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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    Apr 2004

    Sudden drastic drop in squat strength!

    Only 3 or 4 weeks ago, I was squatting 245 x 6-8 comfortably (not to failure). Feet shoulder width, thighs parallel... I had one bad session at the gym where I did a first work set at 225. I felt kind of weak so I didn't increase the weight and sure enough I unrack the 225 to go for a second set, squat down, and not only did I not have strength to push it up, hell I didn't even have the strength to stop it at the bottom.... crashed onto the safety bars.

    I took a week off for finals and now went back this week. Yesterday was legs and I felt SUPER WEAK at the bottom of the squat. Because I was away from home, I was at a different gym and they didn't have the safety rack, so I was afraid even to go down to low for fear of crushing myself (and there wasn't anyone there I could ask for a spot, and **** the Smith).

    My diet's been better, but I've been getting plenty of protein and I've at least been eating like a horse (Christmas, you know tuttut ).

    So I'm not sure what the hell is wrong with me. The other legs exercises are no problem (lunges, extensions, GHRs, etc). I even replaced a couple of sets of squats w/ Zercher squats b/c I don't really like the idea of squatting w/o a safety rack, and especially in light of the circumstances.

    The only thing I can possibly use to explain yesterday's disaster is POSSIBLY the fact that the power rack doesn't face a mirror and I ALWAYS have had one in the past. Possibly I was just squatting lower than I normally do, but I still felt super weak for whatever reason.
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    Second takes the afterdeck
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    Senior Member geoffgarcia's Avatar
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    May 2002
    could be stress, , your warmup, or possibly hormonal or seasonal reaction.
    I had the same thing happen about 3 weeks back, all my lifts dropped roughly 50-75%
    no biggie, just reduce and do what you can for the next week or two and come back gradually.
    Last edited by geoffgarcia; 12-22-2004 at 01:28 PM.

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    Senior Member dissipate's Avatar
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    Jun 2004
    i'm curious about this too... i've taken a week off at some points in time and came back real weak.


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