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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?

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  1. #1
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    I'm just going to post the workouts, not the routine (which you can find in the August issue of PowerMag)

    Big thanks to Cobra, who provided the routine.

    July 8, 2001

    Squat

    General Warmup

    Warm up Squats
    3x135x8

    Squat (to competition depth, wide stance, relatively low bar placement)

    1x4x230
    2x3x270 Missed depth on the last rep of the 2nd set

    Squat (to full depth, closer stance, high bar placement)

    1x5x160

    Partials (pins set just above elbow height)

    2x5x360

    Leg press

    1x8x325
    1x6x415
    1x4x465

    SLDL

    3x8x185

    Calf raise (machine)

    2x15x340


    July 10, 2001
    Bench

    General warmup

    Warm up bench
    3x8x135

    Bench
    1x5x185
    3x4x215

    Partials (should have been negatives, but no spotter)

    1x0x290 - couldn't budge it.

    Incline bench
    3x7x135

    Decline Bench
    3x7x155

    CGBP
    1x6x135
    1x5x135
    1x5x135

    Thursday, I pull.

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    Thursday, July 12,

    Deadlift.

    Warm up, stretch

    Warm up deads

    4x135x8

    Deadlift (box)

    1x5x265

    2x4x305

    Partial deadlifts

    0x0x395

    0x0x315

    (This is an issue??? Not sure what the deal is with this)

    Leg press

    1x8x360
    1x6x450
    1x4x500

    Seated rows - Icarian machine

    3x10x160

    Shrugs

    3x8x245

    Abs -

    Rope crunches

    2x20x150

    Super set with

    Hanging leg raises

    2x10

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    Well, good luck, I hope you do well.

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    Doing well is very relative.

    I doubt my 1200 total is going to bring home a trophy, but I'll have competed, which is the goal.

    Skipped my workout on July 15, and backed it up to the 17th

    July 17
    Squat

    Warmup
    3x135x8

    Squat
    1x4x240
    2x3x280
    Perfect form, not all that tough.

    Deep Squat (ATF, close stance, high bar)
    1x5x160

    Partials
    2x5x370

    Leg press
    1x8x410
    1x6x500
    1x4x550

    SLDL
    3x8x205

    Skipped calves, wasn't feeling so hot.

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    Well... I haven't been very ghood about keeping up with this, now, have I...

    The routine is going to be in the SEPTEMBER issue of PowerMag.

    July 19 Bench

    3x8x135

    1x5x190

    3x4x220

    Incline DB
    3x8x60

    Dip 3x7

    OH ext
    3x7x50

    July 21 Deadlift

    3x8x135 (box)

    1x5x275 (Box)

    2x4x315 (box)

    Partials
    1x5x315

    Leg press
    1x8x450
    1x6x520
    1x4x560

    Seated rows
    3x10x170

    Abs

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    July 22 Squat

    3x8x135

    1x4x250

    2x3x290

    2x6x160 (ATF, narrow stance)

    Partials
    2x5x375

    Leg press
    1x8x500
    1x4x540

    SLDL
    1x8x225
    1x5x225

    Then, for shits and giggles, I skipped the rest of the week, as I was travelling on business, and couldn't go to the gym.

    We'll rejoin my progress on August 2

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    Aug 2

    Bench

    2x8x135
    1x8x155

    1x5x200

    3x4x230

    Cambered bar
    3x7x135

    Hammer Incline
    3x7x180

    CGBP
    3x7x135


    Aug 3
    Deadlift

    3x8x135 (box)
    1x3x225 (box)

    1x5x285 (BOX)

    1x3x325 (box)
    1x1x325 (box)

    Uh -oh. That was supposed to be 2 sets of 4 at 325.

    Leg press
    1x8x500
    1x6x540
    1x4x560

    Seated rows
    3x10x180

    Shrugs
    3x8x255

    Abs


    Maybe the poor pulling was due to being tired... but I know I'm I better puller than that!

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    Aug 5
    Squat

    3x8x135

    1x4x260

    2x3x300

    2x6x160 (ATF, high bar, narrow stance)

    Partials
    2x5x385

    Leg press
    1x8x520
    1x6x560

    Exhausted... I call it a day.

    Aug 7
    Bench
    3x8x135

    1x5x205

    3x4x235

    Partials
    1x3x305

    Flat DB bench
    3x7x80

    Dip 3x7

    Lying french press
    3x7x25 (db)

    Aug 9

    Deadlift

    Decided to back off goal weight to drop poundage.

    3x8x135 (box)

    1x5x285

    1x4x325 All box

    1x0x325

    DAMN!


    Leg press
    1x8x540
    1x6x540
    1x4x540

    Seated Row
    3x10x190

    Shrug
    1x8x275
    1x5x275

    Abs

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    Squat

    3x135x8

    1x4x280

    2x3x320

    2x6x180 (ATF, close stance)

    Partials
    2x5x390

    Leg press
    1x8x560
    1x6x560
    1x4x560

    SLDL
    1x8x185
    1x8x205

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    How long do you normally rest between sets?
    "A + B + C = Success if, A = Hard Work, B = Hard Play, C = Keeping your mouth shut" -Albert
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    Between worksets of squats, bench and deads, 4-5 minutes.

    Between assistance stuff, 1-3 minutes.

    Another post is forthcoming.

    I'm not competing in September as planned, and as such, am switching my routine.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
    "You're wrong, and I have a completely irrelevant pubmed abstract that may or may not say so." - Belial
    I has a blog.
    I has a facebook.

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    why you not competing?
    "Geordie/'d3c:di/n. & adj. Brit colloq. n. 1 a native of Tyneside. 2 the dialect spoken on Tyneside. adj. of or relating to Tyneside, its people, or its dialect. [the name George + -IE]

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    1. Work.

    Lots of travel has taken a toll on my training, and a week before the meet I'm going to be in Michigan on Mon and tues, then fly home for 1 night, then drive (or ride) to VA beach on Weds morning. I'll be there until Fri afternoon, then drive (ride) back to Baltimore Fri eve.

    I won't be able to train during this week, and the meet is the following weekend.

    I'm really dissapointed, but I don't want to try to compete wiped out... I'm not in this to hurt myself.

    2. Slight injury

    I've got a little tendonitis in my elbow (I think)... it has gone away for the most part, but I haven't deadlifted for 2 weeks, and I haven't benched for a week and a half. (I didn't skip any squat workouts, though)

    So, I'm going to spend the next coupld of months improving conditioning, gaining strength, and getting bigger, and then do pre-contest routine (probably Conte's 3x3) for 8 weeks prior to the next possible meet, which will probably be in Feb, 2002.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
    "You're wrong, and I have a completely irrelevant pubmed abstract that may or may not say so." - Belial
    I has a blog.
    I has a facebook.

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    Be careful with 3x3, Paul-- unless you can get away with zero assistance work, or can find a decent mod. I've never had much success with it.
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