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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    Weak and pathetic -For now

    Hey! I started SS a week ago today, and decided to start a journal. I doubt anyone will read this, but it will give me extra motivation to keep going, and keep improving.

    My story is similar to a ton of other people's. I don't have access to a gym, so bought a load of weight lifting equipment and started my own routine. Lots of it was focused on biceps, which obviously does not work. I've been doing that for about 6 months, now, and it hasn't gotten me results -shocking. I look alright, but I'm small, don't have a ton of muscle, and I'm not very strong. I want to change that.

    Age -17

    Height-5'5

    Weight-120

    I know! Ridiculous, right? I've always been small. Weight isn't my issue, though I do have a problem with eating well.

    Today was chest and back.

    Chest

    Barbell BP -85 lbs, 2x8

    DB BP -35 lbs, 2x8

    Incline DB BP -30 lbs, 2x8

    Dips -BW +10 lbs on lap, 2x10

    Back

    Chin ups -BW, 2x8

    Deadlifts -95 lbs, 2x7

    Barbell Rows -90 lbs, 2x6

    Shrugs -90 lbs, 2x8

    Ha ha, I know, it's ridiculously bad. Very low amount of weight, but I've already added some weight on from last week. Getting better!

    I might get some pics up here. I'm taking pictures of me every month on the same day, to see how I progress. Should be fun! I'm psyched!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Biffy View Post
    I doubt anyone will read this, but it will give me extra motivation to keep going, and keep improving.
    You would be surprised.

    Post those pictures so you have a starting point and you can see the results you are getting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuNalicious View Post
    You would be surprised.

    Post those pictures so you have a starting point and you can see the results you are getting.
    I will! Thanks, man!

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    Hey Mr. Biffy nice to see you've started a journal. Looking forward to seeing some serious progress in here.

    Question or observation: Your workout doesn't look too much like SS, were you trying something new?

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    Senior Member Mr. Biffy's Avatar
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    I'm doing the "Original routine" from the list of routines.

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    Senior Member Mr. Biffy's Avatar
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    Felt completely ridiculous doing this...

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    Senior Member Mr. Biffy's Avatar
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    Yeah. I did the first three pictures wrong. Dang...I'm tired, and depressed (Bills fan). I'll post the front upper body pics tomorrow.

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    Ah yeah I get ya.

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    Ha ha, as you can see from my face, I felt stupid.

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    Leg day! Ha ha, I like upper body more, but that's just because my legs suck.

    This workout killed me last time. I couldn't walk normally for, like, 3 days. It was insane. Hoping it won't be quite as bad this week.

    Front Squats -55 lbs, 2x6
    These kick my ***. I don't know why, and I can't even do that much weight. Also, I have to do front squats, because I don't have a squat rack. Kind of sucks.

    Hack Squats -90 lbs, 2x8

    Leg Curls -40 lbs, 2x8

    Straight Legged Deadlifts -90 lbs, 2x8

    Standing Calve Raises -40 lbs (20 lb DB), 4x10

    Alright workout. Added some weight on some of the exercises from last week, but my squats still suck pretty bad.

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    Senior Member Mr. Biffy's Avatar
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    Arms day! Sweet!

    Military Press -45 lbs, 2x6

    Seated DB press -20 lbs, 2x8

    Standing lateral raises -10 lbs, 2x10

    Narrow grip bench press -60 lbs, 2x8

    DB skullcrushers -15 lbs, 2x8

    Barbell curls -50 lbs, 3x4

    Hammer Curls -30 lbs, 1x8

    Preacher Curls -25 lbs, 2x8

    Alright workout. Not great. I had to do the barbell curls in 4 rep sets because my wrists were killing me. That sucked.

    Had a protein shake afterward which made me feel cruddy. Not sure why -tasted awful today.

    Man, I hate off days...

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    Ugh...felt like crap today. Got my braces off, and my retainer on. The four hours without braces were awesome, and then I got my retainer on, and my mouth has KILLED me since then.

    Today was chest and back!

    Bench press -85 lbs, 2x6

    DB bench press -35 lbs, 2x8

    Incline DB bench press -30 lbs, 2x8

    Weighted dips -BW+15 lbs, 2x10

    Chin ups -BW, 2x8

    Deadlifts -105 lbs, 2x6

    Barbell rows -95 lbs, 2x6

    Shrugs -100 lbs, 2x8

    Alright workout. I'm not sure if lifting distracted me from my mouth pain, or if it was the other way around.

    Protein shake was better this team. Put some peanut butter in it, then added a scoop of ice cream -I know, I feel like I'm cheating. Still experimenting with taste and such. I think I'll add some banana next time.

    Cheers!

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    Oh! Guess who's gained 3 lbs? I'm pretty psyched, I'm not gonna lie to you. 3 lbs in about 2 1/2 weeks? That's huge. Heck, I usually gain about 5 lbs a YEAR, ha ha ha.

    Legs today. Since I have to work out alone, and since I don't have a squat rack, I'm going to start doing dumbbell squats. I know! I feel like a wimp. But until I have access to a gym, I'll have to do what I can to improvise for certain exercises.

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    Legs today.

    DB squats -80 lbs (40 lb DB), 2x8

    Hack Squats -90 lbs, 2x8

    Leg curls -40 lbs, 2x10

    Straight legged deadlifts -100 lbs, 2x8

    Standing Calve Raises -50 lbs (25 lb DB), 4x10

    Not bad, not great. Still adding weight week to week, so that's good. I'm going to post pictures of my legs from before I started. Sadly, my legs are so bad, I think my calves are noticeably better.

    If you have a weak stomach, I wouldn't look. These puppies are pale and flabby.






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    Hey! Shoulders, biceps, and triceps. Love this day.

    Wasn't feeling great earlier, but I perked up after lunch. Weirdly, I think it was the weather. The sun came out, and I feel better. Odd.

    Good workout. Short and intense. Well, as intense as I can get right now.

    Military press -45 lbs, 3x6

    DB press -20 lbs, 2x10

    Standing Lateral raises -15 lbs, 2x6

    Narrow grip Bench Press -65 lbs, 2x8

    DB skullcrushers -15 lbs, 2x8
    Whacked myself on the cheek during the first set. It would be kind of sick if I got a bruise.

    Barbell curls -45 lbs, 1x8. 50 lbs, 1x6

    Hammer curls -30 lbs, 2x6

    Preacher curls -30 lbs, 2x6

    Good stuff!

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    You are 1 inch smaller than me but i'm 20 next month. I've always been "the short guy" it's a real shame but there you go you still got time you might shoot up. Things are looking good so far for you. Keep up the good work.

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    I wish you luck. I think you'd do better on an abreviated routine, but it's your choice. I'll be checking in on you, so keep up the effort
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    Quote Originally Posted by tryme View Post
    You are 1 inch smaller than me but i'm 20 next month. I've always been "the short guy" it's a real shame but there you go you still got time you might shoot up. Things are looking good so far for you. Keep up the good work.
    Thanks, man! Yeah, I've always been very small, too. I'm still hoping to grow an inch or two, but we'll see, ha ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I wish you luck. I think you'd do better on an abreviated routine, but it's your choice. I'll be checking in on you, so keep up the effort
    Thanks! What do you mean, abbreviated?

    Cool! Glad to see people read this. Even if it is rather pathetic.

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    I thought you were doing Starting Strength...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuNalicious View Post
    I thought you were doing Starting Strength...
    I'm doing the WBB original routine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Biffy View Post
    Thanks! What do you mean, abbreviated?
    Fewer exercises with a focus on compound lifts. Something like Starting Strength. But, like I said, it's your routine and you have to enjoy it. But if you find yourself not progressing enough, give it some thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Fewer exercises with a focus on compound lifts. Something like Starting Strength. But, like I said, it's your routine and you have to enjoy it. But if you find yourself not progressing enough, give it some thought.
    Cool! Thanks for the advice!

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    Dont get so down on yourself. If you keep at it, continue to increase the weight each week, and eat, eat, EAT, you're going to be a monster in six months to a year. You're on WBB forums, so thats a really good start!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harris View Post
    Dont get so down on yourself. If you keep at it, continue to increase the weight each week, and eat, eat, EAT, you're going to be a monster in six months to a year. You're on WBB forums, so thats a really good start!!
    Thanks for the encouragement, man!

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