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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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    Raw Unity Meet 7 results w/video

    Raw Unity Meet 7

    This was my first meet I didn't cut weight and I must say, I loved it. I went into the meet less stressed and one focus, break PR's!!! lol

    Not sure if anybody has heard, but let me say this, for one of the biggest raw meets in the United States with some of the biggest names in powerlifting, day one was so disorganized and it made a lot of lifters mad. I'm not going into detail, but I will say that sticking to the correct start times and setting up the flights like mentioned in the number of emails sent, isn't hard....enough said. Now, here's how my lifting went

    All my warm-ups felt great for all 3 lifts. So I really can't say much, other then I got to warm-up with some of the best in the country. Grant Higa, Pete Rubish, Jordan Wong, Kade Weber, Shae Jones, BJ Whitehead, and Perry Ellis to name a few. So here is how my numbers went...

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    Barx10
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    325x5
    Added belt and SBD knee sleeves
    415x1
    505x1
    575x1
    1st attempt-622 good lift
    2nd attempt-672 good lift 7lb PR
    3rd attempt-700 good lift 35lb PR

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    Barx20
    135x10
    225x5
    275x1
    Added 24" KLA wrist wraps
    315x1
    365x1
    1st attempt-407 good lift
    2nd attempt-435 good lift
    3rd attempt-452good lift 12lb PR

    Deadlift
    265x5
    375x3
    Added belt
    485/2 singles
    595x1
    1st attempt-672 good lift
    2nd attempt-722 good lift
    3rd attempt-750 no good

    Finished the day with an 1,874 total @ 275 wearing knee sleeves. This was also a 59lb total PR!!!!

    Special thanks to everyone who supported me and helped me get ready for the meet, especially Brian Carroll. His programming and advice has helped me out tremendously. Also, to my sponsors, Chris Mason from AtLarge Nutrition, Ken Anderson from Anderson Powerlifting, Scott Lamb from Vanilla Gorilla, and Justin Cobb from New Dimensions Wellness & Education, Inc..

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    Great lifting. That deadlift will be there soon too.
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    Great lifting, Brian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasG View Post
    Congrats!!
    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusWild View Post
    Great lifting. That deadlift will be there soon too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rock1984 View Post
    Great lifting, Brian!
    Thanks guys!!!
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    Outstanding total man. Nice work


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    Outstanding total man. Nice work
    Thanks Travis!!!
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    Awesome Brian. Huge meet.
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    Great job on the pr. Just such solid lifting. You should be really proud of that performance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottYard View Post
    Awesome Brian. Huge meet.
    Quote Originally Posted by vdizenzo View Post
    Great job on the pr. Just such solid lifting. You should be really proud of that performance.
    Thanks guys, I appreciate it!!! Both of you should do it next year, hopefully the turn out will be the same or even better. Vin, I'm very happy with my performance. Missing my last deadlift didn't even bother me, lol. It was a long day and I was exhausted. Brian Carroll did an amazing job with my programming and also calling my numbers. I'm looking forward to working with him again.
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    Awesome Job Brian Congrats!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 44pirate View Post
    Awesome Job Brian Congrats!!!!
    Thanks!!!
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    Awesome job man. So close to your 1900 goal. Was this a PR total regardless of wraps?

    I wasn't able to see all your lifts but I got to watch you squat. The 700 looked great.
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    Great job Brian lifting alongside all those other freaks! I got to see your deadlifts on the love feed. 1900+ the next time you step on the platform!
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    Great job!


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    I didn't realize the last deadlift would have given you over 1900lbs. total until now. Everything else looked really good though. That 750lbs. was close too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Invain View Post
    Awesome job man. So close to your 1900 goal. Was this a PR total regardless of wraps?

    I wasn't able to see all your lifts but I got to watch you squat. The 700 looked great.
    Thanks Nick!!! Yes it is Yeah it was close, but I was so tired by the time I had to pull my last attempt. I'm looking to do another meet in August, so I'll give it another go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodgers View Post
    Great job Brian lifting alongside all those other freaks! I got to see your deadlifts on the love feed. 1900+ the next time you step on the platform!
    Thanks Chris! I hope so, I definitely need to train my ass off to keep it up. Hopefully I'll break the top 5 after my next meet.

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    Thanks Chris, I appreciate it!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by April Mathis View Post
    I didn't realize the last deadlift would have given you over 1900lbs. total until now. Everything else looked really good though. That 750lbs. was close too.
    Yep, that's the only reason why I went for it. Plus, before the meet, Brian said I would go 700/450/750 and I nailed everyone but my deadlift. I accomplished one goal so far this year and I got one more to go!
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    What a pleasure to watch. All class.


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    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    What a pleasure to watch. All class.
    Thanks buddy, I appreciate it!
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    I know I've already told you congrats and all, but wanted to publicly thank you and congratulate you Brian. Watching your training and emailing back and forth has helped me a ton, and I really appreciate you taking the time to write back and let me bounce ideas off of you, even at 3am. We gotta get together in a meet sometime, I'll buy you some post weigh in bloat food. With your work ethic and attitude, 1900 is going down this year man.
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    Awesome job and congrats!
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    Amazing.

    Anytime I watch your vids, you set the standard for depth and the ease you pop out of the hole is impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark! View Post
    I know I've already told you congrats and all, but wanted to publicly thank you and congratulate you Brian. Watching your training and emailing back and forth has helped me a ton, and I really appreciate you taking the time to write back and let me bounce ideas off of you, even at 3am. We gotta get together in a meet sometime, I'll buy you some post weigh in bloat food. With your work ethic and attitude, 1900 is going down this year man.
    Thank you Mark and you're welcome! I'm sure one day we'll do a meet together. Hopefully in August I'll give that 1900 another shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Wylie View Post
    Awesome job and congrats!
    Quote Originally Posted by RFabsik View Post
    Amazing.

    Anytime I watch your vids, you set the standard for depth and the ease you pop out of the hole is impressive.
    Thanks guys!!!
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