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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. #1
    Wannabebig New Member
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    Any suggestions on my routine?

    Right now, my routine looks like this:

    Monday

    Bench Press -
    Warmup 10 @ 30%, 8 @ 60%, 6 @ 80%
    2 x 4
    Then 1 x 8-10 and 1 x 15-20.

    Parallel Grip Seated Row -
    Same routine as bench

    Close grip bench
    Warmup 10 @ 40%, 8 @ 70%
    2 x 6

    Wednesday

    Squats and Deadlifts
    (same routine as bench and seated row above - 3 warmups, two low rep works sets, then two sets of higher reps)

    Seated calf raise -
    Warmup 15 @ 60%
    2 x 15

    Friday

    Overhand lat pulldown and shoulder press (same routine)

    Preacher Curl -
    warmup 10 @ 40%, 8 @ 70%
    2 x 6.

    Three more weeks of this routine then onto the following:

    Monday
    Bench Press -
    warmup 10 @ 30%, 8 @ 60%, 6 @ 80%
    2 x 5-6

    Wide-grip bench press -
    2 x 8-10

    Wide grip bench w/ legs up -
    1 x 15-20

    Dumbbell fly (strip sets) -
    warmup 6 @ 60%
    3 x 10

    Underhand grip seated row -
    warmup 10 @ 30%, 8 @ 60%, 6 @ 80%
    2 x 6-8

    Wednesday
    Wide grip deadlift -
    warmup 10 @ 30%, 8 @ 60%, 6 @ 80%
    2 x 6

    Front squat -
    warmup 10 @ 30%, 8 @ 60%, 6 @ 80%
    2 x 6

    Stiff leg deadlift -
    warmup 8 @ 60%
    1 x 8

    Stepup -
    warmup 15 @ 60%
    2 x 15-20

    Calf raise on leg press machine -
    warmup 15 @ 60%
    2 x 15-20

    Friday
    Shoulder press -
    wamrup 10 @ 30%, 8 @ 60%, 6 @ 80%
    2 x 5-6

    Dip -
    warmup 6 bench dip
    2 x 8-10

    Close-grip bench
    1 x 15-20

    Neutral grip pulldown
    warmup 10 @ 30%, 8 @ 60%, 6 @ 80%
    2 x 6-8

    Reverse grip biceps curl
    Warmup 10 @ 40%, 8 @ 70%
    2 x 8-10


    I do abs every workout, usually two sets of 10-20, and I mix up the exercises every workout. Decline knee up, hanging knee raise, side raises, weighted situps, russian twists, etc.

    I was a complete newb 3 months ago when I started working out (basic total body workout everyday), and I've progressed nicely, I think. I can squat 200 lbs (approx my body weight), deadlift 225 x 4, bench only 145 x 4, and pulldown about 130 x 1.

    My goal is to squat 300, similar deadlift max and bench my body weight (about 200), as well as be able to complete consecutive sets of pullups.

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    Looks ok.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
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    I like it too except for the damn preacher curls. I'm not a big fan of them. They don't allow you to do as much weight as barbell or standing curls.

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    Wannabebig New Member
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    Thanks for the comments guys I really like this workout and Im kind of getting into it seriously now..

    One question - if anyone has had experience with something like this:

    When I do calf exercises, I tend to experience pain although I still have plenty of strength leftover. I stretch out well before working out and with calves, I tend to stretch between sets and afterwards as well... but the pain is still there and sometimes they start to cramp afterwards. I'm going to stretch them more aggressively, I think. Hopefully this will help.

    Am I just doing too much, or is this normal...? Sorry, I'm a newb for sure.

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    is numero uno Saint Patrick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUICE
    When I do calf exercises, I tend to experience pain although I still have plenty of strength leftover. I stretch out well before working out and with calves, I tend to stretch between sets and afterwards as well... but the pain is still there and sometimes they start to cramp afterwards. I'm going to stretch them more aggressively, I think. Hopefully this will help.
    I have that problem w/ seated calf raises. That's why I do them standing or on the hack sled.
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    Ya, that's the exercise I'm doing right now. Maybe something about the knees being bent? I think i'll try the standing calf raise. Thanks.

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