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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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    December 15, 2004

    Week 1

    Hello everyone. I figured I would start my own journal after looking at everyone else's in order to motivate myself and track my progress. I've been lifting on and off for about 8 years, but on and off, and mixed with a LOT of hardcore cardio. I don't think swimming on a team for 5 days a week and running 5k's, 10k's and triathlons has helped me get big, but it's definately helped me stay lean! I've been roughly 140-146lbs since after high school, until recently when I've been consiously eating more and taking protein powder to gain weight. I'm now up to 152lbs at 5'8 1/2, the most I've ever weighed. Hopefully I will get some pics up soon so people can critique and comment. I'd like to know where I'm lagging and what my strengths are. Here are my measurements:

    Wrist 6.5"
    Chest 38" small I know
    Biceps 14"
    Forearms 11.5"
    Waist 30"
    Thigh 22"
    Calf 15.5"

    My workout routine is usually:

    Day 1: Back/Chest
    Day 2: light cardio
    Day 3: Legs
    Day 4: light cardio
    Day 5: Arms/Shoulders
    Day 6: light cardio
    Day 7: rest

    Anyway, here is my workout from Monday aka Chest/Back day:

    Workout:
    repsXweight

    Dead Lift
    WU 10x135
    8x205
    8x225
    8x255

    Bench Press
    WU 10x135
    8x165
    8x175 (last 2 aided)
    6x175 (last 2 aided)

    Pull Ups
    WU 10xBW
    8xBW+25
    6xBW+25
    6xBW+25

    Inc DB Press (lb=ea. arm)
    WU 10x45
    10x60
    8x65
    8x65 (failure!)

    BO BB Row
    WU 10x75
    10x125
    10x125
    10x125

    Chest Fly
    WU 10x25
    8x40
    8x40
    8x35

    Abs
    3 X (V Sit 20s, 10rest, PU 20, 10rest, Crunch 20, 10rest, PU 20, 10rest, Russian Twist 20, 10rest, PU 20, 10rest)

    Cardio/Activities:
    None

    Other:
    Stretching

    Comments:
    DL form getting better. This was only my 4th workout since I started doing them. I've already gone up 40lbs! I decided to rest Tuesday as I was still sore from an exhausting workout and didn't want to kill my legs for leg day tonight. Thanks for the format Canadian Crippler!
    Last edited by Guido; 03-15-2006 at 10:19 AM.
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    Ok. Gonna go do some legs tonight. All hail the squat. Maybe tonight's the night I can do 2pps on my ATF Squats.
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    good luck guido
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    Thanks, elP, Ryu, gf, Piz. Last night was good. Definitely had that drunken cowboy walk after last nights w/o and sore today, esp. my glutes.
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    It was very crowded last night (I work out at the University gym and it's on limited hours because of finals). I had to go out of my usual order since a large group of guys were using the power rack when I got there, so had to do squats and leg press last

    Here is last night's w/o:

    December 15, 2004

    Workout:
    repsXweight
    bold #'s in () = PR

    Seated Calf Raise
    WU 10x55
    10x105
    10x105
    10x115 (+10)

    Cybex Leg Curl
    WU 10x90
    8x120
    8x127.5
    6x135 (+7.5)

    Squat
    WU 10x135
    10x225
    8x245
    8x255
    6x275 (+20)

    ATF Squat
    WU 10x105
    8x135
    8x155 (+10)

    Leg Press
    WU 10x500
    10x550
    10x570 (+2r)
    8x590 (+2r)

    Lunges w/ DB (45's)
    x12
    x12
    x12 (Oh the burn! )

    Abs
    Crunches, V Sit, Russian Twist, Slow Crunches

    Cardio/Activities:
    None

    Other:
    Stretching

    Comments:
    Lots o' PR's today! Course I only really started lifting legs a couple months ago. I think I could do over 300 in squats soon for reps. The reason I couldn't get on the power rack at the beginning of my w/o is that these HUGE powerlifter guys were using it when I got there, with one of them building up to his 1 rep max. I'd say he was about 5'10, 220-240lbs. Anyway, he went for a 595lb squat and made it with ease. Then later I saw him go for 615 and he did it! His buddies were taking pics to commemorate the moment. All I have to say is
    Last edited by Guido; 12-16-2004 at 08:13 AM.
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    Awww. Thanks, man.
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    I've decided to add a Fitday Journal to keep track of my food intake. As I'm bulking now I seem to be doing pretty well. Got almost 4,000 calories yesterday and already at 3,000 today, + lots of protein.
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    December 16, 2004

    Workout:
    cardio

    Cardio/Activities:
    Slow run 25 minutes (~2.5 miles)

    Other:
    Stretching

    Comments:
    Ran on the indoor track last night. It was pretty empty now that most finals are over and students are gone. Unfortunately after this week they'll be going to break hours, i.e. close at 8pm instead of 10:30. Blah. Same with the gym. They'll close at 7pm! Guess I'll just have to go there straight from work. On the postiive side, the newly expanded Campus Rec Center East will be finished by the middle of January. It will have expanded from 35,000 sq. ft. of space to over 110,000 sq. ft. Check it out here CRCE Expansion
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    I can't wait. It looks like there will be at least double the equipment space.
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    great start to a journal bro.. and nice lifts as well.. good luck guido
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    Thanks for the encouragement, lilmase and CoCoa. I've always been pretty athletic and have recovered fast so this is no problem for me. I've only started eating right (and enough!) in the past few weeks. I also changed my routine quite dramatically after reading this site. I'm sure I was overtraining before and so now that I've changed to more rest and better eating I've felt much better.
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    December 17, 2004


    Arms and Shoulders!

    Workout:
    repsXweight
    bold #'s in () = PR

    Upright Rows
    WU 10x50
    8x90
    6x90
    6x90

    BB Bicep Curl
    WU 10x40
    6x80 (+10)
    6x80
    6x80

    French Press
    WU 10x40
    6x70 (+5) heavy!
    6x65
    6x65

    DB Shrugs my traps are WEAK
    10x80's (+5)
    10x80's
    10x80's

    Alternating DB Hammer Curls
    WU 10x20's
    6x35's (+5)
    6x35's
    6x35's

    Tricep Cable Pulldowns New Exercise!
    WU 10x60
    8x90
    8x100
    8x100

    DB Lateral Raises
    6x20's
    6x20's
    6x20's

    supersetted w/

    DB Rear Delt Raises
    6x20's
    6x20's
    6x20's

    Abs
    Ab Machine
    3x10x150lbs
    Alternating Crunches, Russian Twists, V Sit

    Cardio/Activities:
    None

    Other:
    Stretching

    Comments

    A lot less people today! I think most of students have left for Christmas break, so I'll have the gym to myself for awhile. Sometimes it's good to be a townie now Did pretty good on my diet today, I'm pushing 4,000. I also gained another pound and a half since Mnday so this bulking thing seems to be working. Now 153.5lbs! Oh yeah, can some of you critique my w/o? I want to know if there is anything I should be doing different or if this seems good. Thanks. OK gotta eat...
    Last edited by Guido; 12-18-2004 at 09:25 PM.
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    Our arm, back, and shoulder strength is very similar man, but you're definately up on me with chest and especially legs. Nice last few sessions, keep it up! You're diet looks in place aswell.
    "I added some db curls with the pink weights for a bit of a burn." - Rookiebldr

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    Thanks, Crippler. I certainly wish I was where you are when I was 15, though!

    December 18, 2004

    Workout:
    cardio

    Cardio/Activities:
    Elliptical Trainer (35 minutes) on Level 16 (out of 20)

    Other:
    Stretching

    Comments:
    This was my first time using the eliptical. I normally do the bike if I'm not running or swimming. Not too bad once I figured out how to adjust the difficulty. I'm gonna have to shorten my w/o cycle some because I won't be able to w/o Thurs., Friday, or Saturday at the gym (that darn Christmas thing). I'll be doing chest/back tomorrow, rest on Monday, legs on Tuesday, and arms/shoulders again on Wednesday. Whew!
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    nice w/o guido.. about your routine.. i think your doing too much rear delts.. upright rows 4 sets- reardelt db raises4- side lateral 4 sets(they do work your rear delts pretty hard).. thats about 12 sets taht all include your rear delts.. i would probly either choose db or bb upright rows for your delts and than trade off every other w/o.. just my opinoin though.. great work none the less
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    height 5'2 weight 140lbs

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    Breaker of Skulls Guido's Avatar
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    Thanks for the advice, lilmase. I'll take that into account in my next w/o. Maybe I'll leave out those sets of rear delt raises next time.
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    Okay. Sunday ended up being a rest day. My arms were still somewhat sore from Friday so I figured I should rest a bit more for chest/back day (today). I got in about 3,700 calories so good eating day. I'm still pretty close to meeting my goal of 3,500 to 4,000 cal per day. I did go out w/ friends last night and have a big 23oz glass of Sam Adams. Sometimes it feels so good to be so bad!
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    That's not close to meeting your goal, that is meeting your goal. Just thought I'd point that out .
    "I added some db curls with the pink weights for a bit of a burn." - Rookiebldr

    "im assuming the holy (big) 3 are: curls, bench, legs?" - Saggas

    "had a huge ass burn on my triceps while I was doing those kickbacks, so they'll likely be staying with my exercise program." - Zearoth

    "most of my burned calories coming from something called Basal. Wtf does a leaf have to do with any of it?" - Votorx

    "We have a lot of people like that on our campus, all hippies and things, that go around preaching against corporations, jocks, preps, accountants, and anyone else that feels the need to shower more than occasionally." - Shankerr

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    Thanks, Crippler. I have been doing pretty good on the diet overall. I'm going to weigh myself again today and I'm shooting for 155. Gonna try for max on Bench, as well. I'm hoping for 215 on that. Pray for me ppl.
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    You're pretty strong, keep it up. Good Luck with your goals.
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