The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    New Year, New Goals, New Me

    Hey guys. I've been browsing the board for a few weeks now and decided to try to make a comeback log. I've been training on and off for about ten years, but last year I just completely let myself go. I stopped lifting weights at a "chubby" 220lbs around January 2013. I was benching 335 for a 1RM, squatting 345 on a box and deadlifting around 350. I know my bench was much stronger in relation to my squat and deadlift, but that's one of the things I plan on changing this year around.

    It seems like every time I try to lift weights and get back in the obsession mindset of achieving my goals, I just end up losing focus. It seems that I stayed the most focused when I was running a training log on forums and I think that talking about weightlifting so much online really help me stay in the mindset of "this is what I'm going to do, I don't care I'm going to make time for it". I know who I want to be and I'm not gonna let a busy schedule stop me from getting there.

    I work from 6:00am-6:00pm four days and then I'm off for three days, but on my off days, I spend a lot of time with my wife and our 19 month old son and we have been remodeling a house that we bought. The inside is livable now, but the outside still needs quite a bit of work and we have the materials, just hard for me to do things like that by myself without any help. I figure I can take an hour out of those days to lift weights, but I don't think I'll be able to make time for it on my work days.

    I have gotten in, by far, the worse physical shape I could ever imagine being in. I'm 24 years old, 5'8" and now weigh 245lbs. I couldn't run right now to save my life, have a lot of built up fluid causing high blood pressure and a severe case of obstructive sleep apnea. I know the sleep apnea is caused by the excessive weight gain, so instead of going to a specialist and having them put me on a CPAP I'm just going to try to lose the weight and take better care of myself.

    It all started I guess two years ago when I started working in corrections/security and began working 12 hour shifts in a prison as a correctional officer sitting around doing nothing, then I got moved to 12 hours of night security, where I just watched surveillance and signed people in and out all night/day, which made it even worse. I then developed the "security look"....Paul Blart or whatever the fat face, double chins, huge gut, etc. I'm ashamed considering the shape I was in 3-4 years ago.

    My goals this year is to drop between 195-200lbs for my body weight. I want to increase my conditioning by incorporating sprinting and cardio whenever I'm ready for high intensity cardio. For the next few weeks, I think weightlifting alone will give me some "cardio" and I'm just going to focus on weightlifting before I start adding in running/sprinting. I would really like to develop strength gains while cutting the weight as well.

    I'm not going to set major short term goals other than to just get serious with it again. I've never really taken lower body serious (admittedly) before but that's one of the huge things I want to change. I've set some goals for myself for the end of the year and hopefully I'll achieve them. I've got about 11 1/2 months left, which should be plenty of time.

    Weight: 205lbs
    Squat: 425lbs (box)
    Deadlift: 475lbs
    Bench: 335lbs

    I'll be on an upper/lower split on my four off days, then I'll rest three days and return to the upper/lower split. I'll start incorporating cardio after six-seven weeks of focused training. I really could use some motivation so if some of you guys could keep in touch with me on here, I'd gladly appreciate it.
    Last edited by MVP; 01-13-2014 at 07:50 AM.
    The greater the obstacle, the greater the achievement.

    2014 Goals: Bench- 335 | Squat- 425 | Deadlift- 475 | Weight: 205

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Philippians 4:13

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    Hey man, I know the feeling. I work in dispatch, night shift 4 days on 3 off. I went from working in a machine shop on my feel all day to a desk job, it took its toll for a while but if you dedicate enough time to yourself you can get things done. Looking forward to the progress. Hit me up either here or private message if you need anything man, I'm usually always around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark! View Post
    Hey man, I know the feeling. I work in dispatch, night shift 4 days on 3 off. I went from working in a machine shop on my feel all day to a desk job, it took its toll for a while but if you dedicate enough time to yourself you can get things done. Looking forward to the progress. Hit me up either here or private message if you need anything man, I'm usually always around.
    Thanks a lot bro, I definitely will. My wife is a dispatcher as well. Thanks for the welcome!

    I start training again tomorrow night.
    Last edited by MVP; 01-14-2014 at 06:56 AM.
    The greater the obstacle, the greater the achievement.

    2014 Goals: Bench- 335 | Squat- 425 | Deadlift- 475 | Weight: 205

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Philippians 4:13

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    Finally have time here to post my program up. I'll be training four on/three off (just the way my schedule runs). I'll be on an upper body/lower body split varying rep ranges after I run out of linear progression. I'm going to use solely low reps for the moment, but after I run out of linear progression, I'll start a lower rep day/higher rep day for upper body lifts.

    Wednesday
    3X5 Bench Press
    3X5 Barbell Rows
    3X5 OH Press
    3XF Pullups
    3X10 Close Grip Bench

    Thursday
    3X5 Squat
    3X5 Stiff-legged deadlift
    3X5 Step Ups
    3X10 Calf Raises
    3X15 Weighted Sit Ups

    Friday
    3X5 OH Press
    3XF Chin-ups
    3X5 Bench Press
    3X5 Barbell Rows
    3X10 Barbell Curls

    Saturday
    3X5 Deadlift
    3X5 Front Squat
    3X5 Weighted Jumps
    3X10 Calf Raises
    3X15 Weighted Sit Ups

    I'll eventually incorporate cardio and vary the reps 3x10 on one session and 3x5 on the other once I develop a good base of strength. My guess is by March or April I'll be doing cardio regularly and changing things up a bit.

    My short-term goals are to bench 225 for 3x5/squat 275 for 3x5/deadlift 300 for 3x5 before April at around 220-230lbs. My long-term goals are to bench 335/squat 425/deadlift 475 at around 195-205lbs before the year ends.

    Lets see how it goes; hopefully I'll have a great year in the gym filled full of PR's I've never hit before.
    The greater the obstacle, the greater the achievement.

    2014 Goals: Bench- 335 | Squat- 425 | Deadlift- 475 | Weight: 205

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Philippians 4:13

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