x 6
    90 x 6
    90 x 6
    90 x 6
    90 x 6
    90 x 6

    And that was it. I didn't do accessory work today and that was basically my punishment for yesterday. I will try to make up for some of it on Thursday, an extra workout day.

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    deadlift

    95 x 3
    135 x 2
    185 x 1
    225 x 1
    245 x 1
    265 x 1
    275 x 1
    275 x 1
    275 x 1
    275 x 3

    Tried for a fourth rep on that last set but failed it because I didn't wait between the third and attempted fourth reps as long as I should have. Damn! I think I could have gotten it.

    Pull-ups
    11, 8, 7, 6

    leg extensions
    60 x 15
    60 x 13
    60 x 13

    facepulls
    100 x 15
    100 x 13
    100 x 12

    band adductors, 15 x 3 x 3

    Day two of the weight cut trial is almost complete. It's going quite well, weight-wise. I don't relish having to pee every 15 minutes, but I should be able to teach tomorrow and get away with running out a time or two because the class has a work day.

    video of the 275 x 3

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    HAHA you will feel really good after the cut. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larsen540 View Post
    HAHA you will feel really good after the cut. Good luck.
    I woke up in a very good place to make it by what would be the evening weigh-in time. So now I get to really suffer (if I thought this week was bad, hahahahaha) and then I will make it. I'm so glad I'm doing a trial cut. SO glad.

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    2/15 squat

    bar x 6
    bar x 6
    95 x 3
    120 x 2
    135 x 1
    145 x 1
    154 x 2
    154 x 2
    154 x 2
    154 x 2
    154 x 2
    154 x 2

    barbell hip thrusts
    145 x 10
    145 x 10
    145 x 10
    145 x 10
    145 x 10
    145 x 10

    back extensions
    bw x 30
    bw x 30
    bw x 30

    adductor band work
    15, 15, 15

    The gym was kind of nuts on this day, see video:


    2/16 paused bench

    bar x 5
    bar x 5
    75 x 3
    85 x 2
    95 x 1
    102 x 3
    102 x 3
    105 x 3
    105 x 3
    105 x 4

    wide-grip technique work
    85 x 5
    85 x 5
    85 x 5

    And that was it because I really had to get home to prepare for the dehydration/fasting portion of this weight cut. This bench session was one of the worst I've had in a long time. This weight cut has not been the easiest thing for me to do, and I'm glad that under normal, pre-meet weight cut conditions, I wouldn't really be training while doing the cut. That said, I'm close to 105 and will make it today. I'm going to leave it at that because I'm trying to be positive right now, which is not something I appear to be good at today.

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    2/19 volume bench day

    paused bench
    80 x 10
    80 x 10
    80 x 10
    80 x 11
    80 x 10
    80 x 10
    80 x 10

    flat DB press, single DB weight
    70 x 12
    70 x 8

    cable overhead tricep extensions
    65 x 12
    60 x 12
    60 x 12

    Lat Pulldowns
    80 x 12
    90 x 8
    85 x 10

    chest-supported block rows, single DB weight
    20 x 10
    20 x 10
    20 x 10

    2/20 deadlift day

    deadlift
    95 x 3
    135 x 2
    185 x 2
    200 x 2
    240 x 1
    255 x 3
    255 x 3
    255 x 3
    255 x 7

    pull-ups
    12, 7, 6, 5, 4

    squat belt walks
    70 x bunch x 4

    band abductors
    20, 20, 18

    vid:

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    2/25/13

    paused bench
    bar x 5 x 3
    75 x 3
    85 x 2
    100 x 1
    104 x 2
    104 x 2
    107 x 2
    109 x 2
    109 x 3

    widegrip work
    80 x 6
    80 x 6
    80 x 6

    weighted chin-ups
    25 x 6
    25 x 5
    25 x 4
    25 x 4

    unilateral DB rows
    shoulder still doesn't like these, so after experimenting with them for a while I just threw it out and will go with seated chest-supported unilateral row for now. Ugh. Stupid right shoulder, it makes no sense.

    Band pushdowns in a complex with ab rollouts
    pushdownd℗15, rollouts®10, ℗15, ®10, ℗13, ®10, ℗12

    vid:

    yesterday (2/24) was an extra/ rest day, so I did a little work:

    kneeling squats
    135 x 9
    135 x 9
    135 x 9

    217 bw leg curls

    facepulls
    15, 15, 17


    neutral-grip pullups
    11, 8, 6

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    Good speed on the benching. Wide grip speed was fast also.
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    Yeah, it's not toooooo bad. And bench is my worst lift. And I really appreciate that coming from you. REALLY appreciate that.

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    Monday 2/25

    squat day
    bar x 5
    bar x 6
    95 x 3
    125 x 2
    145 x 1
    164 x 1
    174 x 1
    174 x 2
    174 x 2
    174 x 3

    paused squats
    95 x 7
    95 x 7
    95 x 7

    GHR
    bw x 13
    bw x 12
    bw x 11

    Hamstring curls
    60 x 15
    62.5 x 14
    62.5 x 12

    band adductors
    18, 15, 15

    Tues 2/26

    volume paused bench day
    bar x 5 x 3
    70 x 3
    80 x 1
    85 x 8
    85 x 8
    85 x 8
    85 x 8
    85 x 8
    85 x 8

    DB flat press (cumulative DB weight)
    70 x 12
    70 x 10

    Overhead cable tricep pushdowns
    60 x 15 x 3

    lat pulldowns
    85 x 12
    85 x 11
    85 x 9

    lying DB rows, cumulative DB weight
    40 x 15
    40 x 12
    40 x 10

    Wed 2/27

    Deadlift
    95 x 3
    135 x 3
    185 x 2
    225 x 2
    245 x 1
    265 x 2
    265 x 2
    265 x 2
    265 x 5

    I did 260 x 5 last cycle so…yay, I guess. Bleh. Wanted 265 x 6 and it did NOT happen

    pull-ups
    13, 7, 6, 5, 5

    Bulgarian split squats
    30 x 11 ea x 3

    facepulls
    100 x 15
    100 x 13
    100 x 12

    Thurs 2/28
    off day

    Friday 3/1

    squat
    174 x 1
    174 x 1
    174 x 1
    174 x 1
    174 x 1
    174 x 1
    174 x 1

    barbell hip thrusts
    150 x 9
    150 x 9
    150 x 9
    150 x 9
    150 x 8

    Back extensions
    10 x 20
    25 x 15
    25 x 12

    I think that was it on this day…memory on it is a bit hazy

    Saturday Mar 2

    paused bench
    bar x 5 x 3
    75 x 3
    85 x 2
    95 x 1
    105 x 1
    112 x 1
    112 x 1
    114 x 1
    114 x 1
    117 x 1
    117x 1 tried for a second rep and failed it like a boss; this session kind of sucked in general and I suck at benching. I suuuuuuuck.

    widegrip, strict paused work
    85 x 6
    85 x 6
    85 x 6

    weighted chin-ups
    25 x 6
    25 x 5
    25 x 4
    25 x 4

    band pulldowns
    15, 15, 15, 15

    seated unilateral rows
    55 x 9 ea
    55 x 9 ea
    55 x 8 ea

    I'm actually caught up now! Yessss!

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    You definitely provide a different point of view!
    Good amount of work in this log, keep it up!

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    Lots of good work in here, nice job!
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock1984 View Post
    You definitely provide a different point of view!
    Good amount of work in this log, keep it up!
    Thanks so much, I'm working towards ranking in the top of the 105 lb weight class, so I feel like this log is really a documentation of that process.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe B View Post
    Lots of good work in here, nice job!
    Thanks for stopping in; I'm currently trying to get my MFA show put up and my degree finished (a few months to go!) so I had gotten a little behind with logging. I guess when I have to split my time between training and grad school the internet sometimes gets a bit shortchanged.

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    Ehm...this is probably "English as 2nd language" ignorance, but what is a MFA show?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock1984 View Post
    Ehm...this is probably "English as 2nd language" ignorance, but what is a MFA show?
    Not at all! Most people don't know what MFA means when I mention it's the degree I'm pursuing. MFA stands for "Master of Fine Arts." Those who know of me as a lifter usually don't know that I actually do art for my "day job," ha. Here is a link with some of my work, just for the heck of it:

    www.flickr.com/photos/JanisFinkelman

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyeater View Post
    Not at all! Most people don't know what MFA means when I mention it's the degree I'm pursuing. MFA stands for "Master of Fine Arts." Those who know of me as a lifter usually don't know that I actually do art for my "day job," ha. Here is a link with some of my work, just for the heck of it:

    www.flickr.com/photos/JanisFinkelman
    Hey you're good! Some very cool pieces in there.
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe B View Post
    Hey you're good! Some very cool pieces in there.
    Many thanks. I'd like to do more painting again, I've really just been focused on drawing and installation recently.

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    "Risen" is very good, as is "In went the grenades"

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    squat
    bar x 7
    bar x 6
    95 x 3
    120 x 2
    135 x 1
    145 x 1
    156 x 3
    156 x 4
    156 x 4
    156 x 8

    paused squats
    100 x 7
    100 x 7
    100 x 7

    GHR's
    bw x 13
    bw x 12
    bw x 13

    lying machine hamstring curls
    62.5 x 17
    62.5 x 15
    62.5 x 12

    band abductors
    15, 18, 20

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    Nice paintings and good work on the training keep it up.
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