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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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  1. #51
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    Thanks for the feedback, Mark! I see what you mean about the deadlift, I'll work on fixing that.
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    315 lbs x 1 rep x 3 sets

    BTN Press
    90 lbs x 5 reps
    85 lbs x 5 reps

    Overhead Press
    80 lbs x 10 reps

    Deficit SLDL
    195 lbs x 8 reps x 3 sets

    Strict Row
    135 lbs x 8 reps
    140 lbs x 8 reps x 2 sets

    Comments
    -I'm getting more comfortable squatting beltless. For the second day in a row, I pushed the singles up to 350, so that's encouraging.
    -I switched from BTN Press to Overhead Press for the third work set. My shoulders are hurting, and while I don't think the BTN Presses are necessarily the cause, they aren't helping. I actually think the main culprit is all the shoveling recently, especially hacking away at the icebergs that had formed under the downspouts on my driveway.
    -Anyways, all of the presses flew up, which is good since this is supposed to be a light week for them.
    -Then I made up for missing the SLDLs and Rows yesterday, but I didn't get those on video.


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    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    315 lbs x 1 rep

    Bench Press
    200 lbs x 7 reps PR
    190 lbs x 8 reps
    180 lbs x 8 reps

    Close-Grip Bench Press
    135 lbs x 10 reps x 2 sets
    135 lbs x 8 reps

    Scapular Retraction
    45 lbs x 10 reps
    45 lbs x 15 reps x 2 sets
    Mini x 15 reps x 2 sets

    Comments
    -All of the reps of the top set of bench press were moving very slowly, and then I failed on the eighth rep. But that was still a 5-lb rep PR.
    -Still thinking of my recent deadlift woes, I went back and watched some of my old videos to see how my form looked back when I was pulling PRs. Well, I realized that the upper back rounding is not just a recent problem, because I had made a similar comment almost a year ago. When I set up, I do consciously pull my shoulder blades back, but apparently I have trouble holding them back and I let the weight pull them forward. So I did some scapular retractions today to start addressing this weakness, and I'll keep doing them regularly. The barbell exercise was sort of a bent-over scap shrug, and then I looped a band around my power rack and did sort of a horizontal scap row. Of course, any other ideas to address this are more than welcome.


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    Last edited by Joe B; 03-19-2014 at 05:28 AM.
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    335 lbs x 8 reps PR
    320 lbs x 8 reps
    305 lbs x 5 reps

    Close-Stance High-Bar Pause Squat
    235 lbs x 5 reps x 3 sets

    Comments
    -Pretty good day of squatting today. 335 is the most I've squatted for 5 reps, let alone 8.
    -I had to zoom through the high-bar squats, and didn't have time for front squats.


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    Weight: 238.8
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

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    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    285 lbs x 1 rep

    Push Press
    155 lbs x 2 reps
    155 lbs x 3 reps

    Paused Bench Press
    175 lbs x 2 reps x 8 sets

    Comments
    -350 was much more of a grind than usual. I probably should have stopped at 315 today, so I did a back-off set as if I had stopped there, and killed it.
    -Push press did not go well, my lower back wasn't holding up.
    -Light day on the bench, nice and easy.


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    Weight: 238.8
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    315 lbs x 1 rep

    Deadlift
    405 lbs x 1 rep
    445 lbs x 1 rep
    445 lbs x F
    360 lbs x 5 reps PR
    340 lbs x 6 reps
    325 lbs x 8 reps PR

    Comments
    -I focused on improving my deadlift setup today, with my hips lower and back straighter. I think I made a bit of progress in that regard, but it'll still take a lot of practice. At least I was able to pull 445 today, but I wasn't really satisfied so I tried it again (and failed). On the top sets, it looks like I had the same ol' problem of my butt rising faster than my back... so I need to focus on keeping my chest up. Then I set a couple of rep PRs, but just about every set I do that's more than a double is a rep PR, lol.


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    Weight: 238.0
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    315 lbs x 1 rep x 3 sets

    Overhead Press
    100 lbs x 5 reps
    95 lbs x 5 reps
    90 lbs x 10 reps

    Wide-Grip RDL
    195 lbs x 8 reps x 3 sets

    Barbell Row
    140 lbs x 8 reps

    Comments
    -On the squats, 350 was a bit of a grind. But the last two back-off sets felt really fast and smooth.
    -Overhead presses flew up again this week.
    -Wide-grip RDLs were done with my index fingers on the rings. I didn't go all the way out to snatch-grip because I was taking them out of the rack instead of off the floor.
    -My back was pretty fried by the time I got to the rows, and I was really just pulling with my arms so I called it a day.


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    Weight: 238.0
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    285 lbs x 1 rep

    Bench Press
    195 lbs x 5 reps
    185 lbs x 5 reps
    175 lbs x 10 reps

    Close-Grip Bench Press
    145 lbs x 8 reps x 3 sets

    Comments
    -Squats were feeling super heavy, so I stopped at 315 today and just did one back-off set.
    -Bench went well, no problems there.


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    Weight: 238.0
    Last edited by Joe B; 03-19-2014 at 05:28 AM.
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

  9. #59
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    Squat
    340 lbs x 5 reps PR
    325 lbs x 6 reps
    310 lbs x 10 reps

    Close-Stance High-Bar Pause Squat
    240 lbs x 5 reps x 3 sets

    Front Squat
    180 lbs x 3 reps x 5 sets

    Comments
    -Good days of squats. 340 was a 5-lb rep PR. The 6RM spot on my blackboard was blank, so I did 6 reps on the second set to fill that in, instead of 5.
    -I had a re-racking malfunction on the last set of high-bar squats. I kept it in the video for the lulz, you can see it all the way at the end.


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    Weight: 238.0
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    315 lbs x 1 rep x 2 sets

    Bench Press
    150 lbs x 8 reps x 2 sets

    Comments
    -Holy cow, my abs are sore this morning. Squats felt good, the two back-off sets were especially fast. Overall, a quick and easy day. No video today, though.
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    Weight: 238.0
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    285 lbs x 1 rep x 2 sets

    Deadlift
    405 lbs x 1 rep
    445 lbs x 1 rep
    375 lbs x 5 reps PR
    355 lbs x 5 reps
    335 lbs x 5 reps

    Comments
    -Everything felt like garbage today.


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    Weight: 238.0
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    315 lbs x 1 rep x 3 sets

    Overhead Press
    115 lbs x 5 reps PR
    110 lbs x 6 reps
    105 lbs x 7 reps

    Barbell Row
    150 lbs x 8 reps x 3 sets PR

    Scapular Retraction
    Mini x 15 reps
    M. Mini x 15 reps x 2 sets

    Comments
    -Squats felt much better today than yesterday, and the overhead presses were fairly easy. Good day overall.


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    Weight: 238.0
    Last edited by Joe B; 03-12-2014 at 05:06 AM.
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    315 lbs x 1 rep x 3 sets

    Bench Press
    210 lbs x 5 reps
    200 lbs x 5 reps
    190 lbs x 10 reps

    Close-Grip Bench Press
    145 lbs x 10 reps

    Comments
    -I shot a different angle on squats today because I wanted to see how my knees were doing, make sure they're not caving.
    -Bench press went pretty well today. The tenth rep with 190 was a real grind, but I locked it out.


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    Weight: 238.0
    Last edited by Joe B; 03-19-2014 at 05:27 AM.
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    355 lbs x 5 reps PR
    335 lbs x 7 reps PR
    320 lbs x 8 reps

    Close-Stance High-Bar Pause Squat
    245 lbs x 3 reps x 5 sets

    Front Squat
    185 lbs x 3 reps x 5 sets

    Comments
    -Great day today. The top set was a 15-lb rep PR, and it was easy. The second set was supposed to be 5 reps, but I did 7 to set another rep PR.
    -The accessory squats were beltless, as usual. I only videoed the first set of each.


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    Weight: 238.0
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    315 lbs x 1 rep x 3 sets

    Paused Bench Press
    180 lbs x 2 reps x 6 sets

    Comments
    -Nice and easy day today.


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    Weight: 238.0
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep
    350 lbs x 1 rep
    315 lbs x 1 rep

    Deadlift
    405 lbs x 1 rep
    445 lbs x 1 rep x 2 sets
    365 lbs x 3 reps
    345 lbs x 3 reps
    330 lbs x 3 reps

    Comments
    -This session is from Monday, just haven't gotten a chance to log it until now. I've got a cold, and Monday was the worst of it. I had the day off work, but after lifting I pretty much spent the rest of the day miserable, lying down on the sofa and praying for death. Once my son was in bed, I took some NyQuil and slept for 10+ hours, which didn't give me any time to lift yesterday morning, but at least I felt better. I think I'll be able to get my overhead pressing done Friday instead.
    -On the deadlifts, the warm-up sets felt pretty good, 445 felt pretty bad, and the back-off rep sets felt okay. That's better than before, but I still don't feel that I have it quite right.


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    Weight: 241.6
    Last edited by Joe B; 03-19-2014 at 05:34 AM.
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    315 lbs x 1 rep x 3 sets

    Bench Press
    215 lbs x 5 reps PR
    205 lbs x 5 reps
    195 lbs x 8 reps PR

    JM Press
    95 lbs x 6 reps
    95 lbs x 8 reps x 2 sets

    Comments
    -I purposely took it easy with the squats today, but all three singles were fast and smooth.
    -Good day on the bench press, 215 and 195 were both 5-lb rep PRs.
    -I went back to the drawing board on the JM press, because I think I was doing them wrong. I wasn't keeping my elbows up enough, so I was really doing more of a close-grip bench press.


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    Weight: 241.6
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

    The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint; the greats were great because they paint a lot. - Macklemore

    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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    Squat
    365 lbs x 5 reps PR
    345 lbs x 6 reps PR
    330 lbs x 6 reps

    Front Squat
    195 lbs x 3 reps x 3 sets

    Comments
    -The top set was a 10-lb rep PR (previous PR was last week's). Again, the second set was supposed to be 5 reps, but I did 6 to set another rep PR.
    -My head is pounding, so I just did a few sets of front squats and called it a day.


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    Weight: 241.6
    Meet PRs: Squat 455 / Bench 270 / Deadlift 525

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    Be happy. This world can be ugly, but isn't it beautiful? - Jack's Mannequin

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