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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?

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    Hello all,

    I just discovered this great online community, which I hope will help me accomplish my goals of becoming serious about lifting.

    First, a brief bio: I used to be a competitive swimmer for 7 years, quit around 18yrs old, but I kept working out on and off with no real intensity or regularity until now. A recent breakup means I now have more time, and also helped with my motivation to get serious about building the body I ultimately want.

    Now, I am definitely not only after looks; I have always trained for the pure fun of it, the results are more of a bonus or fringe benefit to me. So you most likely will not see me shave my body, or alter completely the course of my life for the training stuff. I wil ltry to watch my diet a little bit more, but don't expect me to start gulping protein shakes, again, rearranging my life is not the goal here, I simply want to take up an activity that will be good for me, and that will be structured as well. A challenge, I guess you could say.

    I am now around 155lbs depending on the time of day, I eat A LOT but never get really fat, although I have noticed a loss in muscle definition as of late (part of my motivation to take this up). I have a lot of trouble putting on weight, and more recently I also have had a bit of trouble putting on more weights at the gym. I have reached a plateau that cannot be broken without some additional dedication. I figure posting here regularly and getting your comments will help me soldier on, as I cannot find training partners who will provide that sort of motivation and keep up with me.

    I will be honest: for the past few years, I have been concentrating on the upper body A LOT more than the legs. This has resulted in some imbalance (see pictures posted later). I now will give the legs the importance they deserve, and I have also started running so that will help as well.

    I used to create my own routines using the knowledge I had about working out, which, without being encyclopedic, was good enough. I have been stuck in the same exercises for a long time, however, and wanted to try some new stuff, so I went ahead and started with the Wanna Be Big Routine number 1. I will alter it and change to #2 later, but for now it gives me the right mix of good basic exercices and novelty I was looking for.

    I will need your help with two things: 1) keeping me motivated and 2) helping me find out what my weaknesses are, both in terms of physique and strength.

    As far as goals go, I will see what is attainable when I start seeing gains, but I definitely want to get stronger, and I want to build muscle mass. I will watch my food intake and try to get some cardio in my regimen to keep lean, however, so no bulking/cutting phases for me. I am looking for continuous, regular improvements, but I don't mind if it's a bit slower.

    So please feel encouraged to offer your comments and guidance as well as encouragements. They will be highly appreciated. I will now post some pictures of myself so you can see the damage for yourself... Then, the journal begins!

    P.S.: Never used supplements, nor enhancers such as creatine. I don't plan to either. Also, forget about any kind of performance-enhancing drugs. I'm going all-natural baby, let's see how far my genetics and hard work can get me!
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    Here are the pictures, keep in mind I don't know how to pose, and I don't know the standard poses either. So no laughing!
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    Welcome to the forums Seb...putting more focus on the lower body will not only bring up your lagging bodyparts, but make your upper body even stronger. Since your goals are strength and size, make sure you eat a lot of food, primarily protein dense food with a good balance of fats and carbs.
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    and again
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    again (I have a digital camera, so pictures are cheap and fast to do ;-)
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    the legs
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    You will notice a weird imbalance between my pecs. It's there in real life, but for some weird reason it seems to show up more in pictures. Also, I don't know why, but maybe because of the way I took the pictures, I seem less cut than I really am, so that's not too much of a problem.

    Feel free to analyse and make comments, I have no fear of ridicule (as can be seen by my legs pose, lol).

    I will put more emphasis on the legs from now on, I promise.

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    on to the journal!!
    I keep it in Excel, so I might actually post the Excel file from time to time, but for now here are the first day of the new routine:

    13/10/2003
    156lbs - 8:45pm tired - bloated (just ate)

    Flat BB Bench Press 6x185
    set 2 6x180
    Low Incline DB Press 9x70
    set 2 8x75
    Machine Dips 10x240
    set 2 7x270
    BACK
    Behind Neck Chin Ups 10xown weight
    set 2 9xown weight
    Deadlifts 11x135
    set 2 9x155
    Bent-Over BB Rows 8x195 (*)
    set 2 7x195 (*)
    Shrugs 10x75
    Last edited by Seb; 10-17-2003 at 02:20 PM.

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    Day 2!

    15/10/2003
    154lbs - 11:30pm

    Squats 8x185
    set 2 8x185
    Hack Squats 9x135
    set 2 9x145
    Leg Curls 9x100
    set 2 5x110
    Straight Legged DB Deadlifts 10x75
    set 2 9x80
    Standing Calves Raises 15x135
    set 2 12x155
    set 3 11x165
    set 4 10x165
    Last edited by Seb; 10-17-2003 at 02:20 PM.

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    so comments on my weaknesses and strong points would be appreciated, and thanks already for the welcome guys, although I may not fully understand MrWebb78's message...

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    Welcome to WBB, Seb.

    You look pretty lean, which is always a good place to start. Good luck.

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    thanks fuzz!

    I just realized measurements were the only thing missing, so here they are, cold and flexed. They are approximate as I don't know the standards for them, but I guess the important thing is to measure them the same way every time right?
    Waist taken at navel.
    Chest taken just above nipples.

    Arms: 14.5"
    Legs: 21.5"
    Calves: 14 and 1/4"
    Waist: 31"
    Chest: 39 and 1/2"
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    Grats on starting a journal Seb! Good luck with your goals. We need more Canucks around here.

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    Thanks Mik. I hope I get more comfortable with the new exercises quickly so I can really start hitting the weights as hard as possible! So far, not too much trouble with the squats, but the deadlifts are killing me, and the standing calves raises are almost impossible with a significant weight. I guess I'll just lower the weight and increase the reps until I'm more comfortable with this exercise.

    I'm gagging for the gym today, but it's a rest day, and besides I'm stuck here working on a school assignment... Maybe I'll go for a run later today, as my legs don't feel as tired as I'd like.

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    Definately the build of a former swimmer, excellent however.{always admired how they stayed lean}What are your plans?to bulk or what?

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    Well, I'm still trying to decide whether I want to do a bulk then cut cycle, or to just stay lean. I think I'll try to stay leanish while concentrating mostly on the bulking (eating a lot and so on), but I don't even know if I CAN get fat... so I may not have anything to be afraid of!

    I'll go with the flow for now, and as soon as I get concrete results, it'll be easier to come up with some objectives, and to decided whether I need to concentrate on mass to make gains.

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    Just went for a run, first thing in the morning (9:45ish).
    Warmup run 3 minutes, mild stretching, then relatively intense (definitely more than 60% intensity) 20 minute run.
    I'm pretty toasted for now, but I'll recuperate in time for my arms/shoulders workout in a couple hours.

    My tendons are acting up again, which is why I'd stopped running in the first place... I get shin splits like you wouldn't believe, and even more so since I've gained some upper body weight and none in the lower body. That'll teach me!

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    Welcome!

    Good luck on your journal. From you pics I would say you have a great base to work from. BTW: how tall are you?

    Your leanness is making you look much bigger than your stats indicate. With what you have said a clean slow bulk is probably what you are looking to do (of course it is one of the hardest things to actually accomplish) Just keep consistant in your training and keep an eye on the amount of protein on your diet and I'm sure you'll be able to achieve your goals .



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    You have some nice pics and are really off to a great start


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    Thanks guys!

    I'm 5.8' or 5.9', maybe between the two... I'll have to check...

    Yeah, I think I'd like to stay relatively lean throughout, but putting on weight is really what I'm most concerned with right now. Maybe that'll change during the course of things, if I see there is now way I can get bigger while still maintaining a low BF.

    Today was shoulders-arms day. Here we go:

    Military Press.................12x85
    set 2....................................8x95
    Seated DB Press.........9x55
    set 2...........................8x55
    Standing Lateral Raises........10x35
    set 2........................................9x35

    Narrow Grip Bench Press........11x135
    set 2.........................................7x145
    French Press................7x76
    set 2............................7x76

    BB Curls....................................8x86
    set 2.........................................8x86
    Hammer Curls..............7x45 (x2)


    I mistakenly did two sets of hammer curls, only one was required in the routine. I hadn't done military presses in at least a year and a half, and narrow grip bench presses are alien to me, I avoided them because they hurt my wrists... I was actually pretty surprised by how much I lifted for those, especially compared to my BP weight...

    Not a lot of emphasis on the arms in this routine, I feel, or maybe it's to prevent overtraining, what do I know. Anyways, seeing as most commented that my arms were a strong point, it doesn't matter.

    I don't know whether the run affected my stamina, we'll see next week as I avoid running before this routine, see if my weights increase. I had eaten a whole pizza...tuttut

    I increased pretty much all of my weights on the exercises I used to do before, mainly because of the reduced number of reps, but maybe also because of the new intensity level. I feel I really did give 100% on almost all the exercises this time.
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    I actually found a file where I put my workouts from last Fall (2002). I found out I haven't put an ounce of weight on, maybe even went down in weight a little bit. And no, I wasn't fatter then, I was probably even leaner...

    The less depressing part is that I have increased pretty much all of my weights, albeit not by huge amounts. So I am stronger.

    I'll copy-paste the workouts here, and also join the Word file as an attachment.

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    28/08/02

    156lbs -- 6:00 pm

    BACK

    Wide-grip Pull-ups
    156 x 10
    156 x 10 FAST
    156 x 8

    Cable Rows
    165 x 10
    165 x 10 fast easy
    165 x 10 fast easy

    Close-grip Cable Pull-downs
    180 x 5 hard
    180 x 10 hard
    180 x 8 hard

    BICEPS

    Seated Alternate Dumbell Curls
    35 x 7
    35 x 7
    35 x 7

    Standing Cable Curls
    140 x 8
    140 x 8 hard! Long rest
    140 x 9hard

    Feeling Good!

    30/08/02

    155lbs -- 8:30 pm -- already ate

    PECS

    Bench Press
    175 x 9
    173 x 9 HARD
    168 x 8 HARD

    Incline Dumbell Presses
    65 x 9
    65 x 9 fast
    65 x 8

    Decline Bench Press
    178 x 6
    173 x 6
    168 x 8

    SHOULDERS

    Seated Dumbell Shoulder Presses
    45 x 10
    45 x 10
    45 x 8

    Combo Upright/Prone Dumbell Side Arm Extensions
    30 x 19
    35 x 14
    35 x 14

    TRICEPS

    Standing Cable Pulldowns
    150 x 12
    150 x 12
    150 x 10

    Single-arm Cable Pulldowns
    50 x 10
    50 x 11
    50 x 9

    Good Hard Workout!

    02/09/02

    156lbs -- 8:30 pm -- already ate

    BACK

    Wide-grip Pull-ups
    156 x 10 easy
    156 x 9
    156 x 10

    Machine Cable Rows
    180 x 9
    180 x 8
    180 x 8

    Close-grip Machine Pull-downs
    180 x 10 hard
    180 x 9 long rest
    180 x 10

    BICEPS

    One-armed Biceps Curls
    30 x 9 (incline)
    30 x 8 (vertical) long rest
    35 x 8 (vertical) hard

    Standing Cable Curls
    130 x 9
    130 x 8 hard
    130 x 8 HARD!!

    04/09/02

    157lbs -- 9:00 pm -- already ate

    PECS

    Dumbell Bench Presses
    75 x 10 easy
    75 x 10 easy
    75 x 8

    Incline Dumbell Bench Presses
    65 x 9
    65 x 8 long rest
    65 x 9

    Machine Seated Flies
    150 x 9
    159 x 8 hard
    145 x 9

    TRICEPS

    Close-grip Standing Cable Pulldowns
    150 x 14
    160 x 10 hard; long rest
    160 x 10

    finished 9:50 pm

    05/09/2002

    158lbs – 8:45pm – already ate

    BACK

    Wide-grip Pull-ups
    158 x 10
    158 x 10 easy fast
    158 x 8

    Machine Cable Rows
    165 x 9
    165 x 8
    165 x 9

    Close-grip Cable Pull-downs
    185 x 8
    185 x 8 HARD
    180 x 8

    BICEPS

    One-armed Vertical Bench Biceps Curls
    35 x 8
    30 x 8

    One-armed Standing Cable Rows
    60 x 10
    60 x 10

    Standing Cable Curls
    140 x 8 hard
    140 x 8

    09/09/2002

    155lbs – 8:30pm – already ate

    PECS

    Dumbell Bench Presses
    80 x 10
    80 x 9
    80 x 8

    Incline Dumbell Presses
    65 x 10
    65 x 8
    65 x 8

    Machine Flies
    150 x 9
    145 x 8
    145 x 8

    TRICEPS

    Close-grip Cable Pulldowns
    160 x 12 hard
    160 x 8 HARD
    150 x 11

    Single-arm Cable Pull-downs
    60 x 10
    60 x 8 HARD
    50 x 11

    Wrist injury, did not affect me too much

    10/09/02

    155lbs -- 4:00 pm

    BACK

    Wide-grip Pull-ups
    155 x 10
    155 x 9
    155 x 8

    Cable Rows
    165 x 8
    165 x 8
    165 x 8

    Close-grip Cable Pull-downs
    180 x 8
    180 x 8
    180 x 8

    BICEPS

    Alternate Dumbell Curls
    40 x 7
    40 x 7
    40 x 7

    Standing Barbell Curls

    Did a couple, then stopped, wrist injury hampered moves

    End 4:45-5:00 pm

    12/09/2002

    156lbs – 2:00pm

    PECS

    Dumbell Bench Presses
    80 x 10
    80 x 9
    80 x 8

    Incline Dumbell Bench Presses
    65 x 9
    65 x 8
    65 x 8

    Decline Bench Presses
    180 x 6
    175 x 6
    165 x 8

    TRICEPS

    Close-grip Cable Pulldowns
    160 x 10
    160 x 8
    150 x 10

    Wrist injury getting better

    16/09/02
    156lbs - 8:20pm just ate FULL

    PECS

    Dumbbell bench presses
    80 x 9
    80 x 9
    80 x 8

    Incline dumbbell bench presses
    65 x 9
    65 x 9
    65 x 8

    Machine flies
    150 x 8
    145 x 8
    145 x 8 HARD

    TRICEPS

    Cable pull-downs
    160 x 12
    160 x 10
    160 x 10 hard

    Overhead biceps extensions
    55 x 10
    55 x 12
    55 x 10

    17/09/02

    155lbs – 6:10pm not eaten

    BACK

    Wide-grip pull-ups
    155 x 10
    155 x 10
    155 x 9

    Machine cable rows
    180 x 8
    170 x 8
    170 x 8

    Close-grip cable pulldowns
    185 x 8
    180 x 8
    180 x 8

    BICEPS

    Alternate dumbbell curls
    40 x 14
    40 x 14
    40 x 12

    Machine cable curls
    140 x 8
    135 x 8

    One-armed bench dumbbell curls
    30 x 8
    30 x 8

    end 7:00pm

    23/09/02

    157lbs – 9:00pm just ate

    BACK

    Wide-grip pull-ups
    10 x 157
    9 x 157
    9 x 157

    Seated cable curls
    8 x 50
    7 x 50
    8 x 50

    Assisted one-armed dumbbell curls
    8 x 30
    8 x 30
    8 x 30

    25/09/02

    156lbs – 9:00pm

    PECS

    Dumbbell bench presses
    80 x 8
    80 x 8 HARD
    80 x 6 HARD

    Pullovers – Decline Flies
    55 x 8 40 x 8
    55 x 8 40 x 8
    55 x 8 40 x 8

    Machine flies
    145 x 10
    145 x 10
    145 x 10

    26/09/02

    157lbs - 9:15pm

    BACK

    Various chin-ups
    157 x 8
    157 x 8
    157 x 8

    Close-grip pull-downs
    180 x 8
    180 x 8
    165 x 8 wide

    BICEPS

    Dumbbell curls
    40 x 14
    40 x 16
    40 x 14

    Double dumbbell curls
    30 x 10
    30 x 8
    30 x 8

    30/09/02

    158lbs – 8:20

    PECS

    Dumbbell bench presses
    80 x 9
    80 x 9
    80 x 7

    Incline dumbbell bench presses
    65 x 9
    65 x 8
    65 x 8

    Machine flies
    145 x 9
    145 x 8 hard
    145 x 8 HARD

    TRICEPS

    Cable pull-downs
    160 x 10 rest
    160 x 10
    160 x 8

    Overhead extensions
    55 x 11
    55 x 10
    55 x 10

    -----------------------------------------


    There it is for today, I'm off to work now, looking forward to comments and spam!
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    I've also realized I eat too much not often enough. I'll try eating more meals per day, and less at every meal. This summer I only ate two meals a day since I skipped breakfast most of the time. I've been able to break that habit recently, now I'll try to increase it to 4-6 meals a day.

    I also need to drink WAY more. I only urinate maybe 3-4 times a day, and it's always pretty yellow (sorry for the details), I feel like I have to drink a lot more, and more water as well, instead of the usual fruit juices and soft drinks. I'm not going to count calories, but the least I can do is clean up my act, at least out of respect for the people that really put in a lot of dieting efforts here.

    Signing out for now!

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