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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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    Wednesday 2/12 ME Lower:
    Squat:
    8x45
    5x95
    3x135
    3x185
    3x225
    3x275
    1x315
    1x365
    1x405
    1x425

    DL off 1.5" Blocks:
    3x225
    3x315
    1x365
    1x405
    1x455

    Deficit Deads (1.5")
    3x3x275

    Everything felt really good. The 425 was an absolute max squat, I really had to grind it out. Although 2 weeks ago I felt the same about 385 so things are moving in the right direction. My goal for the day was 405 and I spent a few minutes after that deciding whether to take it again, or go up 10 or 20 lbs. I ultimately made the right decision.

    The 455 DL was also a max and I had to fight to finish it. Right now I'm just trying to be consistent about squatting and pulling and will just try to keep making progress on those lifts while keeping it simple.

    Really hoping this snow is all cleared up by Friday night. I can't wait to bench again.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Friday 2/14 ME Bench:
    Bench (Medium Grip):
    10x50
    5x100
    3x140
    3x190
    2-board:
    3x230
    3x280
    3x320
    3x350
    1x370
    1x390

    2-board Close Grip:
    5x320
    5x340
    5x350

    Pull ups:
    3x5

    Hammer Curl:
    10x35
    10x40

    DB Side Lateral:
    3x12x15s

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Good to see you back in action Drew and congrats on again the 3rd little monster. Your strength is coming back quick and my mind is still blown how much your bench has improved over the last few years, your killing it. It definitely makes me wanna get back in action, I now have nothing on you sir... except my beards bigger mwahaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinStarke View Post
    Good to see you back in action Drew and congrats on again the 3rd little monster. Your strength is coming back quick and my mind is still blown how much your bench has improved over the last few years, your killing it. It definitely makes me wanna get back in action, I now have nothing on you sir... except my beards bigger mwahaha.
    My beard is pretty big too brah. I think I'm at my all-time PR for facial hair.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Monday 2/17/14 DE Bench:
    Bench w/Doubled Mini bands, comp grip:
    10x45
    5x95
    3x3x135
    3x3x145
    2x3x155

    Incline DB Press:
    8x80s
    8x100s
    6x100s

    Seated Cable Row:
    8x120
    8x150
    8x170

    DB Side laterals:
    3x12x15

    Underhand cable pushdown:
    2x20x30

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Wednesday 2/19 ME Lower:
    DL:
    5x135
    3x225
    3x275
    1x315
    1x365
    1x405
    1x425
    3x225

    Add choked MM short bands:
    5x225
    5x275
    3x315

    Just a quick one last night. My wife has been sick with the flu since Sunday so I've been taking care of everything. I wanted to get in and out quickly so I could take care of her.

    Signed up for a bench meet on March 30th. I haven't competed in so long and I'm feeling really healthy and strong so I figured I would just go for it.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Friday 2/21 ME Bench:
    Bench w/6 chains, comp grip:
    5x100
    5x140
    3x190
    3x230
    3x280
    2x295

    Shirt (no chains):
    1x410 to 2-board
    1x460 to 1-board
    1x500 to chest with commands.

    Fat v-bar Pulldowns:
    3x15

    Chain curls:
    3x12

    Band push downs:
    3x20

    I wanted to go 525 but I pulled something in my neck and decided to be happy with a fairly easy 500 which will most likely be my opener. Stiff, sore neck all weekend and still not feeling great today.

    Had some fun yesterday though. Nate had his Cubscout Pinewood Derby and his car won 2nd place for Tigers. He was really excited and so was I. Building the car was a first for both of us and I told him we're going to win it next year, now that we learned a few tricks.
    Last edited by drew; 02-25-2014 at 06:45 AM.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Monday 2/24/14 DE Bench:
    Bench w/Doubled Mini bands, comp grip:
    10x45
    5x95
    3x3x135
    3x3x155
    3x3x175
    1x3x185

    Close Grip Bench:
    10x135
    10x185
    10x225

    Seated Cable Row:
    8x120
    8x150
    8x170
    8x180

    DB Side laterals:
    3x15x15

    Underhand cable pushdown:
    3x20x30

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Wednesday 2/26 ME Lower:
    Squat:
    8x45
    5x135
    5x185
    3x225
    3x275
    3x315
    1x365
    1x405

    Front Squat:
    5x185
    5x225
    5x225

    DL:
    225
    315
    365
    405
    455

    Leg Curl:
    3x10

    Pulldown Abs:
    3x10

    45 Back Ext:
    2x15

    My plan was just to work up and do a heavy squat. I wasn't planning to pull last night, but after reading an article that Dave Tate posted yesterday I decided to try a few of the things he said. Now I'm not saying 455 flew off the ground, but it felt very good and strong and is the most I've pulled in a long time.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Thursday 2/27 Recovery
    BB Pullover:
    3x10x45

    Bench:
    3x10x45

    Overhead Press:
    3x10x45

    Sauna: 20 mins
    Hot tub/Cold shower: 30 mins alternating.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Friday 2/28 ME Bench:
    Catapult bench, medium grip:
    3x320
    3x370
    3x410
    1x465 (PR)
    1x480 (PR)
    5x370
    5x390
    5x410

    SS: Cable Facepull(50)/Pushdown(50)/Hammer Curl(30):
    3x15

    Getting stronger.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Monday 3/3 DE Bench:
    Bench:
    10x45
    5x95
    3x135
    3x155
    3x160
    3x165
    3x170
    3x175
    3x180
    3x185
    3x190
    3x195

    Incline DB Press:
    2x8x100s

    V-bar pulldowns:
    3x20

    DB Lateral Raise:
    3x12x15

    Underhand pushdown:
    2x25x30

    Hammer curl:
    5x40s
    5x45s
    5x50s

    Speed bench felt good. Every set was fast. Neck/back is finally starting to loosen up and feel a little better.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Wednesday 3/5 ME Lower:
    DL:
    5x135
    3x225
    1x275
    1x315
    1x365
    1x405
    1x455
    1x475

    DL+choked MM bands:
    5x225
    5x275
    3x315

    Leg curl:
    3x8

    Pulldown abs:
    2x12

    Still making steady progress on the DL. I'm just going to continue pulling heavy once every week and see how that goes. Looking back, that was how I started out and always seemed to do well with it.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Bench looks like it hasn't missed a beat drew
    2000 or bust

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    Friday 3/7 ME Bench:
    Bench:
    10x50
    5x100
    3x140
    3x190
    3x230
    1x280
    1x320
    Shirt:
    1x410 2-board
    1x480 1-board
    1x525
    1x550

    Some light assistance.

    Monday 3/10 DE Bench:
    Bench:
    5x45
    5x95
    3x135
    3x155
    3x155
    3x165
    3x165
    3x175
    3x185
    3x205
    3x225

    Close grip Bench:
    10x185
    10x225

    SS 2x15:
    DB Side lateral/Front raise/Underhand pushdown/Hammer curl

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Wednesday 3/12 ME Lower:
    Squat:
    10x45
    5x135
    5x185
    5x225
    3x275
    3x315

    DL off 3" blocks:
    225
    315
    365
    405
    455
    3x315

    That's it. Just trying to keep things moving heading into the meet.
    Last edited by drew; 03-13-2014 at 08:08 AM.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Friday 3/14 ME Bench:
    Bench:
    8x95
    5x135
    3x185
    3x225
    1x275
    1x315
    1x335
    1x335
    1x335

    Rope pushdown:
    1x50

    Just a quick one at HardKore in Shelton. Always a great place to train (if you don't get lost going there like I always manage to do.)

    Monday 3/17 DE Bench:
    Bench:
    2x3x135
    2x3x155
    2x3x175
    3x185
    3x225

    Seated Cable row:
    3x8 (something heavy)

    DB lateral raise:
    3x15x15

    Underhand cable pushdown:
    2x25

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Wednesday 3/19 ME Lower:
    Squat:
    5x135
    5x225
    5x275
    5x315

    DL:
    3x225
    3x275
    3x315

    Everything slow and controlled.

    Friday 3/21 ME Bench:
    Bench:
    5x100
    3x140
    3x190
    1x230
    1x280
    1x320

    Light pulldowns and lateral raises. Nothing crazy.

    This week will just be some very light ROM movements. I probably won't do much of anything today. Wednesday I might squat 135 for a few sets just to keep my hips moving and happy. Can't wait for Sunday, I have never felt stronger or more ready to compete.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Meet day: 1/3 525
    missed 550
    missed 600 (swingin for the fences, as Karsten put it)

    Video

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Great job sir. Good to see you.
    2000 or bust

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumprrp View Post
    Great job sir. Good to see you.
    Thanks and good talking to you. Hopefully we can share the platform again some time soon.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Monday 3/31 Bench accessory:

    DB Bench:
    20x30s
    15x50s
    15x50s

    Tate Press:
    3x15x30s

    DB Side laterals:
    3x15x15

    Pendlay Row:
    3x10x135

    Hammer curl:
    2x10x30

    Underhand pushdown:
    1x25

    Hang Clean SS w/Push Press:
    3x10x75

    Felt like I needed to do something so I went in the gym last night and did something.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Catching Up

    Wednesday 4/2 ME Lower:
    DL:
    3x225
    3x315
    1x365
    1x405
    1x455
    3x315
    3x315

    (Was short on time and just wanted to get something quick done).

    Friday 4/4 ME Bench:
    Worked up to 5x280
    Did 16x230

    (I don't really remember much from this one)

    Monday 4/7 DE Bench:
    Bench w/Short Mini+MM bands:
    3x3x95
    3x3x105
    3x3x115
    5x135

    Tate Press:
    3x12x40

    Cable Row:
    4x8

    DB Side lateral:
    3x15x15

    1-arm underhand pushdown:
    3x20

    Hammer curl:
    8x40
    8x45
    8x50

    Wednesday 4/9 (Sick as a damn dog)

    Friday 4/11 ME Bench:
    Floor press medium grip w/choked short mini band:
    5x95
    3x135
    3x185
    3x225
    3x255
    3x275
    3x275

    Shirt bench w/shoulder saver (2-board height):
    5x320
    6x370
    6x410
    6x460

    Incline DB Press (rest pause, 10 sec):
    80x12/6/1

    Incline Tate Press (rest pause, 10 sec):
    30x15/12/10

    Band reverse flies:
    2x20 10 sec rest

    So a couple weeks ago, my wife came down with strep and my 4 yo came down with a stomach bug. I was up every night with my sick son from Wednesday through Sunday. Fortunately nobody else caught what he had. Unfortunately, I still got some kind of sickness that attempted to kill me. Last Wednesday I dragged through the work day and then went home and slept from 4:30 in the afternoon until 6:30 the next morning. I've been fighting off whatever this is since then. In the last few days I just decided to start eating the heaviest, greasiest food I can, hoping to clear the system. I think it worked because I'm finally feeling a bit better today.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Monday 4/14 DE Bench
    Bench w/Short Mini+MM bands:
    5x45
    3x95
    5x3x135

    Seated Cable Row:
    3x8x150

    A quick one, but definitely not easy.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Friday 4/18 ME Bench:
    Reverse band bench, medium grip:
    3x225
    3x275
    3x315
    3x365
    3x385
    3x405
    3x415
    3x415

    Shirt bench + 2 chains w/shoulder saver (2-board height):
    6x370
    6x410
    6x460

    Incline DB Press (rest pause, 10 sec):
    80x15/7/1

    Incline Tate Press (rest pause, 10 sec):
    25x15/15/12

    Band reverse flies:
    2x20 10 sec rest

    Monday 4/21 DE Bench:
    Bench w/Short Mini+MM bands:
    3x95
    3x105
    3x115
    3x125
    3x135
    3x145

    Close Grip bench:
    5x135
    5x185
    8x225
    8x225

    Seated Cable row (Rest Pause):
    150x15/12/9

    DB Lateral raise:
    3x15x12.5

    1-arm underhand pushdown:
    2x25

    Rope pushdown:
    1x50

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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