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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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    Hercule: Ahh, I keep forgetting to look at the brand. I noticed that all the cookies are not that high-calorie though. Some are 450 calories, and others are around 500 or so. Something along those lines. I think I was mixed up when I said 600. Theyre all made with wheat flour, etc. Not too high in sugar considering. Thanks for chiming in man.

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    Mike, since you seem to have problems with the diet, why not incorporate a couple days of HIIT cardio...its not catabolic on your system and actually pretty good for putting size on the quads, i mean you've never seen a fat sprinter
    May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

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    Originally posted by Hercule
    You found out who makes those 'organic cookies'? I want some. 600 calories in a cookie, dang. I would much rather eat one of those than drink N-large.
    You have failed.

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    Heh, SF, i mean drinking extra N-large. I still drink it after a workout, the Chocolate is actually pretty tasty. I would enjoy getting the same amount of calories from a cookie, than from 20OZ of N-large.

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    Pup: I have been putting some serious thought into it actually. More now than ever before. I am not quite sure just yet what I want to do. I am going to see how this new training program goes before I do anything else. Thanks a lot for chiming in though Pup, appreciate it man.

    Saturday Fever: Haha, keep in mind also that an organic cookie only has 8-12g of protein where an N-Large shake I know has a lot more than that.

    Hercule: Yeah man just keep in mind the difference in protein thats all I am saying. Ill have to get back to you on what brand those cookies are, lol. I know that at my store we sell them for around a $1.90. Which is pretty expensive for one damn cookie if you ask me. But I am sure that you could get a pretty good deal on an entire box, etc.
    Last edited by MonStar; 03-30-2003 at 12:35 PM.

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    Sunday, 3-30-2003
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    • Diet/Supplements

      Ordered some r-ALA today from 1Fast400.com, so hopefully that will be in the mail early next week sometime. I am not sure when it will come in. I am going to be taking 200 mg. postworkout, so that should help out with glycogen replenishment and all that. Never taken r-ALA before, so I am hoping for some good results. Again, only on training days, 200 mg., postworkout.

      Preworkout: cereal + skim milk, choclate milk, orange juice, multi-vitamin/mineral 25 mg. ephedrine hcl, 2 Xenadrine EFX
      During Workout: 20 oz. Gatorade + 5g creatine + 5g glutamine + 1/2 tsp. salt
      Postworkout: 1 serving whey protein, 1 serving Cell-Tech
      Meal 4: 6 mini choclate-eclairs
      Meal 5: grilled chicken soft taco, choclate milk
      Meal 6: 1 Wendy's cheeseburger, 1 Wendy's small frosty, 1 Wendy's 5-piece chicken tender
      Meal 7: choclate milk

      Estimated Calories: ~4000
    • Training---Back, Biceps

      Underhand Pullups:

      BW x 6, +45 x 4, +90 x 2.5, +25 x 9.5!

      Some DAMN hard sets of chins today, really like these a lot. I didnt like them too much the other day because I weighed a bit more so it made it tougher to do them. Anyway started off with BW for 6, easy. Then added a single plate for 4 reps. Hit 2 plates for a double. BAH! Should have gotten 3 with 2 plates, whatever. Dropped down to a quarter plate, for 9.5! This is a PB for me by a long shot actually. My previous PB for +25 is like 7 or so.

      Behind-neck Pullups:

      BW x 5.5 (2)

      Really like doing these, just to hit my lats right under my armpits. Feel it a TON in my lats. Used just my BW for 2 sets of 5.5 reps. Nothing too hard here, some good lat contractions I think. I was happy with both sets.

      Supported Rows:

      6 Plates x 2.5, 5 Plates x 7.5!, 4 Plates x 10

      JEEZ! Nothing special here at all. My lats were a lot more exhausted than I thought from the damn chins. Used 6 plates, instead of 7, for 2.5 reps. I was gonna try 7 plates for a double, glad I didnt. Dropped down to 5 plates for 7.5 reps! PB here, last shot at 5 plates I only got 5-6 reps. Finished up wth 4 plates for 10, nice lat contractions.

      Stiff-arm Cable Pullovers:

      140 x 8, 120 x 10

      Some good sets here I think. I am not sure how much I like these, cant decide. I tend to feel these in my lats a lot more than I do Nautilus pullovers, but whatever. Good sets here today. I was happy with my back workout overall.

      Standing Barbell Curls:

      135 x 6, 115 x 6, 95 x 7

      Damn, wanted to hit 8 with 135. Oh well, whatever. My biceps were dead from the chins and rows. Dropped down to 115 for 6 reps, ouch. My biceps were dead. 95 lbs. for 7 was even torture, lol. All 3 sets were pretty damn good though.

      Alternating Crossbody Dumbbell Hammer Curls:

      75 x 6/6!, 60 x 7/7

      Wow, really like these. Talked to Belial about them and I really enjoyed them. Havnt done them for YEARS! LOL. Anyway, used the 75s for my first set for 6 reps on each arm. Then dropped the weight to the 60s for 7 reps on each arm. Both sets were good I think.
    • Miscellaneous

      Training Length: 50 minutes
      Sleep: 1 + 4 + 3 hours
      Weight: 221 lbs. (gym)
      Pain/Soreness: Not too sore today I dont think. Traps are a little sore from those damn shrugs, but other than that I think I feel pretty damn good.
    • General Comments

      Training length was good I think, whatever. Sleep SUCKED! Wow, really really sh*tty sleep last night. All in all I ended up getting a good amount, but it was just so broken up it was ridiculous. REM was probably nonexistant. Weight was okay, not too bad. Traps and forearms are aching!
    Last edited by MonStar; 04-05-2003 at 05:50 PM.

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    Nice workout mike. I should start incorporating chins into my workout. I couldn't ever do even 1 chin without assistance, but now since my lats are considerably stronger, maybe I can polish off 2 or 3. LoL.

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    Hercule: Thanks for the support man, appreciate it. Yeah I was pretty happy with my workout today I guess, I dont know. Would really like to see myself hit +90 for more than just a couple reps in the future. Would be great to eventually hit +90 for 5 or something along those lines. Who knows, well see what happens. Chins are a GREAT back exercise man, I recommend them 100%.

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    Originally posted by MonStar
    Alternating Crossbody Dumbbell Hammer Curls:
    75 x 6/6!
    60 x 7/7
    Comments: Wow, really like these. Talked to Belial about them and I really enjoyed them. Havnt done them for YEARS! LOL. Anyway, used the 75s for my first set for 6 reps on each arm. Then dropped the weight to the 60s for 7 reps on each arm. Both sets were good I think.
    How are these done? Do you just bring up the DB to the opposite shoulder? Are they supposed to have an advantage over normal hammer curls? Either way, that is a hell of a lot of weight!
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    ryan: Exactly man.

    Do you just bring up the DB to the opposite shoulder?
    Right on the money there. You simply bring the DB to the opposite shoulder, and alternate back and forth obviously. Great exercise. I personally feel these more in my brachialis (muscle between my biceps and triceps) and less in my brachioradialis (biggest forearm muscle). With normal hammer curls I dont feel it a TON in my bracialis the way that I do with these. Also, obviously I can go FAR heavier with this style.

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    • Diet/Supplements

      Meal 1: peanut butter & banana sandwich, multi-vitamin/mineral, 25 mg. ephedrine hcl, 2 Xenadrine EFX
      Meal 2: organic cookie
      Meal 3: low-carb cookie
      Meal 4: macaroni & cheese, organic soda
      Meal 5: nachos & cheese, 2% milk
      Meal 6: 1/2 egg + ham + cheese breakfast sandwich, hash browns, 1/2 banana split

      Estimated Calories: ~5000

      DAMNIT! LOL, went to Denny's tonight around 10:30 tonight. What a mistake. Well, I had fun but me eating anything at all was just a mistake. Packed in a good 1500 calories during that meal. Not the smartest move in the world obviously, SH*T!
    • Training---Rest
    • Miscellaneous

      Training Length: N/A.
      Sleep: 7.5 hours
      Weight: N/A.
      Pain/Soreness: Lats are really stiff today, which is a really really good thing I think. I really enjoy being sore and stiff because I feel like I had a decent workout the day before.
    • General Comments

      Rest day today. Been putting a lot of thought into my exercises, and just sticking with some good basic exercises week to week and I came up with this for now. These are going to be my exercises for the next month or so I think.

      Chest, Triceps.
      Flat BB Presses
      Flat DB Flyes
      Lying Cambered-bar Ext.
      One-arm Pressdowns

      Legs, Lower Back.
      Deadlifts/Squats
      Leg Presses/SLDLs
      Leg Ext.
      Pull-throughs/Hypers
      Misc. Ab Exercise

      Delts, Traps, Misc.
      BB Upright Rows
      DB Laterals
      DB Shrugs
      Misc. Calf Exercise
      Misc. Forearm Exercise

      Back, Biceps.
      Chins
      Bentover Rows
      Supported Rows
      BB Curls
      Hammers
    Last edited by MonStar; 04-01-2003 at 08:48 PM.

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    What's the set and rep scheme look like?

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    Neil: At this point just varying everything a great deal actually. So for the most part the reps could be anywhere from 1-15, probably averaging around 5-10 or something along those lines I dont know yet. Well see what happens, I like mixing things up. Oh, and for the sets, most likely 2-4 per exercise.
    Last edited by MonStar; 03-31-2003 at 02:02 PM.

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    Cool to see that you stuck with westside as long as you did.

    Nice workouts so far man. DL is crazy.

    What is your hand placement on the chins (how far, shoulder i assume)?

    Good luck with Mike, looking forward to the journal as always.
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    new journal looks tight, good job man! i've always wanted to give westside a try, i might sumtime soon...u made mad progress on that

    keep it up wit the new journal!

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    eric: Hey, thanks for chiming in man. Havnt heard from you in a while. Yeah Westside was a hell of program while it lasted. The bottom line was, am I a powerlifter or a bodybuilder? And I definitely lean towards bodybuilding. Although powerlifting is loads of fun I prefer bodybuilding. The underhand chins that I do are shoulder-width grip. And the behind-neck chins I do are fairly wide, probably double shoulder-width. I prefer BTN chins, though.

    Skillz: Yeah go for it man, Westside is great program. Especially if you tend to lean towards the strength side of the iron game. I just personally prefer a BACK day, etc., lol. Thanks again for chiming in man.

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    New routine looks great. I will be looking forward to some pics in a couple of months. GOod luck.

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    The exercises look fine to me. I think that you need to find those exercises that you feel work well and go with them.

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    yeah i kno wat ur saying...actually the only reason probably that i havent started westside yet is because of the no back day...and the fact that its 4 days rather than 3...i might sumtime try it, maybe this summer

    also lookin forward to seein pics myself


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    Hercule: Yeah man I really really hope that my results with this program are good. I dont really see why they wouldnt be, but who knows. I am hoping to pack on some size, and honestly, I know that this isnt really possible with my diet, etc. But I would like to see myself lose a few pounds of flab around my midsection. If thats even possible at this point, lol.

    chris: Okay thanks man, appreciate you checking this out for me. Yeah I agree that finding the exercises for you are a big step, and just sticking with those exercises. Well see what happens.

    Skillz: Yeah Westside has its ups and downs just like any other program. I really didnt care for the no back day part of it at all. By the time I got to my back work on my ME and DE bench days, I was just exhausted. Not enough focus on my lats for my liking. But thats just my personal opinion. I LOVE back day, lol.

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    Tuesday, 4-1-2003
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    • Diet/Supplements

      Preworkout: multi-vitamin/mineral 25 mg. ephedrine hcl, 2 Zantrex-3
      During Workout: 20 oz. Gatorade + 5g creatine + 5g glutamine + 1/2 tsp. salt
      Postworkout: 1 serving whey protein, 1 serving Cell-Tech
      Meal 4: 1 Wendy's small frosty, 1 Wendy's cheeseburger
      Meal 5: peanut butter & banana sandwich, skim milk
      Meal 6: Nitro-tech shake
      Meal 7: peanut butter & banana sandwich, 2% milk
      Meal 8: skim milk

      Estimated Calories: ~3000
    • Training---Chest, Triceps

      Flat Barbell Presses:

      135 x 8, 185 x 6, 225 x 4, 275 x 2, 315 x 2!, 275 x 6!, 225 x 5 (paused)

      Some DAMN good sets of flat BB bench today! I was EXTREMELY pleased with my strength here, wow. Didnt expect to hit 315 for a double AT ALL. Talk about happy! Started off with 135 for 8, 185 for 6, and then 225 for 4. Not too bad here. 275 for a double actually felt heavy. Upped it to 3 plates on each side, for TWO! First rep went up pretty damn easy, second was slower. Got pissed and shoved the bar through the sticking point. 275 for 6 was also a huge PB for me! Oh well. Unfortunately according to the 1RM calculator my max is still estimated at 325, f*ck. I did a quick paused set to finish up my benching. Ouch!

      Flat Dumbbell Flyes:

      75 x 8 (2), 65 x 8

      Some awesome sets of flat flyes today, really enjoy this exercise. Was going to include incline DBs today but I decided to just do 2 chest movements. No reason to throw in another exercise for no reason. I think I can build a large chest off of bench and flyes. Those 2 exercises have always been good for me, ESPECIALLY flyes. 75s for 2 sets of 8 was good. Chest was pumped and dead. 65s for 8 was also painful, lol.

      Incline Cambered-bar Extensions:

      135 x 4, 155 x 3!, 105 x 9

      Some good sets of incline skulls here today. Lowered the bar down to the top of my head. Really nice triceps contractions and overall feeling of exhaustion in my triceps. 155 for a triple was nice, definitely hit failure there. Dropped down to 105 for 9. Both sets were good I think. Really enjoy skulls on an incline.

      One-arm Cable Pressdowns:

      120 x 6/6, 100 x 8/8

      Nice sets of pressdowns, triceps were DEAD before I even did this exercise. Used 120 lbs. for a set of 6 on each arm. Then dropped down to 100 lbs. for 8 reps on each arm. Blasted my triceps hard, they were fried.
    • Miscellaneous

      Training Length: 40 minutes
      Sleep: 7 hours
      Weight: 220 lbs. (gym)
      Pain/Soreness: Today I feel good I think. Not too sore at all today. Lats may still be a LITTLE stiff, nothing too bad at all though I dont think.
    • General Comments

      AHH! Shouldnt have gone to Denny's last night. Felt gassy and bloated during my workout today. Obviously not the greatest feeling in the world. Oh well. Sleep was pretty good last night. Weight on the scale was actually good considering how much I friggin' ate last night. Stupid stupid stupid. Delts and lats and all that are ACHING!
    Last edited by MonStar; 04-01-2003 at 08:53 PM.

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    LOL, gotta love Dennys food huh?! I got food poisoning there once. That was the worste I have ever felt in my life. Becareful.

    Nice job with the benching PBs Mike!
    Current Stats --------------- Training Goals: Improve athletic conditioning.
    Squat - 305lbs - 1/23/06 ----- 335
    Deadlift - 415lbs - 2/4/06 ---- 435
    Bench - 90s*7 ----------------- 100s*5
    Weight - 208 ------------------ 190
    Height - 5'10"

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    eric: Hey man, thanks for chiming in. Haha, Denny's is great! LOL. Not the smartest place to eat when I am trying to avoid getting fat, but whatever. I enjoyed the taste of the food, lol. My strength this morning though was EXCELLENT. Bench press has always been my weakness, but today I felt extremely powerful in the movement.

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    I'm happy for you. I'd be pleased too with all that weight you are throwing around!

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    CoCoa: Hey thanks a lot man, appreciate the support. I was really pleased about bench strength today, I dont know where the hell it came from. I certainly did not expect to hit 3 plates for a double, thats for sure.

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