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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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    Not sure where to begin...so here's what I've been doing:

    Day 1: chest/tri/shoulders
    bb bench 6-8. 6-8. 12-15
    dips: 8, 8, 8
    mil. press, 6-8, 6-8, 12-15
    db press 6-8, 6-8, 12-15
    close-grip bench 6-8, 6-8, 12-15

    Day 2: back, bi
    pullups (still doing assisted, but almost there to full BW)
    6, 6, 6
    row (t-bar or bb) 6-8, 6-8, 12-15
    shrug 6-8, 6-8, 12-15
    bb curl 6-8, 6-8, 12-15

    Day 3: legs
    squat 6-8. 6-8, 12-15
    SLDL 6-8, 6-8, 12-15
    leg press 6-8, 6-8, 12-15
    calf press (seated or standing ) 10, 10, 15
    I also occasionally mix in some lunges or leg curls for variety

    Cardio: 3-4 times per week; running/biking/hockey

    Over the last few weeks, this routine has been working very well for me. I've been on a mini-bulk so I've been eating more than usual, but now going on a 2 week mini-cut--going on vacation in 2 weeks and want to look presentable on the beach --so I'm not sure what to change other than food intake and starting up on ECA again.

    I'm thinking for my next split I'll go to 4xweek with push/pull, which is my favorite.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    mini-bulk and mini-cut for a mini-girl

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    Well, at 5'10" I may not quite be "mini."

    Seriously though, I've found that shorter cycles work better for me...might have something to do with differences between male and female muscle growth/fat storage...

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Yay...you started a journal...

    looks good so far!
    A little learning is a dangerous thing...

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    Sorry to interrupt, but that routine is awesome! Most guys could gain a lot better on a routine like yours, than their own. I have never noticed a girl in a gym doing your type of workout. Will you marry me?

    Have fun on vacation!
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    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 515 SQ 295 BE 570 DL.....1375 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
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    I was gonna comment on that routine as well, but I was caring enough not to fook up her journal...

    Too late now you degenerates.

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    Thanks guys (and Tryska)...I do appreciate your input and humor (I think ). I've picked up a lot of good info here and am trying to work it into my routine.

    ...anyway, y'all cheered me up b/c I had a mediocre workout this morning...I'm blaming it on very bad sleep and adjusting to the cutting diet/ECA.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    You're 5'10"? And you can do BW pullups? Or close to it? Screw marrying Latty, I wanna be your man! I luv tall womyn. Sorry for messing up your journal, but it would really help us all watch your progress if you posted pics, ye know.. *duck*

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    You are all giving me a big head Pictures? Um, not quite sure about that...something about the dangers of pcis floating around on the internet

    Can't quite do BW pullups yet, but I am bound and determined to be able to do them by the end of the summer!

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    MUCH better workout today...

    Did chest/shoulders/tris. I decided to do my "bench press" on the Hammer Strength flat bench machine b/c I wanted to really push it and since I'm without a training partner or spotter, I had to compromise. The HS bench is the least "machine-like" of the machines.

    Anyway, it worked out quite well...I was able to pile on the weight and push it until I saw stars (LOL!).

    Shoulders felt a little weak today, but that's probably b/c of the hard bench. Made some gains on the dips though...

    After two nights of terrible sleep, I finally got some decent rest last night and I think that's why I feel a lot better today. So far diet has been very good, although now that I'm cutting, I'm craving all kinds of things I usually don't even want(?). Went to the supp warehouse today and bought a box of Solid Protein (choc PB) bars...my favorite.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Leg day today:

    Squats: knee is bothering me today, had to cut it short rather than risk form

    SLDL: went a little heavier to make up for the short squat sets; felt good.

    Leg press: went a little heavier again to make up for the short squat sets; stretched in between sets.

    Calf press: lightened up a little b/c I'm running hills tomorrow and that always hits my calves big time.

    Sleep: okay, dogs had to go out in the middle of night...took me quite a while to fall back asleep

    Diet: yesterday wasn't so good but I'll just chalk it up as this week's cheat day.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Do you ride a bike or jog for a leg warm up?

    I've found it to be a good ligaments warmer.
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    Yeah, I actually rode my bike to the gym...it's about 4 miles one way, so makes a nice warm-up/cool down and saves me $$$ on petrol

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Cardio day today...attempted it yesterday, but legs were still dead from Saturday's workout. My knee was a little puffy as well, so I ditched the cardio until today.

    15 min. easy run to warm-up

    Intervals: 2 min. at 165-175 bpm
    recover to 125 bpm
    (repeat for 7 cycles)

    15 min. walk to cool down

    Felt MUCH better today. I obviously need a day to recover from the leg workout.

    Diet: Have been shooting for about 1700 cals, but I think I'm going to have to up it a little b/c I've felt weak and unenergetic the last week or so.

    Supps: flaxseed oil and ECA (if it doesn't keep me up all night)

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Back and bi's this morning...

    Tested my max. strength on the pullups (then did 2 wokring sets). I could do 1 rep with 30 lbs. assistance. I weighed in at 149 this morning, so that means I'm able to hoist about 120 lbs...whoo hoo! This is big time progress for me. I'm determined to get to those BW pullups!

    Rows, shrugs, bicep curls were a little tough today after the all-out effort on the pullups.

    Sleep is still a problem, diet is good.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Cardio today; waited till later in the day b/c it's hot outside today.

    3 mile run; ho hum.

    Diet: v. good. Tuna on flatbread for breakfast, venison burgers, salad, green beans for lunch; yogurt/protein powder and protein bar for snacks, meatballs, sauce, a little pasta and salad for dinner.

    Sleep: much better since giving up on the ECA for now.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    "pasta sauce"

    bahahhaha sorry had to re-bring it up

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    Swapped Thurs./Fri. workouts b/c I wanted to hit the gym on Friday. Friday's are great...no people. Monday's are awful, tons of people feeling guilty about their weekends.

    Thurs: 3 mile run (too damn hot outside...ran right down the hill when I got home and jumped in the pool).

    Fri: chest/shoulders/tris
    V. good. Putting on reps on the bench, almost time to raise the weight again.

    Shoulders are still my weakest point, but making progress w/current routine.

    Tri's are visibly different...close-grip bench is really hitting them.

    Was dragged out shopping w/ a friend this week for sorta formal dress for upcoming event (I HATE shopping). Shopping sucked, as always, but both my friend and the saleswoman who was helping up remarked on my back/shoulder definition. Ended up buying strapless, backless dress for event. All those *&$%^ pullups must be doing something...

    Diet sucked these last few days due to PMS carb cravings and bloating...*&$%@$ female hormones.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Legs today. I'm dropping the squats for awhile until I can get some feedback on my biomechanical issues...the knee puffiness last week was the kicker.

    So, I went with leg press, lunges, SLDL, and finished up with calves. The lunges were a good add...haven't done them in awhile and I really felt them in my quads and butt.

    My legs were feeling shaky as I left the gym and I know I'll be feeling it tomorrow.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Back and bi's:

    Pullups: 2 sets of triples w/40 lbs. assistance. A few weeks ago 1 rep w/40 lbs. was my max...happy with progress. Last set was negative reps (thank Belial!).

    Rows: tried the Hammer Strength row machines as mentioned in the row thread last week. Nice...

    Shrugs: it's always amazing to me how strong these muscles are....100 lbs. today for shrugs

    Bicep curl: bi's were tired from pullups and new rows...but managed to do one more rep than last time nonetheless

    Cardio: Intervals tonight after it cools down outside. I usually alternate lifting days w/ cardio days, but since I'm going on vacation later this week, I gotta double up to get everything in before I leave.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Last two workouts before vacation:

    chest/shd/tris: Added weight on everything today. Felt good to do that...

    legs: repeat of last leg workout w/lunges substituted for squats. Those heavy lunges are really kicking my behind, in a good way.

    I'm actually looking forward to the week off while I'm away. I was starting to feel like I needed a short break, so it comes at a good time.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Back to the gym after a week of vacation. Started with chest/shd tris b/c I felt like it

    Chest: got some extra reps on my bench press...here's to a rest week!

    Shoulders felt strong as well, but triceps were a lagging a little, perhaps tired from extra effort on bench.

    Overall, I'm feeling like the week off did me some good and gave me a chance to re-motivate...looking forward to the rest of the week's workouts.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Cardio: 3 mile run (hot and humid...ugh)

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Back/bi's today.

    Had to do pulldowns instead of pullups b/c two ppl were hogging the pullup area and I was crunched for time. I'd much rather do pullups, but sometimes you just gotta deal. I've def gotten stronger since the last time I did pulldowns, so that was a boost.

    Rows were okay, as were shrugs, but my biceps curls sucked today...maybe b/c of the pulldowns? I don't know.

    Not the best workout, but I got through it. Wasn't able to add reps today, which I've been doing regularly but it just might be an off day.

    Bleh.

    Hockey practice starts up tomorrow a.m. so leg day may have to wait until Monday.

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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    Leg day today. STILL feeling the effects of Satruday's 2-hour skate. It's funny how no matter how much lifting and running you do, that first day of hard skating feels like s-h-*-t. At least my buddies who haven't been working out felt worse...

    Leg press: one step back from the last leg day (before vacation). I think it's a combo of time between workouts and lingering fatigue. I just decided to let go of the numbers and go to the max intensity that I was capable of today.

    Lunges: These actually were good, an improvement even over the last workout. Odd, but I needed *something* good to hang onto for this day

    Leg curls: swapped the SLDL for these, mainly b/c I worked out at my friend's gym today and there was a high concentration of creepy people...didn't feel like bending over w/ my butt in the air in front of an audience today, LOL!....(usually don't give a hoot, but...I'll go with the vibe). Anyway, I have fond memories of endless, painful leg curls during rehab and wanted to relive it...yeah, right.

    Calf press: Good burn. Calves never seem to have a bad day.

    Felt that shaky, noodle-legs feeling on the way out of the gym, so at least I did that.

    Diet: Cutting back to 1800 with about 40/40/20 for the next 2 weeks, mostly to reset after vacation and to prepare for the next mini-bulk, where I'm going to bump way up to 2700 for 2 weeks. It's hotter than hell and humid, which totally kills my appetite, so I might as well use it!

    I could give all to Time except - except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.

    --Robert Frost

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