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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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    Olympic Weightlifting

    Hi guys, I decided to start a work journal for winter break. Man, college has really put the roll on me. I started out around 145lbs Freshman year. Currently a Junior, I've inflated to a plump 175lbs.

    Current State: 5'8" 175lbs.

    Short term goals: 170lbs. Realistically, I want to shed five lbs by the end of break (a one month period). I also want to gain a little strength back.

    Here is my regimen: Please ring in with any suggestion/comments.
    Everyday: Either run or ride my bike.
    Monday: Chest and triceps. Really heavy weight.
    Wednesday: Rows, Pull ups, Etc...
    Friday: Deadlift and power clean.
    Weekend: If I can find some equipment for Squats, I'll fit them in for the weekend.

    I'm going to stop eating at night. Also, I'm going to try to reduce my carbohydrate intake.

    Goals by the end of the month:
    Bench - 225lbs
    Squat - 275lbs
    Deadlift - 245lbs
    8 pullups.

    It's about time to put some Chinese pride back into the UMass weight rooms.

    Long term goals (end of the semester):
    Bench - 255lbs
    Squat - 315lbs
    Deadlift - 275lbs
    15 pullups.
    Fit into my size 32s again at 160lbs!

    I know they are pretty low numbers, but I'm just trying to be realistic. I'm a lazy person. Hopefully I can really get down to 160lbs.

    Sounds pretty reasonable. Deadlift might take some work. It's never been my strong point.

    Today:
    Flat Bench: 155 x 6 (3 sets)
    Incline Bench: 135 x 6 (3 sets)
    Close grip: 105 x 8 (3 sets)
    Last edited by debussy; 11-03-2005 at 01:26 PM.

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    Good luck with the new journal debussy.
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    good luck, and feel free to check out my journal (link is below).

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    hey, nice to see someone from umass on here. good luck with everything!
    assuming you have a car up there, and hopefully a little money, head on down to kidsports on rt. 9, its so much better then those nasty umass weight rooms.
    also, on a non-related to lifting note, dont forget to visit Delta Upsilon this semester!(good times)

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    Schedule is a little off...

    Monday:
    BB Rows - 100 x 10 - 3 sets

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    congratz on starting a journal, I know you been lurking around here for a while. Alright man, I'm going to have to call you on your BS here, I know your MUCH STRONGER then you are on your lifts right now. I.E. "Flat Bench: 155 x 6 (3 sets)", that is an insult to what you have worked for last year. You were repping 185 for sets and now your 10 pounds heavier and weaker? Stop slacking off and start liftin.

    Well anyways if you are going to combine oly lifts w/powerliftin lifts I suggest some research. Clean & Jerk, even thou it doesn't intensity work a single muscle it does involve a lot of different muscles. People do oly lifts several times a day (day&night) everyday. But becareful with you apply it to powerlifin lifts. And if your serious about losing weight, start counting your cals not just your carbs.
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    Today was a rough one. I only slept one hour last night.

    Clean, Jerk, Snatch... 85 x 6 - 3 sets
    95 x 3

    I was feelin pretty strong, until....

    Lunges... 25 x 10 - 2 sets

    Then exhaustion hit. I felt lighteheaded and felt like I wanted to throw up, so I threw in the towel at that point.
    I was hoping to hit up the bike today too. But I think it might be best for me to sleep well tonight and just do better next session.

    After taking a little break, I decided to do a 1RM for my bench. I threw on 195 and messed up the form, and strained my chest a little bit. 195 was successful, but I decided not to do 205 even though I'm pretty sure it would have gone up. 2.5 weeks to reach my goals... the pressure is on
    Last edited by debussy; 01-06-2004 at 05:31 PM.

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    177lbs after breakfast.

    Bench 155 x 10
    Rows 85 x 10, 105 x 10
    Deadlift, 155 x 10
    Lunges 25 x 10
    Pullups 3, 3, 3
    Shoulders 50 x 6, 25 x 10
    Triceps 15 x 8, 15 x 8

    Although I had a decent night of sleep, I still felt kind of sick today. Felt like kind of weak and wanted to throw up. Prolly catching the flu. Doesn't help doing these big exercises back to back while I'm out of shape. Still too cold to ride my bike outside (7 degrees out).

    Hoping next workout will look like this...
    Bench 165 x 10
    Rows 105 x 10, 115 x 10
    Deadlift 175 x 10 ... I feel like I'm going to be improving a lot in this soon
    Lunges 30 x 5, 30 x 5 ... gonna split this up.
    i don't have the cardio to do 10 straight.
    Pullups 4, 4, 4
    Shoulders 50 x 8, 25 x 12
    Triceps 20 x 10, 20 x 10

    I was definitely feeling weak today... I could have done better.
    Last edited by debussy; 01-10-2004 at 11:22 AM.

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    Bench - 165 x 10 ... tough
    Deadlift - 175 x 10 ... not too bad
    Rows - 95 x 10, 105 x 10 ... could have done more
    Military BB - 80 x 10, 80 x 8 ... gonna try more next time
    Triceps - 20 x 12

    I was tired so I skipped leg work .. tuttut
    I'm starting to find the proper weight to use on my lifts, which is cool.
    I'm gonna alternate between Rows and Pullups so I don't overwork my back.

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    Don't worry so much about the cardio. Unless you want to be cardiovascular healthy, it's really not absolutely necessary. I'd concentrate more on the weights and especially on the diet.

    I agree, it's too damn cold to be riding a bike outside. I love riding my bikes but the cold puts that thought out real fast. Good luck on reaching your goals.
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    Bench still looks strong. Anyways, keep on going and your goals will be within your reach soon enough.
    Life isn't like Burger King, you can't always have it your way.


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    friday

    Weight: 177.5

    Bench: 165 x 10 ... TOUGH!
    Row: 115 x 10 - 2 sets ... felt good
    Deadlift: 185 x 10 ... tough work, felt like throwing up
    BB Military Press: 100 x 10 ... cheated a little bit
    Close Grip Bench: 105 x 10
    Triceps: 20 x 12

    Last day of HST for me. Full body workouts make me want to throw up. Plus, I think this is the wrong type of routine for the goal I'm trying to reach.
    Last edited by debussy; 01-16-2004 at 11:16 AM.

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    The routine looks kinda of lacking, 1 set for chest, 2 sets for back, 1 set for legs, 1 set for shoulders, and a total of 4 working sets for tris. Repeated this for 3xWeek sounds like undertraining to me.

    Change the routine man.
    Life isn't like Burger King, you can't always have it your way.


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    Last night was a bad one. I think I messed up my diet pretty bad. Ate a healthy dinner with the family, then went over to my friend's. Thats where it all went bad, drank and smoked until 2am. When I got back I had the munchies so I ate three pieces of cake an passed out. GUILT ahhh. I feel like my bitch tits got bigger.

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    Finally a leg day

    Weight (after dinner at a buffet): 178.5

    Gonna work on form. Havent done legs in a while. tuttut

    Squats - 135 x 12 ... using a box to make sure i'm going parallel
    155 x 10
    155 x 10

    Pretty weak leg day. I tried doing hack squats, but I can't get the form down right. I'm gonna go back on a 3 or 4 day split. I need to start watching my diet and counting my calories. And just eating less... damn it

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    speeeed

    Weight (after bowl of ceral): 176.5
    Hrm.... I need to start weighing myself at a set time.
    I must have eaten a lot at that buffet last time.

    Speed day

    Flat Bench: 115 x 8 x 3
    Incline Bench: 115 x 8 x 3
    DB Military: 30 x 10 x 3
    Triceps: 20 x 12 x 3
    Rows: 95 x 10 x 3
    Last edited by debussy; 01-20-2004 at 02:11 PM.

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    Congratz on the weight loss, 1lb a week is a great start. Why did you do 16 total sets for speed?
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    Chinese New Years

    Oh man, just had a big big dinner for Chinese New Years. I'm interested to see how much I weigh in the morning. Going for this tomorrow: http://www.elitefts.com/documents/bo...pleworkout.htm
    Last edited by debussy; 01-21-2004 at 08:27 PM.

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    squat/dl

    Weight: 176.5 After a long day...

    going back to school soon... i don't think I reached all my goals though. But i feel ok about my venture back into lifting again. i'm ready to start lifting hard at school. that was the main purpose of this break.

    deadlifts: 135 x 6, 185 x 4, 205 x 4, 225 x 4, 235 x 4
    i think i had more on the DL's ... but i was losing my grip. next time im going to use some gloves or some chalk

    squats: 135 x 10, 155 x 6, 185 x 6, 205 x 6
    i feel like should go a little heavier next time

    bb rows: 95 x 8, 115 x 6, 125 x 6, 125 x 6
    i definitely could have used more weight... lower back was too sore to do anything

    damn, i was brain dead today. i should not have done the exercises in this order. my lower break was fried after dl's and it was really hard to do squats and rows. ahhh... gotta use my head next time.

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    Congrats on breaking the cherry and going heavy on deadlift, they are is the single best measure of raw strength, better then bench and even better then squats. Chalk/straps/gloves really do help in the grip area but soon enough your'll be able to crush light objects with the raw strength of your grip.
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    Progress report

    Going back to school on Sunday. I'm going to get in one more workout tomorrow. It's gonna be a ME Bench day. Today I was bored so I did this:

    Bench: 135 x 6, 205 x 1, 215 x 1

    So here is an overview of my progress for the winter break...

    Goals/Actual: Bench 225/215
    Deadlift 245/235 x 4
    Squat 275/205 x 6
    Weight 170/176.5

    So the weight was really tough to deal with... it was really too cold outside to do any exercise. I'm beginning to improve my diet, so I should be seeing some very gradual weight loss over the semester.

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    ME BEnch

    Weight after breakfast: 177

    Flat Bench: 135 x 6, 175 x 4, 185 x 3, 155 x 8
    Incline Bench: 155 x 6, 165 x 4, 135 x 8
    BB Military: 105 x 6, 85 x 8, 85 x 8
    Close Grip: 105 x 10, 115 x 8, 115 x 8
    Last edited by debussy; 01-24-2004 at 02:04 PM.

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    lams a weak bitch, it was funny to watch him do those clean&jerk totally wrong
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    Weight: ? (gotta buy a scale for school)

    DL: 135 x 6, 185 x 6, 225 x 4, 225 x 4... need grip
    Squats: 135 x 8, 155 x 8, 155 x 8, 155 x 8 ... was working on form for deeper squats... pretty light

    Felt like today was lacking... probably because it was haha

    7:28PM
    Fat 33g 21%
    Carbs 155g 43%
    Protein 122g 36%

    Cals 1405

    Gonna cram some more protein down the shoot before I go to bed.
    Last edited by debussy; 01-28-2004 at 05:34 PM.

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    ME Bench

    Weight 177.5

    Bench went something like this:
    Board Press: 135 x 6, 165 x 3, 175 x 3, 185 x 3, 205 x 1
    Bench Press: 210 x FAIL, 195 x 1, 205 x 1

    OH Tri Extension: 20 x 10, 30 x 2
    Tri Pulldown: ? x 10 x 2
    Pullups: BW x 3 x 3
    Front Raises(?): 45 x 6 x 2
    Lateral Raises: 20 x 10

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