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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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  1. #51
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    Man, I feel great!
    I don't know whether the improvements are actually visible or not, I guess we'll see next week, but I feel so energized and strong and motivated...
    Somebody asked me whether I was on steroids or something, which always feels great even if you know it comes from ignorance...

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    Rollin'

    What's up, here's today's leg workout:

    161lbs - start time 2:15pm

    LEGS
    Squats
    8x215
    8x215

    Hack Squats
    9x175
    9x175
    they still feel weird, but I still feel my quads afterwards...
    the bar rubs heavily on the rear of my calves...

    Leg Curls
    8x115
    6x115
    first set was particularly strict and slow.
    next week the weight goes UP!

    BB Straigh-Legged Deadlift
    10x180
    8x190
    finally started using BB for these, DBs were too small
    WHY am I lifting 190 for the SLDL and 205 for regular DL?????

    Calves Raises
    10x205
    11x205
    12x205
    12x205
    more equilibrium than last time...

    Good overall workout, but I think I could be working the quads harder. Maybe the problem is the hack squats. I never get DOMS in quads, always in hammies.

    Forgot to do abs, will do them Friday, no big deal. Last time I felt them for like 4-5 full days!

    Why do old obese folks think it's okay to wear tight t-shirts over their beer bellies and keep their underwear for decades? I swear, there were so many holes in this old fart's underwear, nothing was left to the imagination!

    Me, on the other hand, I'm sexay! Heh, need some motivation, I need to go women hunting, I've been alone too long, I long for the embrace of a nice girl... oh yeah and I need sex too.

    Off to watch Terminator 3 tonight, as well as some schoolwork. Damn school!!

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    Shoulders, arms and abs.

    163lbs
    start time 1:15

    SHOULDERS
    Military Press
    7x110
    5x110
    improvement

    Seated DB Press
    8x60
    7x60
    and strict too!
    they were, however, delayed by some guy using MY DBs and MY bench... about 5-7minutes. which explains the good performance.

    Standing Lateral Raises
    10x35
    10x35
    the strictness hurts

    TRICEPS
    Narrow Grip Bench Press
    8x155
    6x155
    weight increase

    French Press
    8x86
    6x86
    improving still

    BICEPS
    BB Curls
    8x96
    6x96
    first set was strict, cheated for last reps of second set.

    Hammer Curls
    8x50
    super strict, so improvement. next time, 55s.

    ABS
    Jacknife sit-ups
    BWx25
    BWx25

    Decline Sit-ups
    BW+45x12
    BW+45x10
    actually had a girl compliment me on those... hehe... but I was too stupid to continue the conversation.

    Hanging leg raises
    BWx17
    BWx15

    163lbs!!!!!!
    that is about EIGHT POUNDS more than when I started, and this is the end of week 5!

    anyways,

    --=THUS ENDS WEEK 5 OF THE WBB ROUTINE #1=--

    I won't be able to take pictures of my booty this weekend, too busy with schoolwork, but next week or weekend I should. I can't wait to see if there was a visible improvement!

    That is all.
    Last edited by Seb; 11-14-2003 at 02:53 PM.

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    I'm starting to wonder whether it's worth anything posting these routines here AND in Excel... ah well.

    --=BEGINNING OF WEEK 6 OF WBB ROUTINE #1=--

    Chest and Back
    start time 12:00pm
    BW: 163.5lbs

    CHEST

    Flat BB Bench Press
    6x200
    5x200
    (200lbs for reps, whooohoooo!!)

    Low Incline DB Press
    6x85
    7x80
    went down to 80s to keep perfect form, but wow, another 5lbs improvement!

    Machine Dips
    8x290
    8x295
    5lbs more and I'm at the end of the machine's capacity. I have to get a dip belt.

    BACK

    Chin Ups
    7xBW+35
    76.5xBW+35
    crap. what happened?

    Deadlifts
    6x225
    6x225
    wow. made up for the chins there.

    Ben-over BB Rows
    9x175
    10x175
    good show

    BB Shrugs
    10x85
    my forearms were dying after the DLs

    Wow. I now know where determination can get me. I was getting ready to do the DLs with a 20lbs increase from last week. Tried to pick up the weight from the ground with my usual form, couldn't do it the first time. I then decided I was going to remove some weight. I pick up the bar, and put it on the rack. Then I tell myself: wait a second, I got this weight up... I can do it again. Several times. So I take the weight from the rack, which puts it at the end of the deadlift movement for me. I then proceed to do 4 reps before my grip gives out. I put the weight back, wipe my hands on my shirt, grab the weight again, and do the last two reps. I was dying. Get some rest, and I'm at it again. Pick up weight, lower it, back up, 3 reps, then grip gives out. Put weight on rack, use proper over-under deadlift grip (had been using overhand up to then), 2 reps. Switch grip, 1 rep.

    I understand now that my technique was simply too rigid, I wasn't allowing my body to adjust properly to pick up the weight as efficiently as possible. Basically, from now on, I'll just be careful not to round my back, and I'll pick up the weight however the hell I can, because that's how it works. Crazy ****.

    I'M not feeling my lats working that much, wonder why. Maybe I'm not doing the BB rows properly? Should they be targeting the lats? We'll see lat improvements in pictures this weekend.
    Last edited by Seb; 11-17-2003 at 10:38 PM.

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    I'm writing this today, but it happened yesterday. Ya, it's like going back in time!

    legs day
    8:00pm
    161.5lbs

    Squats
    7x225
    6x225

    Hack Squats
    8x185
    8x185

    Leg curls
    8x120
    5.5x120

    Straight-legged Deadlifts
    9x205
    7x205

    Calves Raises
    10x210
    11x210
    11x210
    12x210

    Felt good, am feeling the DOMS today even in the quads, so things are going great. Surprised at the light weight though, especially considering the time of the day, but I really hadn't eaten much prior to that point. Anyways, pressing on. Tomorrow is the last day of week 6.

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    Site was down yesterday, so again, this is one day late.

    Shoulders and Arms day
    started 3:15pm
    163.5lbs

    SHOULDERS

    Military Press
    7x115
    6x115

    DB Shoulder Press
    7x60
    7x60 cheated last rep

    DB Side Raises
    11x35
    10x35

    TRICEPS

    Narrow Grip Bench Press
    6x160
    6x160

    French Press
    7x86
    6x86

    BICEPS

    BB Curls
    7x96
    6x96

    Hammer Curls
    5x55
    drop to 3x50

    Abs

    Decline Sit-ups
    BW+45x14
    BW+45x10

    Jacknife
    BWx20
    BWx20

    Hanging Leg Raises
    BWx20
    BWx13 slower

    --=END OF WEEK 6 OF WBB ROUTINE #1=--

    Good workout, my abs hurt today. Went real strict on all exercisesm, as much as possible, so even if weights didn't go up for all exercises, definitely there are some more improvements.

    My abs are slowly disappearing, which I guess means I'm eating enough... I'll take it as a good sign, I guess, although it is pretty depressing.

    Pictures to come tomorrow night, most likely.
    Last edited by Seb; 11-22-2003 at 04:53 PM.

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    OK, the past couple of days have been pretty crappy, and it's not looking up.
    First, I had to work Monday, which means I had to work out Tuesday and Wednesday (today), i.e. two days in a row. Not good.
    Second, my weights are not increasing this week, and my BW isn't either, in fact it's decreased 2lbs.
    Third, my motivation and general spirit are loooow. I'm lacking sleep due to school work, and I just cannot get over my ****ing bitch of an ex-girlfriend.
    Sooo, here it goes, I'll post yesterday (Tuesday) first.

    start time 3:10
    161.5lbs

    CHEST
    BB Bench Press
    6x200
    6x200

    DB Incline Bench Press
    6x85
    7x80

    Machine Dips
    8x300
    7x300

    BACK
    Chin Ups
    8xBW+35
    6.5xBW+35

    Deadlifts
    8x225
    7x225 grip gave out

    Bent-over BB Rows
    11x180
    8x180

    DB Shrugs
    11x85

    so you can see that I didn't increase the weights that much on a lot of exercises, although improvements are everywhere in terms of strictness. but the BW decreased again, not a good sign!

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    Today's workout

    LEGS
    started 3:00
    163lbs (ok)

    Squats
    7x225
    7x225

    Hack Squats
    9x195
    7x195

    Leg Curls
    8x120
    6x120

    Straight-legged Deadlifts
    8x215
    8x215 I think I used my lower back too much on this, or did I feel it more thanm usual because I had my back workout yesterday?

    Calves Raises
    12x215
    11x215
    10x215
    12x215

    same as yesterday, relatively crappy workout with low energy and motivation levels. am I lagging because it's been too long on the same routine, or is it because of the lakc of sleep and excess of school work? we'll see next week I guess!

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    I just wanted to say... I need motivation. I hope I receive Pumping Iron soon, ordered it a couple days ago on Amazon, it should arrive incessantly.

    I need a partner, either in life or in the gym, to give me a kick in the ass and raise my spirits. I have none though. ****.

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    well, the down seems to be over, although I still need more sleep... stupid school!
    I just realized something: starting next week, it will become VERY hard for me to work out at all, let alone with the regularity I've enjoyed lately, as I'll start working 6 days a week with 9:30-9:30 shifts... This will suck. I have to find a way, either get off work a little early, or get in a little late, or... I don't know, but I'll HAVE to find a way.

    so yesterday was arms and shoulders day, and here it is for your viewing pleasure!

    start time: 2:30
    BW: 164

    SHOULDERS

    Military Press
    7x120
    5x120

    Seated DB Press
    9x60
    7x60

    DB Side Raises
    11x35
    11x35

    TRICEPS

    Close-grip BB Bench Press
    8x160
    7.5x160

    French Press
    8x86
    6x86

    BICEPS

    BB Curls
    8x96
    5.5x96

    Hammer Curls
    7x55

    ABS

    Decline
    14xBW+45
    10xBW+45

    Jacknife
    16xBW
    16xBW

    Hanging Leg Raises
    15xBW
    13xBW

    and there ends week 7 of the WBB routine #1
    Last edited by Seb; 11-29-2003 at 10:39 AM.

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    Hokay, haven't posted in a while, but I did keep working out though.

    01/12/2003
    3:00pm
    164.5lbs

    CHEST

    Bench Press
    7x200
    6x200

    Incline DB Press
    8x85
    6x85

    Machine Dips
    7x305
    6x305

    BACK

    Chin Ups
    8xBW+35
    6xBW+35

    Deadlift
    8x235
    7x235

    Ben-Over BB Rows
    10x185
    7x190 bad form

    DB Shrugs
    10x90
    drop to 3x85
    Last edited by Seb; 12-07-2003 at 05:00 PM.

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    03/12/2003
    3:30pm
    164lbs

    LEGS

    Squats
    8x225
    8x225

    Hack Squats
    8x205
    8x205

    Leg Curls
    6.5x125
    7x120

    Straight Legged Deadlift
    8x220
    8x220

    Calves Raises
    12x225 flat
    11x225 raised
    12x225 flat
    12x225 raised
    Last edited by Seb; 12-07-2003 at 05:01 PM.

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    05/12/2003
    3:00pm
    166lbs

    SHOULDERS

    Military Press
    7x120
    6x120

    Seated DB Press
    8x60
    7x60

    Side Raises
    8x40 drop to 3x35
    5x40 drop to 6x35

    TRICEPS

    Close-grip BB Bench Press
    9x165
    5.5x170

    French Press
    8x86
    5.5x86

    BICEPS

    BB Curls
    8x96
    6x96

    Hammer Curls
    7x55

    Cable Curls
    8x150

    ABS

    decline
    15xBW+45
    12xBW+45

    jacknife
    18xBW
    15xBW

    [/B]hanging leg raises[B]
    17xBW
    12xBW
    Last edited by Seb; 12-07-2003 at 05:12 PM.

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    so I took measurements today, unpumped.
    good news, after 8 weeks of following WBB routine #1:

    biceps: were 14½", now 15"
    thighs: were 21½", now 22"
    calves: were 14¼", now 14¾"
    waist: was 31", now 32"
    chest: was 39½", now 41"
    forearms: previously unmeasured, 12½

    so improvements all around!

    pictures shall follow later.
    Last edited by Seb; 12-07-2003 at 05:12 PM.

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    Awesome gains Seb.

    32" waist.

    is there really such a thing. I thought that ranked right up there with Bigfoot.
    Here we go again!

    "I've seen yer mug. Eeeeeeesh gotta feed ya with teh slingshot!"....Mik in reference to clvmike19

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    thanks midee!

    ok, now for the latest workouts:

    08/12/2003
    start time 5:20pm
    166lbs

    CHEST
    BB BP
    8x205
    7x205

    DB Incline Presses
    5x90
    6x85

    Dips (machine was broken)
    20xBW
    16xBW

    BACK
    Chin-ups
    8xBW+35
    6xBW+35

    Deadlifts
    8x245
    8x245

    Bent-over BB rows
    11x185
    8x185

    DB Shrugs
    14x90

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    10/12/2003

    start time 10:15am
    167lbs

    Squats
    7x235
    7x235

    Hack Squats
    8x215
    8x215
    *bad form but good feeling in quads

    Leg curls
    7x125
    7x120

    SLDLs
    8x220
    8x220
    *feeling in lower back, poor form?

    Calves Raises
    12x225
    13x225
    15x225
    11x225

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    12/12/2003

    start time 10:30am
    169lbs!!

    SHOULDERS

    Military Press
    8x120
    6x120

    Seated DB Press
    8x60
    6x60

    Side Raises
    12x35
    10x35

    TRICEPS

    Narrow Grip BB Bench Press
    7x165
    6x165

    French Press
    8x86
    7x86

    BICEPS

    BB Curls
    9x96
    7x96

    Hammer Curls
    8x55

    Cable Curls
    8x150

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    15/12/2003

    start time 10:30am
    168.5lbs

    CHEST

    BB Bench
    7.5x205
    6x205

    DB Incline Bench
    8x85
    6x85

    Dips (machine still broken)
    19xBW
    16xBW

    BACK

    Chin-Ups
    6xBW+35 (drop to 3xBW)
    5xBW+35 (drop to 3xBW)

    Deadlifts
    8x245
    8x245

    Bent-Over BB Rows
    11x185
    9x185

    Shrugs
    10x90

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    so there you have it.
    pictures will come shortly.
    I'm actually very busy with work around this time of year, so it's hard for me to do the usual religious updates, as I don't spend much time on the computer...

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    heh, you reminded me...
    this thing is actually more complicated than I initially let on.

    in fact, why not write the details here, you never know, I might just get good advice from you guys, and besides, writing out my thoughts always helped. this is a journal after all...

    OK, here goes: I'd been going out with this girl for 3 and a half years. On and off, mostly on though, we had "breaks", so it wasn't silky smooth, but I was pretty sure I loved her and she loved me back. But then again, what the hell could I know, that was my first serious relationship, and so was it for her.

    Anyways, last summer, she decides to go to California. I knew it was going to suck spending the summer without her, but hey, that's what she wanted to do. So I lent her some money so she could go. She stayed for the whole summer, never calling, seldom writing, it blew. She comes back, decides to break up with me. Couple months later, we get back together, take a trip to New York with the money she gave me back (with negative interests, but anyway). To the best of my knowledge, no other guy involved. But I was about to discover the best of my knowledge as worth about nothing.

    This past summer, she decides to go again. This time we leave on better terms, so I'm pretty confident. I lend her money again. We speak more often than the last year, I pay her credit card bills because she's not earning as much as she's spending over there. I'm in the hole for $2,200 (ok canadian, but still). She suddenly stops calling, I go get her at the airport, no love, nothing, not a kiss. I'm pretty pissed. Get her back to her place, no contact for days, then I decide to call her to see what's up.

    She admits she cheated on me with some ****er over there. Ouch. And she's still involved with him long-distance. And she's going back for two weeks in October. Now that hurts. But I'm a dumbass, and instead of severing any tie with her and getting back my money one way or the other (she's got nothing left), I decide I may want to stay friends with her. I guess because of the lack of closure.

    So we see each other a couple times. Then she goe to California for her two-week trip. That was back in October, maybe early November. Since that time, I haven't heard from her. Not a peep. She could be dead, I wouldn't know.

    So now what the **** to I do? Tried to call her cell, no ringing, nothing, bogus message from the phone company. I think I'll call her house (not evne sure she still lives there) today.

    Now what the hell do I tell her? I have no clue, but I need to find out, I'm curious about her whereabouts. Of course, I now hate her with all my being, but I'm still in for a lot of money and I want to get it back. And as I said, I'm curious, what happened to her?

    So what do I do now?
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    Hey StevenEric, thank you so much for your kind words. It really touches me that you'd take all that time to write all this, and I am grateful for that. For the most part, you were right on, which is kinda freaky, although I think I was pretty transparent in my description of the facts... that, and you seem to be a very perceptive individual (do you work in the field?).

    I knew (on a deeper level) all the things you said, but seeing them black on white really hits home... The only thing left to do for me is to get closure by getting my money back, and then cutting any tie I had with her. I guess it's kinda hard to realize, after spending 4.5 years with someone you envisioned your long-term future with, that it was all a big mistake and you were fooling yourself all along.

    Again, thanks for the help, and for the nice comments you made. I do think I deserve better. Just gotta get back on the saddle, which is kinda hard, as I don't want to meet someone in the usual "young people" places (clubs, bars, etc.)...

    P.S.: by the way, I'm okay, it's not like I stopped living or whatever, I think all of this irritates me more than it saddens me... I want to get it over with. And I already found positives to all of this, as I said in my first post, I've got more time to myself now, so I can watch any movie I want, go out with my friends, and most importantly, work out!!
    Last edited by Seb; 12-17-2003 at 01:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenEric
    let me tell you about meeting people in all those bars etc. Once I said to my friend Jim, "How can you find any quality at a bar" He stopped dead in his tracks and said to me, "I am a quality person and I'm going to the bar." He was right. Quality people are all around and when you move on a little bit, you will most likely see they have been waiting for you all along.
    Just my 2 cents Seb. I actually met Mistress Dee in a bar. We have been happily married going on 12 years. I don't know a whole lot about your background such as age but let me tell you in my opinion losing love hurts but you cannot dwell on it forever. Move on. To coin an old phrase "There are more fish in the sea"

    Hope this helps a little. Best of luck.
    Here we go again!

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    Thanks Steve. I actually just received an answer to an email I sent her two days ago. Apparently she had an infection in her eye and couldn't see, so no emails, and she has no money because she couldn't work.
    I usually wouldn't have doubted her, and my initial reaction was one of guilt, but then I realized that wasn't the first time she turned things around on me to make me feel guilty about stuff.
    Even being sick doesn't make it rigt to leave and never give any news when you owe so much (not just monetarily) to someone else.

    I do remember the good sometimes, but right after that comes the bad, which I guess is ok since it prevents me from thinking too highly of her and having regrets.

    I wouldn't go so far as saying I was suffering, but my ego certainly did, and I still had that unresolved niggle in the back of my mind. Anyways, we'll see what happens, but I will definitely hold into consideration your remark that it may not be worth it to try and get back the money if it's too costly emotionally.

    Thanks again! I should've started a journal 4 1/2 years ago, maybe it would have saved me time.

    As for the reasoning that if I go to the bars, there must be quality people there... I usually don't go to bars, I avoid them in fact. Which is not to say that I think bar people are not of high quality, just maybe not my type of people... then again, how would I know what my type is?

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    thanks as well midee.
    I guess I'll give the club/bar scene another couple tries. Maybe I tried to get back on the saddle too early, I don't know...

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