The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
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    My goals....reasonable? (how many cycles?)

    Ok, right now I'm at 5'9'', 128lbs and 7-8% bodyfat. My goal is to eventually get to 140lbs with no more than 12% bodyfat.

    My question is, how many "bulking" then "cutting" cycles do you think this will take. Should I just bulk until I get to 140, then cut, or should I cut more often than that?

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  3. #2
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    128lbs @ 8% bf = 117.75 lbs of LBM
    140lbs @ 12% bf = 123.2 lbs of LBM
    so to reach ur goal u need to gain 5.45lbs of LBM which IME would take me roughly 6 months putting on 2 pounds per month.

    Depending on ur age, diet, commitment, etc...

    I would do it in a single bulk.

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    Hey geoff, could you explain the calculations you just made? I'm interested, thanks.
    "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

    "Damn man why are some women just so demonic and evil.. its like you wanna get a stake and mallet and an erection at the same time." - WBBIRL

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    Senior Member geoffgarcia's Avatar
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    cc, no problem.
    128 pounds @ 8% bf = 128 * 0.92 = LBM = 117.75 (roughly)
    to figure fat mass just do 128 * 0.08

    140 pounds @ 12% bf = 140 * 0.88 = LBM = 123.2 (roughly)
    to figure fat mass just do 140 * 0.12

    then I subtracted his goal LBM (123.2) from his current LBM (117.75) to figure that he wanted to gain 5.45lbs of LBM.

    I know that I gain between 8-14lbs of LBM per year, so to gain 5.45lbs of LBM I figured it would take 5-6 months and just rounded it up to 6. which would be a gain of about 1lb of LBM per month and 1 lb of fat per month to equal a 12 pound gain over a 6 month period.

    Hope my math is right!
    Last edited by geoffgarcia; 12-22-2004 at 11:16 AM.

  6. #5
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    He did it like this:

    Total body weight was 128 lbs, but 8% of that was fat, so he subtracted 8% of the total weight to find out my lean body mass. That ended up being 117.75 lbs.

    He then did the same thing for my goal weight (140-.12(140)) and found that my goal body weight would leave me with 123.2 lbs of lean body mass.

    So he saw that I wanted to gain 5.45 lbs of lean body mass, and figuring that i could gain an average of 2 lbs a mounth he figured out how long it would take me.

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