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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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    The race is on

    Decided that it is finally time to get back in the journal business. I have been training all along, but sorta fell out of the journal thing. I have still kept it on paper, but have been a slacker about getting it on the 'puter.

    Anywho, that's my intro.
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    Might as well explain the title here: A friend and I are having a race (of sorts) to 275 lbs bodyweight, at an undetermined bf%--relatively lean, but not drastic, say sub 13.

    Right now I am hanging at around 253 lbs. I am a little ahead of my scheduled weight gain (wanted to hit 250 by March 1) but haven't gotten too chubby as a result.

    I am gonna keep the bulk going for about another three weeks, for no other real reason than I don't feel like cutting until after spring break.
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    Alright, suppose I ought to put in some workouts here. I am not gonna transcribe the whole back log, but this week I started on wbb2 again (20 rep squats=the pain of 1000 Hells) from wbb1. I'll put up my last wbb1 week as a strength reference, and then try to stay current.

    Also, I am making a renewed effort to clean up my diet in order to ease myself into a cut. Got a little sloppy for a while there, but not too bad, although I still hate myself for it. **** it, what can you do?
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    what is your BF% at right now??
    good luck with your journal!!
    go look at bennettboys journal, he just posted a really good diet plan
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    Monday 2/10--Chest & Back

    Energy about 70% (average). Had a cold. ~6 hrs sleep.

    Bb bench Press
    45x20, 135x5 w/u
    225 x 7, 6 (not a lot of progress here from last wk, one of the reasons I switched routines)

    Inc. Db Press @30 deg
    80 x 6.5, 5

    Dips
    BW x 9, 7

    Chins
    BW x 8.5, 7
    Still hella weak, need to work on these

    Bb rows
    155 x 7, 6

    Bb shrugs
    355 x 18

    That's that.
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    JEEP is a 4 letter word, therefore it must be dirty.

    This body. This body holding me. Be my reminder here that I am not alone in
    This body, this body holding me, feeling eternal all this pain is an illusion...

    I am addicted to fast food...

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    Alright, my fist journal visitor! Howdy, Swole

    what is your BF% at right now??
    Not sure, maybe 15ish?? I don't have a gut or anything, and there is still a hint of my upper abs visible--a little dent in the middle and on the outer edges. Don't have a digi cam so pictures are slow in coming. Will probably try to get it measured before I start my cut.

    As far as a diet goes, I think I more or less have things in order. Like I said, I have cleaned it up a little lately and it is going okay. I haven't been very good about keeping a food journal, but I have gotten pretty good at estimating food amounts and calorie needs. I stick to the basics--eggs, beef, chicken, brown rice, oatmeal, yams, etc.

    My big diet debate now is the cut--I am flopping back and forth between CKD and super clean. (Input welcome! )

    Anyway, thanks for the well wishes!
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    Gah! I've been spammed!



    Take that spammer!
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    Wednesday 2/12/03--legs

    Energy 70%, still have slight cold

    Bb squats
    260 x 7, 7
    Last rep a little sketchy

    What I thought were hack squats (machine, on incline, like leg press but standing position)
    +200 x 8 , 6
    Nice and deep, burned something wicked.

    Hammer strength leg curl
    130 x 8, 135 x 8
    My roommate yelled at me and told me to get my intensity on for the last set--guess I was slacking too much.

    SLDL
    295 x 9, 6

    Standing Calf Raise
    300 x 10 290 x 9 250 x 10
    Roomy said I cheated some on the first 2 sets
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    Friday 2/14--Arms--have thrown in a little extra volume since they haven't been progressing as I would like.

    Energy 60%, less than 5 hrs sleep

    Bb Military Press
    150 x 8, 6

    Db Military
    65 x 5, 60 x 8

    Lateral raise
    20 x 10, 9

    Close grip bench
    170 x 8, 7

    French press
    100 x 6, 95 x 7

    Bb curl
    100 x 6.5, 95 x 6.5

    Inc Db curl
    45 x 4 drop to 40 x 3.5

    Hammer curl
    45 x 4, drop to 40 x 3.5

    Gripper
    90 x 11
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    Now back to wbb2. I am already fearing leg day *shudder*

    Tuesday, 2/18--chest and back

    Energy 80%, used ECA pre-w/o for first time in a while

    This w/o was a little weird, since I was still trying to find my poundages for the new rep range.

    Inc Db press
    35 x 8 w/u
    90 x 5 (no 85's )
    80 x 6.5
    Alright, didn't get into the 9-11 rep range here. maybe next week

    Chins (Close)
    BW x 10 palms away
    BW x 8 palms twd
    nice gain from last week. maybe I am getting somewhere

    Flat flys
    37.5 x 11, 9

    DL
    335 x 4 (too heavy!)
    315 x 7

    Cable rows
    165 x 9
    157.5 x 9

    Dec Bb bench
    225 x 9, 6

    Bb shrugs
    335 x 20
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    Wednesday 2/19--Legs

    Time to face my devils and go back to 20 rep squats

    Energy 75%, eca, ~6 hrs sleep + 0.5 nap

    Bb squats (with belt, since did dl's yesterday, tryin' to be nice to the back)
    225 x 19 drop to 205 x 4
    I nearly died. That is all

    HS Leg Press
    420 x 20 outer
    ALMOST puked

    HS leg extension
    55 x 10 ea

    HS Leg curl
    135 x 11, 10

    HS Calf raise
    110 x 25

    Standing CR
    220 x 25
    pretty weak at the end

    Dec crunches
    35 Db x 20, 16

    Russian twist
    25 x 8, 8
    Haven't done these in a while, feeling weak

    ECA helped get me through the w/o, but I think it had a little bit to do with the nausea I felt for several hours after my w/o. I think I need to eat right when I take them.
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    Damn it! I wanted to be the first one to this journal!



    Nice lifts, man! I see that the strength has improved!







    Just for good measure:

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    Friday 2/21-arms

    Energy 60%, ~5hrs sleep

    This was a bad workout

    Db military
    70 x 2 drop to 55 x 6
    55 x 8
    55 x 6

    Lateral raise
    22.5 x 7, 6; 20 x 5.5

    Front Raise
    22.5 x 7, 6, 20 x 5.5

    *Press, raises were superset

    Bb curl (again, just a little extra volume here)
    45 x 8 w/u
    95 x 7.5

    Inc Skulls
    95 x 6 drop to 85 x 4
    85 x 8

    Inc Db curls
    40 x 9, 7

    Dips
    BW x 6, 5
    Crap, plain and simple

    HC
    40 x 8, 7

    really felt like crap through and after this one. maybe now that I have a better idea of my poundages next week will be better.
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    Thanks for the Borris!
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    Nice strength on your leg day. I seemed to experience the same nausea on the WBB2 leg day. Normally it came while on the leg extension instead of the leg press. I agree with your comment pain of 1000 hells. lol

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    Thanks, rookiebldr.

    Yeah, the nausea just seems to be the way of things for heavy leg days.

    Interestingly, I found that while working at lower volume (wbb1) for muscles besides legs didn't help my higher rep strength much, my leg strength at higher reps increased quite a bit as the result of the lower reps/higher poundage routine.
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    253 at 15%BF!! thats good. I was at 245, but i have dropped down to 237 right now and i am about 15% too. how tall are you then??
    I would say eat really clean, dont go for the CKD diet, unless absolutely necessary. eating clean will help keep your energy up and just overall feeling better.
    good luck
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    Yeah, I am afraid of the energy/strength drop that can come with CKD. Probably just cut out the beef and do some cardio

    I stretch my weight out--I'm 6'6, so 250+ really doesn't look that impressive on me. 275, here I come!

    I have sorta heard that CKD's are best as a last effort sorta thing to get to real low bf%. I'm not gonna compete, so I don't think I would want to go much lower than 10ish %--keeping muscle is much more important.
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    Hey there..... good luck with your journal and your race

    What is your diet like during your bulk?? What exactly do you base your "energy levels" on???
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    Thanks, Franji!

    Lately, my bulking diet has looked something like:
    #1
    24 oz. skim milk
    2 scoops whey
    3/4 c (dry measure) oatmeal
    1 tbsp. flax

    #2
    12 oz yams
    10 oz chicken

    #3
    same as #2

    #4
    1 c. (dry meas) brown rice
    8-10 oz. lean hamburg or steak
    salsa

    #5
    8 oz beef or chicken

    #6 (right before bed)
    1 lb fat free cottage cheese
    2-3 tbsp. natty pb

    I try to vary it as much as I can, but I stick to the basics.

    The energy level thing is just an overall measure of how I feel before my workout. 70-75% is average, 60% is kinda dragging a$$, and over 85%, I feel like ripping the whole world a new one.
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    I am awash in a seething ocean of unmitigated hatred for the Center Area Transit Authority. Not only did my scheduled bus not show up, but when one finally came, the driver talked on his cell phone for the entire drive.

    Fortunately, it is time to deadlift.
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    Monday 2/24--Chest & Back

    Energy 80%--feeling pretty good. ~6hrs sleep.

    Inc Db press
    40 x 8 w/u
    90 x 6, 80 x 7
    Some gain here from last week, but expected to pick up a little more than I did

    Chins
    BW x 11, 8 (palms away, palms twd)
    Finally starting to pick up. Next week I will try adding a little weight.

    Flat flyes
    40 x 10, 8

    Deadlift
    325 x 9 (PR), 315 x 4 & an almost knee-level miss.
    NOTHING left for the last set

    Cable row
    165 x 10, 9
    Felt much better than last week

    Dec Bench--Db b/c both Bb dec benches were taken
    95 x 2 drop to 85 x 3.5
    A lot harder than I expected, felt very shaky--haven't done these in about forever

    Cut it just a little short so I could get to class.
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    A POUND OF FAT FREE COTTAGE CHEESE!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    that is rediculous... just eat pizza...
    JEEP is a 4 letter word, therefore it must be dirty.

    This body. This body holding me. Be my reminder here that I am not alone in
    This body, this body holding me, feeling eternal all this pain is an illusion...

    I am addicted to fast food...

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    mmmmm.... pizza

    sadly, I think that is a few too many carbs right before bed, although I did kill most of a lg. peperoni from Pizza slut last friday....
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